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Old 05-11-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
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Newbie Questions on 10.1 -- upgrading Koffice, etc.


Hello all..

I have been trying numerous Linux Distributions over the past couple of years.

But, I haven't managed to find one that I like well enough to convince me that I can switch from XP yet.

I have loaded Suse 10.0 in the past, and found it promising. It's got a more polished look to it compared to most distros I've tried (fonts, etc.). That's a big problem with most Linux distros. No matter what I try, I can't seem to get the readability I get with XP on many web sites, even after lots of tweaking of fonts (even though I'm using Firefox on XP).

The last time I tried Suse, it was better than most other distros in this area.

But, it was lacking in some other areas. For example, being able to play popular media on web sites (windows, quicktime, etc.). I tried going through the "hacking open suse" article I found with poor results.

Has this area improved, or will I need to jump through hoops to get the same media compatibility you can get with some of the other distributions around (for example, SimplyMepis and PCLinuxOS)?

Another area of concern is graphics. It appears that KOffice is moving in the right direction with Krita. Unfortunately, GIMP doesn't have any color management capabilities built into it. That's a big concern with anyone doing a lot of digital imaging.

GIMP doesn't support 16 bit editing either (not a good thing, as this is a *must have* for anyone that does serious digital imaging work).

Although it isn't as feature rich as GIMP, Krita looks like it is moving more towards the right direction with better support of ICC Profiles via color management based on CMS.

I don't think anyone makes a hardware based monitor calibration solution for Linux yet. Hopefully, if Linux does become popular on the desktop, someone will work on that part.

I see that the package list does not include KOffice 1.5 yet. Is there a problem upgrading KOffice to 1.5 with Suse 10.1 using Yast, or is it not compatible in some way due to package dependencies?

I'm just trying to get a feel for whether or not it's worth the time to try and download and install it, and how much trouble it would be to get media support installed (I gave up last time around).

Ditto for KOffice. I'd like to take a look at how far Krita has moved along to see if it's more usable yet (it was pretty buggy the last time I tried it, so the version included with KOffice 1.5 should be better, especially with the new features I see listed for it).

I'm hoping that Suse may be good enough to switch to this time around (or there is an easier way to get everything working compared to the last time I tried it). For a Linux newbie, getting typical media stuff to work is a chore (mplayer with appropriate codecs, etc.).

Part of my problem may have been that I tried the "Eval" versus Open Source version last time around, assuming that because some of the non-free stuff was already installed it waould be essier to get the rest working. But, that didn't turn out to be the case.

I found some of the other distros easier to set up (Kanotix, etc.) compared to Suse. But, they just didn't have the polished look that Suse has. So, pros and cons to any distribution I guess.

I did have pretty good luck with getting some of the Windows based graphics stuff working under Wine with other distros. I didn't try them under Suse.

Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions.

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Old 05-11-2006, 08:06 PM   #2
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So what's your question?
 
Old 05-12-2006, 06:51 AM   #3
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So what's your question?
OK... That was a bit "long winded"... :-)

I was just trying to explain what I was trying to accomplish, and wondering if Suse 10.1 would be workable.

There were actually some questions embedded in that post. lol

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[snip]...being able to play popular media on web sites (windows, quicktime, etc.). I tried going through the "hacking open suse" article I found with poor results.

Has this area improved, or will I need to jump through hoops to get the same media compatibility you can get with some of the other distributions around (for example, SimplyMepis and PCLinuxOS)?
IOW, can I more easily get Firefox to work so that I can play popular media types with Suse in 10.1?

I was unable to get this part working trying to follow a "hacking open suse" article I found tring 10.1. But since I was using the Eval versus Open Source version, that may have been part of my problem (speculation), since some of the non-free software was already installed. But, I've read that it may have been deliberately crippled. So, I'd like to know the best way to go about it.

The other one (I won't repeat the long winded reasons why I'd like to see 1.5).

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Is there a problem upgrading KOffice to 1.5 with Suse 10.1 using Yast, or is it not compatible in some way due to package dependencies?
 
Old 05-12-2006, 10:05 AM   #4
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Well your subject title was, "NEWBIE QUESTION on 10.1 -- ..."

Next time put the two questions on the top as I personally don't have time to read through your dissertation.

Hacking OpenSuSE's website works fine for me since SuSE 9.3. Everytime I have done a SuSE installation, I go to it to update my Packman repositories and install my MP3,DVD, and Windows codecs in SuSE 9.3 and 10. Just follow their directions. Not that hard.

I'm not sure about upgrading KOffice with Yast in SuSE 10.1. I imagine that there would not be any problems since Yast is really good at handling dependency problems.
 
Old 05-12-2006, 11:04 AM   #5
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Get mplayer for the media on websites
 
  


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