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…

Coming soon… openSUSE 11.2

openSUSE 11.2 should be available any time today…

So far the last few milestones and RC releases have been pretty good… Can’t wait to see if “zypper dup” can upgrade cleanly from a 11.1 with additional repos to a 11.2 with the 11.2 versions of the same repos… might be an ugly job though, better do that with a computer that i don’t really need, like the laptop @ work XD

… ob-link to the opensuse site…

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participating in packman… not.

It’s that time again… when I try to get my packages into packman.

On their website it says (in german), “send a mail to our mailing list if you want to help out…”

I’ve done that three times so far. The first two had been simply ignored. The third time I actually got a reply… telling me to show up in their IRC channel #packman on Freenode.
Ok, no problem with that… yet.

So one day I show up there, and ask what I have to do to help out with the packman project.

I am told to “show some of the packages that I’ve made so far”, so I hand them the link to my openSUSE Build Service repositories for general stuff and for Snowglobe.

Some time later I ask wether someone has looked at stuff yet… and I get a simple, short “No.”

If there’s one thing that I won’t do, it’s begging to be allowed to help with something.

Third offer, no takers, welcome to the real world.

Twitter clients for KDE4

For obvious reasons I’ve been investigating twitter clients for KDE4.

So far I found 3 (native) clients.

There’s a twitter plasmoid which is very basic, it only shows your oen timeline and you can post tweets. nothing else. Haven’t found a URL for that one, at least on openSUSE it’s in OBS Factory.

Then there’s qwit, a qt-based fully featured client, with replies and all the other stuff, which is pretty good for me but on my wife’s laptop prevents her from logging out cleanly from KDE4.

Last is choqok, fully kde4 integrated, seems pretty good so far. Going to test some more.

KDE 4.3.1

Now that KDE 4.3.1 is out, the whole thing becomes actually usable…
… still, I just wish they hadn’t removed so much functionality that I was used to have.
Current list of grievances:

  • Amaroks "smart playlists" are still dumb
  • Amarok has lost all kind of k3b-related features
  • dragon replaced kaffeine… too bad that dragon can’t even do something as simple as a playlist :/
  • No way to find out the filename of the current wallpaper from a shell like you could in KDE3 with dcop
  • ever so often plasma widgets forget their settings
  • kontact/kmail crashes on startup when you had to quit it because it started to ignore your keyboard

Easy Peasy – the netbook’s new clothes

I just reinstalled my tiny Asus eeePC with a specialized ubuntu variant called “Easy Peasy”.
Haven’t played around with it much yet, all I can say is that the UI is more pleasing to the eye and more easy to navigate than the original.
Next step will be several major tweaks listed on the easy peasy wiki and elsewhere, namely this one. With only 4GB internal storage, compressing /usr sure sounds tempting…


I’ve been using KDE4 alongside with KDE3 for some time now.

Here’s my summary:

  • Eyecandy is pretty but slows down your computer
  • Some features that I’ve been using in KDE3 are missing from KDE4
  • Quite a number of KDE Applications got “dumbed down” in the move to KDE4

Best example for the last point is amarok.
The old amarok had these “intelligent playlists” where you could set up all kind of filters to get an automatic, refilling playlist. Like, you would set up something like “15 random tracks that are from one of the following categories, AND have not been played in the last X days”.

In amarok on KDE4 you can set a filter to “has not been played after (this or that fixed date)”, and you can set a filter to one category, and you have these weird “accuracy” sliders… and it is quite unclear if the two or more filters are linked by “and” or “or”…

Another simple point: In KDE3 you could add a submenu of your applications menu to show up in kicker as a separate “startmenu”… in KDE4 you can’t.

Next one…
on KDE4 the context menu of your desktop doesn’t have a “lock” or “logout” item…

Then there are a few annoyances as well, such as a screensaver password that has to be entered twice even though you’ve set the screensaver not to ask for a password at all…