Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The check is in the mail

Went out on a spending spree tonight and dropped USD$59 on a pre-order of openSUSE 11.1. It's due to be released/shipped on December 18th. Yeah. Give money to teh openSUSE, raise Roy's blood pressure. Priceless.

Oh. And I have to learn to spell it 'openSUSE', not 'OpenSUSE'. See box above.


  1. LOL Bill, Good luck with it! You'll be on someone's hitlist now!

  2. I also did a pre-order of openSUSE 11.1, and am eager to try that distro again. As I've said before, and will say again, I am willing to pay for a good Linux distro that is functional out of the box. My reasons for using Linux have everything to do with liking a *nix environment, and nothing to do with being a cheapskate or hating Microsoft.

    My home Linux desktop is currently running Kubuntu 8.04, which has gotten to that state through several version upgrades over the past few years. I've actually been quite happy with it. Of course I tried Kubuntu 8.10 on my brand-new laptop, and it has some problems that are just downright unforgivable. (such as shipping with a half-broken version of KDE 4, and a wireless driver that causes my system to lock up... The wireless thing is actually a known issue, with a workaround, but the workaround breaks kernel updates)

    The last time I ran SuSE in the 10.1 and 10.2 days, it had two major issues that drove me nuts. These are things that are not showstoppers, and are entirely fixable, so I'm eager to try 11.1. What are these issues?

    1) Package management was so slow that it was faster to build-from-source

    2) Intensive background processes always bogged down the system around 5-6pm (or any other time I tried using the machine) with no explanation. (yes, even disabling obvious things didn't always fix the issue)

    So the moment openSUSE 11.1 arrives, I'm going to give it a shot on my new laptop, and we'll see how it performs.


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