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Old SUSE Linux in VBox

Posted 05-11-2012 at 08:25 PM by wagscat123
Updated 05-11-2012 at 08:27 PM by wagscat123

I've ran and test SUSE 7.1 and 7.3 and later in VirtualBox. Here's some notes about each
7.1 - Offers KDE 1.1 and 2.0 and Kernel 2.2/2.4. GNOME 1.2. Only 640x480 with 16 colors with XFree86 4. Includes as both Sax1 and SaX2 and Yast1 and YaST2. You may have to fight the sound server, but it works well once you have it fired up. This is the only one older than 9.2 I installed from an Install CD instead of an FTP server.
7.3 - KDE 2.2 and GNOME 1.4. Same video resolution and sound stuff as 7.1. Still has SaX 1/2 and YaST 1/2. I think it is safe to assume that 7.2 s very similar. In 7.3 the theme in KDE was changed up a bit to look like what it did in 8.0. Kernel 2.2 is still an option but by now 2.4 is the default. Now has ext3 support.
8.0 - KDE 3.0 and still GNOME 1.4. It is weird to me because it uses KDE 3 with the KDE 2 hicolor theme and has GNOME 1 still. SaX 1 and YaST 1 were removed. The graphics now fully wor - all the normal color stuff and screen resolutions you can get in the modern versions of openSUSE except the Cursor lock - that's gonna be a stickler for a while.
8.1 - KDE 3.0 and GNOME 2.0. Even though Keramik took over upstream-wise in KDE 3.1, it is the default theme in 8.1 and makes KDE look like it belongs to this millennium. GNOME 2.0 now has 2 panels rather than 1. OpenOffice is now included. GRUB is now the default bootloader.
8.2 - KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2. GNOME now has only 1 panel (kinda goes backward). Not very special to me...
9.0 - Still KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2. GNOME is still one panel but has a new theme. Not too exciting to me either.
9.1 - GNOME 2.4 and KDE 3.2. GNOME now has the 2 panel appearance and theme that it had up to 10.0 except it is missing a menu to be added in 9.2. The KDE fonts are tidier. Now has Kernel 2.6 and Firefox.
9.2 - GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.3. This version is the first with a full Professional ISO freely downloadable. GNOME has a new menu, and KDE has the kool Keramik lite theme imitating XP. It is also the first to be branded as Novell and SUSE.
9.3 - GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.4. KDE now uses the same specialized SUSE theme that was like Plastik. Last non-openly deloped SUSE
10.0 - GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4. The kickoff to the openSUSE project. This release was very similar to 9.3.
10.1 - GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.5. GNOME is scutted down to one panel and looks like 10.2-11.1 without slab.
10.2 - GNOME 2.14 (or 2.16) and KDE 3.5. KDE now has the kickoff menu (the menu that upstream KDE adopted in KDE4) and GNOME now has slab (which I miss a lot). This is the first to include some Qt 4 libraries and to default to ext3 rather than reiserfs. The distro name changed from SUSE Linux to openSUSE.
10.3 - GNOME 2.20 and still KDE 3.5. One of my favorites. Similar to 10.2. A feature noteworthy is the GTK version of YaST and the inclusion of XFCE on the DVD.
11.0 - GNOME 2.22 and KDE 3.5/4.0. This is the first I used before going insane on the old ones. KDE 4 is introduced, though with a lot of openSUSE customizations.
11.1 - KDE 4.1 and GNOME 2.24. This was the last version to include KDE3 (Nooooooo!). KDE 4 has the default desktop background set up (11.0 by default used the KDE3 Desktop folder setup)
11.2 - KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.28. I loved this release - KDE4 here ran soooooo much better than in 11.1. The GNOME theme had an overhaul with the Sonar theme and now had a GNOME shell preview. ext4 support was added. The mouse integration I mentioned earlier starts acting normal in this release.
11.3 - KDE 4.4 and GNOME 2.30. This was the first release to include btrfs and LXDE. It overall isn't that different from 11.2.
11.4 - KDE 4.6 and GNOME 2.32. This is the oldest supported version of SUSE and the last to have the beautiful slab. The GNOME icon set was redone here.
12.1 - KDE 4.7 and GNOME 3.2. I'm glad they didn't jump straight to GNOME 3. I've learned to tolerate GNOME 3, but still like KDE better. GNOME 3 either has 2 panels in fallback or 1 top panel in the shell. The GNOME theme and shell closely follows the upstream theme with a few small differences. A lot of KDE apps now have a menu button rather than a menu bar. The kernel version is 3.1 (it was bumped to 3 to honor 20 years of awesome Linux) and now boots with systemd.
12.2 - KDE 4.8 and GNOME 3.4. A great release on its way. Have that up in VBox too. Dolphin was redone and GNOME 3.4 inches GNOME 3 is the right direction of usability. GRUB2 will become the new default bootloader, making SUSE a lot easier to dual boot with Fedora and Ubuntu. It might be the last KDE 4 release, since KDE 5 is on its way.
Coming Soon- Once I get my hands on 6.4, 7.0 and 7.2 I will chain of fools right through all of the SUSEs with VirtualBox GUI support and post it up here.
I might this summer do a Chain-of-Fools through all of the GNOME 2 releases to honor the awesomeness of GNOME 2 in SUSE that will die when 11.4 slams into EOL in September.
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