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shaunsingh14 01-11-2012 12:45 AM

openSUSE questions before installing.
Hello all, I've been interested in installing openSUSE for quite a while now. My friend Jeff recommended me to try it, because it has one of the best KDE and GNOME setups in the entire GNU/Linux community. However, three things keep me from making the switch:

- I have a Linksys WUSB54GC v3 wireless card, which is a part of the Ralink RT2870 chipset. I know the staging drivers for my wireless card were replaced with the RT2800USB module on Linux 3.x, but when I installed openSUSE 12.1 earlier in November, there was no wlan0 interface. This made me go back to Ubuntu, and then migrate to Arch Linux. What was the cause of this?

- I run Arch Linux with GNOME 3,2.1 and I'm quite content with it as it is, however, I want to dual boot with openSUSE 12.1 with KDE because I LOVE YaST2 ^_^. However when I saw the openSUSE installer, I didn't know how to partition it in a audial boot and ended up erasing my entire Ubuntu setup. I don't want the same thing to happen again, so how can I set aside a small 50GiB partition for openSUSE and leave the rest for Arch Linux?

- As much as I love YaST2 and KDE, I'm more familiar with GNOME. I've heard that openSUSE can occasionally be sluggish and feel bloated. I haven't had many problems with KDE on my computer in the past, but still I don't wanna put too much strain on it, given my somewhat modest specifications:
- 1.6GHz Intel Celeron Dual-Core processor (i686)
- 1GiB RAM
- Intel(R) GMA 3100 video card
- GRUB 0.97 bootloader
- 230GiB hard disk memory

So how can I come up with a solution to each of these issues before I install openSUSE?

kbp 01-11-2012 08:16 PM

Why not install OpenSuSE in a virtual machine ?

shaunsingh14 01-14-2012 01:39 AM


Originally Posted by kbp (Post 4572347)
Why not install OpenSuSE in a virtual machine ?

Did you not look at the hardware specs I posted? openSUSE won't run properly on a virtual machine because my specs are WAY too low to actually make use of it. There's also the matter of openSUSE's graphical utilities, which are somewhat bloated and slow, occasionally. Couple that with trying to run it in VirtualBox or VMWare, it's a recipe for disaster.

kbp 01-14-2012 05:08 AM

I don't see an issue with your specs, maybe a little short on ram but otherwise ok.

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