When I installed 11.2 Kde I configured network via yast manually, there are two cards, eth0 and eth1 (unplugged). I set eth0 with static address, dns servers etc and everything worked fine.
Yesterday, however, I noticed in sysinfo:/ in Konqueror “Unknown Network Status”, and when I checked in Yast I saw a mysterious “Network Bridge”, br0, that has all my static settings while eth0 stays “not configured” but is listed under bridged devices.
I wouldn’t care so much but this configuration might be the source of other problems, most notably zypper not being able to download repos, or other computers not being able to “fish:/” to this machine.
How can I safely get rid of the “bridge” and use eth0 instead, no operating system on this machine has ever used a bridge, it plugs straight into the router.
I guess I could just delete it, but OpenSuse put it there for a reason, and might do it again. Should I just go with Kde Network Manager instead of Yast “with ifup”?
I can not answer your main question (hope someone else will do that), but when you are using a static configuration, using network manager instead of ifup will only bring you disadvantages. To name one: your network will not be started until someone logs in instead that it will be started on runlevel 3 and/or 5, which will not be nice if the system runs any services.
I know other distros, some Redmond stuff. openSUSE is not difficult in networksettings IMHO. Maybe you missed something somewhere, can’t tell.
AFAIK ken_yap is right, you accidently misconfigured. I tried, cannot reproduce.
Use ‘ifup’, configure IP, use 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 for DNS (Google’s public ones, just to make sure it’s not your ISP that’s bothering you with new DNS’s -met that this week-) and your router’s IP as the standard gateway. Check and check again, save and exit.