Opinions are all well and fine, but when they are based on data "from the last millennium", or in numbers, from more than 24 months ago, they are a nuisance.

Just login as root, type apt-get and it downloads and updates everything you need. I’ve tried RPM based distros several times since 2000, but the situation hasn’t improved as much as I had hoped. To date, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandriva just feel wrong to me.

Seriously, could someone point out the difference between

zypper install xbmc


apt-get install xbmc

to me? Thanks.

At some point there’s not much reason to continue reading certain websites anymore…

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openSUSE 11.2… the day after.

So now it’s been a few weeks since openSUSE 11.2 hit the street.

Here are a few impressions / factoids that i discovered so far:

  • upgrading through zypper with "zypper dup" as described on the openSUSE wiki: epic fail on 2 out of 3 tries. Both failed machines used the "desktop" kernel, maybe that is the reason.
  • upgrading from DVD through yast: works fine. BUT I also picked the "default" kernel right from the start so maybe that is what made the upgrade work.
  • clean install: no problems.
  • ext4 is damn fast in deleting huge subdirectories.
  • KDE4 needs to be upgraded to 4.3.4 to be usable; oSS is going to release 4.3.4 as a patchset for OSS 11.2 any day now.
  • the "desktop" kernel breaks openVPN. Not a good thing.

On the whole, openSUSE 11.2 is pretty good after you find the little tripping stones…