Things to dislike about SUSE 10.3

Published: | by Julian Knight Reading time ~2 min.
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OK, so we’ve have the good things about openSUSE 10.3, now for the bad. * The repository and package installation management in openSUSE 10.3 sucks – bigtime! * I’m often getting failures to read the control files from the Internet (though normal browsing works fine), * it is slow – really very very very slow, * and you do seem to get weird dependency issues more often than other distros, * there are too many fairly standard packages missing from the default repositories so you have to configure third party ones (at least this is often easier with the 1-click install facility now available), * 1-click install seems to often fail or takes >5 minutes to jump into life, * Why do I have to keep importing new repository keys? It makes a mockery of the security because I get blasé about it and always say yes, * Why does running a package install totally kill the system performance? * I thought that there were a number of important commands missing from the distro but it turned out that the installation didn’t set /sbin in the path so that things like the hdparm command were not found * It sets the “name” of my machine to something based on what the DHCP server on my router has given it rather than the name of machine that I set on installation (this shows up in YAST and on the command line). Not really a problem but a niggle * libata seems to break some software

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Update 2008-01-29</span>: Hmm, not so sure now that scanning is working though I&#8217;ve also taken out my PATA hard drives so who knows? In fact, the release notes show that libata can be disabled at boot-time using the boot option &#8220;hwprobe=-modules.pata&#8221; if it causes problems 
  • In particular, scanning was only working with Kooka (which is very basic). My normal cross-platform scanning software – VueScan – doesn’t work, nor does the propriatory version of iScan (for Epson scanners)

    Update 2008-01-29: Now sorted. It turned out I hadn’t fully configured my Epson scanner in YAST. Though I don’t know whether removing my PATA hard drives may have changed things also. Anyway, both VueScan and iScan now work – hooray! Well, despite all of these, I’m still finding it the best available right now. Overall I’d have to say that it is a well balanced distro and does most things you want right out of the box. I’ll stick with it for now.

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