Distro(s) of the Year: OpenSUSE and Foresight
The Linux distro landscape is always evolving, and virtually all of the mainstream distros have made significant progress this year. After careful consideration, we decided to give the Ovatio for Distro of the Year to two distributions that we think are particularly deserving. They've both made significant advancements this year and are important parts of the broader Linux ecosystem.
Foresight Linux was created by rPath developer Ken VanDine in 2005. It's an impressive up-and-coming Linux distribution that has lots of potential. It vaulted into the mainstream this year when it was adopted by Shuttle
for the KPC and other products. It leverages Conary, an innovative package management system with compelling features like file-based dependency resolution and support for rollbacks.
Foresight is closely aligned with upstream GNOME and also includes the latest and greatest third-party applications. Packages are updated regularly and it often delivers new versions of GNOME before the other major distributions. You can expect to see Foresight gain even more momentum in the coming year.
OpenSUSE is one of the oldest Linux distributions, but it has gone through some significant changes since its original launch in 1994. Under Novell's stewardship, OpenSUSE has become significantly more inclusive and community-driven. The distro announced its first community-elected board
this year and has grown its base of contributors considerably. The distro has also made major technical advancements, including major improvements to its package management system and support for installation from a Live CD.
OpenSUSE delivers a powerful user experience and is one of the few distros that provides equally outstanding support for both GNOME and KDE. Its KDE 4 environment is the best out there, which is why OpenSUSE has become the reference distro for all of our KDE reviews. Its GNOME environment is also top-notch and provides the perfect selection of applications in the default installation.