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  1. For the most part, there isn't a lack of available software. If it's not in the main Tumbleweed repository, it can usually be found on that package search page. For instance, many popular game system emulators aren't in the main repo, but there are a ton of them in the Emulators repository and they're kept up to date, unlike Ubuntu which only updates every 6 months (2 years for LTS). The performance difference between the DeSmuMe and Dolphin-emu packages in KDE Neon and openSUSE Tumbleweed is obvious. RPMs are often made for Fedora, not openSUSE, but they often work anyway. RPMs aren't quite as common as DEBs, but not uncommon either. In rare cases such as with the Oracle JDK, only an RPM is provided by the vendor. `zypper` syntax is very similar to `apt` syntax and easy to use (no `pacman -Syu` type stuff). In many ways, it's more powerful than APT, but there's no equivalent to `apt autoremove` right now. For instance, there's this feature called "vendor stickiness". APT will upgrade to the highest version of a package in any of the enabled repositories. Sometimes you don't want that because the highest version may be unstable. With ZYpper, it will only use the highest version in the repository that is currently being used by default. If you add a testing repository for just 1 program, `zypper dup` won't try to upgrade all of the other packages that are on your system to testing versions. You can also set priorities for different repositories. I want to install packages from the main repo by default since those packages are tested by openSUSE's automated QA (openQA), so I give the main repo a higher priority.
  2. I used KDE Neon for about 6 months and it was a mostly positive experience. There were occasionally some problems with certain non-essential Ubuntu packages breaking because they depended on older versions of KDE or Qt software, but I think that's almost all gone if not already gone. If you already have experience with Ubuntu, there's not much to say about it since it will feel mostly the same, but with KDE. I eventually moved to openSUSE Tumbleweed because I needed newer non-KDE/Qt software than what Ubuntu 16.04 had (KDE Neon is based on Ubuntu LTS). My mother is currently using KDE Neon on her laptop for basic word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing and movie watching (Netflix and Amazon Prime). I currently use openSUSE Tumbleweed (about 6 months now) and after I got used to it, I'm happy with it for the most part. openSUSE tends to be stable, but it's quirky. For instance, unless you uninstall every Pattern that might reinstall other Patterns that you uninstalled to keep them from reinstalling software you uninstalled, a distro upgrade (`zypper dup`, the way you're supposed to update Tumbleweed) will reinstall everything that was installed by default. Or you can disable installing recommended packages by default in /etc/zypp/zypp.conf (solver.onlyRequires = true), which also makes it so patterns don't work unless you use the `--recommends` flag. Configuring printers requires you to enter your root password. You need to install the Packman repository to use patent encumbered codecs. Getting software that isn't in the main repository is very similar to Ubuntu. With Ubuntu, you go to launchpad.net and add a PPA. With openSUSE, you go to https://software.opensuse.org/search and use a 1-click installer or add a repository. I haven't used Kubuntu much, but I heard that after the awful 16.04 release, it has gotten much better. It currently uses Plasma 5.10.5, which is the final bugfix version of 5.10.
  3. nvidia optimus issue

    Don't use Nouveau on anything from GTX 900 series and up. Nvidia is keeping the Nouveau devs from being able to implement proper support for those graphics cards. You have to install the proprietary Nvidia driver. I'm not going to be very helpful since I have trouble with this too on my laptop (Intel Graphics 520 & GTX 960m). I use openSUSE Tumbleweed which has a community package that does all the Nvidia/Bumblebee setup for me. My advice is to find a package that does everything for you or to just give up on this if you can't find anything and buy a laptop with AMD graphics next time so you can avoid all of this BS. This is the Not-Windows section. OP uses Linux.
  4. Most Android-like desktop OS

    TBH, nothing is really like Android except for Android-x86 and Remix OS, which are literally Android. Ubuntu 17.10 (uses GNOME with custom Dash to Dock extension) probably has the closest mainstream out-of-the-box experience right now. You could probably get closer with some customization if you use KDE instead of GNOME. Don't do partitioning for Linux with the Windows Disk Manager. The installers that Linux distros use are much better and automatically choose settings that will work for most people. If you already have Windows installed, the automatic configuration will choose a configuration that is good for dual booting. You can also do manual partitioning from the Linux installers if you need to.
  5. Make sure you order the developer version which comes with Ubuntu pre-installed. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the developer version is cheaper.
  6. Best FREE video editing software?

