Milestone 1 was released yesterday. They forgot to update the web page with links, but I managed to find it and download anyway. That problem has since been fixed.
I tried the 32-bit live KDE. It seemed okay, but KDE is still at 4.10.2.
Today, I decided to install anyway, using the DVD image (written to a USB). The install went smoothly. The network was fine following install, and without needing an additional reboot. I installed both KDE and Gnome, but I have not yet tested Gnome.
It seems to be configured to use the 12.3 repos. I guess I’ll need to change that to factory before I attempt to install anything.
> Milestone 1 was released yesterday. They forgot to update the web page
> with links, but I managed to find it and download anyway. That problem
> has since been fixed.
> I tried the 32-bit live KDE. It seemed okay, but KDE is still at
> Today, I decided to install anyway, using the DVD image (written to a
> USB). The install went smoothly. The network was fine following
> install, and without needing an additional reboot. I installed both KDE
> and Gnome, but I have not yet tested Gnome.
> It seems to be configured to use the 12.3 repos. I guess I’ll need to
> change that to factory before I attempt to install anything.
I also installed from 32 bit DVD image using USB stick into netbook.
No installation problems and seems working well.
My main purpose was check HUAWEI E3276 4G LT USB modem support.
Unfortunately it did not worked.
I downloaded the full 64 bit DVD. I tried running an update to my install of 12.3 and that worked fine. I then tried a clean install (4 times) but no bootloader was installed. It may just be an issue with uefi based systems.
Having removed plymouth from 12.3, I decided to try not installing it. So, in the software selection part of install (from 32-bit DVD), I deselected everything plymouth related. The install went fine, with no plymouth.
On the running system, I first switched the repos to factory (instead of 12.3). I installed a couple of additional items. And that brought back plymouth. I guess I should have made sure to deselect plymouth again in the first software update.
Well, never mind. This is a test install, so I might as well test plymouth. I can remove later.
My install was on an older 32-bit box. My primary reason for installing was to see what happened with Gnome 3.8.1. From using Gnome 3.8 on Tumbleweed, I already knew that fallback mode no longer existed.
On the computer where I installed, the graphics is an older ATI card with the radeon driver. With previous versions of Gnome 3, either it would force me into fallback mode, or it would crash and burn until I could find a command-line way of forcing fallback before I logged in with Gnome.
Now, with Gnome 3.8.1, it actually comes up in full mode. It does not crash and burn. However, the performance is abysmal. Gnome shell is using a lot of CPU time. I managed to start an “xterm”. Dragging that xterm window to the bottom right of the screen was painful.
An open message to Gnome developers: Sorry, but that is not going to work. That box was reasonably snappy in fallback mode with earler Gnome 3 versions. It is completely useless with Gnome 3.8.
KDE is still fine. I turn off desktop effects. KDE startup is a tad slow (as it has been with earlier opensuse versions on that box), but once it is up and running, KDE is quite responsive.
Thanks for the link. The idea of having predictable names with builtin distinction between LAN (“en”) and WLAN (“wl”) sounds reasonable, even though theses name look strange at the first glance and are not that easy to remember.
I booted my Dell Studio 1537 laptop to the 64-bit openSUSE-13.1 M1 KDE liveDVD. It booted ok to a rather basic KDE desktop with no icons, and a blue theme.
I note network manager for wireless did NOT appear to function upon boot but rather I had to adopt the openSUSE-12.3 trick of going to YaST, changing to the traditional network, and then after applying that change back to the Nominal Network Manager. I assume this is to enable/activate (?? for terminology) the Network Manager functionality. It has me wonder when in the milestone process this is planned to be fixed.
After that wireless networking worked on this laptop. Internet access through our home wireless LAN was possible. Specs are below.
The ‘pager’ in KDE (to show desktops) had only one by default, and the pager could not be seen on the bar at the bottom. In an effort to fix this, I mistakenly added a second KDE pager, and noted it could also not be seen. When I added a second virtual desktop, both pagers were suddenly visible (each showing two desktops). So I removed one pager and proceeded. Possibly a KDE bug ? ( < not sure > ).
The PC booted to the radeon driver (on the old radeon HD3450 graphics on this laptop) to the proper 1440x900 resolution. Special desktop effects (such as cube rotation) worked better in this 13.1 milestone than they did on openSUSE-12.3 GM version.
I installed (into ram in this liveDVD boot) ‘rpmbuild’ and then rebuilt ‘inxi’ and ran it below to get PC config booting to this liveDVD (in a text displayable mode) :
I raised a bug report https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=820648 on a failed to LXDE GUI installation (no graphics) with a 32-bit openSUSE-13.1 LXDE desktop with legacy grub from the 13.1 32-bit liveDVD. This could be an LXDE login/X problem … but that is speculation. There was nothing obvious in the Xorg.0.log file. Its on an old 32-bit athlon-1100 (CPU) w/2GB RAM and nvidia FX5200 graphics (which works well under openSUSE-12.3 GM). I’m going to try installing again in a separate partition on same PC, but chose KDE desktop and see if that makes a difference. I attached MANY log files to the bug report.
I note Tumbleweed failed on same PC after a recent update (with what appear to be similar symptoms), so I am very suspicious of this being an LXDE problem with X or a kernel problem with this old hardware, and I am hoping a KDE installation attempt will take ‘LXDE’ out of the picture as a possible problem contribution.
In parallel, maybe the log files attached to my bug report will shed some light on this failed GUI installation.
32-bit openSUSE-13.1 KDE installed on this PC from the same installation DVD (in a separate partition) albeit not without a hiccup that at first looked similar, but was not persistent. Hence this is looking to me like an LXDE login manager problem (albeit with a lot of skeptism on my side that my speculation is correct).