This seems to be the best place for a first post, so here goes!
I used to be a SuSE user back at version 7.1. (My first Linux distro!) I then drifted back to Windows 98se for a while but have been using SimplyMepis for many years. Recently, my test box’s hard drive started playing up, so I’m going to take the opportunity to put a new, bigger drive in there and install openSUSE 11.3 LXDE on it. It’s an old Compaq iPaq desktop with a 1Ghz processor, 512mb ram and no DVD drive (Well, it won’t boot DVDs…) so I reckon 11.3 LXDE will be the best fit for it. I’ve already played about with my openSUSE of choice in Virtualbox, including upgrading it to 11.4 which went really well! I’m pretty sure my ‘new’ test box will rock!
I too have returned to openSuse after a long bout of distro hoping and using slackware. But I have tried all the SuSE Distros since SuSE 4.2 That’s a long time ago.
Always liked it but with 11.4 It’ made me a convert back to the Distro. Oh I’ll still try others but Have decided to stick with opensuse on my work machines. It just seems to work well for me. Hope your experience is the same.
In any event welcome to the forum Hope to see you around for a long time.
welcome back…though i’ve not used it i think your choice of LXDE is a
good one considering your CPU and RAM level…
i hope it rocks for you, but there have been great improvements in
capability since 7.1 and the underlying engine is not as lean as it used
to be, back in the day…
if 11.3 seems a little more piggy than you expected you might need to do
so ‘tuning’ (squashing unneeded services, desktop indexing and and and
all kinds of things have been added over the years)…there should be
plenty of hint on what can be turned off or tuned out…
[NNTP via openSUSE 11.3 + KDE4.5.5 + Thunderbird3.1.8]
Q: Why do you upgrade?
A: Because the Gecko is always greener on the other side!
So said k428 in http://is.gd/Pwc3xq
I also have openSUSE-11.4 LXDE running on my old ‘sandbox’ PC (which has a 32-bit athlon-1100 CPU with 1GB RAM and an old nVidia FX5200 AGP graphic card). The 1GB RAM really makes a difference in speed ! Some time ago I also updated this PC with a larger hard drive (300GB) and that has allowed me to make this old PC quite useful. Currently I have 3 boot partitions on it: (1) Freedos, (2) openSUSE-11.4 and (3) Tumbleweed-11.4.
Its pretty neat that such old hardware can still run some of the latest software.
I’m still waiting to see a liveCD for openSUSE-11.4 with LXDE … I’ve lost touch with the openSUSE LXDE packager (who is also a packman packager) but if we don’t see an 11.4 LXDE liveCD soon, I may try to get in touch with him again and ask that he create a community LXDE package for 11.4.
I managed to chat with the openSUSE community LXDE packager last night (I mean about 15 minute ago ) , for the first time in almost 6 months !
Its always very educational. He also replied to a query of mine (asking for an 11.4 LXDE liveCD) on the openSUSE LXDE mailing list.
The reason is that lxde development is not that fast as we all wish…
i’m waiting for a couple of new packages to come out… also hopefully i
should have the go to release an official update for branding (people
using X11:lxde already have it)
moving for 11.3 to 11.4 live cd will be quite easy i hope…
i’ll keep you all posted on progresses.
We also chatted a bit about Tumbleweed, and noted there were many stable LXDE packages available in X11:LXDE factory, and as a result of that chat we posted here on the forum recommending to the Tumbleweed packager that he include those packages in Tumbleweed.
My main PC! The box I’m playing with is an old Compaq iPaq machine I use as a secondary/test/play box.
I’ve got the test machine running on it’s old disk at the moment actually, backing up across the network. The disk does seem pretty much on it’s way out though so I’m hoping it stays running long enough to copy everything off. While messing around trying to get the new disk to work, I noticed a BIOS disk test facility. I ran it against the old disk which reported it as in need of replacement… :’(
Well, I’ve got my 11.3 LXDE system up and running on another replacement HDD… Installation went pretty well apart from a couple of puzzling issues. Firstly, although the installer recognised that I had a pre-existing swap partition set up (I partitioned the drive from the live CD before running the installer.) I had to manually edit fstab to add the relevant line and do a swapon. Also, there’s no provision in the installer to specify a host name that I could see. Again, a manual edit fixed that. I waited until the installer had finished and I was prompted to reboot, then edited /etc/HOSTNAME on my new root partition from the live CD.
I’m really impressed so far! My system feels pretty quick and reboots are much quicker than the Debian based systems I was running on there before!