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Old 01-15-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question OpenSuSE 10.1 to Open SuSE 10.3 should I upgrade?


Hello All,
I have 10.1 installed on a ThinkPad T 30. It has been reliable, however every time the computer boots it runs zmd-updater for a very long time. I tried turning this off (I would rather search for upgrades with YaST like I did in SuSE 9.0 and SuSE 9.3)... Started getting error messages so I turned zmd-updater on again.

I use this laptop for light duty Internet browsing with an Orinoco Classic 16 bit Gold Card - mini PCI card built in. Primary use of this computer is to run a climate prediction model for the BBC... See http://climateprediction.net
for details. This model will take almost a year to complete and BOINC asks for Internet access every couple of days to send 'trickle up' messages... but the [stupid - my opinion] zmd-updater ties up my computer for long periods of time, which is irritating to me.

Should I upgrade? Overall, Slackware is my favorite distro and I have SuSE only on this one laptop. Couldn't use Slackware on this one due to issues with the climate prediction model. The BBC recommended SuSE...

Thanks,

The GNUinator
 
Old 01-15-2008, 01:54 PM   #2
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open suse 10.1 to open suse 10.3

I had suse 9.3 and now suse 10.3
Suse 9.3 I did updating by yast
Suse 10.3 do have automatic update on daily basis I just turn it of
I do update again with yast

So I do not have any problem in suse 10.3 turning off the daily updater and
before I turn it off he only told me that a update is available
 
Old 01-17-2008, 04:40 PM   #3
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The openSUSE developing team has successfully made a great improvement related to the update utility.

I personally started with SuSE Linux 10.0, which were extremely fast compared to WinXP - but the 10.1 was a mess.

My opinion is, that you should not hesitate to install the 10.3.

Good luck!
 
Old 01-19-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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I second that... 10.3 is one of the best releases so far. The online updating is very stable.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 08:14 PM   #5
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Me three (four? whatever). 10.1 was one of the slowest releases of Suse ever. 10.3 runs circles around it. I do my updating with Smart, so I can't say how well it goes to bumble around with zmd or zypper or whatever.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 10:25 AM   #6
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Hello All,

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
You have convinced me that it is
a good idea to upgrade from 10.1
to 10.3 ... my local LUG is having
an installfest today so that's where
I'm heading.

Cheers,

The GNUinator
 
Old 02-17-2008, 03:56 PM   #7
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The GNUinator,

How did the install fest over at the local LUG turn out?
 
Old 02-29-2008, 11:44 AM   #8
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The GNUinator,

How did the install fest over at the local LUG turn out?
I am very hesitant to reply. Netiquete requires that I do.
A serious rainstorm prevented me from going to the installfest. I ordered OpenSUSE 10.3 from LinuxCD.org so I could upgrade by myself. Big mistake. The first DVD arrived and flunked its MD5 media check. The company, located in France, didn't want to send me a new DVD. After two weeks and various Paypal messages, they sent a second. This also flunked its MD5 media test. I decided to try it anyway, then clean it up with an online update. The installation failed and left me with a computer that would not boot. I don't wish to trash the reputation of LinuxCD.org but I'm out $8.00 and have received nothing of value for my money. So, I installed Slackware 12.0 and this computer is now running its Climate Prediction model faster than ever. Over the years I find that I have fewer problems with Slackware. Anyway, thanks for the followup question.

--The GNUinator
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:50 PM   #9
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hmm, strange. sorry to hear that the ordered cd's didn't work.

but why you don't do a net install (to see how it works look at opensuse.org). for that you just have to download the boot.iso, burn on a disk, start it and install over the network...

it is called opensuse!!! it is free! why buying a cd...
 
Old 03-13-2008, 02:10 PM   #10
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I think you should also. I've been using the 10.3 release for about 4 months and i love it. Of course i think there are better distro's out there (no offense to Novell) but its definitely on the top of my list. Very user friendly, and pretty to look at if you like that kind of stuff.
 
Old 03-21-2008, 12:45 PM   #11
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I think you should also. I've been using the 10.3 release for about 4 months and i love it. Of course i think there are better distro's out there (no offense to Novell) but its definitely on the top of my list. Very user friendly, and pretty to look at if you like that kind of stuff.
Well let me now give you an update. First - LinuxCD.org refunded my money for the two DVDs that flunked their media checks. I'm happy to report that this company acted with the best business ethics. Second - OpenSUSE 10.3 is now up and running ... I can't believe how fast it is compared to the older version. There were no installation issues other than fortune, Midnight Commander, the GCC C/C++ compiler and findutils (slocate) not being installed on the first go round. I cannot imagine running any Linux distro without these essentials. But now I have them all.

I mentioned that overall Slackware is my favorite distro. This remains true but I believe that most Linux users benefit by being familiar with one of the 'main' Linux distros. For me this means either Novell/SuSE or Red Hat/Fedora. Over the years the only real issue I've had with SuSE is my changing some configuration the way that I would do it in Slackware and then having SuSE change it back without asking. That sort of thing is maddening since it reminds me too much of why I do not like a certain 'operating system' which comes from Redmond, WA.

Thanks for all your help.

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