Posts tagged ‘OpenSuSE’

openSUSE 11.2: Getting Started!

First things first, let me once again tell you I’ve become a huge fan of openSUSE. it’s absolutely everything I look for in an OS Desktop OS.

Now I’m gonna write my experience down. A few slight quirks, which was not SUSE’s fault but since I’m new to it [ well I used it a year ago, but that was only for a month], it was mainly because I wasn’t aware of SUSE’s way of doing things.

openSUSE is well known for it’s user-friendliness. YAST has the ultimate tool which is everything that you need in order to control your system. From repositories to Kernel Modules, you can customize anything using it. It’s an all in one super control center for your machine.

I will only talk about KDE here, since I don’t use Gnome.

After the install was over, I was asked to update around 500megs of packages. I was shocked as this was a fresh install. So I went into YasT -> Software Management->Installation Summary, and found out that the packages were mainly aspell and OpenOffice Language packs. So I taboofied them as I didn’t want them installed ever. 😀

My update was then cut from 500 to 23Mb and I updated a few packages.

Immediately I had to get the Nvidia driver to fix my display. So, I added the Nvidia repo and installed the driver.

Then I wanted to see how multimedia support was. As I had installed from the KDE Live CD and not the DVD [which I have downloaded later to keep incase of a re-install], I needed to download a lot of stuffs, mainly codecs and players,etc. I came accross this guide in the forum which helped me get started.

Being an Arch user the best part I liked about openSUSE was their Additional Package Repositories. It is like AUR but segmented into various categories.

So I added a few repos from there, like KDE community,backports, VLC, Education, Games,etc. Now that I learnt how to use YaST, I wanted to check out the CLI way in openSUSE. You have to use zypper.

So to refresh the package repos [as root]:

zypper ref

To list repos:

zypper lr

To check upates:

zypper lu

To update:

zypper up

To check patches:

zypper pchk

zypper lp

[I still don’t know the difference between these two commands.]

Anyway, so I was quite happy with my KDE 4.3.1 for a few days and then decided to see how I can manage to install KDE 4.3.3. I asked about it in the forum, and was pretty much satisfied with the quick reply.So, my KDE upgrade was successful.

Overall my openSUSE 11.2 experience was quite good. It impressed me. Last year when I tried it, I had lotsa problems. YaST was slow. KDE4.1 was buggy, it would crash every few minutes. But this time around they really released a polished, stable, great looking desktop. YaST works fine and so far no crashes. For the first time, I can suspend to disk easily without any system instability. I am loving my SUSE. 😉


[screenshot] openSUSE 11.2 KDE

[rant] OpenSUSE to save disappointed buntu followers

I just wanted to share this with my readers, specially for those poor souls who suffered a huge deal due to ubuntu’s karmic kick and made them look like helpless koalas jumping from one branch to other in search of peace.
Well, welcome to the GNU/Linux world. If stuff don’t work for you, then you can do two things:

1. Try and fix them.
2. Trash it, and use something that works.

You have been trying the 1st option, let me suggest you the 2nd. I recommend Mandriva 2010 as well as openSuSE 11.2 which will be out in 2 hours from now. I have personally used mandriva 2010 and haven’t found any issues. Xorg works great out of the box and nvidia driver can be easily installed. Mandriva also has a huge repository plus the unofficial ones to meet all your needs.
OpenSUSE is also one tough chameleon. You should check it out. Beautiful installer backed by a great desktop theme. So drop that buntu and come play in the wild. I will be trying out openSUSE in a few hours. You should too. 😀

I just thought it would help a lot of buntu followers who were heart-broken after this 9.10 mishap. Mandriva and OpenSUSE are seriously under-rated and pushed aside compared to ubuntu. If they try openSUSE and mandriva then they will realise that Linux != ubuntu. There are other options. Not everyone can use slackware or Arch or gentoo due to various reasons,being lack of time or interests. OpenSUSE, Mandriva, can seriously save them a lot of troubles and save us from a lot of trouble of trying to fix-buntu issues. Just look at the sheer number of posts that has popped up lately in ubuntu forums, “ubuntu has no xorg.conf file” , ” I can’t see my desktop.”, “net doesn’t connect” etc.
I think openSUSE is disliked by many GNU/Linux lovers [due to Novell’s infamous MS deal] and Mandriva has made some very lousy management decisions in the past, which gave Canonical a huge opportunity to bring buntu to where it is today. However, that shouldn’t bother you as an end-user. Fanboyism has gotta stop! If only new Linux users realised this truth , they would dump that bloated distribution and go pick up something better that offers everything and much more in a better way. It is just lack of information coupled with “oh my god, i won’t be able to understand how to use another new linux distro, I’ll just stick to my buntu,” mentality that’s been undermining these distros and making more room for Canonical to grow.
That is neither good nor productive in FOSS world. Competition accelerates development.

EDIT: And it’s OUT!

For download info check out my post in the LQ forum.