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So far, I'm liking 10.1. I turned off getting sources from my DVD and net them all from the net, which seems to have solved most troubles i had with Yast. I also suggest to anyone to read this guide on un-crippling some of the 10.1 features:
I upgraded three of my systems here...two desktop systems and a laptop to SUSE 10.1 from SUSE 10.0. Likewise, I have installed SUSE 10.1 for several of my computer customers. I am very pleased with SUSE 10.1 and have really not experienced any problems. I will say that if you are going to use the 64 bit system, there are a few issues with things like flash, MPlayer and such.
Yes, there were some problems with YAST, when 10.1 was first released. For the most part they are fixed. I find it much easier and better, for package updates and installs to use SMART, instead of YAST. Very simple to go get the GURU packages for SMART....SMART, SMART-GUI and SMART-Addons, which will set up your basic update sources automatically for you. I'd recommend ONLY using the GURU packages for SMART. Doing so, I don't think you will experience any problems with updates. Likewise, I've updated to KDE 3.5.4 and have found no issues.
It's funny hearing all these problems, as I am a complete noob at linux. I tried Fedora Core at first. FC4 was prety good, though it was a pain to use yum to acces repositories, and most other stuf had to be compiled. I tried Fedora Core 5, yet everyhting was problematic. I heard how easy SUSE was, so i tried Open SUSE 10.1
everything went smoothly. It updates properly, everything that an average person would do on his/her PC is availible right out of the box.
Adding multimedia was even easier, just had to add packman to yast and I got xmms and mplayer without a sweat. I also use rpm.pbone.net
to get packages.
I can do almost everything i can do on windows, except games, and video editing. which i intend on exploring as i become more knowlegeable.
To me, compiling your own crap is hard unless you are really sure what your doing. Tutorials are very vauge and it's easy to F things up, expecially if they deal with the kernel, i know i have F-ed up linux many times due to unclear tutorials. That why everything I install is either from a yast repository or a SUSE RPM from rpm.pbone.net
Sure SUSE is kinda slow, however i noticed the network light flickers heavily any time you run packages and when you add software. Thus it trying to access repoitories online and connecting to them can take some time. But for the most part it's no diffrent than Windows, yet runs on much slower hardware. Windows can slug even on the fastest CPU and with 2GB of RAM.
From some one who has no real experience in linux, I can tell you that SUSE 10.1 is a good alternative to Windows.
If you use the search function and search for similar threads to yours, you will find many comments regarding Suse 10.1. Personally I thought it was a step back from Suse 10 because many wireless cards won't work with 10.1 but they worked fine with 10 and there were many problems with the package manager.
My first installation of 10.1 (from 10.0) also resulted in my wireless card not working, hence back to 10.0 until I can get it working. A pity because I like 10.0 and 10.1 sounds like it has some great features.