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Béranger Gives Up on Novell's SUSE, MSI Cripples SUSE Laptops

YaST bootGetting the boot

This didn't even take long [1, 2]. It was actually package management that broke the camel's back (among other things) and Béranger has just decided to move to a solid Debian.

Next, I was trying to find newer Oo.org builds made for openSUSE 11.0. The openSUSE build service is a mess, anyone can have a repository there, and it was easy to find two repositories for Oo.org 2.99.* (3.0 betas) that were simply broken (not just RPM hell, but simply hell). Eventually, adding OpenOffice.org:/UNSTABLE/openSUSE_11.0/ provided me with a working 2.99.25-12 build, but to no avail (and it was ugly, and it had missing toolbar icons, and it was missing the integration with the GNOME open/save dialog, and it couldn't load the Antidote RX add-on).

So I can't use a vital Oo.org add-on under openSUSE 11.0. I had to dump Novell's jewel. Oh well...


This may seem like unnecessary criticism of OpenSUSE, so moving to a more curious item, watch this.

MSI's Web site also finally acknowledges a version of Wind carrying a Novell's Suse Linux OS instead of Windows XP. People searching for the mini-laptop will have to turn to page two on the Web page to have a look. Unfortunately, it appears the Wind-Linux will come with a 3-cell battery instead of the 6-cell batteries on the devices coming out in August.

Previously, the Linux version of Wind was not on the company's Web site.


So, here one can find some bogus or semi-hearted support where GNU/Linux is considered a Microsoft asset and is therefore being taxed (for mythical software patents). Furthermore, after Microsoft's considerable discounts and tying up of key vendors, there's little less than just a hidden option that is not very appealing, hardware-wise. Acer too offers inferior specs (yet a lower price too) for the Linpus-based Aspires. Is this a triumph? Microsoft's market distortion must be combated, not accepted or even tolerated. Novell remains a big part of this problem.

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