maybe I will post more about my reasons for installing openSUSE 13.1 and the odyssey needed for this later, because it may help
other users (one example: I had to edit fstab manually to make my NTFS partitions usable - this is absolutely NO GO).
SUSE is great and mighty - seems, I found “my new linux” for the next years, but there are still some problems.
I installed KDE3 from the SUSE repositories.
The system tray of KDE3 is simply unusable in later versions - i mean, it’s a joke!
The icon size (16x16) seems to be somehow “hard-coded” (google-search) - so, you have no chance.
I installed Trinity (TDE) - absolutely great, except one thing (of course, this is a joke too >:():
They don’t have my beloved (I use this app since maybe 15 years?) ksensors in their package list.
The versions from the SUSE repositories don’t work and the message is always the same - something like
“libkdeui.so.4 not found”.
The XFCE sensors-applet doesn’t work with KDE/TDE.
So, here are my 2 questions:
b) Why doesn’t SUSE support TDE (instead of KDE3)…???
BTW: Please be aware that English is not my native language.
Of course, I know this page.
It shows, that TDE is supporting openSUSE.
But, openSUSE doesn’t support TDE in the same way as KDE3.
The fact that KDE3 isn’t offered as “other desktop” during the installation procedure is frustrating.
My path to the stage where I am now was like this:
-Installed openSUSE with KDE4, XFCE and LXDE
-Installed nvidia drivers what caused a unusable system
-Tried to correct this with the installation DVD —> fail (*)
-Realized, that you can install a KDE3 desktop
-Installed KDE3 desktop —> unusable system tray
-Installed TDE again
(*) This is another story, maybe more later.
For the moment only this:
If you want to know what is a real user friendly linux, specially in terms of system
restoration, download the latest live-dvd of MEPIS 8.0.x (what was my OS for the
past 5 years or so).
This is what i mean when I say: There is still much to be done for the openSUSE project.
One more thing.
I am not one of those KDE4 haters. In the past 2 weeks or so, I even saw a chance to get
familiar with KDE4. But, about one total system crash all 2 days is simply too much!
So, my current preference order is
openSUSE took a different approach to KDE3 and 4 when KDE4 was introduced; they enabled them to operate side by side and for a while you could choose either; however, since KDE4 essentially became stable, a full KDE3 desktop is not really feasible. However, you can still run KDE3 programs from a KDE4 desktop which I have continued to do so because there are still KDE3 programs for which there is no KDE4 equivalent.
Unless you are totally against the look of Plasma, why not use KDE4 as your desktop and then organise System settings>File associations so that KDE3 programs are the default selections?
this certainly isn’t an indication of a usual KDE4 experience so may indicate you have some system problems.
Well, maybe I have very special system problems?
In the past 6 weeks or so, I installed and tested about a dozen combinations of distributions and desktops and only when KDE4
was involved, I had problems with system crashes (and, btw, i didn’t find anything helpful in the log files).
My current uptime with TDE is about 2 days, but it was already much longer before.
And, because I am still in “testing mode”, I do wired things like keeping two browsers with about a hundred of tabs open.
As I can say so far, the combination openSUSE/TDE is rock-stable!
Yesterday , I decided to try KDE4 once more and maybe find out what causes the crashes.
No chance - 3 crashes within less than 24 hours and nothing helpful in the sys-log.
I am now back with TDE and even found a replacement for ksensors: kima.
Pretty weird at first start but ok after configuration.
Strange: kima is the first (linux) application on this pc showing the speed of the cpu-fan
and it’s the first not showing the gpu temperature.
But, anyway, ksensors will be part of the next TDE release.
So, there is only one small problem left: No notifications about updates.
Found something like “pk-update-icon” and “yum” in the software manager, maybe I will try tomorrow.
Btw: if anybody has a problem with this (I am aware, getting somehow “blog-like”) thread, let me know.