posted by Andrew Davis on Tue 16th Nov 2004 07:00 UTC

"FC3 Vs SuSE 9.2, Page 3/4"
Suse 9.2 Professional:

After installation, I booted into the default KDE session. I have to admit, Suse's KDE is much brighter than FC's Gnome. The Bluecurve theme on FC3 seemed very grey and very Windows95'ish. Suse's KDE is bright and brilliant. I'd almost swear my mood changed while using Suse 9.2.

As with Fc3, the first thing I did was start up Evolution and try to connect to my Exchange server. Everything worked just fine. I was almost immediately communicating with co-workers, getting appointment reminders, etc. Next I popped in my USB key, and sure enough, I immediately had a desktop icon and was browsing my documents. Just as with FC3, I configured Mozilla to pick up my profile and everything just worked. I tested the same 30 documents with OpenOffice and had the exact same results as with my Fc3 tests.

Printing setup was a little different, but worked just as well and all the test documents worked just fine. Next was the VPN. Back to I went and just as I used the FC2 instructions for Fc3, I used the Suse 9.1 instructions for 9.2. A few packages were newer, but all worked fine and I was on my VPN shortly after. Next was MP3 and encrypted DVD support. It seems the MP3 support was already there. I searched all over google for "xine for suse 9.2" but got no hits. I did find rpms for 9.1, but all errored when I attempted to install them. Aside from "going to the source", to quote from Matrix Revolutions, it looks like I'll have to wait for the package maintainer to update his packages.

The same holds true for mplayer, the mplayer plugin, etc. In stark contract to FC3, however, my wireless worked out of the box. All I had to do was go into YAST and configure it (including adding my WEP key) and save the settings. Within seconds I had an IP and was able to browse wirelessly. As with FC3, I went back to Evolution and started testing file extensions. Unlike FC3, all the documents offered to open them in their native application. Kudos to Novell. Lastly, I tested my power management. Unlike Fc3, however, I didn't have to reboot my system after a failed test nor install any extra software. I simply enabled "suspend to ram" and "suspend to disk" support in the KDE battery applet. Immediately after, I could do either and my Fn+F4 (standby) and Fn+F12 (hibernate) buttons both worked.

Now this is one area where Suse shined. Because they integrated the suspend to disk and suspend to RAM features, the KDE battery applet offers to let me do either. In contrast, my FC3 Gnone battery applet only offers a "suspend" feature which I had to manually link to my self-written script to suspend to disk. Unlike Fc3, after installation, I was able to work locally and remotely, use all my hardware, and maximize my battery consumption within only about 2 hours. The only thing that I was lacking was encrypted DVD support via Xine and mplayer (and its browser plugin). However, I also know these existed for 9.1 and if I wait patiently, I can probably get them soon for 9.2. All in all Suse 9.2 was also very usable to me as a Windows XP replacement.

Table of contents
  1. "FC3 Vs SuSE 9.2, Page 1/4"
  2. "FC3 Vs SuSE 9.2, Page 2/4"
  3. "FC3 Vs SuSE 9.2, Page 3/4"
  4. "FC3 Vs SuSE 9.2, Page 4/4"
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