    Kdenlive, which is probably the best 100% free video editor, now has beta Windows builds.
  7. Password Manager Recommendations

    If you use a master password, the Firefox password manager is secure. No 2FA though. I personally use KeePass. It's not integrated into any browser by default, but there are extensions out there for it. I use KeePassHttp-Connector. It has a feature other password managers don't have called Auto-Type. It lets you enter passwords based on the title of the window, which is helpful if you often find yourself entering passwords into terminals or other programs that aren't your web browser. There's also Master Password. I haven't tried it, but it sounds very interesting. It's kind of a password manager, but there's no vault. It generates passwords based on some factors and uses them in a way that doesn't require a vault. You could lose all of your data, including data stored online, but you wouldn't lose your passwords. The downside is that if you want to change the master password, you have to change every password.
  8. Taskbar Orientation

    Vertical on Linux, horizontal on Windows, always visible.
  9. How Full is Your Taskbar or Dock?

    Only 3 are pinned: KeepassXC, Dolphin file manager and Firefox. I usually only have 3-7 programs open at a time.
  10. Foobar2000 acts as a frontend for command line tools. If my memory is correct, it'll just open as many instances of those tools as you have threads.
  11. Foobar2000 has a good frontend for conversion. It's a great music player too.
  12. If you use this PPA and use the open source drivers, you might get better performance. Mesa has improved a lot since Ubuntu 16.04 was released.
  13. Linux vs Windows Performance

    Volunteers are not fungible and there are 3 major competing enterprise Linux companies and many companies contribute to Linux in ways that benefit themselves. Unless someone swoops in, successfully claims total ownership of Linux and makes it proprietary, which would likely kill Linux in the process, people aren't going to unify like they would if they all had the same bosses to answer to. On the other hand, when people claim unification is the answer, they are often ignorant of the many valid concerns behind the fragmentation. Not every solution works best for everyone. Not every development team shares the same values. Linux developers are just not all one group, nor can they be. Some groups are more coherent than others.
  14. Linux vs Windows Performance

    To be more precise, when was the last time you used Linux for the desktop? Linux is definitely not better than Windows for the average gamer and there are usability issues for gaming, but it's usable in general and people are making it better.
  15. Linux vs Windows Performance

    Outdated? How? Sorry, but Windows is the OS that lacks innovation, except for voice assistance. There is MyCroft on Linux, but it's not as good as Cortana. Depends on the user. Linux works best for Programmers and people that only use computers for basic things like web browsing, music, movies, spreadsheets and documents. My mother and sister don't have any more trouble on Linux than they do on Windows, except Linux requires less maintenance. There are other groups of people that Linux works fine for, but those are the two main groups, IMO. True When was the last time you used Linux? Which distro you used also matters. You don't have to use the terminal on Linux. The bolded part is simply untrue. While it is true that Linux has a ways to go before it can truly compete with Windows or MacOS, the problems are not being ignored. Some users ignore them, but the people doing the actual work are not ignoring the issue and there has been a lot of progress. Except for ChromeOS and Android, which are not what I think of as true Linux, it is true that Linux hasn't really stuck in 1st world markets for the average consumer. There are successful companies that sell Linux computers (Dell, System76), but they're aimed at developers. It's also very difficult to displace the incumbent. However, there is a market for Linux in developing countries where Windows an MacOS simply aren't fit for the job due to costs and the limitations of the OSs, which is where things like Endless OS come in. Endless OS is designed to be easy to use and for people who live in areas where internet access is too costly or unreliable. While there are people that criticize Canonical for their lack of contribution to the rest of Linux (which is fair to a degree), I've never heard anybody that mattered say Ubuntu wasn't a real Linux OS. Just because you saw some elitist Arch Linux users or free software fanatics say it, doesn't mean most people think it.