I completely agree with you that Unity sucks, it sucked before and (as you said) even more since they got rid of 2d. I have been reading all kinds of feedback on this topic and little to none of it is good.
And in response to openSUSE, no, I am not very familiar with it at all. In fact I installed it to try it out. I do like the security of RHL and I am pretty partial to having the choice to enter true root as opposed to sudo root but honestly, I haven't found anything that I can't do with sudo that I can with su. And sudo is a little more forgiving to be honest.
Like you, I too have become pretty comfortable with APT and APTITUDE.
The reason that I installed openSUSE was to 'broaden my horizons a little, just to have a bit of knowledge with a different distro. To be honest, I used to play around with FreeBSD years ago, back when everything...and I mean, EVERYTHING was done from the command line.
Even Internet access. It was a real education for me.
I agree with you that there seems to be a lot more software for the Debain distro's and I am sure the reason for that is because of the growing popularity of the distro and all the press that it is getting.
I'm probably looking a building another machine in the future and installing openSUSE on it just to learn how to use it, and continuing to use the Debian distro;s for my day to day stuff.
Thanks for the post my friend,
It is appreciated.
No problem - I love a reason to post here and help out a fellow penguin
(or at least try, at any rate
To broaden my horizons was my motivation for trying out openSUSE, too, but like I said, I was having trouble doing much of anything, and the middle of the school term probably isn't the best time to start learning a new distro, so I went back to the great "gateway" distro, Ubuntu
(really, I'd just come in to an extra 30 GB hard drive from a friend and thought, why not dual boot my old dimension with Mint and something else). I don't know about you, but I haven't been able to get virtual box connected to the internet in a few months, so I haven't had the opportunity to distro play as I'd like.
When you get the opportunity to build that new machine, you should go with an AMD/ATI GFX card, they seem to be more kind to linux from what I understand - the proprietary driver installed on Mint 13 without so much as a hiccup for my Radeon HD5450.