1 upgrade of OpenSuse 11.1 and 2 installations of 11.2
In the last 3.5 years I used Gentoo Linux as the operating system of choice for my personal computer. Apart from Gentoo, I had also done and maintained an ubuntu installation, for use in another personal computer. Eventualy, I got tired of gentoo compilations, and ubuntu sadly collapsed under its own weight. Time to try something new, I say...
In June 2009 (five months ago), I installed OpenSuse 11.1 on a HP EliteBook 8730w. The installation was smooth even though I diverted from default options and
- installed from an external CD drive,
- installed on two disks, one for the OS and one for home, swap and tmp
- the home, swap and tmp partitions were encrypted.
At the beginning of November, I installed OpenSuse 11.2 RC1 on a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo V2020 Pro. This time I stayed with default options in all of the installation steps. Again everything went smoothly, all hardware was detected (I havent tried the modem though) and I had a running system in little time. When 11.2 was released, I updated. No problems here either.
In the last week of November I installed OpenSuse 11.2 on an Acer Asprire1 654ZWLMi. The installation steps went smoothly. However, when the time for the first boot came, where the installation's configuration takes place, the X server failed to start. The cause was the ATI graphics card. I quickly found others with this problem in the OpenSuse forum, in this thread: OpenSuse 11.2 Black Screen. A combination of the suggestions on the thread solved the problem for me. The XServer was "hot-wired" to work with the ATI card and driver: "sax2 -r -m 0=ati". The installation continued from were it left over, without any other shortcomings.
It seems that OpenSuse 11.2 installs quite well on a variety of configurations.
OpenSuse also performs very well for my needs. It offers good administration tools (zypper, YAST) and quality technical information on the wiki and the forums. Still though I consider technical articles in the Gentto wikis and forums superior.