I remember in college a classmate was a big openSUSE advocate, so I worked in that system for a while. Felt very different from the Ubuntu world, and I almost never hear of them in general chatter. Good to see they’re still moving forward well
I’ve used openSUSE extensively and think it’s an excellent distribution. It’s also one of the few high quality distributions that still has KDE as a first class citizen rather than an afterthought, with significant testing going into the KDE workspace.
In the past, software.opensuse.org combined with their one-click-install tool in YaST makes it easy to get modern or uncommon software installed.
I think one of the reasons openSUSE doesn’t get featured a lot is because they are the smaller player in the enterprise field (compared to Red Hat) and are eclipsed by Ubuntu in the hobbyist / personal use space.
I have it good authority from a consultancy gig that it’s big in Germany, especially in enterprise.
I was also told this is, at least in part, because of very long support times for old releases. Which is fine for enterprise, but can lead to interesting situations when upgrades would be in order.
I have used opensuse on a pet server for a while. Zypper package manager was very convinient in terms of insight into security updates necessary, reboots necessary upfront before the update.
I changed to CentOS later on because the hosting only supported that, and it felt backwards. (I have been a longtime redhat/fedora user)
OpenSuSE and Mandrake Linux were my first distributions. Good times.