I'm about to agree with him. I finally had my dual hard drive Dell Dimension 4700 desktop working like I wanted. I could boot Xandros Linux, Suse Linux, and Windows XP Pro all from one single graphical user interface. It took me a while to make it happen, and I actually have to give Xandros credit for installing "lilo" which actually worked for all the operating systems.
My problem happened this morning when Suse Watcher told me that there were security updates. I made the mistake of installing the updates. A very wise Linux user who lives south of Roanoke once told me that I should be careful about installing Linux updates since they almost always break things. I should have heeded his sage advice.
After running the update there was a warning to run a program if I was using "lilo." I tried to run the program and was unable to do so. I then decided to reboot. Unfortunately I found out that my mouse and keyboard would no longer work.
It's a long story, but after three or four hours I managed to get my SUSE running almost like it was. For some strange reason I no longer have access to "su" privileges. I also have to configure the networking each time I boot but I suspect I will eventually solve both of those problems.
While SUSE and Windows XP work fine from GRUB, Xandros doesn't work at all. I'm a little afraid to try to install "lilo" myself. The one try with a Xandros installation CD didn't seem to fix it so I think I'll post a support question on the Xandros support forum. I'm tired of tinkering with something just to get back to where I was. I didn't start using LInux to become a terminal expert.
The reality is that this isn't the first problem that I've had with SUSE. I'm almost to the point of throwing it off my desktop like I did on my laptop. I'm not interested in a Linux which breaks every time that I install a security update.
My SUSE installation has it's own hard drive so I think it should behave. The only problems that I have had with Xandros and Windows have come from SUSE. The worst thing is that I have actually spent money on SUSE. Actually I have spent more on it than I did on Apple's OS X. I bought one full install of SUSE and two upgrades in the last twelve months. I only bought Apple's Tiger once.
Right now if someone asked for my Linux recommendation, it would be Ubuntu. I don't think SUSE is ready for the masses. When my experiences today are added to having to reformat my hard drive when upgrading from SUSE 9.3 to 10.0 and then all the networking problems I had with my laptop, I would think the wisest thing to do is to look for another distribution that actually works as advertised.