Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2011 23:38 UTC, submitted by sb56637
SuSE, openSUSE And another popular Linux distribution pushes a new release out the door. This time around, it's openSUSE, as they just released version 12.1. Other than the usual latest and greatest version of all the open source desktops and associated tools, there's a few other interesting tidbits in this release as well.
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RE: default linux file system?
by lemur2 on Thu 17th Nov 2011 05:05 UTC in reply to "default linux file system?"
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No. There really isn't one. I think you meant " one most chose by desktop/server GNU/Linux distros to be the default". We've gone from EXT2 to Reiser 3 to Ext3 to XFS to Ext4, as the sweet spot moves for different situations. BTRFS looks good, but the benchmarks have yet to catch up to ext4 for most tests. Sure it has some compelling features which will make it nice for some applications, but a "default" would have to be best for most situations. Which BTRFS is defiantly not right now and to reach that might require some compromise for other io workloads. You just never really know where one is headed performance wise, until it reaches production level readiness and people start relying on certain performance quirks.

When I installed OpenSuse on a test machine, it found the existing Linux partitions, and it even figured out whhich should be root and which should be /home. It kept /home unchanged, re-formatted / but kept it as ext4, and it found the Windows 7 partitions and worked out which was which, and suggested a mount point /windows/C for the correct C: drive partition.

The defaults were absolutely spot on for me, I didn't have to touch a thing when the installation came to disk partitioning and formatting.

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silviucc Member since:

Oh it's not that spot on. I have 4 HDDs on my system. A few of them are home to Linux distros. The installer has a mind of it own and won't let me create my own partitioning scheme even if I tell it I want to.

If I go into manual partitioning mode and choose to edit a mount point like /boot it says it's already taken cause, well cause it used it when it suggested the partitioning scheme.

It also insists to install GRUB on /dev/sda even it I want it on /dev/sdc and I'm perfectly fine with choosing to boot from that disk when starting my system and pressing F8 but SuSE won't let me. WTF?!

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blitze Member since:

Yeap, YAST was pathetic with my wanting to install on a partition I had made from my laptop system drive. Wouldn't write anything so I make 3 partitions from Windows and then when it comes time to install GRUB, No joy there either.

I can't remember any other distro I have tried being so helpless in drive management. Just wanting to install Suse in a dual boot config with Windows 7 on my laptop but... Not happening. As for RTFM, go jump - if this requires time and hurdles for the computer literate to deal with then you have lost your cause and user base.

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