On Thu, 2010-07-29 at 17:29 -0700, Martin Mielke wrote:
it's been a while since I last watched the list
and a while since OpenSUSE 11.3
hit the market so I installed it yesterday on my desktop PC at home, the same
one I used with OpenSUSE 11.0 + patches before the installation: HP xw4200 (3 GB
RAM, 64bit dual-core, etc).
It was an installation from scratch so I backed up my account and installed
everything as new... the installation process went fine (only an error message
for a repository, can't remember which one now, sorry) and the system booted.
I've been using SuSE since version 5.3 back in 1995-6 (?) and for the first time
in so many years I have to say: I'm disappointed with the final result. Reasons
for such a bold statement could be many but here I'll list just a few in random
I've found 11.3 to not yet be 'perfect' but to be very fast, stable, and
* I expected KDE 4.x to be faster and lighter but
it's not... maybe the next
lines are related to this behavior... please read on.
Oh, good grief. So don't use KDE, there are multiple alternatives. I
am so sick of the *@^*(&$%@( KDE 4.x nattering which accounts for 75% of
the traffic on this list.
* SaX2 is missing in action - if not, please tell me
where to find it as YaST2
can't either. The only way to get a dual-head setup up and running with Xinerama
on a supported nVidia gfx card with the latest official nVidia drivers/modules
(1) was to dig into forums for infos and using some nvidia-* tools I never heard
about before. At least I learnt something new in the meantime :-) although I
don't know where/how to activate the 3D acceleration...
Agree, the X setup/config issue is a bit confusing; but I know have the
Nvidia repos installed and the native driver is working well. Although
my second monitor doesn't magically show up as it did under 11.2 - but I
haven't looked into the issue at all [too much paying work to do].
* some "basic" effects such as the bouncing
mouse pointer to provide feedback of
an application starting leave a trail across the screen which goes away after a
* similar to the previous point, moving a window across the screen causes the
same effect, even with the "don't show contents", etc
Under GNOME I've had not artifacts of effects issues at all.
* in average, the box is much slower when compared to
its performance running
OpenSUSE 11.0 - even running Folding@Home with 11.0 wasn't that heavy load and
it allowed me to run lots of applications, as expected. Changing from one
virtual desktop to another or waiting for the menus appearing when you
right-click on the Desktop takes ages now...
I pound the machine with DbVisualizer, Evolution, Open Office,
Monodevelop, simultaneously, all day - performance is great.
* all the nice Composite effects (wobbly windows,
transparencies, etc) are gone
and the error message is:
Compositing is not supported on your system.
Required X extensions (XComposite and XDamage) are not available.
When enabling effects / compiz I did get a warning that my hardware is
not supported - I enabled anyway and it has worked perfectly.
Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam(a)whitemice.org> LPIC-1, Novell CLA
OpenGroupware, Cyrus IMAPd, Postfix, OpenLDAP, Samba
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