openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

When I get bored, I do things I might not do otherwise. Like I said in a previous post, my daughter’s enthusiasm about her new PC made me want to make my PC look a little more up to date. I really hadn’t intended to upgrade to KDE 4.x until openSUSE 11.2 came out, I decided to create a little excitement and some new challenges for myself and did it yesterday.

The move wasn’t bad, but it was not as easy as I had hoped for. The first thing I did was to back up all files to my external drive. Even in the best upgrades, problems occur and if you don’t do backups, then you may lose some important data.

I decided to stay with the 32-bit version of openSUSE. While my processor can handle 64-bit operations, the 32-bit version tends to offer better comparability with all applications. Since I am only running 2 gig of memory, I don’t think 64-bit would give me much improvement anyway.

The openSUSE 11.1 distribution only moves KDE to 4.1+, so the 4.2 upgrade had to be a second step. I was able to do the upgrade from 11.0 to 11.1 with little problem. If I had stopped there, then I would have most likely been able to claim a complete success. It was the move to KDE 4.2 that caused me the problem.

For some reason after the 4.2 update, the system would not boot. Even safe mode failed. I also could not boot into Windows XP so the dual boot was completely hosed. After a few well chosen words, spoken under my breath since Sofia was in the house, I decided to do a clean install of openSUSE 11.1 KDE 4.1+ and then upgrade to 4.2. That went without a hitch.

I am pleased with KDE 4.2. Much improved over 4.0 or 4.1. I am having no problems with it at all. Performance is good also.

After installing KDE 4.2, I copied all files from the external drive to the systems hard drive. Now the fun begins. I use Kontact as my Linux replacement for Microsoft Outlook. The move from KDE 3.5+ to KDE 4.x changed the files that are used in most applications. It also moved from a system directory of kde3 to kde4. From what I have read there is very little compatibility between the files of the two versions.

Therefore, I had backed up my Contacts and Calendar files using an export function. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that the export does not take care of all areas of the Contacts’ information. What I have found that is missing is the birthday’s that I had stored for my contacts. That always gave me a reminder when my grandkids and other important people’s birthday was approaching. The most important thing I lost was my saved email folders. The last thing I lost was my list of items I follow with my RSS reader. Bummer.

Oh well, nobody didn’t ever say it wasn’t going to be semi-tough. Since my easy upgrade had failed, I also didn’t have a current backup of my browsers bookmarks. Luckily, I had one that I took last December and it is good enough.

I am in the process of re-installing KDE 3.59 on my backup PC. Then I will try to move the KDE files for Kontact onto the PC and hopefully, I will be able to find all of the missing information I lost. If not, no big deal.

While I like the new KDE 4.2 and especially Kontact better, it still needs some tailoring. Before, when I received mail, the system would sound. I am sure that I need to configure it to do that, but where is something I haven’t quite figured out.

So all in all, I am pretty satisfied. I only have three problems.
1.No sound with arrival of new mail.
2.Missing email folders.
3.Missing birthdays on contact list.

I usually had at least that many whenever I changed Microsoft releases. Only then, I had to pay to have all that fun. Now I get to do it for free.

8 thoughts on “openSUSE 11.0 → openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.2

  1. Don Ray,

    I’ve moved to KDE 4.2 on (k)Ubuntu as well. It definitely is an improvement over 4.1. Hopefully, you’ll figure out your e-mail and contact issues. Unfortunately my ATI video on the desktop isn’t as efficient with desktop effects as the nVidia on the laptop :-(. Supposedly some of the ATI issues will be fixed in 9.04.

    If you still have the KDE 3 files for the backup PC, try exporting mail to mbox format. That’s the old Unix standard, and I suspect Kmail (if that’s what you use) will be able to import it.

  2. I have the KDE 3 files. I will restore my KDE 3.59 and see if I can recover the information. I guess you don’t use Kontact so you didn’t have any problems with the calendar files.

  3. I use evolution and the upgrade to 8.10 (or earlier) did any required conversions without issues.

    I saw in Linux Journal that Xfce 4 had the ability to do compositing for any video card. I tried it out on the oldest desktop available, and it worked. I even tried it in a virtual machine (i.e., low end graphics capabilities) and it still worked. A screenshot of me moving the Firefox window (cursor wasn’t captured) opened to chriquichatter is at

  4. I currently use Mepis, but decided to give OpenSUSE 11.1 with KDE 4.1 a try. After the install from the installation DVD, my system would not boot up. Tried editing the grub boot loader but no luck. Then I tried an install with KDE 3.5 – same thing happened. Then tried an install with Gnome and the system booted up just fine. Unfortunately, I prefer KDE. So guess I will go back to Mepis.

  5. That is unusual. I always have good luck witl openSUSE KDE. The latest upgraded to 4.2 is what I am using and I am very pleased with it.

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