When I upgraded from opensuse 12.3 to opensuse 13.2, it was from an install DVD, and was a “bare-metal” install due to a hard-drive failure. When the installation was “complete”, I could not access my network and the internet due to the kernel of the newly-installed version of opensuse only supporting v8169 of my on-MB Realtek NIC, which requires v8168.
Since the 13.2 install DVD did not include the “make” program, I could not install the previously-saved copy of the Realtek v8168 driver and definitely could not access the internet, even for advice, much less software installation. Even if I had somehow saved “make” somewhere, I don’t see how I could have installed it without it.
I did eventually get connected again, but remember thinking at the time that there must be a easier way.
Since opensuse 13.2 is close to end-of-life, I have questions:
Does the install DVD iso for “Leap 42.2” contain the “Make” program?
If I install from the “Network” link ( http://software.opensuse.org/422/en ), would I be in the same position (with no “make” program) as from the DVD?
My “home” directory and all my data disks are formatted EXT4, and “Leap” wants me to use BTRFS. Will I be able to continue using EXT4 on the same disks as are in use now?
The last time I checked, which was several months ago, I saw comments about BTRFS not being completely trustworthy yet; have all the bugs been worked out? I don’t have files that require multiple disks per file, etc., so don’t really see the need here for BTRFS. I’ll appreciate comments regarding this from anyone here…
From a cursory perusal of the opensuse install forum, I have doubts that LEAP42 is really ready for “prime time”.