Suse Linux 10.1 is a mammoth 3.5GB installation. I spent almost 30 hours downloading it via the torrent and I should say it was worth that effort.
I had Suse 10.0 installed previously. SuSe 10.1 has lot of improvements in terms of installation and hardware drivers.
- For the first time I could install any linux distro with ACPI enabled !
- For the first time I was able use hibernate on Linux
- For the first time I didn’t have to struggle configuring the graphics card and monitor.
- For the first time a linux distro detected my ATI Mobility Radeon X700 Graphics card.
- For the first time I am able to set a wide screen resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) in a linux distro.
- For the first time I had no trouble setting up the wireless connection
If I wasn’t having a legal copy of Windws and if my VPN connection worked on Linux, I would have happily shifted to Suse Linux :).I have tried a lot of Linux Distros in the past including Fedora, Ubuntu etc, but Novell’s SuSe stands out. Installation of Linux has never been smooth in any of the other Linux Distributions.
Few days back Novell and Microsoft even announced a partnership under which MS will provide technical support for SuSe, however I guess this is going to be on the Enterprise front
I installed both KDE and Gnome and somehow have started a liking for Gnome, its kind of lightweight and loads fast. If you are planning to shift to Linux, go for SuSe 🙂
Which Linux Distro do you like ?
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In the past I had tried Suse 9.1 which was quite good. I did not use it heavily but it was there in my system for quite sometime. Now I am also downloading this mammoth iso image once the download completes then I will also give it a try. Right now I am trying to use Ubuntu Edgy and it is quite good. But I have not played around with it much let me see how long ubuntu magic lasts.
I tried out Ubuntu once, I had to install it with ACPI disabled and somehow didn’t find it that interesting…
However the best thing about ubuntu is the free shipping of DVD’s.Saves the pain of downloading the huge files 🙂
Shouldn’t we abandon SUSE?
After the recent fiasco generated by Novell getting into an agreement with Microsoft and the whole Open Source Community planning to fight Novell both in and outside the court, will it be sensible to shift over to another Linux distribution? There are other distributions that are as good or better that SUSE so which will be best one to migrate to?