火曜日, 12月 20, 2005

The SUSE Project

















Today I installed SUSE Linux 10.o, not as a partition but as the sole OS running on my VGNT350p. Totally erasing all my windoze shareware and even the 5Gb partition Sony allocated for a recovery. Thus begins my journal (I can't say it's my first stab at Linux) of the trials and tribulations of dealing with a microsoft world. My goal is to be able to do everything that one could possibly do on another OS better with Linux.

Having plenty of room (60) Gb I installed everything that was on the DVD. (I mean literally everything) after checking 15000 boxes I got to the bottom and found zzz all, well at least I was able to do a cursory inspection of what everything was. I was happy to see that kismet, netcat, tcpdump, ethereal, and Mozilla where all in that list.

I initially started KDE but I hate their interface, so I moved over to gnome, only to find that it would load a gnome session but wouldn't respond to any requests to run applications. I also was unable to logout, switch into a virtual screen to logout (F1-F12 did nothing) I would get the little watch icon but after 10 minutes or so there I was nothing happening. I attribute this probably to some script that ran because I chose KDE as default. I have this suspicion that the guys at suse are prejudiced against gnome. In version 9.2 I ran into nightmare problems trying to install a gnome desktop on an older PIImmx PC. So I wanted to be able to use my laptop right away and didn't want problems. Probably what they figure at suse, that the novice would take the path of least resistance. OK, so I'm back in KDE.

My current issues with SUSE were put on hold when I lost my wireless network on my windoze PC, and spent the morning getting my linksys router back on task. During this time of no Internet (my suse system is not recognizing any network selections whether eth or wlan) I thought Id call the fellas at suse and get some guidance to save me from the forest of datamining issues. That was a negative experience. It appears that there is no one over at the help center that understands English well enough to give any useful direction and its a mobile phone call for me during business hours so I don't benefit from the 800 number.

I did notice that at the top toolbar on the gnome desktop was an icon that showed it was at least picking up the wireless networks in my area very well actually.

A thought occurred to me while I was writing this that I should try Ubuntu and see how that goes, I could always import the rpms that are present on the suse disk at a latter time should I want or need them.

Next post Ill tell how it goes.... im off

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