Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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Total Failure
by Meridian on Fri 20th Jun 2008 01:50 UTC in reply to "Experience with notebook installs? 32 vs. 64 bit?"
Meridian
Member since:
2007-12-18

Well, that was a complete failure and waste of 2 hours of my life. By far the worst Linux distro install experience I have ever had. The initial openSUSE screen with the thin white progress line crawled along a millimeter at a time, so slow in fact that I had to put a bit of paper on the screen and come back several minutes later to see if it really was making progress. A little more feedback on what it was doing would have been a huge help. An hour or so later, after it had stuck on timezone detection for 15 minutes, I gave up. Of all the distros I have tried on the x61, this is the first that has failed so miserably.

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RE: Total Failure
by elsewhere on Fri 20th Jun 2008 05:28 in reply to "Total Failure"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

You can press Esc to drop from the splash screen and see the kernel output as it's running.

At any rate, I've got a Dell Vostro which also qualifies as mainstream laptop hardware, and everything works out of the box, except of course the nvidia driver, which requires a click to install. Webcam, sound, suspend, wifi, etc. so clearly they're doing something right.

Since you mentioned that you've had issues with many distros, I'd hardly throw the ball in the openSUSE court for that. Besides, I know people had 10.3 running on the X61, so I'm not sure what could have changed drastically.

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