Today OfB.biz put the microscope on the successor to the spring Penguin Shootout award’s winner on their website, — SuSE Linux 8.1. Read more at OfB.biz
SuSE 8.2: More Desktop Progress
Submitted by Timothy R. Butler 2003-07-18 SuSE, openSUSE 8 Comments
.. out of the blue, I guess? When you install Gentoo, you will be warned that you only ought use XFS if you have some serious SCSI subsystem and are protected against power outages — or else your data gets busted. Looks a bit amateurish to me to choose something out of mere curiousity when writing a review…
Why don’t they ever include screenshots..
As a Gentoo user, I was under the impression that the comment in the Gentoo documentation was a legacy comment that that needs to be changed or removed. IIRC, there may have been issues regarding XFS in the early 2.4 series of the linux kernel. I also think that the writer/maintainer of the Gentoo documentation may have had their own issues with XFS.
I personally use ext3 & still use ext2 on the /boot partition.
I have been using XFS on Mandrake for over a year now. I installed it after my ext3 partion just died on me losing all my data (may be a physical problem with the HD). I was unable to reformat the ext3 partition again – just would not do it. It reformated fine with XFS and I have had no problems with it. It has survived a nimber of power outages without so much as a hiccup.
About this and it seems almost all reviews, I cannot understand why they just try it on 1 system, and 1 system only, and complain that it could not detect their 1 piece of hardware, as if the distro cannot detect enough.
Did the tester check the distro’s hardware compatibility list, most of them have one? Or did he/she check the Web for and updated drivers?
Even Microsoft has this issue.
I could see if the tester ran the install on several machines and has hardware issues with most or all of them. But with my experience, I would not be so vein as to write a review of a product by just running a test on 1 system.
This to me seems imature and shotgunned.
I can and have ran the same OS installs on several identical machines and obtained different results at times due to a weak piece of hardware in one of the machines.
So to sum it up, I would like to see more analysis done to confirm results rather than just crossing fingers and running 1 pass tests…
Other than that, I enjoyed the review and inputs.
Because they don’t need to. If you want screenshots, go to SuSe’s website
A few answers to the questions posed here:
1.) We tried XFS to see how the installer handled throwing something different at it, not to see what new “gee-whiz” features we could enable.
2.) We test on multiple systems, but we mention when things go wrong on popular hardware that works with other distributions.
3.) This is a fairly light review because we already hashed over much of the details in the SuSE 8.1 review that was conveniently linked to in this piece. Some points just didn’t need to be repeated.
xfs on the latest mandrake doesn’t work well with gdb. this is a known bug. so if you develop and use gdb – don’t use XFS. i had to convert to reiserfs.