I also tried out the Suse 9.1 Live CD, from LFY. I encountered one major
problem, my serial mouse is not detected and had to use the keyboard to
navigate. It gets quite frustrating after some time.
One good thing that i noticed, since my mouse was not detected, the
windows button on the keyboard works and the menu is displayed.
Rest of course i could not try as ..... mouse.... not work....
Sriram N wrote:
I took some time out of a busy schedule to review Suse 9.1 Live CD today.
A colleague had bought a copy of June 2004's LinuxForU and this was the second
CD-ROM with the magazine.
My hardware is
Product name Intel(R) Desktop Board D845GVAD2 based system
Board model Genuine Intel(R) D845GVAD2 system board
Processor Intel P4 1.5 Ghz
RAM 512 MB DDR
CD-ROM Creative 24X
I also have onboard sound and Ethernet.
I have made passing remarks comparing Suse 9.1 to Knoppix 3.3 and RH9.
Please bear in mind that Suse has kernel 2.6.4, where as both Knoppix as well
as RH9 have 2.4.x
Amazing. It had no problems with detecting all the hardware. There were no
logon prompts, etc. Just boot and use. The complete startup took about 20 secs.
Lots of useful apps. I liked everything that I saw.
But not everything that's installed is available via the startup menu. e.g. I
liked kopete that lets me sign onto both yahoo as well as MSN.
OpenOffice 1.1.1 took time to startup as usual, but once running, it performed
The games included are a great way to get folks started on Linux.
3. Package manager
YAST seems to be the equivalent of the windows control panel and more. The
Package manager is much more informative than what I see in Widnows. You have
quick information in dependencies, file sizes, and package description.
4. Internet apps
I tried just Mozilla. This was very responsive, unlike Firebird on my Win2K
system, or even Redhat 9.0 that I had earlier. I didn't try anything else. Nor
did I test for Realplayer and Flashplugin operations.
I just tried a tame notepad.exe and Explorer.exe. I also downloaded a pirated
copy of Tally 5.4 off the net and tried that. But it failed with some Device
I/O error. We use quickbooks, but I've not tried that yet.
Unline Wine on Knoppix 3.3, I did not face any "Please click here to configure
This seems cool. I did not try it, as my partition table is already messed up.
But it apparently lets you resize NTFS partitions too. NTFS tools and gpartd
7. No development languages other than Perl, Tcl, and the JRE.
No python, no Java compiler. This seems targeted at desktop users.
8. Java apps are _snappy_ !
I tried a few Java apps that are otherwise slow on my win2K environment. They
performed reasonably well.
I also tried the Eclipse 3.0 M8 platform (not the SDK). This took 10 secs to
startup. It crashed once, when I clicked some help link. A restart of the
application, and Eclipse did not crash for about 10 minutes of operation.
Perhaps this was a bug with the M8 release.
9. Install to hard disk
There's a quick install, that resizes you existing partitions, installs a boot
loader, and transfer Suse. I have not tried this yet. But this is preferable to
Knoppix' knx-hdinstall or the manual copy that I'd once tried.
Problems and workarounds:
1. PCMCIA related tip.
My colleague faced the problem of the startup not progressing beyond "Starting
PCMCIA". I myself did not face this problem.
Apparently, the solution for this is to give the arguments NOHOTPLUG=1 at the
time of startup. This is not documented in the CD-ROM's startup-time help. It
is however mentioned in the startup sequence.
2. Sound card
You need to configure the sound card via YAST to increase the headset volume. I
did not try with any desktop speakers, etc..
Stuff that I have not figured out yet:
1. Mount Windows partitions via the GUI.
Unlike Knoppix, Suse 9.1 Live did not have conveniently placed desktop icons
pointing to my NTFS5 (win2k) partitions. Perhaps my messed up partitioned table
may have been the problem. How
3. Network IP
This is not really a problem. The architectects apparently decided on a trade
off between "smooth startup-let the user parametrize later" and "ask
I observed the following:
1. Not much duplication of apps as compared to Knoppix and Redhat
2. Much, much faster than either knoppix 3.3 or Redhat 9.0 on my hard disk.
I intend to install Suse 9.1 on to my hard disk. I use Eclipse and Java, read
PDF docs and HTML docs, browse the net, use emule, Awasu for RSS feeds, MSN and
Yahoo for IM, Winamp for music, and Lotus Notes 6.5 for timesheets and
corporate emails (I'm a programmer). I do not use Word, but word pad for doc
Equivalents for the above are either already available in Suse 9.1, or easy to
acquire. Once I get the Lotus Notes 6.5 client for Linux and complete my
current project, I'm switching over to Suse 9.1 as my desktop operating system.
Since the Live version meets all my requirements, I will not be buying the
--- Harsh Busa <<email address removed by sriram >> wrote:
Departing from its past practice of not providing
ISO images for free
download, SUSE has released a complete, bootable, and installable ISO
image of SUSE LINUX 9.1 Personal. You can find it on SUSE's main FTP
server or one of its mirrors, although there is no news about the
release on SUSE's own web site. This is a great way to try out SUSE
LINUX 9.1 and see its capabilities, before upgrading to the
Professional edition via FTP or purchasing the full boxed versions
(which includes commercial software).
Anyone trying out tell me your review :)
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