Linked by Anand Vaidya on Wed 5th Jan 2005 18:19 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE On October 22, 2004, Novell released SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 (abbreviated as SLP9.2 henceforth) targeted at the home user and Linux enthusiast crowd. Since I am already using SUSE 9.1 for my daily work on my IBM laptop, I was quite eager to check out 9.2. SLP9.1 is already a very polished Linux distribution, with tons of software ready to go. So here's a SuSE user's review of 9.2 after several weeks using the new version. Update: Also see some 9.2 screenshots with KDE and Gnome.
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Suse 9.2 is ok
by Josh on Wed 5th Jan 2005 18:43 UTC

I have the pro cds and yea I would have to agree with the author on the good points. I submit however, that advanced users might not like it though because suse has a ton more config files because of yast in etc than I've seen in most distros. So its harder to find what you need to edit in some cases to get the affect.

Also, while it ran fine for the most part on his Athlon 64, Suse runs sluggish on a PIII 500 mhz, hell some of the yast modules dont even seem to load and seem to just hang, which I use. I found that slackware with the same software runs quicker, though I do admit going to from the 2.4 kernel to the 2.6 kernel adds some sluggishness (as least thats what i personally notice).

Now this might be a bug that was fixed by an update but I notced that when using yast over ssh it didn't seem to save my settings, at least for setting up a vnc server (although I admit their command line driven part of yast is impressive by look anyway).

Anyways these are just my experiences I would like to contribute. I am in fact using Suse 9.2 right now and I think its a good distro for new people with moderatly new computers. (My only rant being the lack of codec support but just install the xine and codec rpm files from another website, you can google and find the win32 codecs in suse format).

Article is really nothing new
by Linux_geek on Wed 5th Jan 2005 18:51 UTC

Rather than anything in article, the backgroupd pic of beauty in the last screenshot is worth a look!!!!

RE: Suse 9.2 is ok
by Vavil on Wed 5th Jan 2005 18:52 UTC

I agree with you !
I've got one running on a server and a AMD64 laptop and it run like a charm ... unless you try to do something not implemented in YAST ... like twinview ( with the nvidia drivers activated !!) on the same graphic card ... ( on mandrake 10.1 it's much easier ! and you can get painlessly the last update of it ! )
Otherwise it's clear that graphicaly suse 9.2 rips ! Also the apps and kde 3.3 ... on mandrake 10.1 you've got the packages but no words on how to install ...

SuSE is very nice
by jeff_B on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:05 UTC

I have tried SuSE, and I'd even buy it, but its too KDE-centric for my tastes.

Its very quality but...

Something about KDE's bubbly-ness I can't stand!

I wish Ubuntu would make a boxed version with nice manual like SuSE does!

Good review.
by Dark_Knight on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:05 UTC

A good over view of what the distribution offers consumers as well nice seeing a reviewer bench the software on multiple systems.

As for the issue regarding codec support in SuSE Linux this link should be useful for those wanting full codec support.

Graphics GPU support
by Dark_Knight on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:33 UTC

Regarding the comment "Manual update for nVidia drivers are still necessary to fully exploit the hardware" found in the article. It should be noted that Novell provides an optional package to be installed via YOU (YaST Online Update) called "fetchnvidia" (aka: Download NVIDIA drivers) which will fetch and auto-install NVIDIA 3D drivers. Unfortunately there is no script yet for ATI users. Anyway, just as with Windows that doesn't supply 3D drivers with the OS it's the same with Linux distributions. The user can either choose to manually install the latest 3D driver from NVIDIA or ATI (depending on GPU) or choose the auto-install script mentioned for NVIDIA users. I believe Novell is the only Linux developer to offer such a script to auto-install 3D drivers. Not surprising considering their exceptional hardware Plug & Play (aka: Hot Plug) support.

Also it should be noted that Novell provides support for a wide variety of graphics GPU both non-DCC (ie: Geforce/Radeon) and DCC (Quadro, FireGL, Wildcat). A list of the supported cards can be found in YaST as well the "SuSE Linux Hardware Database"

my opinion
by darren on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:41 UTC

I am testing SUSE 9.2 on my laptop. With the 2.6.8-24.10-default kernel.

It is a 1.6 Centrino with 512M RAM. And, SUSE is so much more sluggish compared to my Mandrake 10.0 Community version.

