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.
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