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[2]: Well, it looks nice...
by Dave_K on Thu 17th Nov 2011 16:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Well, it looks nice..."
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

That mirrors my experiences with Linux almost perfectly, right down to Redhat 5 being my first distribution.

I must have installed 50 different Linux distributions on 20 different computers without it ever working perfectly. Admittedly quite a few of those were laptops (I've spent 30+ hours just trying to get Linux working well on my Thinkpad), but even the generic desktops always have issues that need fixing, or hardware that simply isn't supported.

About 95% of my computing time is spent using Windows, but easily 95% of the time I spend researching and solving problems is down to Linux. It's interesting that Linux just works for some people, but that's a completely alien experience to me.

I'm enthusiastic enough that I don't mind wasting some time playing with Linux when a new distribution catches my interest (I'll probably give OpenSUSE 12.1 a try later and see how far I get), but I'm glad to have an easy to use OS like Windows available when Linux gets frustrating and I don't want the hassle.

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jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

I think that's interesting. My experience has been almost exactly the opposite to yours. My Linux installs, at least the big-name distributions, typically "just work". On the other hand, I'm constantly trying to fix or correct things on Windows. I imagine hardware accounts for a lot of the difference.

At any rate, I'm trying out openSUSE 12.1 now and it's been a solid experience thus far. If you hardware is compatible, I suspect you will enjoy it.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


I must have installed 50 different Linux distributions on 20 different computers without it ever working perfectly. Admittedly quite a few of those were laptops (I've spent 30+ hours just trying to get Linux working well on my Thinkpad), but even the generic desktops always have issues that need fixing, or hardware that simply isn't supported.


You must be the world's unluckiest person! /sarc.

No one else seems to have the same mysterious hardware problems on generic desktop hardware - at least not in the last decade.

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RE[4]: Well, it looks nice...
by avgalen on Fri 18th Nov 2011 08:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Well, it looks nice..."
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

What a nonsense. In this thread alone somebody mentions that his wifi doesn't work, I mention that I have had problems on lots of different hardware and the poster you replied to mentions that he is having problems as well. But YOU decide that none of that happens anymore since the last decade.

I am going to try OpenSuse tonight on 2 of my machines, a 1.5 year old netbook (Asus Eee PC 1005PE) and a brandnew Dell 6520. Let's see how much of the hardware will be supported and how much won't be.

I will also make it easy for the installers. I will start with the Windows Partitions already present but if they have problems with setting up a multi-boot I will allow them to entirely take over the harddisk

fingers crossed, weekend starts in 8 hours and I am feeling geeky

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