I just learned that openSUSE is opening up more and more for the community. They even have a public website http://features.opensuse.org
where everybody can suggest features and changes and the community can vote.
Somebody told me that about 75% of all openSUSE users use KDE as a desktop but KDE is not the default.
So why not fill in a feature request and see what the community wants?
I decided to try it.
The interesting thing is that this makes sense for 75% of the openSUSE users and also for openSUSE.
The benefits for openSUSE are:
– It is confusing for new Linux users if they have to decide between KDE and GNOME during the installation. New users don´t know either of them. So it is easier for beginners if there is a default. openSUSE has more KDE users than GNOME users so it is logical to make KDE the default.
– Unique Selling Point. It is important for openSUSE to provide something that Ubuntu and Fedora don´t provide. It would be beneficial for openSUSE to be the only big KDE distribution.
– This could attract more developers because KDE developers need a nice distribution to develop on.
– This would increase the popularity of openSUSE in the KDE user community. The negative impact on the GNOME community is not that bad because Ubuntu is the most popular GNOME distribution.
openSUSE should, of course, also ship and support GNOME. So experienced users can choose. But new users should have KDE as default.
What do you think?