I would like to install Opensuse on my friend’s laptop. However, he is Windows XP user but now thinking about linux, so using KDE 3.5 as WM is necessary because KDE4 is too different for him.
I think the Opensuse 11.1 also has KDE 3.5 on the DVD (not sure, all istallation I already made, was made from live-cds) but some people recommended me to use older Opensuse, where the KDE 3.5 was default.
I think that the 11.1 should have some improvements and maybe newer kernel, so is there any reason to use the older version?
kde3 is on the dvd version.
During the install when you get to the choice and see Gnome and kde4, choose other and you can choose kde3 there.
kde 3.5 works fine on 11.1. You just need to choose it when you install from the dvd. No reason to go to an older version of suse. I haven’t taken to kde4.x and still use 3.5. (I prefer kde because it’s a lot more intuitave than gnome and all the ‘eye candy’ doesn’t impress me.)
I’d install both, create two accounts for him, a main one with kde3.5 where he’ll feel more comfortable, and another with kde4.2 (don’t forget to upgrade), where we’ll be dazzled
You may also create a third account, with kde3.5 but using kwin from kde4. It works quite nicely and will give you most desktop effects, including rotating cube, windows display, etc., without him having to learn how to use kde4 first (although he will with time).