DEC
9
2006

openSUSE 10.2 Released with KDE 3.5.5

openSUSE 10.2, formerly known as SUSE Linux 10.x, has been released with KDE 3.5.5 and KOffice 1.6 (Krita is installed by default). As well as the usual latest free and open source software, openSUSE comes with the new KDE Menu "Kickoff", integrated with the latest Kerry Beagle. Some screenshots are available on the openSUSE wiki.

Comments

openSUSE has packages of Basket: they are on the box DVD-9 and of course in the even bigger official FTP repository.


By Anonymous at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Yes, I know. I meant it's not *installed* by default.


By Andreas Jensen at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Well, you can't expect that everything gets installed by default :o)


By otherAC at Mon, 2006/12/11 - 6:00am


By Anonymous at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

thanks for your tips, but come on guys, please be more tolerant.

If I say it's buggy it IS buggy for me. What should I do if I want to install something and this buggy Yast-Tool doesn't want to install it???

> http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/7624/verybuggyyastlr1.png

it does CONTAIN the right media!!!

I can access this rpm with every http program, but Yast think it doesn't exist. Fu** up. This makes me very angry. One reason is Yast and the other reason is that you think I spread lies.
One more reasons are people who doesn't find any bugs in Suse 10.2 and heavily use 10.2. I can't imagine this. I think they only use heavily Firefox, Konqui and one Mailer. Ok, if I only use these programs, then I don't find bugs too for hours/days/months/years... ;)

All in all, Suse 10.2 shouldn't release a distro because they can sell the boxed version BEFORE x-mas.

Thx & Greets,

anonymous "troll" (if you think I'm a troll, I'm a troll. but I don't lie)


By Anonymous at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.2/repo/oss

Looks like a problem with the server, if I click on the file called directory.yast at that location i get this url:

http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/.admin/missing/server.php?name=GD.TUWIEN.AC.AT

So it is not a problem with opensuse or yast, it's a problem with the software server you want to connect to.

Please report this to opensuse and/or use another softwareserver.


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

> if I click on the file called directory.yast at that location i get this url:
> http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/.admin/missing/server.php?name=GD.TUWIEN.AC.AT

And I'm getting this one...
> http://ftp.novell.hu/pub/mirrors/ftp.opensuse.org/opensuse/distribution/...

And now? This doesn't help me at the time, Yast wants to download packages.

> Please report this to opensuse and/or use another softwareserver.

And at the next day, I report the next mirror which isn't temporarly avalaible? ;)

I think Suse know this problem, because the software download problem exist since the 1st implementation in Suse. And it is a really common and primitive administration task.
If they have a good error handling in Yast, Yast should try the next mirror and don't stop installing software.

I'm getting hopeless and angry if I want to install software, but Yast gambles about installing or refusing the package.


By Anonymous at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

>>http://ftp.novell.hu/pub/mirrors/ftp.opensuse.org/opensuse/distribution/...

Ahh, that one works :)

Did you use http://ftp.novell.hu/pub/mirrors/ftp.opensuse.org/opensuse/distribution/... as yast source?

>>And now? This doesn't help me at the time, Yast wants to download packages.

is that a problem?

>>And at the next day, I report the next mirror which isn't temporarly avalaible? ;)

Yup, the more we bug novell with non working mirrors, the more they can do about it ;)

>>I think Suse know this problem, because the software download problem exist since the 1st implementation in Suse.

I'm not aware of that, never had any problems with yast sources.
software management nog is completely different now then it was in the beginning: now suse looks for mirrors itself, while before it would only use the repository that you have added in yast.
So they are working on it ;)


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

> thanks for your tips, but come on guys, please be more tolerant.

I'm sorry but you were not being very tolerant. You simply dismissed the distro with an anonymous post saying "it's buggy". Possibly the most undescriptive statement around.

> If I say it's buggy it IS buggy for me.

