Novell & Open Source

Josh Coates jcoates at archive.org
Tue Feb 15 13:46:34 MST 2005


>Out of all the Distros I tried over that week (Debian, Slackware, Fedora,
Mandrake, and a few others I forget) Suse was by far the most unstable.

what do you mean by "unstable"?

did it kernel panic?  was stuff was 'broken' by default?

i'm not trying to be facetious, i'm just curious what you mean.

Josh Coates
http://www.jcoates.org

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org]On Behalf Of
Eric Jensen
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:42 PM
To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
Subject: Re: Novell & Open Source


You can get ISO of the eval version there, but not the full.  Only
option for that is the FTP install, which from what I remember wasn't
the smoothest process I've experienced with Linux.  Especially if you
have a NIC that isn't all that supported and takes a bit of work to get
up and running.  I even tried running a local FTP with the same
directory structure with no luck.  Getting full non-eval ISOs for Suse
is not easy, I remember having to search all over for a torrent file.
 From what I gather, this has been a huge negative for moving over to
Suse for a lot of people.  Doing a several gig install over your
internet connection doesn't sit well with a lot of people.  Installs can
take long enough as it is, especially if you are the type who like to do
the easy full install.

After I did get Suse installed, I was not impressed.  It was pretty and
user friendly, but horribly unstable.  Out of all the Distros I tried
over that week (Debian, Slackware, Fedora, Mandrake, and a few others I
forget) Suse was by far the most unstable.

I was very excited for Novell to run a project like this, but they are
making it hard to stay excited.

Eric

Bradley Dorner wrote:

>Novell does offer a free download of SuSE. Try the
>following link. They actually have a live eval that
>runs on the DVD, or you could install off of an ftp
>site, or download an iso image.
>
>http://www.novell.com/products/linuxprofessional/downloads/suse_linux/index
.html
>
>Brad
>--- Barry Roberts <blr at robertsr.us> wrote:
>
>
>
>>On Tue, Feb 15, 2005 at 10:24:21AM -0700, Lars
>>Rasmussen wrote:
>>
>>
>>>On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 10:20:04 -0700, Gabriel
>>>
>>>
>>Gunderson <gabe at gundy.org> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>>Novell is putting its code where its mouth is.
>>>>
>>>>
>>I'm really starting to
>>
>>
>>>>like what I see.  For example:
>>>>
>>>>Novell Launches Open Source Collaboration Server
>>>>
>>>>
>>Initiative
>>
>>
>http://www.novell.com/news/press/archive/2005/02/pr05014.html
>
>
>>>>This will fill a big void it the open source
>>>>
>>>>
>>world.
>>
>>
>>>>Now if they could only ship a version of SuSE
>>>>
>>>>
>>that had a current Gnome
>>
>>
>>>>desktop and installed stuff in the right
>>>>
>>>>
>>directories.
>>
>>
>>>& didn't overload the server when you ran the
>>>
>>>
>>yast2 backup module as
>>
>>
>>>superuser...
>>>
>>>
>>And a version I could give to friends/newbies.
>>
>>I really would like to support the home team, but
>>most people I
>>convince to try linux aren't ready to buy it, they
>>want to try it
>>first.  And since Fedora and Debian are ok with
>>that, that's what I
>>give people.
>>
>>But I guess that isn't the market Novell is going
>>for.  Seemed to work
>>well for RedHat, though.
>>
>>Barry Roberts
>>
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