Novell News Summary – Part II: Active Week for OpenSUSE, New Short Reviews

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Novell, OpenSUSE at 5:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz



STARTING with the good, here are some new reviews of interest:

1. And now openSUSE

And now openSUSE


I concluded that (K)Ubuntu does not match my taste. After tinkering with it a little, I noticed some strange behaviour (can’t remember them clearly) and plus, I didn’t like aptitude. I can’t really say much about (K)Ubuntu because I didn’t test it to death, but it wasn’t what I expected, or liked.

2. Review: OpenSUSE 11.1

OpenSUSE 11.1 is a fantastic release and show the quality that comes from a professional distribution with many years of experience. Yes, it’s probably not the first choice of distribution that many users (and Linux gamers) go to but I’ve found it to be quite well laid out and easily configurable. If you’re after a solid distribution that’s able work hard as well as play hard, you won’t go wrong with OpenSUSE.

3. Masim “Vavai” Sugianto: KDE 4.2 Beta on openSUSE 11.1

I’m quite satisfied with the quality of KDE 4.1.3 on openSUSE 11.1. Yes, I’ve read complain about KDE 4 here and there but I just an ordinary end user with a relatively general purpose using KDE 4 for daily usage. BTW, I also installed some KDE 3.5 basic utility for special purpose if I’m not really enjoy new replacement app.

Moving on to some bad reviews (in the sense that the impressions left were mostly negative):

1. SuSE 11.1 – too little, too soon

My opinion is that the community at large, and Novell/OpenSuSE in particular, would be better off adhering less rigidly to a six-month release cycle and more rigidly to making sure that very much everything works before making a release. Normal people do not reformat their disks and install a new operating system every six months. ‘Way too much work. This evolution has easily cost me two months, which thankfully I had available. I’m not going to do that every six months. And releasing buggy software just gives the community a bad name. So take at least a little more time and ensure that it WORKS before releasing it. Especially do not release stuff that the community has already identified as being dysfunctional, like bluetooth on KDE4.

So, despite being a SuSE fan from 10.2 onward, I shall catch my breath, and then try to figure out how to get Fedora or something else to give me KDE. And then, maybe, very maybe, come back to try SuSE 11.2 or 11.3 or … But again, shall do due diligence first.

2. Why I hate computers… (grumpy one)

Now my Linux of choice is SUSE and I’m running 10.1 right now. Seems that since Novell bought SUSE the home version of Linux has been spun off into openSUSE. No problem, just down load it, burn a CD and off we go, right?

3. The ping pong ends.. at Ubuntu

It’s not that SUSE hasn’t got any of the mentioned above, but.. it just keeps on having problems, witch I can’t find solutions for (and I’ve looked a lot). And for now I don’t have any more time to spare on trying to find guides to my issues.


Lots of stuff fits here. Here is a selected bunch:

Linux Tip: Remote access using NX and OpenSuse 11.1

NoMachine NX is a solution for secure remote access, desktop virtualization, and hosted desktop deployment using compression, session resilience and resource management. It integrations a powerful audio, printing and resource sharing capabilities and makes it possible to run any graphical application (e.g KDE, Gnome etc.) across the network connection. The NX Free Edition is easy to install and woks on almost all Linux distributions. The following workshop describes the installation an the first run on an OpenSuse 11.1 server.

SUSEGeek: Kdenlive – Free opensource video editor in openSUSE

Kdenlive free open-source non-linear video editor for KDE. Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, including most recent video technologies. It relies on a separate renderer, piave, to handle it’s rendering. Kdenlive is easy to use for all levels of users from novice to advanced video editors. Kdenlive is built upon MLT and ffmpeg frameworks, which provide unique features to mix virtually any kind of media.

There were several more HOWTOs from “SUSEGeek”, so this blogger is definitely active again.

Wafaa: Dropbox on 11.1

There have been many people that have complained that Dropbox no longer works on openSUSE 11.1

To name some more such items:

OpenSUSE gave exposure to openFATE and KDE’s Aaron Seigo wrote about it too:

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce that feature tracking and requests are now available to the larger openSUSE Community. The openSUSE feature tracking system, openFATE, is now live and accessible to anyone with an openSUSE account.

