If I install 11.1RC1 now, do I need to do anything later when 11.1 is released? (e.g. changing repository settings, etc.?)
Will it update automatically by Yast Online Update?
Are there any other drawbacks that should cause me to wait for 11.1? (e.g. are the repositories for the automatic binary Nvidia driver installation available already? Unfortunately, the open source drivers only manage 800x600.)
The thing is: I am switching laptops; the new machine is already there. Usually I am running both in parallel for a couple of days anyway (using Unison synchronizer on my data), so if there is a real bug, I could continue to be productive by quickly going back to the old machine.
I fully plan to upgrade to 11.1 GM from 11.1 rc1. With the correct repos & updates, you will be comfortably safe.
However, when the boxed version is available from Novell, I will do a clean install of that; but, it is not absolutely necessary – just makes me feel better, I guess.
Plus, my 59 bucks will help keep Novell/SuSE’s engineers pumping out all those neat updates/upgrades we need – for example, they have a team that works to improve the Linux kernel (I also like to get the hardcopy Startup Manual).
No! No! No!
The $59.00USD is for a boxed disk set from NOVL with support & a few extras. It’s your option to buy it. If you want to use Opensuse11.1 you can still get it at no cost just dl’d as you have.
By doing so you will get Opensuse11.1 you won’t have the support from NOVL you’d get with the box set. Your support will be just us;)
Have no fear we are a very adept bunch.
many peopole support their distro’s in many different ways. Some support them through finanical means, be it donations, or buying a boxed version. Some support it through filing bug reports. Some support it through helping out in forums, mailing lists, helping with web design, etc, etc. We should all find a way that we can help out our distro’s, the linux community, etc, etc.