Suse on my Lenovo! and how I got there September 12, 2006Posted by NAyK in First Impressions, Linux, OpenSUSE, Working on Linux.
These are the first impressions written from openSUSE 10.1 on my Lenovo Z60m. (latest update: I now have openSUSE 10.2 and here is that story) SUSE recognised all my hardware… but I’m a little skeptical about whether it has recognised my network. That I’m using the internet is at least a good sign. The font rendition still feels difficult to read, for which I guess KDE is to blame. But still, I’m glad to be online on SUSE.
I started the installation today at 5:55pm IST. Big mistake because I had to be elsewhere at 7:00pm and I didn’t realise the time it would take.
Initial setup questions took a long time to answer, partly because I’ve done it 3-4 times before, and partly because because the interface was a little more complicated than I remembered. Many… too many… options to choose from. Each font etc. I would have rather had “Asian” fonts as one group… to check, or uncheck. etc. I had to watch out for the partitioning, which wasn’t too bad, and yet I had to tweek it a bit.
I started the first CD installation at 6:22pm. and to my horror I saw that there was about 1.4 hours to go! Somehow other distributions had spoiled me to expect a Linux installation within 30 minutes. Still, this was SUSE, with 6 disks (including the add-on) so I didn’t mind too much… initially.
The CD loading interface is the most helpful I’ve found from all distros (I haven’t seen Fedora yet). I like the total time remaining and time for next CD install. Helpful, though not entirely dependable.
I was then asked to insert the Add-on CD (second)… I expected it to be the last. That went on for a while, and then I was asked to put back CD 1. I did. Then I was asked to put back CD Add-on. I did. Now I could restart. I was a bit confused with all that changing, but I supposed SUSE had a good reason which I didn’t know about.
At 6:45pm I started CD 2. And I got a shock… it said 2hrs 38minutes for completion. Comeon! Then it reduced to 1hr37minutes… as if the previous half-hour didn’t matter at all. However, by the third disk the time was 6:55pm. So I guessed that SUSE was having a timing problem.
CD 4 started at 7:10pm and CD started at 7:22pm. Finally, by 7:32pm I was working on the preferences.
SUSE couldn’t recognise the internet and I forgot the hassle SUSE gives at this stage. In fact, the neatest Network/internet install I’ve seen is through Xandros 3 which not only recongised all network, but even allowed me to add printer easily. After struggling for a while (till 7:50pm) I decided to let SUSE load without internet and try later.
I must say that I was very impressed by the fact that SUSE recognised all my hardware, right up to the model name and screen size. For a person who has been struggling with hardware recognition… this was big.
Finally, I was logged onto SUSE 10.1 at 7:55pm. Interestingly, exactly 2hours since I started. And as if to reward me for my perseverance, SUSE decided to suddenly grant me internet access, on which I am working right now. I will later see why/how I have access… and to what extent of my network. But for now, this is enough.