I'll tell you what this patent protection did for
Just as an opener: I think you jumped in head-first here because of some
misconceived angst caused by the words Patent" and "Microsoft".
I had a nearly fully functioning SUSE 10.0 system. I
never could get the
nVidia driver to install and work for 3D video, although it worked fine
in SUSE 9.2 Professional.
I, like many, many others, have had no problems with using the nVidia
drivers in SuSe. There was a slight huccup some time ago with one
version of the drivers provided by nVidia but that was all. If you had
problems then you should have come back to this forum and/or nVidia and
your problems would have been resolved. Why didn't you ask for help
instead of stewing for all this time over this non-existent problem?
I made the mistake of upgrading to openSUSE 10.2 and
now I'm regretting
it big time. Mplayer was uninstalled by the upgrade, and none of my
multimedia apps work cause of file format patents, from what I can tell
by the big warning about patents on a Novell web page. I never saw or
heard a peep out of Novell about patents before this Microsoft "deal". I
think Novell got shafted by Microsoft. Time will tell, especially if MS
ends up acquiring Red Hat (heaven forbid the financial experts are wrong).
Why in the heck did openSUSE 10.2 have to remove a perfectly functioning
Mplayer and leave me with a broken Kaffeine (which worked great before)
and broken Noatun and broken XMMS, etc. I can't play any video formats
now or burn any CDs. This is really pitiful.
You say above that you "had a nearly fully functioning SUSE 10.0 system"
and that you "never saw of heard a peep out of Novell about patents
before this Microsoft "deal"".
Well, and I can be corrected about this, but you did hear about patents
- and you heard it when you were insalling SuSE10.0 because it was then
that the ability to play DVDs was removed from SuSE because of this
'patent' problem. Don't you remember having to go hunting for the files
needed to be able to view DVDs because they were no longer included on
the CDs or DVD from SuSE?
Now, as a matter of fact, (BTW I am running 10.2 which I finally
installed on my "main" system several days ago), I never used to use
kaffeine as my player of anything - I thought it was a "toy" - and used
xine for my DVD viewing and, I think, I used amarok when I did (once in
a blue moon) want to play an audio CD, but a yesterday I discovered the
full power of kaffeine when I found that it would make my new dvb card
work "out of the box". I also discovered that I could watch DVDs using
it (I watched, again, the original *The Planet of the Apes* with Heston
last night) and this morning played one of my favourite audio CDs,
Credence Clearwater Revival.
So why are you saying that kaffeine is broken? It's not.
Oh, Mplayer I also have installed but now that I discovered the beauty
of kaffeine I don't think I'll be using Mplayer. Mplayer, BTW, is not
included on the downloadable CDs or the DVD for 10.2 because of disc
space as I understand it but should be on the boxed 10.2 (people can
correct me about this),
Re burning CD or DVDs. I have burnt several DVDs and 10 CDs using k3b in
10.2. Why can't you? I don't know.
I'm really disgusted with what this upgrade has
done. And why so many
file updating programs? There's Yast, Yum, Smart, openSUSE Update,
Synaptic, and a few more I can't remember at the moment. How in the
world is a Windows user ever gonna convert and deal with so many
choices? The strangest thing of all is how the documentation compares
Smart to Yast and Yum and shows how superior it is to both. Then why
include Yast and Yum anymore? Just provide Smart package manager and be
done with it. Package management in Linux leaves a lot to be desired,
compared to Windows Add/Remove Program and Setup programs.
Ah, now you have come up with something which I think is a damn disgrace
for Novell and SuSE- this stupidity about the way the system is being
updated/upgraded. I gave away trying to fight the bungling and only use
smart which works with minor, occasional hiccups which are resolved
quite often in a matter of minutes by the competent team at labix.
Is Linux desktop ready for prime time? I wish, but
not the present situation.
Disgruntled openSUSE user
Don't let the self-inflicted angst cloud your judgement :-) .
In a period of great joy and pleasure you are comforted by the thought
that tragedy is just around the corner.
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