Well I think we discussed Tolkien (Hobbits) yesterday. Though I’m not sure that was here or elsewhere. When I jump around I sometimes get lost.
I just ran the Live KDE4. It managed to lose that desktop folder somehow while I was configuring things. And once I logged out once to get Sax2 all setup properly for my videocard (which worked) I needed to run startx to get logged back in to KDE from then on. It held my settings, but I’d like to know where that desktop folder disappeared to.
I had to switch to traditional ifup/down configuration to get my ethernet card to connect.
The timezone fought with me until ntp started giving me the right time. It would apply the right time, then go back to incorrect time after a few minutes, but eventually I got it to stick properly. But KDE managed to apply the US/New York configuration of the keyboards and locale (that and YaST, I forget which combination worked), and save it between logins. All that had worked instantly, without a hitch, when I configured it on the installed OpenSUSE within VirtualBox. The Live scene is a different animal than a fully setup system.
I reached the short KDE4 guide online from the link in the OpenSUSE intro page once I got the network up. Really not much there yet. I think they’re working on that.
The stuff on the taskbar re-arranged themselves all in weird areas but I managed to figure out how to move them around. But the initial stuff added (the OpenSUSE customizations like shortcuts to the file system and Konqueror) had disappeared just like the desktop folder with its icons. They were all still on the SUSE Kickoff (KMenu) though.
Once I had the proper Monitor/driver configuration I was able to activate KDE4’s fancy desktop effects. They worked fine, and I checked out that new Compiz-like cube too. But trying to turn them off and go back to normal froze everything. I needed to reset my computer so I just took out the cd and came back to normal.
Before that, I had checked out Software Management and saw that they include the configured oss, non-oss, and update repos but they don’t have them activated by default. So if you want to try installing some stuff (you really won’t have much space to do that live, unlike Knoppix) you could probably manage some things. Maybe you could get Gimp on there if you want to check it out.
I noticed hplip (for my printer) is not installed. Since I only wanted to briefly check it out I didn’t bother activating the repos and getting it. The Gnome Live cd is probably more conducive for that since hplip brings in parts of Gnome anyway for its GTK GUI. No idea what you’d need for a Samsung printer, but you could try just using YaST-Hardware-Printers to see if it’s included (and if cups is even installed on the Live cd). I’d activate those repos first so YaST can fetch what it needs. Sometimes it’s able to go get things like cups, foomatic, etc, so you don’t need to manually install it. But not if the repos aren’t active.
Overall quite nice, though I prefer my VirtualBox full install of KDE 3.5.10 and Gnome of course, over the Live subset of things. And that’s the way I’ll install if, when I do.
It’s possible I may switch computers when the Gold is released on the 18th (it’s nearly a carbon copy of this hardware) just to check things out. No need to wipe this one which is setup quite nicely with Debian/Windows 98SE on separate hard drives and XP and 98SE on Debian within VirtualBox and VMWare. Nothing I really use Windows for these days. It’s more something to play with occasionally. My computer stuff is all done on Linux.
In the future I may go without bothering to install Windows at all on a hard drive, just virtual it in VMWare or VirtualBox.
But I’d say OpenSUSE 11.1 and even KDE4 looks nice. I had used 10.2 and 10.3 during their heydays. I skipped 11.0 except in Live and virtual, but I can see myself getting this one installed.
I don’t like how totem-plugin (on my installed version) didn’t seem able to play anything whereas the mplayer plugin worked fine. I had tried both my purchased Fluendo Multipack of Gstreamer plugins and the ffmpeg/gstreamer stuff from Packman and neither would get the plugin to play anything. Totem itself only took to the Packman stuff, not using anything from Fluendo. But I couldn’t get that plugin working even thought all of it appeared in about:plugins. I tried the usual deleting of the firefox pluginreg.dat file to no effect.
I just think totem is crippled by OpenSUSE. The totem-xine used to be needed but is no longer offered, at least in oss or packman. The Build Service may get it (as it did for 11.0 I think). But that shouldn’t be necessary. Totem and the plugin work fine with the gstreamer version on Debian as long as the codecs are installed.
QuickTime stuff wouldn’t work properly even using mplayer’s plugin. It would crash the plugin. I tried packaman’s libquicktime0, replacing libquicktime and the w32 codecs were installed along with libffmpeg0 and friends, all gstreamer and libxine1 packman versions and updates. Nothing got quicktime working through a plugin. But it was registered as I opened a mov file with totem and it played (not with fluendo, but with the usual packman stuff, fluendo never worked at all for anything.) Intentionally crippled software I think.
With the Fluendo pack, I also installed that libstdc33 (something like that) to get the libstdc5 old libraries and gst-inspect | grep flu showed all plugins registered. But totem would have none of it.
It’s not upstream as Totem and gstreamer have only gotten better and better. I think it’s OpenSUSE turning stuff off.