I have to say that much of the debate about whether KDE4 is ready to replace
KDE3 misses the point entirely.
First of all, the openSUSE installer for RC1 and 11.0 points out that KDE4
is much less stable than KDE 3.5. So I have not a lot of sympathy for those
complaining about KDE4 because KDE3.5 is, and always has been available.
Besides, it’s not the Suse developers we should complain to but the KDE
ones. What really annoys me is not getting bugs in KDE3 fixed because
they’re playing with their new toys. I could care less about 3d, plasmoids,
or fancy graphics - I’d rather see well documented existing bugs in Kmail
Second, the disrespectful flaming in the forum was totally unnecessary.
There wasn’t any call for it, and all of you could have made your points
without it, whether you were frustrated or it. And the developers need to
realize that most of us are here because we really want openSUSE to
succeed, and when people complain they’re generally (but not universally)
trying to be constructive. And those of us who called them names should
know it usually doesn’t make people more willing to listen to your point of
I really really like openSUSE 11.0. It’s been my distro of choice since 9.3,
when you got the excellent manuals with your CDs. I really like the speed
with which YAST works, now, although I wish they’d just left the existing
categories of software alone.
There are two areas about openSUSE 11.0 that disappointed me, however. The
first was the lack of attention apparently paid to getting wireless drivers
that worked out of the box for common laptops. I’ve been used to installing
Suse and having wireless work for years, now. I did not expect the hassle
of trying to get wireless working.
The second disappointment was that even though there were all kinds of
reports in the forums, on mailing lists, and in bugzilla about non-working
wireless cards, no one stopped and said hold on a moment, let’s fix this
first before going to general release. I thought that’s what releasing a
release candidate was for - to find and get the bugs out before shipping.
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