First off, package request. There is a neat program called xtraceroute. It's
pretty much eye candy for traceroute but I would like to see it come with
SUSE 10.1 This program was once in SUSE 9.1 I would also like to see MythTV
come with SUSE 10.1. I have future plans to build a home theater from
computer parts and it would be nice that I could just throw in SUSE 10.1 DVD
and install MythTV and be up in running in less then an hour.
Recently I've come to noticed that SUSE 10.0 has improperly detected my Belkin
Wireless G Desktop Card (F5D7000) which after further research says it uses
the Broadcom chipset (if memory serves). While SUSE 10 says this...
01:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown device 001a
Some one on #suse on Freenode suggested using "ndiswrapper" which I installed
but don't know how to use. Regardless I think when SUSE 10.1 comes out it
should be able to correctly detect the chipset on my hardware, not just for
me but for every one else who buys SUSE 10.1 at their local store.
You see, I've noticed that the adapter doesn't perform like it should.
compared this with using the same card on Windows XP which gives me a better
signal strength and the LED on the back lights up like a xmas tree. But when
I use it in SUSE 10.0 the LED is dim as hell and I never get a signal
strength above 45%
It is my theory that SUSE 10.0 isn't using the proper driver and so the
software is telling the hardware to basically do a half ass job.
While on the subject of hardware. I have a cheesy IBM web cam I got some
years ago at Best Buy. It worked (very crappy but it worked) in SUSE 9.3.
SUSE 10.0 doesn't seem to detect it now. Was there any difference in 9.3 and
10.0 that would not detect some hardware any more?
My philosophy is that SUSE needs to work on hardware compatibility for the
most common found hardware at places such as WalMart which is where most
people (in the US any way) look for good prices on hardware. Right now at
Walmart they have only two vendors for wireless hardware. Lynksys and
Belkin. Belkin being the cheaper ones. The adapters selling below $40US. I
don't get all my hardware there. I also get a lot from newegg.com
that's just me. The average Joe gets there stuff from places like WalMart.
And I believe for SUSE and Linux in general to be more excepted by the
average Joe, then I would say that compatibility with the most common found
hardware at the places where the average Joe shops should be on the priority
list of hardware compatibility. But that's just my opinion.
Just a last note. I've noticed that supplementary updates tend to screw
things up. Such as updating KDE. I wondering if there could be some way to
have better support for updating packages in SUSE 10.1. And I don't just
mean using YOU for patches and such. I think the whole system needs to be
changed to it's easier to update packages. I might get flamed for saying
this. I tried Ubuntu for about week and I liked the way I could easily
update packages to newer version and it didn't break stuff. But after
missing YAST I went back to SUSE.
I almost forgot. Every distro I ever tried has never been able to autodetect
my video setup with out giving me the black screen. I've used SUSE 9.0 to
10.0 and this issue still hasn't been fixed. My mother board comes from some
eMachine I had back in 2000. It has not jumper or BIOS setting to turn off
the onboard video. It's one of those boards that only turns it off when you
put in a video card. I have a nVidia GeForce 2 MX400 chipset on my video
I always have to edit the xorg.conf manually because sax2 turns my screen
black any time I try running it. It would be nice for once if I can install
SUSE and have the setup work all the way though the hardware detection.
I'm not that experienced with the CLI (YAST has made me lazy) so if any one
needs me to type any thing to collect more data, logs, etc about my system to
give you better idea of my setup then feel free to ask. I would really like
to get these issues sorted out and fixed for future SUSE releases. I love
SUSE and really would like to see more people in the US using it.
I only give out my GPG key upon request. Spammers where getting my email
address from my old one when I submitted it to the key servers. I have a new
email and key. If I give you my key I would ask that you keep it to your
self. And if you want to email me directly I prefer a signed key and
Thanks every one.