I had to revert to Opensuse 10.3 because I couldn’t get the Nvidia drivers to work under 11.1. I know that I probably could have, but I finally got tired of fooling with it. Easier just to pull out the older DVD and reinstall.
Of course, getting it work under 10.3 wasn’t painless. The driver in the NVidia repository won’t work, so I have to download NVidia’s driver and install/build it myself. Then run “nvidia-xconfig.” Then (carefully) run Sax. Finally, once I get into the KDE desktop, I run “nvidia-settings” to get what I really want.
But what makes me REALLY happy is that … once again! … the Opensuse updater installed a new kernel, and all of that was undone. I rebooted and got one (1) free black screen instead of my nice KDE desktop.
In some other threads, most notably this one:
What is holding back Linux from breaking trough - openSUSE Forums
… there’s been a lot of discussion about how to increase Linux’ adoption rate. I can tell you this: I’m no dummy, and I can work through most problems. If nothing else, I’ll just bulldog them until I figure them out. Plus, I’m a programmer who’s not afraid to tinker with source and to build from source, if need be, to get something working.
But the average user is none of the above. In fact, if the average user were to lose his/her video after a routine kernel update, they’d probably hurl the monitor out the window, smash the computer, and then run cursing into the woods.
What makes this so frustrating is that it doesn’t need to be this way.