I dont think it's a goal to get as many user as possible it's the biggest difference. They don't try to build a disto to get newbe user. The idea is that the community build a distro for the community, not the rest of the world. The rest of us can use it if we like but they do not make the distro for us.
Originally Posted by blackiwid
Another fundament is that upstrem choose when a program is stable. When they release a stable version Arch push it in the repo. Everything is rolling and they try to minimize patches and instead use latest stable version.
1 Change artwork.
1. I dont like the artwork,
2. the company behind Opensuse Novell I do find even more evil than canonical
3. I had bad experinces with the old suse yes that are really old ones, but you have to keep your stereotypes alive
its even a bit hard for me to force me into using fedora, but even its also rpm based and I found the idea behind rpm always not that good than debian-based systems, not only the package formats that have file-dependencies what I think is a bad design idea and leaded to much more dependency-problems than I ever had with debian based systems, I also did never liked redhats and suses different filesystem or linux directory structure.
2 Attachmate bought Suse and is the owner, not Novel.
3 I don't think its any big difference between the packagemanagement systems. They are all mostly the same. Glorified archives of compressed files with some metadata.
I do not use either the package or opensuse but when I google it I got the impression it is in the
I even tryed out opensuse a few months ago, because I wrote a article for a german linux-magazine that has opensuse as target plattform, and it is better, but even there I had some mixed experinces about installing keepassx in opensuse there are no stable versions to install, mostly in some kind of "ppa", especially such a passwort-tool should be supported by the distribution, else you have to trust that such 3rd party person dont include a trojan. In Ubuntu as example there is a package in stable (universe) since hardy and maybe earlier? and there is the one universe package, not 20 different versions from different people.
repositoy I have no idea whats the status is, as I don't use opensuse
I think its easier to build stuff like that yourself as long it's not a complete desktop. So I have not any problem with use a small distro.
About mageia, why its nothing for me, I need a big widly supported distribution, not such a me-too distribution, redhat for france (mageia), redhat for germany (opensuse) except at least there stands a big company behind this one.
And then there is the other high support possibility you are one or the most used distribution, than the developers often or the distri will give you a ppa or something like that.
Gnome unstable branches you probably need AUR to in arch. To get repositories with prebuild package from odd number releases you probably should use opensuse or fedora. Arch probably build the betas and release candidates or something like that . To get trunk I think you need to build it yourselves.