Phoronix: OpenSUSE Looks To Switch To Btrfs For Next Release
With today's release of openSUSE 13.1 Beta has come some more interesting news about the future of the German-founded Linux distribution: they're hoping to switch to the next-generation Btrfs Linux file-system as their future default file-system...
btrfs seems to be still unstable according to amount and severity of bugs reported to kernel bugzilla
OpenSuse has always had the potential to be the next big Linux distro due to its ease of installation and long term support. However, here is a small list of reasons why I passed over OpenSuse (it mostly had to do with the way their repositories are split up)
- I get that Yast is different (and that's not a bad thing) but installing common applications that are needed right away is not a friendly way to teach new users how to add Yast repositories.
- Installing a different version of KDE that didn't come with the installation requires to match up several repositoires. It isn't intuitive at all. Why would you want to only update KDE applications only when the next big point release has quite a number of Plasma Workspace fixes? Plus, it seems pointless now that Plasma 1 is in maintaince mode.
- It seems that the rolling release is actually a repository that depends on a stable installation. Also, users need to reinstall properiary graphic drivers themselves if they use Tumbleweed (thankfully, I have Intel hardware).
- The milestones releases works differently then most distros. They seem to contain their own repository and don't seem to update at all until the next milestone release. For instance, if one milestone comes out a week before a beta 2 version of some software comes out, you have to wait three weeks for the next milestone to come out in order to get it.
If a user on this forum can explain what I did wrong or what I missed when it came to OpenSuse's repositories, I would really appreciate an answer. Also, I think that OpenSuse should come out with a true rolling release model to compete with the fact that Ubuntu is "always stable" at any point in its release now.
Last edited by CTown; 09-19-2013 at 12:52 PM.
Last edited by Rich Oliver; 09-19-2013 at 01:36 PM.
From linus' git, also known as 3.12-rc1+ (a version later than what OpenSuse is shipping):
Does that sound stable or finished to anyone?Btrfs is highly experimental, and THE DISK FORMAT IS NOT YET
FINALIZED. You should say N here unless you are interested in
testing Btrfs with non-critical data.