12.22.08

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When SUSE Fails

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE, Review at 5:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft SUSE

Some early reviews of OpenSUSE 11.1 are beginning to trickle in and several of them highlight the problems in more obvious ways than reviews which we mentioned on Saturday.

Here is one person’s horrific start with OpenSUSE 11.1:

In the past 24-hours with the latest openSUSE 11.1, I’ve had a horrific experience. And while I’ve not given up on the distribution, I’m putting down my experiences here neither as a call for help nor as a rant to keep people away. Rather, an honest approach spreads honest knowledge… and hopefully I will be proved wrong, and others will not make the same “mistakes?” I made. What follows is a quick historical recount of my experiences with openSUSE and also my current trauma.

This one was posted in USENET:


    Message-ID: <%Fc3l.12739$i_6.11499@newsfe11.ams2>
    From: The Lost Packet <jmthelostpacket@googlemail.com>
    Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
    Subject: OpenSuSE 11.1 PPC Part II
    Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 20:34:49 +0000
    User-Agent: Thunderbird 2.0.0.18 (Windows/20081105)
    Organization: virginmedia.com

Not much to tell, I haven’t tested it (the memory) and have no intention
to do so ‘cos it works thus far and that’s all that matters to me.

Really all I did was to add the 11.1DVD to a virgin 10.3 install as an
update repository. After adding kernel, KDE and proprietery ATI drivers
as the update package and resolving the few dozen dependencies that
cropped up (which mainly consisted of “<i>gnore this conflict and carry
on”), YaST updated the install to 11.1 and after that, allowed me to
autoupdate everything else via YUM. Have fun! Warning, when you get a
stack of XML files downloading it’ll take an hour or so on a fast link;
you know the kernel update’s worked and it’s updated the version key as
well, it’ll be downloading the latest patches for 11.1 rather than for
10.3 which seems to be AWOL. Though, for some reason it requires the
10.3 disc to clear the update cache the first time round… hohum.

(cc of a reply to a private message)


There are a few more positive experiences that we will mention later, but either way, comprehensive reviews typically conclude that SUSE is matched or surpassed by its competition that has no ties to Microsoft.

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7 Comments

  1. Diamond Wakizashi said,

    December 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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    SUSE is the Vista of Linux.

    DISGUSTING!

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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    The followup is not exactly flattering:

    7 things making me tear my hair out after installing openSUSE 11.1 (and some good stuff)

    I can’t imagine how this could be universal problems… otherwise the distro would be super-buggy… but maybe it is a problem of openSUSE not recognising my Lenovo laptop (even though it has worked fine in Lenovo for all these years)… but my experiences with 11.1 have simply been terrible.

  3. Russian Hacker said,

    December 26, 2008 at 7:29 am

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    @ Diamond Wakizashi,

    How much Mr. Roy pays you to troll in every post he writes?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 26, 2008 at 7:51 am

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    How much do Microsoft/Novell pay Russian Hackers for each libelous comment posted?

  5. Jo Shields said,

    December 26, 2008 at 11:59 am

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    How much does Google pay Roy Scheistowitz for each distortion & fabrication posted?

  6. Diamond Wakizashi said,

    December 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm

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    @ Russian Hacker

    I give my opinion of Microsoft/Novell garbageware for free!!!

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

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    Shoo, Diamond. You’re such a “Hater(C)”. :-)

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