I think I gave it a good go.
Persisted with Dolphin for nearly a week before giving up and
going back to Konqueror as preferred file manager. Imagine my
disappointment when the KDE4 version of Konqueror was even more
difficult to use than Dolphin.
A note for the Konqueror developers: A simple way of selecting
just one file in the detail list would be nice. Refer to
behaviour of KDE3 version of Konqueror.
Thankfully the KDE3 version of Konqueror had been installed by
default (Still trying to figure that one out!) so was able to
get some stuff done without launching an unwanted application at
every click of the mouse button.
Don’t know what has been done to K3b, but it’s new behaviour is
far too esoteric/inconsistent/bizarre/frustrating for me to
figure out. After the original install, there were no optical
disc writing devices in the computer at all. After 15min
searching the openSuSE fora the “answer” was to add the user
account to the cdrom group, log out, and log back in again.
Having done so, one of the two DVD writers had now magically
returned to the computer. Apparently, the other one was now a
Managed to burn a few discs, get a few other things done, and was
feeling good that some progress had been made. Was now getting
late, time to log out, shut down the computer and go to bed.
Well that was the last time a DVD was written under SuSE 11.1.
Over the next few days of boots, reboots, logouts, logins, and
group membership changes the DVD writers appeared disappeared
and changed from CD-ROM to CD-RW to DVD-ROM to DVD-RW and back
again, but at no stage since the first day did K3b acknowledge
that writable media had been put into either drive.
The adventures with VMware Workstation were also something of a
curiosity. Install using the rpm seemed to work, but
Workstation wouldn’t run. Not even Player would run.
Uninstalled okay and re-installed using the ‘bundle’. That also
seemed to work. This time was able to start Workstation and
enter the serial number. Any attempt to start a VM was met with
a number of messages about vmmon etc. not being loaded and/or
Another foray onto the openSuSE fora produced a couple of
possibilities. Unfortunately none made squat difference.
Need to get something done here. Don’t have time left to putz
around trying to get things working. Time to go back to SuSE
Well, okay here I am, back on SuSE 11.0 as of yesterday arvo.
Konqueror works in a reasonable, logical, and intuitive manner.
K3b is predictable, recognises both DVD-RW, and acknowledges
writable media when put in. Even manages to write discs without
As for VMware Workstation … it just works! No hassle, no
drama, no questions, no glitches. It just works!
Overall, my impression of openSuSE with KDE4 is similar to that
of Microsoft Windows: inconsistent, unintuitive, illogical,
inflexible, and difficult to get anything done.
Upon the arrival of openSuSE 11.2, think I’ll be a little more
circumspect. Suspect, I’ll try it out in a VM before committing
hardware to it. :-\