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Old January 18, 2007, 07:09 PM
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Just installed OpenSUSE 10.2 on that compaq I picked up.

I'll drop in from time to time with a few comments on it's ease or lack of ease for use.
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Old January 18, 2007, 07:16 PM
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Install went pretty cleanly.

Took about 3 hours & it appears to have detected everything properly other than the PCI modem (don't need it, but I'm surprised that it didn't automatically pick it up) & my networked printer (Drivers are available, but first I've got to figure out the install process......).

I've played with a few live distros, but this is the first time I've jumped into the deep end and installed one.

The only real issue I had during the install was that I found the partitioner a bit daunting.... it took a full half of the hard drive, and while I didn't want to give it that much, the expert settings weren't all that intuitive so I left it at the stock settings. (Still leaves me with 70 gig for the windows partition, but I would have liked a better setup for that choice).

My main concern for a stand alone linux installation has always been support for MSN messenger as this is the one app that today's teens would not be able to do without, so I'm pleased to report that SUSE does ship with an IM Client that supports msn messenger.
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Old January 18, 2007, 07:18 PM
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OpenSUSE looks like it's a pretty hefty distro, and it's supposedly easy to install other software onto.

What I'm really looking for is something I can install onto an older computer to give folks a legit OS that they can surf & do productivity apps on.
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I've used SuSE on and off for quite a while. I hate to say this, but I find the distro is going downhill, but in a buggy kind of way, not feature-set kind of way.

Each new version I try seems even buggier than the last... I don't understand it. I think 10.1 took about 10 installs before it actually worked, heh. YaST is kind of buggy as well, so that doesn't help things.

Regardless, I hope that you don't run into all of the bugs I did. It's a great distro overall... just needs some work in various areas in my opinion.
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Thanks for the heads up.

I haven't really had a chance to play with it since I installed it, but the one thing I did notice (and like) was the shutdown scheme which gives you the choice to boot right into windows from shutdown.

Maybe all full install distros work that way (I've only tried live distros prior to this), but it was a pleasant surprise to see that it worked like that.
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Old January 26, 2007, 07:48 AM
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I always had problems with Suse Linux 10 (Professional). Video, second network card of Tyan,...

Moving to SLES 10 (Enterprise Server): excellent! I didn't have to install any driver for home-build PC; it includes all best staff: HTTPD 2.2, MySQL, etc.

I am going to buy license.

Most important for my choice: SuSE is the best and the first Linux version truly 64-bit truly optimized for AMD Opteron. First version was tuned, compiled and tested when Opteron was not available yet - using software-based emulator. When they run this version on an actual CPU, they didn't have any problem at all.

Also, important for me is that 64-bit version of Java 5 does not have any problem with SuSE and AMD.
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Moving to SLES 10 (Enterprise Server): excellent! I didn't have to install any driver for home-build PC; it includes all best staff: HTTPD 2.2, MySQL, etc.
I agree on that front... I have SLED 10 and it's -much- better than openSuSE. But, it still costs like $100? Not bad when you compare to Windows, but still.
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