If you prefer Gnome ...
by kitzilla on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:53 UTC

... but like SUSE, as I do, you might wanna give Novell Desktop Linux a try. ISOs are free for download; it costs $50/yr for access to Novell's Red Carpet update services (and I understand this can be purchased at a discount from Novell agents.

NDL is very SUSE. Thanks to the Ximian crew, you get a very tidy and polished Gnome 2.6 desktop. Comes with a Gnome-themed Firefox as the default browser, a Ximified Open Office, and a very orderly menu with well-chosen packages. I dropped-in a custom background image in Ximian grey, and it's all very snappy and businesslike.

It's possible to install KDE under NDL, also.

I also have SUSE 9.2. Was surprised to find SUSE's stock version of Evolution apparently did not ship with Connector -- a bit of a surprise. Perhaps I just missed the package and someone here will correct me.

But connector is included in the NDL ISOs. It's the first time I've been able to reliably access our corporate mail from within a pure Linux environment. Very refreshing.

You get a lot for your money with either SUSE 9.2 or NDL. I've decided to buy a seat license and continue with NDL this year. No fuss, no bother. And it runs just like its SUSE brother.

suse 9.2 on a shuttle amd64
by muji on Wed 5th Jan 2005 19:54 UTC

suse 9.2 (32bit) works very very well on an nvidia based amd64 based shuttle box. only issues are:
* that the nvidia opengl acceleration was not enabled despite the official reciple - i needed to hack it to go...
* the front facing USB ports do not work
* the sound does not work (front or back sockets)
(all the above work with windows xp home)

people may like the fact that realplayer, acrobat reader, flash plugins all just work fine...

people may not like the fact that firefox is still a very patched 0.9 series and not 1.0 ... even on the updates.

Firefox 1.0
by Zeke on Wed 5th Jan 2005 20:17 UTC

You can get official SUSE Firefox 1.0 rpms from the ftp server: They also have Thunderbird as well as Mozilla suite builds in there as well.

Adherence to standards ( LSB, FHS, IETF)
by Ricardo on Wed 5th Jan 2005 21:00 UTC

That should be part of all reviews.
That will force the distributions to keep some standards.

SuSE still has problems with laptops
by Greg George on Wed 5th Jan 2005 21:29 UTC

I am very impressed with SuSE on the desktop, but for laptop support things are still messed up. On my Inspiron 8200 I can't get my built in WiFi to work and I can't close the lid with the nVidia drivers. This is one of the reasons I switched over to OSX, things work as expected and there is no reason to fight with the configuration.

Linux is getting there but it's still a ways to go before it's useful for folks that don't want to fool with things to get everything running.

suse 9.2
by Anonymous on Wed 5th Jan 2005 21:48 UTC

i'm using suse 9.2 now, and i'm loving it, its the best version yet, its stable, fast, snappy and everything is well integrated as well as most of the packages being new, like the kernel and xorg 6.8.1 and kde 3.3.

i think the direction suse is taking is the best, not too noobish like xandros and lindows and at the same time with cutting edge software that is'nt unstable and easy to use, it has the best balance for a linux desktop distro for a normal user.

It fried my laptop
by JoeBlowHard on Wed 5th Jan 2005 21:57 UTC

I installed Suse 9.2 and it fired my laptop. After installing it I left my computer on and went to bed. When I woke the morning my laptop was dead. I suspect the lack of support for ACPI and APM caused my computer to run too hot.

I learned my lesson. I will never install Linux or BSD or any other *nix on a laptop. NEVER! It simply isn't ready for general laptop use. Plus wireless support is terrible. On Windows it's point-click-and-done!

Re: Suse ease of use
by Bill Shahan on Wed 5th Jan 2005 22:35 UTC

I began using Suse a month ago. I find it difficult, perhaps because of poor documentation. I have 4 problems: 1) My wireless card does not connect (although Suse detected and installed), 2)PDA does not connect, 3) I'm at a loss when I try to download, e.g. Gnucash, and 4) I've developed a problem with shutdown, and openoffice tells me I'm already accessing, so should leave the program. I plan to join a local forum or possibly a Vo-Tech class. Part of the problem, I think is Suse's flexibility. To make significant inroads, Linux will pretty much have to spoon feed everything. But I like it's look and "feel" of operation.

