nelz wrote:Using a download distro doesn't necessarily mean you contribute nothing. Even if you don't give money, and many people do, there is a far more valuable commodity that the volunteer distros could use, a little of your time.
Quite. I was commenting on those who download and contribute nothing. I wasn't implying they were the same thing.
fingers99 wrote:c.apt-get is a far better package management tool than YaST ever was
YaST is just a wrapper around RPM.
fingers99 wrote:d.There simply are not enough packages built as SuSE rpms.
There are a huge number of packages included in the distro. If you want more, they are frequently available as SuSE RPMs now. If not, then it is time to start building.
fingers99 wrote:f. Once SuSE became a plc the support started to become snotty and not so good......
I've only once used the support line and they were quick to answer and very helpful.
On the whole, commercial involvement in SuSE has raised the quality and given focus to solving specific problems. SuSE 9.3, for example, is great for mobile support.
Commercial involvement gives Linux legitimacy and makes h/w manufacturers think twice about not providing Linux drivers - or at least supplying documentation so they can be written.
The involvement of companies like IBM, Sun, Novell and, of course RedHat are vital to the spread of Linux.