Friday, October 21, 2005

To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question 

SuSe 10.0 I have decided to wait a while.

I mentioned in a previous post that the new release of SuSe Linux was available for downloading. Well it appears that the popularity of this distribution knows no bounds. I think the data line that feeds the server hosting OpenSuSe.org has been sucked flat since the announcement. I got the first two ISO images downloaded with not much trouble but have been trying for a few days now to get the third without success. It looks like everyone was so happy with the improvements that came with the upgrade to version 9.3 that everyone was waiting with baited breath for the next release.

There has also been a lot of message traffic on the various discussion groups both those that are oriented towards Linux in general and SuSe in particular. So while waiting for servers and their connecting pipeline to cool down a little I have been reading about the experiences of those that did manage to get a new set of disks burned and either begin the upgrade process or a clean install of the new version.

Most of the comments have been favorable but I have seen a number of message from people that are having problems with the video drivers. Especially those using cards with the NVIDIA chip set. To the best of my knowledge NVIDIA cards have been the preferred choice among Linux users for some time now. I am using one in my main system here in the ham shack and it has performed flawlessly.

So complaints about video problems have caused me to take pause in my thinking about jumping directly into an upgrade to 10.0 at this time. I think I will continue to watch the discussion groups for another month or so before taking the plunge. I'm sure I will upgrade in the end since the improvements going from 9.1 to 9.3 were so great. At this point in time though a little patients are in order.

If you have personal experience with version 10.0 drop me a note in email and let me know how you make out.

Well, a week ago I freshly installed Suse 10 on my wireless desktop with a Nvidia TNT2 video card with no single problem at all. And also I had successfully upgraded an existing Suse 9.3 system on my other PC with no problem too. Personally speaking, Suse 10.0 OSS GM really a solid distro around for new/power user alike. This distro in my opinion is a reality of what we call "Linux on a Desktop". I will surely contribute in any form back to the GNU/Linux and OSS community. Just my 2 cents.
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