Once again, a useless statement. Since it's not buggy for me, it's not a buggy release; easy. Your screenshot there also doesn't give us enough information, and I can't reproduce it at all. If you're just ranting, then fine; but if you actually think it's a bug please feel free to open up a bug report though and then we can get to the bottom of it.

> One more reasons are people who doesn't find any bugs in Suse 10.2 and heavily use 10.2. I can't imagine this.

You mentioned one bug that we (and at least I) can't reproduce. Yes, I see the bugs overflowing now.

> All in all, Suse 10.2 shouldn't release a distro because they can sell the boxed version BEFORE x-mas.

Err, yeah, because you know how many people get openSUSE boxes for Christmas.. It was released when it was because of a release schedule that was set very many months before.


By apokryphos at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

> http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/7624/verybuggyyastlr1.png

Adding this URL as repository works fine me. Try to adding directly a mirror instead the sometimes too busy redirector URL.


By Anonymous at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

This whole discussion about posting distribution news on the dot isn't going anywhere. And being an important one, I hope that the KDE editors read this post.

It is I think really necessary to implement criteria for a distribution post to be accepted. This "if someone writes an article it will be accepted" won't work. We could soon have voluntaries writing release articles about everyone's pet favourite distribution spamming the dot.

So a distribution release news article should be posted if and only if it has some news related to KDE, not just because it includes KDE 3.5.x.

Taking that into account, Kubuntu's and openSUSE's news did make sense, while Fedora's was completely unwarranted. openSUSE and Kubuntu are, in that order, the distributions that are doing more KDE related work than any other. Actually employing KDE developers is among the best things you can do to support KDE. That said, not every openSUSE or Kubuntu release is interesting KDE-wise. SUSE's 9.x releases would maybe have been less news-noteworthy, KDE wise, independently of being good releases and a good distribution or not. But the last releases where related in a big way. Kubuntu has deployed a new KDE-based debian packet manager (Adept), it ships KControl's alternative System settings, including the new KControl modules from guidance, it has developed and shipped qt4 utilities like Kubuntu Device Database, the installer, etc. openSUSE, apart from the long history of supporting KDE, and its configuration utilities based on qt (YAST), has lately developed important KDE technologies or KDE frontends to new technologies like KNetworkmanager or Kerry, and this last release has an extremely important and relevant to KDE new item: Kickoff a replacement for KMenu which could influence KDE4's design, something that doesn't happen often. Those are interesting, KDE related news, worthy of being posted on the dot. Fedora's and any "distribution X released with KDE 3.5.x" are just metoos, kindergarten posts that spamm the dot.

I think the problem with Kubuntu's and openSUSE's announcements where not properly stressing AND explaining the KDE related points.

Just my 2c.


By MikeT at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

The author of Adept is actually a Red Hat employee:
http://people.redhat.com/prockai/


By Kevin Kofler at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

And Fedora has a very strong kde community, which justifies news about fedora on the Dot.

And besides that, I think it is important to spread news on the dot about who's shipping KDE with their product. That way, we can show how popular KDE is.
If we keep silent about the spreading of KDE among distributions, and other desktop environments don't, people tend to think that we are losing momentum and might choose another product then KDE.


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

nearly EVERY distribution ships with KDE (some as default, some, like Fedora not). That doesn't justify turning KDE.news into a bad version of distro watch. What exactly learns someone using KDE and Fedora by reading that piece of news? don't you think they know already their favourite distribution released a new version? And what exactly learn the other dot readers? That Fedora released a new version like every 6 months? and ships with the latest stable KDE? They already know that.


By MikeT at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

>>nearly EVERY distribution ships with KDE

True, but still we get threads on the dot about 'kde is losing momentum'
We should alway continue to tell the audience that kde is popular, that kde ships with every distro on the market.

look for example at microsoft: every advertisement about computer systems reads 'vendor X recommends Windows XP'. That looks like a completely bogus recommendation, since every system that vendor X sells comes with XP as only OS installed, and allmost everyone using computers never heard of anything else but Windows..

