SuSE 10.1 Dissapointing
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Well, yesterday I finally downloaded and installed SuSE Linux 10.1. I wish I hadn't. This latest release was a great dissapointment. The only major improvement I noticed was the new version of KDE (3.5.1). The thing that upset me the most was the loss of many drivers for wireless network cards. My card with a RT2500 Chipset no longer worked right after the install, and trying to get the drivers from the RaLink website to work drove me nuts! The new network manager is no good either. Novell should have stuck with Kinternet. I was, however, really impressed with the new boot/ splash screen and the overall appearance of the system. Everything looked nice and formal, without being overdone. I didn't try the gnome desktop, but from what I saw from screenshots, it looked a heck of alot better than the gnome dekstop theme standard in 10.0. The only other major improvement I noticed was more up-to-date software (such as Firefox), which I can really easily install/ update in SuSE 10.0. Overall, the release was not right for me, but I am sure that it will do fine for others. Now I am back with SuSE 10.0, and happy.