I spent the weekend looking at the release candidates for four — or two, depending on how you count them — upcoming Linux distributions. Perhaps it is a good commentary on the state of Linux distributions that the most important thing to say about all four is that they just work.
From installation to hardware detection and driver support, and the full range of packages and applications included, everything just works with no huge drama.
openSUSE 12.2 KDE RC1
After a few significant rough patches, this distribution is starting to look good. I have been following it since the early Milestones and I've seen various images that wouldn't boot from LiveUSB media, wouldn't install properly, wouldn't boot after installing, and had various critical programs crashing.
This RC installed smoothly on everything I have tried so far and seems to work just fine. Wired and wireless networking, graphics and even the cursed Synaptics ClickPad on my HP dm1-3105 works properly.
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