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…


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…