Samsung nc110 upgrade


I’m running OS 11.3 & Gnome 2.32 on a Samsung nc110 notebook (x86_64 - Intel Atom N550 CPU) and think it’s time to upgrade the openSUSE version, either to 11.4 or 12.1. Most of the notebook’s features work (apart from brightness controls).

Getting the wireless network stable was a pain - Broadcom chipset & WPA2 not playing well after hibernate / resume.

Any advice about whether best to go for 11.4 or 12.1? Any tips or tricks to make the upgrade smoother?

Would Tumbleweed or some other version be better? - I prefer stable and don’t need latest versions as the device is mostly used for document editing, minor multi-media edits, social networking, web browsing & email.

Re: Gnome upgrade, I need themes which minimise on-screen static items (status, menu bars etc.) otherwise there’s not enough useful working space on the screen. Better with 11.4 or 12.1 upgrade? Better with KDE (I’m not wedded to Gnome - it’s just a tool).

TIA, David

On 01/22/2012 02:16 PM, jetojedno wrote:
> think it’s time to upgrade the openSUSE version, either to 11.4 or 12.1.

my free advice (read my sig caveat):

  1. do a full, off machine backup

  2. test the backup to make sure it is usable

  3. do a full, clean, format install to 11.4 (imo 12.1 is not ready
    yet–i’m running 11.4)

  4. rebuild your system needs (all those applications you know and love)
    then join your data to your new system

  5. others will suggest an upgrade and you can do that, but follow one of
    the supported methods (both begin with a backup):

  6. if the upgrade fails you have the backup can pickup from step 3 above.

you may ask why not just do the upgrade first and hope it works: because
even if it appears to work, there often comes little strange problems
caused by stuff that just hangs around in the system or in
/home…besides, if you are like me you have a dozen or more apps
installed you have not used in a long time, and may never again…if you
upgrade they just hang around…if you rebuild your system you probably
add the most important things first…and probably forget to install
those things you never use.

i really believe the time you ‘save’ by doing an upgrade (rather than
having to rebuild the system) is more than lost in solving the little
problems…i mean, i fresh format installed 11.4 and have had none of
those problems [of course, i am lucky in that all my hardware is
supported out of the box…]

gnome vs kde i can’t say–i use kde as a tool, it works for me, i don’t
try to ‘sell’ it, i used gnome years ago…i know that gnome2 is dead
(it is in 11.4, but not in 12.1 and i hear it is a drastic change…so,
i don’t know which change [2 to 3 or gnome to kde] is least drastic or
cause the least pain…so, read around and obviously your “I need themes
which minimise on-screen static items” sounds like what i think Gnome3
is all about (i say that because i’ve heard LOTs of gnome users grumble
about not having a panel, or a icon for everything or or or or )…so . . .

ymmv–and i encourage you to listen to the opinions of others (except,
do NOT listen to the bleeding edge crowd who thinks you should go to
12.1 and then immediately move to KDE4.8 (it is almost available) and
Tumbleweed and and and…well, you can follow there advice if you

openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!

I would try to test all the versions (openSUSE 12.1/11.4 // GNOME/KDE) with live usb sticks.
SDB:Live USB stick - openSUSE

And to the broadcom wireless LAN (apart from testing it with live usb sticks):
I think the support for Broadcom WLAN devices via free and open drivers has improved much (thanks to the kernel developers and to the vendor).
But to make a better assumption you should try to define your device (including the hexadecimal numeric ID) with

  1. For a pci-device
/sbin/lspci -nn | grep 14e4


/sbin/lspci -nn | grep Broadcom

or all just unfiltered

/sbin/lspci -nn


  1. for (internal) USB-devices [not very probably]

That [1) OR 2)] will give you something like:

02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation <modell> Wireless LAN Controller **14e4:<deviceID>**] (rev 01)

With this you could search for you specific 8-digit ID like 14e4:wxyz in these forums and in the whole internet. And you may also post your wireless specific question with this information on the forum Wireless .

Have a lot of success … and fun