2.6 malloc() bug
by Chuckles Barnes on Wed 5th Jan 2005 22:44 UTC

Doesn't the kernel supplied iwth this version of SuSE contain the infamous malloc() bug which would cause USB mice to "hang" while changing virtual terminals?
If so, I'd say thats a showstopper for sure.

Chuckles B.

Video Card Support
by Andrzej on Wed 5th Jan 2005 22:51 UTC

Does anyone know how to get a pci-X geforce 6600 to work under suse or any other distro it seems that i can't get it to work even after installing nvidia drivers.

Re: Suse and nVidia
by Joe Kowalski on Wed 5th Jan 2005 23:10 UTC

I believe Novell is the only Linux developer to offer such a script to auto-install 3D drivers.

Gentoo has had ebuild scripts in portage (not third party) which handle the installation of the nVidia drivers for a VERY long time.....

Suse Experience
by RobertN on Wed 5th Jan 2005 23:29 UTC

Summary of my experience with Suse 9.2 on my Centrino Pentium-M laptop:

(-)Wireless works about half the time
(-)Powerdown does not work (it reboots on shutdown)
(-)Hibernation does not work
(-)No XOrg ATI drivers and no option to use XFree
(+)Best hardware management tool (Yast) I've ever tried
(+)Best KDE integeration I've ever tried

As a whole, I am rather dissapointed because I expected the above not to be of issue after reading the initial reviews. I expected Suse 9.2 to be a notch above the others but it is not IMHO.

Re: Suse ease of use @ Bill Shahan.
by Dark_Knight on Wed 5th Jan 2005 23:40 UTC


Sorry to hear your SuSE Linux experience was not enjoyable for you. Where you using an older release such as SuSE Linux Personal 9.1 (Personal now axed) or current SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 release? I currently use SLP 9.1 and have used both wireless and bluetooth devices successfully with out any hassle. After testing several Linux distributions I found SuSE Linux and Novell's other offerings are best geared to consumers (private and enterprise). If you are familiar using Windows XP then you should be able to use SuSE Linux just as easily since it comes with familiar tools (ie: YaST Control Center, UI, Plug & Play, Remote Desktop, etc). As the reviewer in the article already mentioned the distribution comes with very detailed and helpful end user and Administrator documentation. More than I ever got with a Windows purchase. What was not mentioned is that this information is also contained in the SuSE Help Center located on the desktop shortcut link. There's also an online library for users here and the user forums as well as "How-To" manuals here should be useful to you. If you have purchased SuSE Linux then it came with technical support included or you can use Novell's pay per incident support packages if your support has expired. See here for more info Alternately you could have a technician use Remote Desktop to help resolve your issues. You can find out more regarding Remote Desktop in the SuSE Help Center.

SUSE 9.2 Pro is too broken for me
by Michael Will on Wed 5th Jan 2005 23:59 UTC

I tried suse 9.2 at home, it's just as bad as 9.1 when it first came out, isn't it?

1. installing the developer software-group (not active by default) installes not just the c compiler
and kernel source for the current kernel, but also a usermode-linux kernel. It then messes up the
config by replacing /boot/vmlinuz and /boot/initrd so that the machine tries to boot with that
usermode-kernel - which of course fails before even mounting the rootfilesystem via reiserfs module.
The fix was to use the grub menu to edit the parameters to load the correct one and then after booting
fix the menu.lst up.

2. now that that works, it runs fine until I try to mount my other reiserfs partition from /dev/hdc1 that
was there from a previous suse 9.1 installation. system freezes, nothing in the logs.

3. now I installed fedora core 3 and am failry happy. That suse pro stuff is banana software - ripens in the
customers hands. I guess Novell has changed the priorities for SUSE in favour of the enterprise edition?

Before 9.1 I could always recommend SUSE Pro but since then it seems the QA is missing a lot.


In general
by jp on Wed 5th Jan 2005 23:59 UTC

>>I installed Suse 9.2 and it fired my laptop. After installing it I left my computer on and went to bed. When I woke the morning my laptop was dead. I suspect the lack of support for ACPI and APM caused my computer to run too hot.

