Some say...Ubuntu is faster...so I installed Ubuntu....played around and experienced it myself !
It reminded me of the time I used XD2.
I did not notice any performance differences between Ubuntu 8.04 vs openSUSE 11.0. The thing that could possible feel faster is the traditional GNOME menu. Ubuntu 8.04 still uses the traditional GNOME menu while openSUSE 11.0 uses the advanced Novell version of the GNOME menu.
So, my conclusion. If you change the openSUSE 11.0 menu to the traditional GNOME menu and disable some of the need features of openSUSE it feels very very similar.
Howto: transform openSUSE
Remove Beagle, Tomboy and Pulse Audio from your session preferences.
Remove the trash icon from the desktop in gconf-editor. (see screenshot)
customize the gnome panels - add some objects, remove some objects - see the screenshots below
You can even drop-in the Ubuntu wallpaper into your openSUSE distro - is it faster after these changes? ;-)
Maybe not a bad idea for the openSUSE team to make an automated procedure to change the menu's to the be similar to Ubuntu.
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