>>What exactly learns someone using KDE and Fedora by reading that piece of news?
Nothing, but the news is not solely meant for fedora users.

>>And what exactly learn the other dot readers?
That Fedora ships KDE as well.

Looks like a bogus message, but to a lot of people, it is not.
We need to keep reminding the audience that they can choose from a variety of inux distributions if they want a kde desktop
If we don't, than we will loose momentum.
Just like microsoft keeps reminding their users that they should use Windows, even if those users were never aware that there was something besides Windows available.

>>They already know that.

Then we could just stop publishing any news on the dot, because the audience already knows about everything happening around KDE.

But don't get suprised if KDE starts loosing momenten as soon as we stop publishing news about kde and related projects..


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Yes but that doesn't mean anything (is he doing it in his free time, for example?).

When the next Red Hat (or Fedora) release ships, you don't say, "mornfall is employed by Red Hat so they support KDE, it deserves to be announced on the dot"
What matters is "does this release have anything at all particular that involves KDE apart from shipping with it?"


By MikeT at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Is Mandriva still contribution to KDE? they used to be one of the bigger sponsors (and have invested a lot when they could not affod it).

BTW. I agree on honesty about buggyness. I have installed Kubuntu now in 2 versions on 2 computers, and it works as a dream until something goes wrong with the wireless connection, and the SU system goes completely wrong. This is very bad as you cannot login as root. Searching on the web gives no help: many people suffer from the same problem, nobody really helps, only temporary workarounds. When I reboot 2 times, sometimes the problem is gone. The other workarounds don't even work.

Concluding: the distribution is in my opinion too buggy to show to release, but all reviews are raving.

Geert


By Geert at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Mandriva still pays aKademy award winner Laurent Montel, who did and does an incredible amount of work for KDE 4 and KOffice 2.0.


By Boudewijn Rempt at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Yes I am not saying that SUSE and Kubuntu are the only distributions supporting KDE. Madriva does too. But as I said that doesn't automatically make such a post on the dot meaningful.
If Madriva's next release does something new with or on top of KDE that not the other 100 distributions do, it will also be interesting to read about it on the dot.


By MikeT at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Yep, we should completely forget about mandriva and other distros that ship with kde.
Let the competition take those distributions over.

And when opensuse is the only distribution left that ships with a decent kde, only then it will be justified to post news about it on the dot


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Oh, and about the su system: do sudo -s from konsole to get a shell and then give root a password with passwd.


By Boudewijn Rempt at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

I publish distro news for important KDE distributions where someone submits a story that is about the KDE part of the distribution. This is what you seem to be describing above and this openSuSE story and the recent Kubuntu one both fall into this description. The Fedora story doesn't, and shouldn't have been published in my opinion, but other dot editors have their own preferences.


By Jonathan Riddell at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

Yes we agree. As I said, I think it was a communication problem. Not everyone will find it extremely interesting that Kubuntu or openSUSE ship a new version of the distribution with KDE3.5.x. But how about explaining those new nifty qt4 apps or frontends that Kubuntu now has? like the laptop suspend applet, the Device database initiative and the new Guidance modules with a System settings redesign? And what's new in Kerry and KNetworkmanager (which distributions like Kubuntu are evaluating as default for the next version), and some more Kickoff news (as it was already presented in an older dot article, I think).


By MikeT at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

So the more a distribution derives from the official kde releases, the more it gets justified to get posted on the dot?


By otherAC at Sun, 2006/12/10 - 6:00am

not all derivations are bad. i can't speak about kickoff, haven't yet tried it - but suse has been shipping for a while kde with kicker menu search. it's awesome, it's useful - and from my viewpoint, should have been in default kde installations a long time ago.

also, such derivations allow for some real life testbeds, so if a feature is demed good enough, i guess it can be implemented in main kde :)


By richlv at Tue, 2006/12/12 - 6:00am

Prettier release page with an overview:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_News/10.2-Release


By apokryphos at Tue, 2006/12/12 - 6:00am

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