Introducing myself

Hello to all of you.
After a long time of “only reading” here in your forums and learning a lot about openSUSE I would like to introduce myself now.
Coming from WinXP (like a lot of Linux-users?) my first contact with openSUSE was 10.3. I liked it, because of its easy way to use - with some difficulties in multimedia;).
After solving these problems with the help I found here, I decided to “kill” my running XP and only work with SUSE. First only on one of my systems.
Working with it, 11.0 came out. Good stuff! It replaced 10.3 without any trouble. Now my second system got rid of its XP partition. Only the Laptop stayed winXP.
As time went by, 11.1 came out. What a distro! Great work. After installing all the multimedia-programs everything worked fine. So, at last, the laptob became an openSUSE laptop!
Now, after 2 years working with openSUSE all of my systems are running with it. And I have to say, they are running more comfortable with Suse than they did with XP.
My systems are:
Box 1: Striker Extreme/NVIDIA GT 8600 SLI/E 8500/8 GB RAM/11.1 64 bit
Box 2: ASUS P5KPL/NVIDIA GT 9500 / Pentium D/ 2 GB RAM /11.2 RC 1 32 bit (My “trying and crashing-systemlol!”)
Laptop: Toshiba Satellite A 100/ 4 GB Ram / 11.1 32 bit
So, have a good time all of you, merry christmas everyone and a happy new year.

Why don’t you run 64 bit opensuse on Asus P5 and Toshiba A100?

I run the 32 bit version, because the Toshiba laptob dos not take the 64 bit version. On the Asus Box I use the “small” version, because it is my testing-system. Here I try all the new things, which are availlable from openSUSE. There are still differences between the 32 bit and the 64 bit version. One of them is, taht I first was not able to install the NVIDIA driver on the 64 bit 11.2 version. So I made a fall-back to the 32 version and it worked.
I am sure, the P5 would take the 64 bit version as well, but as I sayed - it`s a testing system…:slight_smile:

Welcome to the forums, Ojio.

I still need Windows for a couple of programs (mostly tax preparation, once a year), and we still use it on most of our audio workstations at the radio stations. But otherwise, I’m all Linux now.

I keep telling Windows users they don’t know what they’re missing. Aside from not being nearly as worried about getting hacked or getting a virus, the multiple desktops in KDE alone are worth the switch, as far as I’m concerned.

I recently had to go into Windows for an extended period to look at some old software that I’d written a while back. I had to play “whack a mole” with all of the “you have unused icons” and “there’s an update available for Gribblet-Giblet!” and all of the other popups. And of course, if you click the Start menu and Windows decides to bring up a dialog at the same time for any reason, the start menu goes away.

All of these are little things, but they add up. I’m willing to endure the occasional bug or bad piece of documentation in Linux.

Hello smpoole7,
first of all, thanks for your welcome!
I agree with you in the way, that there are a few programs which are useful and so far only available on windows. The most windows users keep windows because of this.
In my job I still have to work with a windows network (at the moment there are a 150 PC in it). There was no way so far to persuade my boss to install a Linux-Server, or use Linux on single workstations. So I still have to keep them running with all of the difficulties you wrote. Yes, I know about the ways to keep a windows partition clean and secure, but the work, to keep the whole network running is still a lot.
Beside this network, I have “my own” Linux-network with 10 workstations running. The work is done here in not half the time (okay, there are only 10 PCs), but they run more stable, than the XP and win7 stations. Maybe there will be a time, when win and Linux are on one level and are used on equal rights.

Welcome. I have windows 7 Ultimate installed, though why, I have no idea, because I hate it and never use it. It was going for free, so what the heck. And I can say to friends casually, “I have windows 7 Ultimate”
Like that’s going to impress them!?

Tiresome and boring more like it. Show someone your windows desktop:P Duh, it just what it is.

Flash openSUSE’s kde4 and WOW!! I guarantee their heads will turn.:wink:

Thanks for your welcome!
Yes, you are right. Showing the people a KDE 4.3 desktop with a sphere rotating in front of a customated background makes people stand and stare. But if they have to work with it, there are still reservations against Linux, as I wrote in the threat about why ending work with linux. There is still too much fear to leave the known roads.
But have a lot of fun - even with your win7 Ultimate. Maybe you will be lucky some times to have it. And there is no reason for it, to delete it., because Linux-users are open for every distro;).