Friday, August 19, 2005

openSUSE vs. Kubutu

I recently had a need to update my laptop so I figured I'd try a few distros out that I had been hearing a bit of buzz.

Being a Suse user for the last year or so, my first thought was to try out the 10.0 beta1 of openSUSE. The install was pretty nice and clean. Even hitting ESC to see the details during boot had a nice touch of a boot splash background. To my dismay, there was invariable problems getting my wireless card or any wireless card working. There's a list of "most annoying bugs" page that I skipped over at first. After asking some questions in #opensuse, I was directed to that page to find out hotplug support and pcmcia devices were having no luck. Needless to say, that just doesn't cut it for a laptop, and it being a beta I should expect a things such as this.

Moving on to Kubuntu. Nice install as well. One thing I really liked is that there was only 1 cd to work with. openSUSE had 4 cds to do the install. There was a problem I ran into though that had me puzzled. After the initial install, it tells you to reboot to update packages. So following the directions I did just that. It started to boot, and then partway through the boot, the lcd screen starts cycling like a television with bad reception. This made it _very_ difficult to read the terminal. After giving up the installation, I was going to attempt to do an FTP install of Suse 9.3 whereby I removed my wireless card and relied on my wired pcmcia network card. Well, not paying attention during the boot, I missed the timeout before booting from the hard drive. Good thing I missed it too! My Kubuntu install amazingly just worked?! I think there was a problem with either the wireless card during boot, or it relied on a wired connection to do package updates on that first boot. Either way, I now have Kubuntu on my laptop and its currently checking out and compiling the KDE 3.5 branch as we speak.

Now both distros have their high points. Suse with years of experience, not too mention Yast. Kubunutu with its debian base set of tools such as apt-get and the same common codebase as Ubuntu. I'm sticking with Kubuntu for now because I can't deal with pcmcia voodoo while trying to get a KDE 3.5 demo box up and running.

Btw, Ubuntu just released a new version the day after I burned Hoary, and the openSUSE 10.0 beta2 came out two days after my attempt to install it.
So for all I know, these issues have all been fixed.


  • im using ubuntu breezy(beta) right now, and i like it very much. its using gnome 2.12beta ATM, but im going to install kde in a little while.

    i have a dell laptop, and the beta fixed a couple problems i was having with hoary. the multimedia keys work, centrino wifi works OOB, integrated intel drivers work OOB and xscreensaver turns off the screen after x minutes.hibernate doesnt work, but it worked in kubuntu hoary. when i install kde, im going to try hibernate again to see if its just a gnome problem.

    BTW, gnome 2.12 still doesnt have all the cool cairo features(shou change in a day or two) and its somewhat unstable. not too bad, but its still not kde ;)

    i was going to recommend this somewhere else, but youre the dev so ill just say it here. the "add applet" thing in gnome which is used in sk and kicker 3.5 now categorizes all the different applets and only shows the description when they are selected. IMO, this is more tidy/navigable than the old gnome/kde way. any chance of getting that into the kde boxes in 3.5?

    heres a screenie http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/6358/screenshot4rj.png

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