Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2012 22:20 UTC, submitted by superstoned
SuSE, openSUSE "The latest release [...] brings you speed-ups across the board with a faster storage layer in Linux 3.4 and accelerated functions in glibc and Qt, giving a more fluid and responsive desktop. The infrastructure below openSUSE has evolved, bringing in newly matured technologies like GRUB2 and Plymouth and the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy." You can download openSUSE 12 from the mirrors.
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by UltraZelda64 on Wed 5th Sep 2012 23:48 UTC
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Sounds good. 12.1 was a huge, buggy disappoint, and I'm hoping 12.2 brings openSUSE back to the quality it had back before that release.

Only problem, I don't know if I should attempt to install it and blow away my nice, speedy CrunchBang desktop, or attempt running it in a virtual machine instead. It sucks having only a gig of RAM... it's really not enough to run the OS optimally in either case. If I install, I'll probably be forced to abandon it soon enough, because I need all the RAM available that I can get. Even with Openbox, Firefox or Chrome with a few dozen tabs open will start eating into swap.

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by the_trapper on Thu 6th Sep 2012 02:57 in reply to "Downloading now."
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You should give it a try...I've been running it for a couple of hours now, putting it through its paces and it feels pretty solid to me. I haven't encountered any bugs at this point. KDE 4.8.4 feels quite a bit snappier too.

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by UltraZelda64 on Fri 7th Sep 2012 04:28 in reply to "RE: Downloading now."
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I did go ahead and try it. First in a virtual machine, but every openSUSE release always seems to tempt me to try a full install, even if I know it's not a perfect fit for my usage or my hardware. Long story short, the installation is as stable and "just works" as it always has been, with the only exception being 12.1.

While running the OS I can't perceive any of these huge speed-ups that people are talking about from the lowest level of the kernel to the desktop (hey, it's openSUSE, it's born to be slow...), but it doesn't seem to have that instability of 12.1. I have already encountered one bug where certain items in the Kicker menu (using classic type) have no text saying what they are beside the icon... maybe a bug brought on by a left-over artifact from when I had older versions of openSUSE and other KDE4 distros installed. It is annoying though.

I'm glad Stellarium is finally in the repository by default--that's one program I always installed, and it was usually a PITA to figure out what repository to enable to get access to it. On CrunchBang, I don't even bother installing it because nVidia is always a nightmare to get working in the current stable Debian distribution. My biggest annoyances probably deal with the package management system.

I have Firefox open with 58 tabs (carried over from my previous distro), Pidgin, and Konsole, and it's sucking up 331MB swap space. This is why I always regret installing distros that run KDE4 or something similar, and distros like openSUSE in general that are known for being heavyweight OSes. If this Kicker menu problem is limited to myself only, then I can imagine this version of openSUSE being a very good choice for "normal" people that have at least a gig of RAM and don't go wild with the Firefox tabs.

I do like the fact that openSUSE tends to have all the latest software... it's always nice to use it for that reason alone; it can get boring running Debian exclusively, because it's just so damn rock-solid. I'm not seeing anything huge that will make me run back to CrunchBang... I'll just have to deal with a few weird quirks. On the bright side, openSUSE makes it safer to install the nVidia drivers, so I can finally play around with Stellarium and stuff like that again.

Edit: Must be some serious differences in how different Linux distros manage swap space, because while CrunchBang would be getting seriously slow and choppy by the time it hit ~200MB, openSUSE is 100MB past that and running surprisingly good considering the swapping.

Edited 2012-09-07 04:42 UTC

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