I learned my lesson. I will never install Linux or BSD or any other *nix on a laptop. NEVER! It simply isn't ready for general laptop use. Plus wireless support is terrible. On Windows it's point-click-and-done!

Hold up. I do not know about Suse. I have never used. But with Fedora and Gentoo, my Presario 2100 is the best. Who ever knows about this laptop, knows how noisy and hot it is under windows. With Gentoo I do not have any complains, in fact that is the main reason for me to use Linux. So maybe is your laptop, which you didnt specify what it was. So do not generalize only because you had a bad expirience. If I do the same, I will say that windows is not ready for laptops either.

v SuSE sucks fedora rules
by mr X on Thu 6th Jan 2005 00:05 UTC
To Author on UML
by HeLfReZ on Thu 6th Jan 2005 00:14 UTC

If I am not mistaken, the yast-uml package is on the DVD install, along with alot of other packages that are not on the cd install version like qemu.

Does anyone know how to get a pci-X geforce 6600 to work under suse or any other distro it seems that i can't get it to work even after installing nvidia drivers.

Just a minor correction, it isn't a PCI-X, its a PCIe graphics card; a PCI-X has NO relationship with PCI Express, both are difference pieces of technology.

Regarding PCI-Express support for Nvidia, check Nvidia driver README file, there should be some information relating to the setup of PCI-Express graphics cards, you also might want to check the xorg.conf setup, removing and special settings you may have added.

by X on Thu 6th Jan 2005 00:47 UTC


suse is ok
by seshu yamajala on Thu 6th Jan 2005 03:11 UTC

I thought suse was ok when i tried it. I got it from novell during the summer, if anyone remembers that linux techinal kit give away. To bad companies like eclinicalworks don't support suse, but hopefully they will let me port it when i work there in the summer. It sounds to me like the eclinical guys don't know what they are doing but they seem to have a product that people like. I guess i'll see what its like when my parents get it setup on they're new redhat system.

Well composed review!
by george on Thu 6th Jan 2005 03:26 UTC

However, comparing any version of Linux to FreeBSD on the same hardware, I've observed that FreeBSD is the most responsive and secure of the popular operating systems available for the x86. Darwin looks very good also!

When evaluating any operating system, my main concern is stability! Of course, it is also my opinion that any version of Linux would be better that anything from the company in Redmond, Washington, (we don't need no stinkin' memory leaks). Linux is no longer an experimental OS, it has made it to the desktop and deserves the recognition as a "main player" in the OS market. I've used SUSE 9.1 Pro and found it to be a very full featured operating environment. That said, I'll probably pick up a copy of their latest offering to play with.

ACPI get fixed soon? Linux isn't ready for the laptop.
by TheCenter on Thu 6th Jan 2005 03:40 UTC

Ha! I've been waiting for a long time for acpi to work properly. I reckon that when ACPI works properly there will be some other standard for laptops. I waited so long I gave up and returned to windows xp. I want to be able to hibernate and suspend on the road and I haven't seen linux do that consistently.

So much talk about the desktop... linux needs to focus on the laptop...

64bit a no go for me
by Anonymous on Thu 6th Jan 2005 04:51 UTC

i initially installed 64bit 9.2 on my dell laptop. due to architecture dependency of the rpms there are bunch of software that i need to recomplie: knetmon, firestarter, stardict, gaim, azureus and some theme files. worst of all bunch of xine files( quicktime and wmv video files problem no sound no video...

and then i found out wacom tablet doesnt work in 64bit xorg server. the same config in xf86config failed on the 64bit distro.

in the end i went back to 32bit, everythings fine now.

aside from the rants above, the following works fine:
nvidia 3d driver
external lcd monitor (vga out)
notebook power management (suspend, sleep)

by Nathaniel Heng on Thu 6th Jan 2005 05:09 UTC

I have still not been able to use K3b successfully with Suse 9.2 or Mandrake 10.1 official. for SUSE, it said something about running CDRecord at root. With the new mandrake, its been fixed but when I tried to copy a simple vcd, a mac os cd, and a pc cd, still haven't been able to successfully complete a burn. I'm using the yamaha 2100 scsi cdrw burner

Reg SuSE Issues
by antrix on Thu 6th Jan 2005 08:47 UTC

Anand, RobertN, TheCenter and JoeBlowHard: Regarding powermanagement and ACPI. Please understand that it's not always Linux at fault! Many manufacturers have broken ACPI BIOS implementations; they provide software level workarounds when they write the Windows drivers. And switch to MacOSX for laptop support.. come on, they make the hardware AND they make the software.. how can you go wrong with that?! :-)

As a workaround, disable ACPI and fall back to APM. I know, you won't get all the ACPI niceties but at least you don't get a burned laptop! :-) Anand, I have an IBM R40 and ACPI has never ever worked for me with any of the distros I've tried. Switch to APM and u'll get working Suspend and (sorta) working Hibernate.

