Thoughts on OpenSUSE 11.0

Here are my experiences installing OpenSUSE 11.0 on my desktop PC (I had already successfully installed it on a VM). I opted for a KDE 3 desktop – I don’t like Gnome especially and KDE 4 is not ready for day-to-day use as far as I am concerned.

  • No problems at all with mixed IDE/SATA drives and GRUB 😉
  • Usual problems with NVidia drivers (corrupt screen on first entry to KDE). But this time, I could boot into safe mode, add the NVidia repository, install the drivers and restart. Much easier than previously if still not quite perfect.
  • I did have some problems setting up two screens this time but it is the first time I’ve had my big monitor (24″) at install time – I had to fiddle with the settings in the standard screen settings tool before I could get the NVidia settings tool to correctly recognise the size of the smaller screen.
  • I have a small issue with the NVidia drivers. I think that there is an issue with the latest drivers, I get an annoying screen blank every now and then. It is most noticable with some JavaScript enhanced web sites under FireFox for some odd reason. Under OpenSUSE 10.3, this was crashing KDE (which is why I got round to installing 11!)
    UPDATE 2008-07-17: This may, in the end, have been a hardware issue – I reseated the cables and everything is stable at the moment
  • YAST gets better and better. This is where you really see the benefits of being backed by a professional organisation (Novell).
  • You still can’t set up a network bridge in YAST though 🙁
    However, it is easy if you follow the instructions in my previous blog entry.
  • Everything seems a bit faster though that might be down to a fresh install?
  • One thing that is massively faster is installation and update of packages – Phew! At last, one of the biggest issues with SUSE has finally been cracked. It is now very fast indeed.
  • The extra back/forward buttons on my Logitech mouse work without any additional configuration – nice touch! Though the left/right scroll still doesn’t work 🙁
    UPDATE 2008-07-20: Ah ha! This one is due to an oddity in the key-mappings of the Logitech mouse that I use. Hopefully, I’ll now be able to sort this out when I get a chance
  • There is still a bug in YAST that drops the default router at random. this stops Host Networking from working under VirtualBox
  • Julian

    Bug submitted: 411276

  • Julian

    Hey, thanks for visiting Joe. Nice to know that an OpenSUSE “heavyweight” has visited this poor corner of the interweb.

    Rest assured that anything that I consider a bug in SUSE and that I can repeat will be filed. Most of what I’ve listed is not really a SUSE issue but either drivers or not easily repeated.

    The only one that I really consider a bug is the loosing default route settings.

    Having YAST able to create a bridge would be super though.

    Regards, J.

  • Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier

    Thanks for posting detailed comments about openSUSE – if you’re seeing consistent bugs, please feel free to file a bug in our bugzilla. (bugzilla.novell.com) We can really use the info. Thanks!