Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 07:00 UTC, submitted by Ron
SuSE, openSUSE "Last week OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1 was released, and in addition to including KDE 4.0, PulseAudio integration, and various package updates, Alpha 1 features improvements to the OpenSuSE installer. This installer uses Qt4 and is much improved, which warranted us taking a closer look."
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Looks good..
by wakeupneo on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 08:26 UTC
wakeupneo
Member since:
2005-07-06

...but I vaguely remember the map selector on another distro's installation routine. I've been through a few over the years so I couldn't tell you which...but it was the same thing. A no-brainer feature really...

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RE: Looks good..
by butters on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 08:43 UTC in reply to "Looks good.."
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Anyone know if the timezone selector is based on Marble?

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RE[2]: Looks good..
by Torsten Rahn on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 11:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks good.."
Torsten Rahn Member since:
2005-08-20

> Anyone know if the timezone selector is based
> on Marble?

No the map in the installer is not based on Marble (http://edu.kde.org/marble). However IMHO using it in an installer would be a perfect usecase given that:

- it shouldn't be an issue to strip Marble down to a 2 MB package including the required worldmap data
- Marble depends on Qt4 only
- Marble ships with a Qt-Designer plugin
- Marble doesn't require OpenGL
- Marble uses little physical memory compared to other virtual globes / zoomable maps
- Marble has a custom InputHandler interface
- Marble is themable through and through (including shading, colorization, label styles, etc.).

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RE: Looks good..
by h3rman on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 09:35 UTC in reply to "Looks good.."
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

Might have been Fedora.
Phoronix even mentions Anaconda, btw.

Edited 2008-01-23 09:37 UTC

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Take a leafe
by RawMustard on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 09:22 UTC
RawMustard
Member since:
2005-10-10

It's good to see another linux distro producer trying to polish linux a bit. I know it's all useless eye candy at the end of the day, but it certainly pulls people in. It's about time the Ubuntu folks woke up and realized you can polish a turd for ever, but it will always be a turd!

And before the buntu fan boys mod me down, I use Ubuntu everywhere because apt is my friend, but that spew brown and beige is a bit over the top again and again ;) A few peas and carrots thrown in would do wonders!

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=665874

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About time
by SlackerJack on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 10:03 UTC
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

The installer got a face lift, SuSE's is long and boring, one of the worse I've tried.

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Suse rOcKs!
by Odisej on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 11:08 UTC
Odisej
Member since:
2006-05-11

I must say I was truly surprised by SuSE. Installed it on my quazi-server and it works wonderfully. Tried it a while ago but was not that impressed as i encountered too many problems. Small, true, but nevertheless anoying. 10.3 seems like a rock solid distro. This is why:
- I am using KDE desktop. Not one crash since I installed the system.
- Easy updates (one-click-installation) work great!
- Wonderful networking configuration tools included in YaST.
- Regular updates
- Wonderful community (en par with Puppy and Ubuntu)
- And it seems to solve a big problem I encountered on Ubuntu and Fedora with my external USB Soundblaster (some strange behavior when it would go into some kind of loop using processor at 100% and not stopping until restart).
I am really looking forward to 11.0. I hope they will solve an inconvenience involving YaST though. It is a bit slow when updating, compared to ubuntu or fedora.

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GUIs killed the command line star
by TrendKill on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 11:09 UTC
TrendKill
Member since:
2006-01-21

I say nay to all this useless eyecandy. Give me a curses-based installer please. Although I still wouldn't install openSUSE to save my life. But anyways, my comment is useless, I'm sure theres an option for a text install.

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NotInterested Member since:
2008-01-02

For as long as I remember Suse always had the option for a text installer. Oh and it worked gracefully even for network installations.

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.....
by islander on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 13:51 UTC
islander
Member since:
2007-04-11

Pity aesthetics dont always equal performance.Since Suse 10 it has been a hit and miss affair for me.More misses than hits.

This upcoming release looks awesome though.I wish the team of developers well.

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by Hiev on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 14:30 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

I think it looks nice, but browsing the web or playing a game while installing is something I like about the Ubuntu live cd, I don't really spend the installation looking at the installer, no matter how pretty it is.

Edited 2008-01-23 14:30 UTC

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re
by netpython on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 14:30 UTC
netpython
Member since:
2005-07-06

SuSE allways managed in my opinion to produce nice wallpapers and bootscreens. So this pleasently looking installer seems logical to me.

Anyway easthetics sells, just have a look At Apple.

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marbe
by REMF on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 18:14 UTC
REMF
Member since:
2006-02-05

new installer looks ace, and it would indeed be a marvellous example of integration if marble was used for the timezone selector.

looking forward to 11.0, especially if KDE 4.1 makes the release.

i realise the schedules are awkward, but if anyone can pull off using pre-release 4.1 then the opensuse devs can.

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Something not right
by Al2001 on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 18:31 UTC
Al2001
Member since:
2005-07-06

I find it odd that a linux centric site would watermark it's images.

I realise they have that choice, but it still doesn't sit right with me.

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RE: Something not right
by DrillSgt on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 18:41 UTC in reply to "Something not right"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"I find it odd that a linux centric site would watermark it's images.

I realise they have that choice, but it still doesn't sit right with me."


They did the work. Without the watermark one of us could write our own review without even installing it..just steal the screen shots. They should be watermarked IMO.

I find it odd that linux centric companies such as RedHat brand Linux as their own....and make you have to go through and remove all such brands before distributing it (CentOs).

Yes, that was sarcastic, but you get the idea I'm sure.. ;)

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RE[2]: Something not right
by h3rman on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Something not right"
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

I find it odd that linux centric companies such as RedHat brand Linux as their own....and make you have to go through and remove all such brands before distributing it (CentOs).


Red Hat makes it even easier than necessary to distribute "RHEL" without the "RH".

Edited 2008-01-23 19:28 UTC

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RE: Something not right
by berzerko on Thu 24th Jan 2008 03:49 UTC in reply to "Something not right"
berzerko Member since:
2005-11-11

more like a tidal-wavemark

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