Tuesday, 20 July 2010

openSUSE 11.3 kicks ass !!!

OK... I don’t normally write about my experiences with a new release, I hardly write... So why then will I write about a point release of openSUSE ? Well in short, they raised the bar, yet again!

OpenSUSE 11.3 was released on Thursday the 15 July 2010 at around 15:00. The torrents and iso's appeared at around 12:00, and so did the mad rush to downloaded the 64bit DVD started. Thanks to a friend, I got the 4.2 gig downloaded in record time. Got my iso burned and ready to roll at 16:00. By 16:45 I was already logged into my new openSUSE 11.3. The install was way to easy and really strait forward. There was an option to make it more challenging but did not succeed. Kubuntu 10.4 install might have been a tad bit easier and faster but I like the way openSUSE do there install. Moved all my old directory’s back into my new home directory, I do have my home partition on a separate partition. I normally build my .kde4 directory clean from the beginning and just move all my data over with no problems.

One thing that I don’t like regarding 11.3, is that there is not an easy way to install the official nvidia drivers. You get the default nouveau drivers that don't do all the cool kwin effects out of the box. I did not bother to get it working. Why would you do this to newbies ? I followed this guide to get going: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/information-new-users/unreviewed-how-faq/441889-nvidia-newbies-part-1-a.html

Onto my experience using 11.3. Flawless... Vodacom and MTN data modems work out of the box using KNetworkManager. With 11.2, I had to install the Vodafone Betavine software to get my new Vodacom usb modem to work, not with 11.3. I can even manage my openvpn connection now with KNetworkManager. OpenOffice is now onto version 3.2.1 and seems to be snappy and fast as usual. Startup and shutdown time have also seemed to improve. KDE 4.4.4 must be one of the best release of KDE yet, at least until the next release ;)

The openSUSE communitry has also update the wiki and forums. Easy to use and very helpful.

Last few words... When I upgrade my linux distribution my laptop gets faster. Just been proven, yet again :) openSUSE kicks ass !!!



Friday, 20 March 2009

Apple keyboard function keys on ubuntu/kubuntu Jaunty

Friday afternoon quickie :)

To get your usb Apple keyboard function keys working on ubuntu/kubuntu Jaunty you need to do the following as super user :)

yourpc:~# echo 2 > /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode

It changed since Intrepid.

Monday, 16 March 2009

One good reason to go Linux

I have been using Linux/Open Source software for about 12 years now. And things did come along way. I can remember downloading and compiling kde alpha versions back in 1997. If you compare it to today's kde 4.2 it was ugly, but we all have to start somewhere and the foundation was laid for something big.

But what I want to talk about is the fact that every time you upgrade your linux distribution, your machine becomes faster. No adding of memory, no changing your graphics card, no buying a new machine. With Microsoft products you get a list of minimum requirements with each new release of there OS. This list normally increase in system specs with every release. So you end up buying new and faster machines. Nothing wrong with that, but sometime you just want to install the latest software on your current setup without forking out money or a drop in performance. And here Linux really shine. Linux increase in speed. Every time I upgrade kde or ubuntu my laptop get a performance boost. You can actually notice the difference in speed increase.

Now some people might argue that this is because Linux/kde is buggy and featureless... Point taking, but wouldn't you rather work with an OS that keeps evolving, than with an OS that you need to wait for improvement or features every few years. We talk weeks in Linux land and not in years.

So Linux not only free and open you software but it frees your hardware as well.