ATI Drivers:

Reg Firefox 1.0: The rpms that Zeke pointed to are not official. They are built by SuSE employees and usually use the same build infrastructure. Nevertheless - they are officially unsupported.

Bill Shahan: Have you got OOo-quickstart running? That caused problems on logout for me.

Wireless support: This is again a manufacturer support issue. No drivers and unreleased hardware specs - how do you support such hardware? Still, thanks to ndiswrapper, lots of windows only cards now work. I beleive Centrino wireless works out of the box with SuSE 9.2 (and other new distros like Ubuntu). Centrino certainly works with 9.1 as I have it running personally.

Take a look at my SuSE 9.1 page for more tips on laptop support and getting the latest KDE/GNOME installed.

Laptop is essential !!!
by Anonymous on Thu 6th Jan 2005 08:48 UTC

almost 50% of the computers sold today are laptops. I want to switch over to linux but I cannot do it if Hibernation function is not working. I have come to the conclusion that i can use my softwares on linux using crossover and win4lin but the simple issue of having no fully functional ACPI will not make me take the step!!!

If the linux community wants to truly take off and seriously enter the os market, the programing gurus should drop all other work and focus to fix this issue!

It's a evul circle. People stays of Linux by particular support reasons (like it doesn't change fan speeds on the laptops or something), and they switch to another operating system INSTEAD of telling someone about the problem. If noone is using his laptop with Linux the laptop themself won't be supported 'cause why support a computer half-way while noone is using the software on that computer?
The more people demanding Linux on their laptops the more developer'll fix the issues with those, as they did with the desktop computers and webbservers and everywhere else where Linux is already the best alternative.

More people gets better drivers than less people!
Less isn't more!

Not satisfied with it
by benq on Thu 6th Jan 2005 14:24 UTC

The last two versions of SuSE cured me from it. More USB problems than one may stand with my equipment, no reaction on the detailed bugreport, bugs, bugs and some more bugs, kernel updates via YOU that fry your system ... yes SuSE WAS a killer Distro and it still seems on the first glance, but if you go out to check some of the stuff thats on the DVD and which is not chosen by default much of it gives a crashmanager notification and that's it, if you begin to really work with the system you may remark a dozen hickups and glitches everywhere. For comparison: SuSE 9.1 Updates: 2.1 GB, Mandrake 10.0 updates: 1.2 GB and they fixed the same security holes, so the difference is bugs ... Try Mandrake, try Mepis and you'll feel the difference in quality ...

More on my Suse 9.2 Experience
by RobertN on Thu 6th Jan 2005 14:43 UTC


Let me clear things up. I am a Windows user, or Windows whore, if you may. Over the course of a year I try to run Linux whenever a major distro revamp occurs just to see if I can finally switch for good. To be fair, Suse 9.2 is the best I've yet to try. I can live without hibernation/suspend mode. Similarily, I have read that a mere kernel update with Yast fixes the powerdown issue for many people using Suse 9.2 out of the box. However, the lack of what I deem as reliable wireless support is what truly turned me off Suse 9.2... back to being a Windows whore, for the time being. Each time I booted up Suse 9.2 there was a 50/50 chance that wireless would work for the given session; this is unacceptable. Most of the time I would have to reboot to get wireless going or sometimes I would have to run Yast to "redo" the wireless device installation. Also, the lack of an XOrg ATI driver and the inability to rever to XFree, which does have an ATI driver for it, annoyed me. The link you gave has ATI drivers for up to 9.1, which can run XFree, unlike 9.2 which exclusively runs XOrg.

