Tuesday, November 17, 2009

openSuSE 11.2 (No I Will Not Spell It Their Way)

I installed openSuSE 11.2 at the beginning of this week and am glad to finally be done with unsupported KDE 4.x packages. Installation took much less time than previous incarnations, and boot time, shutdown time and suspend time is ridiculously faster.

One exceedingly nice item is that a native KDE 4 Network Manager is finally included with the distro. Setting up a wireless connection was just fine once I got the necessary firmware installed for my wlan adapter and VPN connections were managed correctly for the first time in a long time. Remote routes specified by the VPN concentrator were applied (w00t!) and negotiation took only one or two seconds.

Packages are stable and fairly seamless - moving in to this install has also taken much less time than previous versions.

Fonts scale particularly well. Finally 96dpi is obeyed on my monitor and both GTK and Qt apps look fantabulous.

Things are painless, stable and work out-of-the-box. openSuSE 11.0 was not without hitches but worked great overall - and openSuSE 11.2 is great with no compromises.

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