openSUSE 11.4 Review | LAS | s15e10

openSUSE 11.4 Review | LAS | s15e10

openSUSE 11.4 has been released, and it’s packed full of goodies and we nom on our favorites!

Then – HP want’s WebOS on every computer they sell, Nokia Sells off QT, and AMD is hiring 1,000 Linux developers… We discuss!

Plus so much more!

All this week on The Linux Action Show!

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Episode Show Notes:

GoDaddy Android App

HP CEO: webOS on Every Hewlett-Packard Computer
Nokia Sells Qt Licensing, Services Business to Digia, appoints new head of MeeGo & QT, and gives MeeGo developers a 50% bonus incentive to stick around.
Sneak Peak at the Future of Maemo
Shuttleworth, Seigo: GNOME’s Not Collaborating (follow up)
Novell acquisition delayed by DoJ patent investigation – News – Linux for Devices
AMD is looking to hire 1000 Linux developers
Gentoo 11.0 is out!
Jolicloud is now JoliOS, updates to 1.2. (Hands On)


openSUSE 11.4 REVIEW:
openSUSE 11.4 Highlights
openSUSE 11.4 Screenshot Tour Inside
Tumbleweed – openSUSE
openSUSE 11.4 – not just disappointing but the final nail in the coffin!
Use Dropbox under KDE without the Nautilus stuff

Chris’ notes as he setup openSUSE 11.4:
*Easy one click SSH enable & firewall setup
*Dual Monitor worked out of the box, but a bit rough still.
*Update Manager not totally understandable, but works fine.
*Bold choice to include Firefox 4 Beta 12, I like!
*YaST seems to have removed many redundancy it once shared with KDE’s built in tools
*Boot times seem longer than expected, but once KDE loads it pops right up
*Had a few system hard lock ups
*Keyboard repeat rate seems to be a bit insane
*First DVD burn failed, IRC chatters report multiple bad DVD burns. My second DVD burn was dandy.


16 Responses to “openSUSE 11.4 Review | LAS | s15e10”

  1. openSUSE 11.3 Review | Jupiter Broadcasting Says:

    […] UPDATE: Catch our openSUSE 11.4 review here! […]

  2. Guest Says:

    YouTube link is wrong (it says hhttp: instead of http:)

  3. Gtmoloney Says:

    What’s happened to the OGG video link???

  4. Daniel Says:

    Chris didn’t you promise to review your B3 NAS this episode?? I was waiting for it because I consider buying one. Will you do this next episode?

  5. Daniel Says:

    BTW. If you follow this manual, you can install dropbox on KDE without all the Nautilus stuff as well.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Ya I mention what’s up at the end of the episode.

  7. Anonymous Says: seems to be having issues today.. That’s where the OGG Theora version is hosted. I’ll keep an eye on it.

  8. Shawn Says:

    chrislas: When you are using the Yast package manager and click the “view” tab, select “Pattern” to get the meta packages for most anything including Gnome, KDE, XFCE, and LXDE.

  9. Daniel Says:

    found it…thanks….looking forward to it :)

  10. Andpuleo Says:

    @Chris In the openSuse package manager, if you click on the view drop down menu and then on the patterns menu item then you will open the patterns tab. If you switch to the patterns tab then you can select gnome base system and gnome desktop environment to easily install gnome on openSuse.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Doh! Thx for the help!


  12. Burke Says:

    Guys, there IS a meta package to install gnome with two clicks! Just change the view in your stftware management. AFAIK meta packages are even the default.

    you really working with Yast for ten years? 😉

  13. Fri13 Says:

    It is funny how it is really promoted as Ubuntu would be over 50% of the GNOME installations reasons and how GNOME would have 2-3 times bigger usebase than KDE SC.

    But the KDE SC is just a few % smaller userbase than what GNOME does have. And Ubuntu is just under 30% of the GNOME installation base.

    If (when) Canonical change GNOME to Unity as default desktop, the GNOME userbase will fall behind KDE SC userbase.

    The order will come to be

    50% KDE SC
    ~30% GNOME / GNOME Shell
    ~20% Unity

    So KDE SC will turn to be the #1. And thanks to that by GNOME and Canonical who can not play nice with specifications and teamwork with open source community.

    Even how much it is presented in media (like in yours) the Ubuntu is not huge… it is one of the biggest ones, but its userbase is smaller than Debian alone. And there are tens of millions users who use other distribution than Ubuntu (or Debian).

  14. Seti_merenptah Says:

    Thanks for another great show. I’ve tried SUSE 11.3 a couple times and ditched it due to X problems like were mention in the blog post about the last nail. I’m hoping 11.4 will have fixed them

  15. Lemuelinchrist Says:

    Hi guys! i’ve been listening to every episode for weeks now and this show’s really got me hooked! Good work guys! But for this episode i tried watching the video version and its sooo much more awsome!

    I have a suggestion. Brian, maybe you could position your mic lower next time so we can see your mouth. the point of a video pod is so that we can see your expression when you talk so your mouth has to show.

    great show guys!

  16. Rainbowsally Says:

    OpenSUSE is a minor disaster.  I got the “finalized” version and after a few exchanges at the suse forums I have come to the conclusion that the developers must be developing openSUSE on machines running kubuntu or something.

    My suse does a lot more than just fsck the wrong partition (every 20 boots AND every 2 months), it has KDE issues that the developers don’t even appear to be aware of.

    And look out for those hot key shortcuts.  Every once in a while you’ll get spit out to the login and lose all your data.

    I suppose that’s not a problem if you have /etc/PackageKit stuff running behind your back constantly updating behind your back, but I have dialup and I had hoped that “finalized” meant “finalized” when I spent 50 bucks on my DVD. 

    I could have gotten it cheaper, but it was a friend that downloaded it and burned it for me and I thought it would be worth the money, as 8.1 was… as 10.0 was, but after 11.0, 11.1, 11.3, and now 11.4, I’m just embarrassed to have ever even recommended it to my friends.

    Developers.  RPMS are fantastic.  But if you don’t compile a few on your own system, you may never know what a freaking rats nest lies under the beautiful facade.  And you’ll never tell KDE what they need to fix either.

    Here’s what’s wrong with opensuse, and it may even be endemic in today’s ‘packaged’ linuxes.

    See what you think.

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