APCI not configured at install. Turn it on.
by Kevin on Thu 6th Jan 2005 15:46 UTC

I have installed SLP 9.2 on a Dell and an HP notebook. I was disapointed to find the suspend/sleep buttons didn't work, but then found it is due to APCI not configured at install. If you go to Yast-->PowerManagement, enable suspend, then select APCI settings. Both computers suspend to disk fine, tried many times. I haven't tried suspend to RAM.

On other fronts, I especially like being able to select from my docked/undocked profile at boot. Undocked, I select 1024x768. Docked I select 1200x1024 (21" monitor).

I have smartcard readers, USB pen drives, USB sound card (Dell lattitude, no audio in), USB drives, everything simply worked. It is a little slow/jerky when you plug a USB device in for a few seconds. The only things that don't work are on the DELL.

1) CD player, have to use XMMS with digital read,
2) Dell conexant modem. 14.4 unless I pay $19.99 for the regular driver. I just just my trusty external modem.

GVTC Dridged DSL (Dell) perfect, no configuration. SBCYahooDSL (HP) perfect. No configuration required.

Well, let's put it this way, the HP is my girlfriends with Linux now because she has been infected with spyware/virii 6 times in 4 months with 4 re-installs in XP. The last time, get this, in the time it took to connect to the web and download SP2, it was REINFECTED. It now runs linux and she is completely happy.


P.S. IT is still arguing with me. XP refuses to work docked (Windows VPN client required to connect to a customer), neither the keyboard or mouse work docked (makes press CTRL-ALT-DEL hard to do). They insist the keyboard and mouse are bad, but concede it is strange that they work flawlesslessly, docked, in Linux.

Re: RobertN - More on my Suse 9.2 Experience
by antrix on Thu 6th Jan 2005 17:01 UTC

Your wireless problems seem strange. Especially 'cos for me, Centrino wireless works more reliably under Linux than WinXP. (At least pre SP2 - I've never used my XP+SP2 setup for more than 5 minutes at a stretch - yeah, I am a Linux whore ;-))

Which wireless card do you have? Have you tried reporting the problems?

Abt the ATI drivers, I agree it's unfortunate that there are no XOrg drivers. I am curious to know how other distros are handling this since almost everyone is using XOrg now.

RE: Kevin
by ken on Thu 6th Jan 2005 18:54 UTC

Hey Kevin, do all of your USB flash keys and your media reader automount your devices when plugged in? Painless hotplugging those items is what I'm looking for. I would like to know as I had 9.1 and had all sorts of problems with my devices not automounting. If they do hotplug with no stress for the user, then I will definitely spring for 9.2.

For Ken: Hotplugging
by Kevin on Thu 6th Jan 2005 19:10 UTC

Yes, I have a USB hard drive (got a kit to convert an internal to an external). SUSE wanted to install there, so unplugged till dual boot installed. I have a smartcard reader, Lexar 128 Mbyte thumb drive, 2 USB cameras, and as mentioned, a USB sound card because the Dell has no line in or line out. Everything is hotplugged and simply works. As I mentioned, the mouse gets a little jerky for 3 to 5 seconds when they are plugged in, however, Konqueror opens automatically for each device (well, the drive types). Oh yeah, USB keyboard and USB mouse with wheel. All simply worked. The cool thing too, the aliases to the USB devices are persistant even when they are unplugged during boot or whichever order they are detected. Undocked, they keypad is active, simply plug in the USB micromouse and it just works immediatly.

I got the sound card after installed, had the SD reader and thumbdrive there during install, but I doubt it matters.


Media codecs / Packman
by Kalna on Thu 6th Jan 2005 19:48 UTC

From the article:

Several media formats needing special codecs will not play. SuSE does not bundle them due to issues related to redistribution. I had to download the bundle from mplayerhq site and install the Win32 codec DLLs in /usr/lib/win32/ to watch my collection of avi's and mpg's. Quicktime (MOV) files still refuse to play.

Have you tried Packman's site (SUSE rpms)? It is really great, and it is updated. I have Quicktime working in 9.1!

For codecs, look at the end of this page:


Who is the actress in the background pic
by chowyunpat on Thu 6th Jan 2005 20:01 UTC

Does anyone know who the Bollywood actress is in the final screenshot?