Hosted at features.opensuse.org, openFATE will help the openSUSE community monitor and participate in the development process. Features that are tracked in openFATE are any proposals that the project wants to see introduced in order to improve openSUSE.


Here is a Web host that starts sporting OpenSUSE.

Having established itself as a leading provider of VPS Hosting services, Cirrus Tech continues to offer their clients more options by announcing the availability of openSUSE 10.3 on their Linux VPS plans.

This begs the question, “why not 11.0 or 11.1?”

The OpenSUSE Web site has plenty more that are older.

In this week:

* openSUSE Project Opens Feature Tracking with openFATE
* openSUSE forums has reached 20K members
* Wanted-Build Service Contributors
* Joe Brockmeier: What happens with KDE with Qt license shift?
* Katarina Machalkova: A fairytale about brave wizard QSplitter and evil ancient screen resolution from the last century

Next — we’ll look at all the rest of the news.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:


If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

A Single Comment

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 25, 2009 at 9:21 am


    Can we just drop all links to or about OpenSuse? This is Boycottnovell and not a fan site like NovellWatch, isn’t it?

    That group is going to be causing enough trouble at FOSDEM without the free promotion.

    There are some real distros out there:

    + http://fedoraproject.org/
    + http://www.centos.org/
    + http://www.redhat.com/rhel/
    + http://fluxbuntu.org/
    + http://xubuntu.org/
    + http://kubuntu.org/
    + http://slackware.com/
    + http://www.archlinux.org/
    + http://www.de.debian.org/
    + http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/

    Including a few new ones:

    + http://schillix.berlios.de/
    + http://www.nexenta.org/
    + http://www.belenix.org/
    + http://www.milax.org/
    + http://www.dragonflybsd.org/

    And a few old ones:
    + http://www.netbsd.org/
    + http://www.openbsd.org/
    + http://www.desktopbsd.net/

What Else is New

  1. Hardly Shocking and Not At All Surprising That Thugs Who Run the EPO Hired External Thugs to Help Them Oppress Aggrieved Staff

    With the EPO's management flooding the bank accounts of aggressive law firms (at our expense) we need to ask serious questions about how such a "Mafia" (what EPO staff calls the management) managed to metastasise inside Europe's second-largest institution and how to remove this "Mafia" as soon as possible (some arrests too are well overdue)

  2. [Meme] There Are No Elections in Mafia-Type Regimes; It's About Family and Friends...

    With no real concept or notion of "elections" (the so-called 'mafia' members choose their successors and colleagues) the EPO's patent examiners clearly need outside intervention, e.g. inquest by the EU authorities (the EPC died and maybe the EPO too; it's unregulated and it grants false patents that harm Europe because the courts don't function, either)

  3. Today's Linux Standing for the Opposite of What Linux Users Stand for

    The so-called 'Linux' Foundation or the "Corporate Linux Foundation" is alienating many of the original users of GNU/Linux and it still insults their intelligence; it's rewriting history, it still distorts the objectives, and before we know Linux will perish and lose momentum because all the excitement associated with the brand will fizzle away

  4. Links 14/6/2021: Kdenlive 21.04.2 and Raspberry Pi 400 Support in Linux

    Links for the day

  5. [Meme] EPO 'Lawfulness' as Crude Budget Wars

    A war of attrition against EPO staff won’t ensure justice is done; it’ll only increase the number of casualties and accomplish nothing good

  6. A Parade of 'Yes Men': EPO's Budget and Finance Committee as Rubber-stamper of the Dictatorship That Pays the Salary

    The lack of oversight at the EPO has long been apparent and it is becoming ever more problematic now that huge sums of money are passed by the EPO's management to law firms whose sole role is to fight against aggrieved EPO staff

