OpenSuse has built in snapshots-never reinstall the OS again

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OpenSuse has built-in snapshots. This means that you might never need to reinstall the OS again.

What does a snapshot do? It rolls you back to an earlier version before a problem happened. It is not a backup of your personal data. When when I use this? Let’s say there is a system update that causes your computer to not boot. You can choose an earlier snapshot from the boot menu and boot with that. Then you can set that snapshot to be the new default desktop and you are set with one line. It couldn’t be easier.

Now Windows can do a system restore but you also have to have previously configured the system backup tool. Most companies do not configure that since it would take up too much space on the hard drive. Wouldn’t OpenSuse take up space as well? Yes and no. Yes, it takes some space, but the file system allows compression so the amount of space it takes up is very small and can be overwritten when the information is no longer needed.

Mac can do snapshots but it has to be enabled by using the APFS filesystem instead of the more common HFS+. Most people don’t know how to do this. If they have used Time Machine, however, they have used that feature. The neat thing about it being built into the filesystem is that if you are anywhere you can fix your system without a backup. This is a very powerful ability and one that people have used it love.

The only thing that somewhat compares with this is called ZFS and that is something that most people don’t know how to configure/use. What OpenSuse does is make snapshots easy and automatically configured so that the average person can fix their computer. This would be incredible for tech support and reducing the costs of technology for a company. Get a virus? Roll back to a previous version. Incompatible update? Roll back. It means that IT people will not be needed because users will be self-helpable or at the very least cut down the process of restoring access to a few minutes.

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Honestly not using OpenSuse right now to me looks like a costly mistake at best, and stubbornness at worst.