SUSE has accomplished a lot and is celebrating 20 years of life this year. They are big in mainframe and super-computing GNU/Linux and have global reach.
I have not used SUSE much for a few reasons:
- in my early days they were “commercial” and made installation more complex than a download and installation
- they used RPM which is not my favourigte package manager. At the time I became involved in GNU/Linux, “RPM Hell” was a reality. Debian’s huge repository and APT has rarely let me down.
- SUSE became a “partner” of M$, something hard to forgive. Now that M$ is active in suing users of GNU/Linux, this may change from a risk to a cash-flow.
SUSE now has OpenSUSE, RPM is much improved and the “partnership” with M$ has been renewed for four more years. I expect I won’t ever have any use for SUSE as I do not use any of M$’s stuff, so interoperability with a dinosaur has no merit for me. I expect that SUSE will continue to thrive even as the world sheds its dependency on M$ as SUSE remains a good distro.