openSUSE11.2 … an OS per excellence

Finally, I got hold of the openSUSE 11.2 DVD (64bit) and installed immediately after it arrived. The installation environment was similar to the previous release but a little polished and the default file system of ext4 type. A notable change is the choice of default desktop environment (DE) which is KDE 4.3. Well, the other desktop options are still there and they are  just of a click only. It includes the latest linux kernel 2.6.31 and GNOME 2.28. Also bundled are regulars like OpenOffice.org 3.1 and firefox 3.5. Firefox 3.5 is integrated into KDE. I installed with KDE as the default DE. After the install it booted into a beautiful green KDE 4.3. This KDE version is almost neat unlike the previous version. I wasted no time and configured the network using then new network configuration applet. But one thing to remember is that network is defaulted to IPv6. i failed in the first attempt to get connected to internet but after a little bit of research I figured out  problem and using yast control centre I changed the network mode to IPv4 and voila my network worked. Internet was up and running in no time. I configured the network to work with my GPRS/3G mobile connection and my office wifi as well. The pretty good thing about the distro is that it detected all my hardware properly for my laptop. And after a reboot, it rendered the native resolution of my monitor also (1920×1080). I used yast to add the packman and other community repositories and fired up the software manager to download all the necessary dependencies and softwares to make it full multimedia ready. now I can play all my DVDs and MP3s without any problem. I downloaded the proprietary ATI drivers for my graphics card and after installing it the compiz fusion effects worked beautifully. A whole lot of eye candy. I will explore a bit deeper into the world of openSUSE 11.2 and after some time come up with a detailed discussion including a step-by-step guide to enable multimedia and installation. Meanwhile do check back to find some new posts.

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My favorite linux distro

Hi all, here i am back to share something with you. My favorite linux distribution… openSUSE 11.2 has released but I have not gotten a chance to install it till now. wainting for my copy … to arrive. I could not download the iso because of the pathetic internet speed here. But in the mean time I have searched the internet for reviews and the reviews really got me excited. All are in the praising mood for opensuse 11.2 and it’s KDE implementation. well. I will publish my layman’s view once I got it installed.Hmm , one thing i am afraidof, the hard ware support for my system espacially ATI graphics that I use. I made my hands dirty in testing UBUNTU 9.10 … it’s not OK for me.. 9.04 was far better than the current release. I got stuck even while installing codecs for playinf my mp3s, let alone videos. Okay, I will continue the topic. …..

Hi all …. welcome to my first blog!

This is the first blog of mine. I think because of the new age technologies like the one that I am using now to express my feeling to the whole world has narrowed the gap between individuals, well, in terms of information exchange. I personally find these technologies very useful and if used in the proper way, they can benefit the human race than ever before.

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