openSUSE 11.1 and KDE 4.2 Update

After using the new openSUSE 11.1 and KDE 4.2 system for several days, I decided another update was in order. While KDE 4.2 has been officially released by the KDE org, it is available by openSUSE in what they call a factory library. Non the less, openSUSE considers if a stable environment.

I took a diversion path in resolving the original problems I had. I decided to try KUBUNTU’s KDE 4.2. This was a disaster for me. Maybe I have used openSUSE too long because the upgrade to KDE 4.2 with KUBUNTU was non trivial.

I went back to openSUSE and this time installed 11.1 in a more structured fashion, testing after each step. Then I used the one step click to install update to bring it up to the KDE 4.2 version. It went easily. Then I moved the appropriate files from the KDE3 backup files into the KDE4 files and I now had all of the Kontact information restored.

I am not sure why, but this release of openSUSE 11.1 is running much faster in my estimation, than 11.0 did.

Kontact is a much more elegant application and I like the presentation of appointments and email. This has been a great upgrade.

Kopete, my messenger application, is also nicer looking in KDE 4.2 than it was in KDE 3.

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I really could not be happier with this Linux release.

2 thoughts on “openSUSE 11.1 and KDE 4.2 Update

  1. Ubuntu has suffered some major foul-ups recently, partly in my opinion because they release an upgrade every six months. First, Skype quit working, then a recent kernel upgrade killed internet access, including wireless. I had to rollback to a previous kernel, and after spending a full day trying to get the mic audio in Skype working, I finally said to hell with it and installed Debian Lenny. The default Debian install uses XFCE4 window manager and it is FAST. I was already used to XFCE4, so that caused no problems. It’s pretty much the opposite extreme in GUIs from KDE 4.2, being pretty basic, but I like it.

    I really hate to say it, but Ubuntu, in all its flavors, is getting too sloppy for my taste. I enjoy using, learning and experimenting with Linux, but I don’t get much rush out of fixing stuff every day. I just Debian isn’t holding any nasty surprises for me. 🙂


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