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[4]: Well, it looks nice...
by Dave_K on Sun 20th Nov 2011 15:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Well, it looks nice..."
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Not hard to find compatible hardware either.

Maybe if you're building a desktop PC for Linux, but I don't think that's true if you're looking for a laptop. There are a couple of distributions tailored for specific netbooks, but apart from that it can be very hard to determine whether a particular laptop will be fully supported.

By fully supported I don't just mean Linux installing and booting to the desktop (which is all that some people seem to do before declaring a laptop "Linux compatible"). I mean things like the special buttons and pointing devices features (trackpoint scrolling, trackpad gestures etc.) working properly, and most important of all fully functioning power management.

I'm amazed at how many Linux users see broken sleep/hibernate and significantly reduced battery life as minor little annoyances that aren't worth mentioning...

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