  7. Links 14/6/2021: Linux 5.13 RC6, Psychonauts 2 for GNU/Linux

    Links for the day

  8. Conveniently Conflating Vaccination With the Surveillance Business of IBM/Linux Foundation

    The way some media handles COVID-19 can be described as self-serving, especially Microsoft-connected sites looking to make “Linux” sound bad (or like property of Microsoft); the video above discusses this past weekend’s media coverage about “Linux”

  9. [Meme] Microsoft Stooping Down Low in Search of Vapourware With a Superficial Version Bump

    Instead of trying to actually fix its broken (and self-breaking) operating system Microsoft has decided to sell mythology and false promises, as usual

  10. [Meme] Illegal Location, Illegal Methods (Haar ViCo)

    EPC denial is more lethal than anything which the the EPO says may merit 'urgency' (as if having discussions about patents will save lives)

  11. The 'Fixer' of António Campinos Taints G1/21 (ViCo Hearing)

    The meeting which is set to resume at the start of next month includes the 'Fixer' of António Campinos; what sense of impartiality might one expect?

  12. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, June 13, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, June 13, 2021

  13. Virtual Injustice -- Part 6: Best Buddies With António

    Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and the Hungarian link of the EPO

  14. Classic: Old EPO Strike

    2008 EPO video, predating the Benoît Battistelli EPO regime

  15. Links 13/6/2021: Linux 5.14 Work, Lots of Patent News

    Links for the day

  16. Update on Gemini, IPFS, and IRC

    "The video which was supposed to be a few minutes long ended up taking a lot longer, but it does cover a broad range of topics that are relevant and very recent (based on recent developments)."

  17. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, June 12, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, June 12, 2021

  18. Virtual Injustice -- Part 5: Benoît's “Friends” in Budapest

    "Battistelli went to considerable lengths to secure the support of the Hungarian delegation."

  19. Links 13/6/2021: KDE Frameworks 5.83.0 and helloSystem 0.5

    Links for the day

  20. The Story of Techrights, in Banners...

    A look back at site banners from 2006-2021; they help illuminate or show our changing focus over the years

  21. With KDE Plasma 5.22 Having Just Been Released It's Time to Give KDE a Try (or Move to GNU/Linux, Leveraging the Best Features of Any Operating System Out There)

    A quick recommendation of KDE based on a reasonably recent (but not latest) build; there's this myth about KDE being difficult and flaky, but for a number of decades it has been the most advanced desktop (on any operating system) and its developers managed to hide the complexity while offering users all the power they may want/need

  22. Open Letter to the FSF About Taking Control of the FSF's (and GNU's) IRC Channels

    The FSF should have seized the opportunity, in light of self-harming IRC infighting (instability and unpredictability), to create its own IRC network and then help this new (or "GNU") network flourish

  23. EU Already Captured by -- and Lying for -- Corrupt EPO Officials, Team UPC, and Lobbyists of Multinational Corporations

    12 pages of lies; is the European Parliament reduced to a mere marionette of corrupt officials who run the EPO into the ground?

  24. [Meme] Virtual Code of Conduct (ViCoC)

    Cheapening of basic concepts and principles like "right to be heard" or "access to justice" is an international trend; we need to push back in the direction of justice, not fake 'innovation' or 'tech' (where it clearly does not belong)

  25. IRC Proceedings: Friday, June 11, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, June 11, 2021

  26. Virtual Injustice -- Part 4: Mihály Ficsor, the EPO's Hungarian “Fixer”

    One key operative of António Campinos, who is fiercely in favour of software patents, has quite a colourful past and background

  27. Conversation With Richard Stallman in Brazil, May 31st 2021

    At the end of last month Richard Stallman had a 2-hour (and beyond, considering some of the afterthoughts) conversation, which is now available online

  28. Links 11/6/2021: Nginx Rising and SteamPal Rumours

    Links for the day

  29. New Introduction at Gemini

    As part of ongoing improvements to our capsule we have a new introductory text, reproduced below

  30. Links 11/6/2021: A Torvalds COVID Rant and RISC-V Risk of Takeover

    Links for the day

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts