Upgrade Notes & Thoughts, openSUSE 10.2

Overall, I’m satisfied with the improvements in openSUSE 10.2 as compared to SuSE 10.0. A “.0” release is always a bit of a bumpy ride, and 10.2 has certainly cleaned up a lot of the problems and rough edges. I was disenchanted enough with 10.0 to load Fedora Core 6, but after a brief trial I decided to continue on with SUSE.

I still have complaints, but when I catch myself ranting about something I stop and contemplate my good fortune that such a comprehensive operating system and development environment is available for free!

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • I’ve yet to install the ATI Proprietary Linux drivers for my Radeon Xpress 200 onboard graphics. This was troublesome under 10.0, so I’ve put it off for 10.2 so far.
  • Didn’t install beagle. Couldn’t find out how to control it in SUSE 10; seemingly no crontab file, all of its processes ran as nobody, etc.
  • kpowersave is able to put my Compaq Athlon into standby, which it couldn’t do in SuSE 10.0. But it is a strange state that doesn’t save much power: the disk shuts down and the power light begins blinking, yet the fans continue to run and the monitor doesn’t go into standby (i.e. a video signal is still being sent). WindowsXP (this is a dual-boot PC) standby does turn off the fans and the monitor hibernates immediately.
  • YaST, System, /etc/sysconfig Editor, System/Yast2, preferred_sw_manager_stack (file: /etc/sysconfig/sw_management) allows one to switch from the zlm (zen-updater) update manager back to opensuse_updater.
  • SuSE 10 versions: gcc 4.0.2, php 5.0.4, perl 5.8.7.
  • openSUSE 10.2 versions: gcc 4.1.2, php 5.2.0, perl 5.8.8.

posted in SUSE, SysAdmin by Bozzie

1 Comment to "Upgrade Notes & Thoughts, openSUSE 10.2"

  1. Joe Shaw wrote:


    I’m the maintainer of Beagle, and I wanted to let you know about how it works after I came across this entry.

    There are two parts: one is a system-wide crawler which builds indexes for all the users to use. This is done through the beagle-crawl-system tool run by cron. You can find its entry in /etc/cron.daily. You can simply remove it if you don’t want it to crawl your applications and documentation.

    The other part is a per-user daemon that’s started when you log in. This indexes your personal data and is the piece that actually does the searches when they’re requested. You can turn this off too by running the “beagle-settings” program, going to the “Search Settings” control panel in the GNOME control center, or going to Search -> Preferences in the search tool itself and unchecking the “Start search & indexing services automatically” checkbox. If you’re not interested in search at all, though, for any users, you can simply remove (or not install) the package.

    If you have any other questions about Beagle, how it fits into openSUSE, or whatever, feel free to email me.


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