having used SuSE Linux ever since the April 1995 release, I thought installing 11.4 would be a straightforward task. Since it wasn’t, I’m summarising here my experience. My PC is built around a 3-year old Asus P5B-plus mainboard, i.e. certainly not brand-new hardware.
1 - on installation, my “Atheros Communications L1 Gigabit Ethernet (rev b0)” wasn’t recognized, so I had to “modprobe atl1” from one of the consoles available during installation. That worked but the installer didn’t pick up the fact that network was now available.
2 - after completion of the installation, online-updating for the first time and installing the nvidia driver for my “nVidia Corporation G71 [GeForce 7300 GS] (rev a1)” the KDE desktop showed the “blank desktop with mouse pointer” syndrome. Googling yielded that desktop effects had to be disabled in the kwinrc configuration file.
3 - logging in today after an online update, firefox (MozillaFirefox-4.0.1-0.2.2.x86_64) segfaults on start-up while loading the default website (opensuse.org). firefox will run in safemode but it won’t run in normal mode, even with all add-ons disabled.
Now I don’t have a useable system after a couple of hours of trying. Fortunately, I have a working installation of openSUSE 11.2 but I believe that updates for that distribution will be stopped shortly. Too bad :-/
Anybody with similar experiences?