I installed OpenSUSE 10.3 the other day and these are my first impressions.
Installation went smoothly — a few packages had to be manually added as usual. Emacs, for example, was not part of the default install whereas Freeciv was. I would like someone to explain that some day.
I am pretty happy with it so far, but of course I have notice something that could deserve improvements.
- Package manager
- I find the new gui with installed and available in different columns quite unintuitive. The old layout with one list and a install/uninstall/etc marker used much less screen real estate and left meaningful space for package description. Unrelatedly, it starts with gtk assertions:
(y2controlcenter-gnome:4204): libgnomevfs-CRITICAL **: gnome_vfs_get_uri_from_local_path: assertion `g_path_is_absolute (local_full_path)' failed (y2controlcenter-gnome:4204): libgnomevfs-CRITICAL **: gnome_vfs_monitor_add: assertion `text_uri != NULL' failed ...
which probably is not a good idea.
- The new version is nice, but when I first installed it, it would not start. Investigation showed that its dependency, sqlite2, was not installed, whereas sqlite3 was. I suspect a packaging problem.
- Network manager
- Where to start? Hmm… It still crashes left and right. I hope I don’t have to see anything about connection to network “(null)” anymore. Why does it have to wake up every second and do nothing?
- Login screen
- The tab key used to work to switch from login to password. Now it just selects the login name. I am not sure what that change was meant to improve.
- Utterly unsuited for a machine like this. Why does Novell push this cpu/battery vacuum cleaner so hard?