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Problems with openSUSE 11.2

28 October 2009 Leave a comment

After reading the next openSUSE 11.2 features, I like to install it again to see how well were the improvements.

OS11_2M7-Cashew-KDE

One of the things that most bother me with openSUSE was the downloading and installing of packages. YAST2 is very powerful but find a package was complicated; in addition, when you installs multiple packages, YAST2 stars downloading one, then installs it and then continued with the second, what that slows the downloads and used cause conflicts if the installation stopped for some reason. I Assume that openSUSE 11.2 has already solving these problems. So I decided to download and install the RC with KDE4, also supposed that had greatly enhanced improvements (the last time I use KDE was version 4.1).

My first problem was that my laptop only had 30 GB free. I didn’t want to spend more space, so the plan was to install openSUSE on an external hard drive. The second problem was that I didn’t want to install GRUB in the MBR of my laptop; I was sure that I going to uninstall the distro in one or two days so I don’t want the openSUSE’s GRUB.

The Installation was easy, is the classic openSUSE installation, complicated but you spend it by pressing a button, the disk partitioning window and the GRUB window are the most complicated that I have seen in a distribution, and that cause that I accidentally install GRUB one NTFS partition with very valuable information, that provoke that not only openSUSE din’t install successfully, but also I take 3 hours of my life in restoring the data from the NTFS partition.

OS11_2A1-partitioner

At the end after three attempts, I finally install openSUSE (if you are going to install Linux on a external hard drive, I recommend you to install /boot in your local hard disk ). KDE is pretty! very incomplete and unfinished, but pretty. Unfortunately, I never tried YAST, since NetworkManager didn’t work. I have enough, I’ll try it another day.

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