Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Oct 2007 15:34 UTC, submitted by te_lanus
SuSE, openSUSE OpenSUSE 10.3 has been released today. "This version contains new beautiful green artwork, KDE 3.5.7 and parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a GTK version of YaST, a new 1-click-install technology, MP3 support out-of-the-box, new and redesigned YaST modules, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
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It never ceases to amaze me that not a single linux distribution can get my monitor setup working correctly. And it's not like it's a weird setup, it's a laptop with an external monitor (and a r300 gfxcard) And if i can't get it working with me 5 years of gentoo and systems administrator experience, then it's definitely not ready for the general public.

All i want is to be able to use my external monitor (1680x1050) when im at home and my internal monitor (1400x1050) when im at school, preferably without having to restart X to switch.

The fact that my external monitor has a larger resolution than my internal monitor seems to be the first big problem, often i choose 1680x1050 in the display settings but still only get 1400x1050 on the external monitor. This applies even when i have set it to not display any picture on the internal.

And there also seems to a bug in the driver or xrandr that makes it only see my external monitor as 1024x768, if i'm lucky enough that it sees it at all.

And in OpenSuSE there is no way of choosing which display i want the output on if i do not want to use both at the same time (that doesn't work correctly either btw).

The YaST Display Settings thing detects my Samsung 1680x1050 external monitor and sets the correct settings for it. Only problem is that the picture is displayed on the internal monitor.

With the next newest fglrx driver i was actually able to switch display and resolution on the fly, only problem is that that driver ruins suspend.

With r300/xorg/xrandr svn in gentoo i was also able to switch on the fly, though not that one worked perfectly either.

I will continue to try out new linux distros, but until the problem is fixed im not going to run linux anymore, i've grown tired of trying to fix the problem.

When it comes to OpenSuSE 10.3 except for that problem it seems great. I've only tried the KDE version but it's vanilla enough to still be good, not watered down like kubuntus kde. The Kickoff menu works great, i never normally use the kmenu in regular kde but this one i might actually use, so absolutely an improvement. The bootup was fast (but not THAT fast). The package manager seems alot faster.

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