I posted this message on the news servers too but here I go:
First of all - let me say I am a long time SUSE user. I bought SUSE several times years ago (when it was still sold in a box - I think it was version 5.2 and after that 6.4 or something), so this is not a simple rant or bashing or something.
Now for my problem.
Over the years I tried different distro’s and installed and used SUSE from time to time on several locations. Lately I got once interested again and tried to install SUSE 11.2
Installation was a breeze. No problems at all - until…
I tried to update. I used yast and clicked on the update button. Update started and I waited, and waited, and waited, and waited etc, etc.
After 180 minutes (TWO HOURS) only 20% to 30% of the updates where retrieved and installed.
Needless to say I aborted everyhing and checked my settings? Disabled ipv6, disabled firewall, gave my network card a fixed IP adress, checked my router, connected to the internet using DMZ (yes dangerous, but what else could I do?) and combinations of all these settings.
Nothing worked. Updating stays painfully slow.
I tried to look in yast if I could select another (faster) mirror, but there seems not to be any mechanism to do so. Maybe I am stupid and overlooked, but although this mechanism is present in almost all distro’s it does not seem to be in openSUSE (I can’t imagine that, so I MUST have overlooked it - yes?).
Finally I gave up in total frustration and a sad feeling I was not able to use my old favorite again. Not a nice feeling…
By the way - when using Ubuntu, Mandriva, Gentoo, PClinuxOS, Fedora etc. all updates where done in 10~20 minutes, so I am sure there is nothing wrong with my internet connection.
Now 11.3 is out and I was hoping things would have improved, so I tried the install again. I used the GNOME live CD (no particular reason - I am even a KDE fan, but sometimes people can act irrational ;)), and installed from the live desktop.
Install went without any problem, until - yes you guessed it - updating after rebooting. The update was only a few files, so it wont take that long - right?
It took 70 minutes (Yes 1 hour and 10 minutes(!)) to only update a few files.
Now I know when a distro just is released mirrors can be very busy, but this is really unacceptable and -even worst- completely unworkable.
I am at the brink to give up to openSUSE once again, but will try to find an answer here as a last resort. By the way - I am located in the Netherlands, so I guess I am automatically connected to a mirror in the “neighborhood”…
Has anyone met the same problems, and… more important - what is the solution to this frustrating problem.
Thanks a lot…