"I want to USE my computer"
""I want to USE my computer"
Well quite. So do most non-geeks, possibly even some el Reg readers. These folks might want to look at SUSE (or OpenSuse).
Its target market, as noted in the article, is traditionally largely the corporate market. In that market, one of the main reasons for abandoning Windows is that truly sensible IT people want/need something that just works, out of the box, without hours and hours of geek-fun both before you get started and on an ongoing basis. It goes without saying that Windows has unlimited geek-fun (and associated costs, which sensible management want minimised).
Suse just gets on with it. Geek-fun is fine if you are a geek (and the world does need geeks, but not everybody wants to, or needs to, or can, be geeky).
I presume this lack of geek-fun is one reason why there isn't much Suse buzz in articles/comments like this. But speaking as someone who's been tinkering with Linux at work and at home since RH4, but as someone for who Linux is a means to an end not an end in itself, Suse does what I need, without the geek-fun.
Suse even includes a printable PDF manual which is appropriate for the day to day tasks people do on PCs, and the manual is the right version for the products included in the current version of Suse - for goodness sake where's the geekiness in that?
At home I started with SuSe 8 and have largely been happy ever since. I've tried Mandrake/Mandriva and I've tried Ubuntu and I've always come back to Suse. I've yet to try Mint but its alleged big selling point (multimedia friendliness) doesn't seem that big when Suse has one-click codec download+install for the ones that aren't installed by default (and the reason some codecs aren't installed by default is because it's legally dubious to do so, especially for a corporate setup who might be a target for the lawyers).
At work I am using Suse 11 for some moderately heavy coding; the official platform is WinXP/Visual Studio 2005 but for the loosely-gcc-related work I'm doing, Eclipse/CDT on Suse (11, fwiw) (in a VMware Player so IT don't see me) is just so much more productive.
As noted in the article, (Open)Suse can come on a DVD which is nearly full. One reason for this is that the "desktop war" silliness which (e.g.) keeps Kubuntu distinct from Ubuntu is hidden from you. The single Suse DVD has both popular desktops (Gnome and KDE), and one installed system can have one or both. Your choice. It's also your choice to not include the vast majority of apps on the CD (most users may not want programming tools, for example) but a known good set of apps for various fields are on the DVD for those who may want them.
If you want to try before you download or buy the full DVD, there are two separate Live CDs, one for Suse with Gnome, and one for Suse with KDE. Don't worry if you don't know the difference. The latest Live CDs can also be used as install CDs. Again, where's the geek-fun in that? It just works.
I'd imagine if you're an SME about to venture into Linux (which lots of them should be looking at) that Suse might be an excellent starting point. Focus on what it can do for you.
Have a lot of fun (of the geek kind if you wish, or otherwise of whatever kind you fancy).
Suse does have one big snag. I can't remember how to capitalise IT.