The new install of OpenSuSE 13.1 64b desktop fails to boot after upgrades and does not reach the login screen. Pressing the esc key displays the error as: /dev/mapper/pdc_cbbainfafid_part7 not found.
Since the new kernel upgrade earlier this month, the system became highly unstable, with frequent system freezes. I re-installed OpenSuSE 13.1 and allowed all the upgrades. YAST installs about 160 upgrades in two stages. Stage 1 involves 2 upgrades. Stage 2 involves the remainder. Stage 1 proceeds just fine and reboots properly. After performing the second stage of upgrades, the system fails to reboot, and freezes at the not found message indicated above.
I suspect there is something seriously wrong with the latest desktop Kernel upgrade that was released earlier this month. I re-installed OpenSuSE 13.1 to a netbook, allowed all the upgrades and it works just fine. The desktop upgrade doesn’t work at all. Before rebooting, YAST software management shows the original and upgrades kernels are BOTH present on the desktop machine. How did this get past software testing?
Just a side note, OpenSuSE 13.1 is one of the worst releases of Linux in recent memory. The gold master desktop release will just randomly freeze. When it freezes, the mouse may still move the cursor, but the system is unresponsive. Many times, even the clock freezes as well. This is not the only thing wrong.
The OS was released with known defects. The release note indicates it was released even though a major feature, the bluetooth interface, was broken. (Side note: If you ever work for an organization that releases a product with a major feature broken, reconsider your employment. Your job will soon be eliminated by competition, or replaced by a robot. You definitely do not have a long term career with this employer.) Heck, I can’t even get Samba to work with a config file that worked with OpenSUSE 12.2
Apparently, OpenSuSE’s release cycle of popping out a new baby per the human, nine month gestational cycle results in troublesome, premature birth that fails to thrive. I’ve been on the OpenSuSE Linux train now for about 15 years. While I’n not ready to jump, I don’t understand why a product with this level of maturity looks like a train wreck. What the heck happened?