RE: Kevin
by ken on Thu 6th Jan 2005 23:35 UTC

Hey thnx Kevin. That was my biggest worry about 9.2, but your account and many others' have convinced me to give it a try. It seems that Suse/Novell paid attention to those who took 9.1 for a whirl and had a hard time with the USB key issues. I find it good news that 9.2 can fulfill my needs in that regard. Of all the distros I have tried and spent my money on, Suse has been the one that keeps me most satisfied. Thanks again.


Re: Who is the actress in the background pic
by Guido on Thu 6th Jan 2005 23:40 UTC

I suspect it's Aishwarya Rai

USB issues
by antrix on Fri 7th Jan 2005 01:53 UTC

Ken, Kevin: Another problem with 9.1 was the kernel in use. The USB code in the kernel got a pretty major rewrite after 9.1 was released. I bought a simple USB external hard drive that refused to work with 9.1. I upgraded to the latest kernel and boom - drive works!

So 9.2 benefits from the better USB code in the newer kernels and of course - the engineering that SuSE puts in to get hotplug and persistent device names and all that working.

Latest kernels from Kernel of the Day:

I don't have to tell you that experimenting with a new kernel every day could be hazardous to your system, do I? ;-)

Re: Who is the actress in the background pic
by antrix on Fri 7th Jan 2005 02:00 UTC

Guido, chowyunpat: It is indeed Aishwarya Rai.

I hope this isn't going too OT Eugenia :-D

Would love Suse 9.x .. if it weren't such as slug..
by Anonymous on Fri 7th Jan 2005 07:02 UTC

i've bought the retail boxed Professional versions of Suse 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2. .. and i've just been dispappointed with the performance in general. part of this is due to:

> Out of the box "time kate" reported 4.5s.
> Pre-linking kate cut about 0.5s off this time. (A little
> poking about seemed to show that pre-linking cut 0.5s
> off the loading time of most KDE apps.)
> But I also noticed that doing an
> "export LANG=C" before launching kate cut a full second(!)
> off the startup time. (My default LANG on this box is
> en_GB.UTF-8)
> A quick analysis of the output from "strace -r konsole" showed
> that indeed, it was taking about 1 second for X11 to
> parse the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose
> file
Thank you very much! With your suggestions it is much faster now. On this
machine kate launch time went from 6.3 down to 4.3. konsole from 5.4 to 3.3.
It is still not as responsive as this kde 2.2.1 I'm using now (Suse 7.3, the
best so far), but it is coming closer.
What am I missing with the LANG =C setting? How to enable it system wide?

One final note: your findings show that performance really seems to have been
forgotten. And the saddest part is some people are blind enough not to
recognize it.

.. and removing the "desktop" kernel parameter starting from version 9.0 can help on older machines and does help things a bit for me (as well as certain on/off combos of acpi, apm and desktop paramter together as suggested by someone at suse on the mailing list)

.. since "The "desktop" boot parameter sets ten times shorter time slices (1-31ms) and ten times higher timer interrupt rate (1000/s) than standard. "

.. but even with all those two things--turning off utf8 and removing the desktop parameter--it's still relatively and noticably slower on old machines (PIII 500mhz & 600mhz, 256MB & 512MB ram, 7200 rpm hd) compared to windows 2000, windows xp with antivirus off, freebsd 5.x, and other distros like mepis, mandrake 10.x. (both mandrake 10 and freebsd especially fly here!)

No big bounces
by poor person on Fri 7th Jan 2005 21:53 UTC

As expected, 9.2 does not offer anything revolutionary. That's okay as long as the box works. But some things i never loved with SUSE is that:
1. the installation takes much too long. SUSE is the slowest rpm-based distro i have seen and i have tested a lot of dirrerent distros.
2. that SUSE does things differently than others, thus chaning the overall system-layout and making migration from SUSE to e.g. debian or <enter distro of choice> more difficult. nearly nothing is at the same place or handled the same ways in the /etc folder
3. too KDE-centric. It might suit many users to have a full-fledged KDE desktop but imho, the KDE style is not far away from Windows XP's Fisher-Price style. When will there be a beautiful KDE desktop??? (yes, start a flame war if you want. i don't care ... ;) )

9.1 ran well
by jefro on Mon 10th Jan 2005 00:55 UTC

I just have to put 9.2 on.
Sure there are some odd things but as for my box it is really running well. I have put many a linux distro on it. 9.1 was the most functional by far.