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, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
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disappointed
by tuan on Thu 4th Oct 2007 17:54 UTC
tuan
Member since:
2007-10-04

I've just installed it on my laptop. My wireless (Broadcom 1390 WLAN Mini-pci card) doesn't work, even though it's on the driver list during the installation. My soundcard (Sigmatel) doesn't work properly. There's no sound from the speakers but when I plug in my headphone, I can hear it.
btw, my laptop model is Dell XPS 1330. Now I need to reboot back to Vista ;) .

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RE: disappointed
by HeLfReZ on Thu 4th Oct 2007 19:23 in reply to "disappointed"
HeLfReZ Member since:
2005-08-12

Not to rag on anyone, but this is common...the notion that if it doesn't work properly on my particular machine with no touching it, its a bad release. Again, please don't take offense to this, its no directed personally at you.

Guess what, most modems, wireless cards, graphics cards, sound card...dont work on windows without a little help either. With windows its a driver hunt, with linux, more often, it's supported or not. I have a Sigmatel in my dell, and it worked fine AFTER I unmuted the front speaker channel...Sigmatel HD in dells cards usually have 5.1 channel sound, and by default PCM is usually unmuted, but everything else is muted. Check you volume control, you might be surprised...

If the wireless is on the driver list, its probably supported, I would suggest taking 10mins to try to confiure it and reboot, or check the website for details. 2minutes to type broadcom 1390 on the opensuse website brought me to a hcl LIST http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Laptops/Dell that says you need ndiswrapper for that particular card, I would bank on a ndiswrapper search returning exactly how to install it...

Again, I'm not ragging on you, but with any distro it seems that we have been getting alot of, x didnt work on boot so i reinstalled, with no attempt to configure it. I can't remember the last time I installed any windows distribution and didnt have to install drivers for 60% of the hardware...give it a shot, or at least a day before you back out.. I recommend using a distro for at least a week before writing it off as no good.

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RE[2]: disappointed
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Oct 2007 21:02 in reply to "RE: disappointed"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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but this is common...the notion that if it doesn't work properly on my particular machine with no touching it, its a bad release.

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If it doesn't work without technical intervention then the *vast* majority of people are dead in the water with a *ruined* computer: One that was ruined by Linux. I do wish people would stop with this "It's really OK to have mediocre QA and wreck people's computers" crap.

Our OS is popular enough now that we need to be taking responsibility. It's not "polish" any more. It's basic QA.

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RE: disappointed
by bsnipes on Fri 5th Oct 2007 14:18 in reply to "disappointed"
bsnipes Member since:
2005-07-06

Just a guess: on my laptop I have to enable "External Amplifier" under Kmix or I don't get sound from the speakers and only from the headphones. Broadcom seem to just suck for drivers. I use a PCMCIA Linksys card in my laptop because of the horrible Broadcom support ( I blame Broadcom for this ).

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RE: disappointed
by elsewhere on Fri 5th Oct 2007 14:43 in reply to "disappointed"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

I've just installed it on my laptop. My wireless (Broadcom 1390 WLAN Mini-pci card) doesn't work, even though it's on the driver list during the installation.


The 1390 is supported natively by the bcm43xx driver, I'm using one myself. It will be auto-detected by the kernel but you'll need to perform the one-time step of extracting the firmware files from the Windows driver. The provided fw-cutter tool will do this automatically, but openSUSE (and the other distributions) are unable to legally distribute the broadcom firmware, which would admittedly make things even easier.

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