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November 13, 2005

SUSE 10.0

Because my laptop had been sent off for repair, I was a little late to the SUSE 10.0 party. Within days of getting it back I sat down, backed up all my important stuff and installed away. I had three reasons for upgrading from 9.3: I'm an "ooohhhh new version" kind of guy, Firefox and Thunderbird recently started using the simple black mouse pointers, and all my GTK apps had menus with black text on black backgrounds (until I hovered over the menu item, then the text would go white).

To work around the Firefox/Thunderbird problem I had added gnome-control-center to be started when I log in, I would then go to "Mouse" and choose a different cursor theme, then back to the crystal theme that worked everywhere else. Understand I did not make any changes, it just seems my preferences weren't being recognized by Firefox/Thunderbird until I did that.

I suspect that my GTK menu problem came from the GTK/cairo issue I had before and I was never able to get it right. It made working with The GIMP, Acrobat Reader, and the handfull of other GNOME apps I frequently use much more difficult than it needed to be.

I am having the same Firefox-Thunderbird-cursor issue on my 9.3 desktop at work, but not the black menu problem.

Anyway, installing 10.0 on my laptop solved all these problems.

Props to SUSE and the openSUSE community for cranking out yet another fine version of SUSE. However, I have to say that if it weren't for my interest in running the latest stable version of SUSE, I'd still be happily running 9.1. When I went from 9.1 to 9.3, I didn't see many new features that noticeably effected me. I had the same feeling when I went from 9.3 to 10.0 (one exception is mentioned below). Again, SUSE 10.0 is cool as hell, but if you're happily using 9.1 and wondering if you should upgrade, I'd suggest looking closely to see if there are any new features you really need.

I mentioned the other day that I was expecting my new Sprint Treo 650. It came in and it's pretty cool. It's not as great as I'd hoped, but there have been a few pleasent surprises that have kept me interested. Anyway, the Treo has bluetooth and I had heard that it is pretty Linux-friendly. I have had very little success with the Treo on my SUSE 9.3 desktop; not much love using the sync cable or bluetooth. However, it has been practically plug-and-play on my 10.0 laptop using the sync cable, and about half-functional using bluetooth. I'll blog more soon about the Treo and SUSE, but I just wanted to point out that it seems bluetooth functionality has been improved in something used in 10.0.

So I think I'm going to keep SUSE 9.3 on my work desktop. Asside from the bluetooth issue, there just isn't anything new I need in 10.0. I've actually considered downgrading it to 9.1 as a challenge to see how long I can keep it running on 9.1. 10 years from now, it would be awesome to be able to proclaim that my desktop box runs SUSE 9.1. But then I realized that I'll have upgraded hardware a few times by then; and again, I am an "ooohhhh, a new version" kind of guy

Posted 14 years, 10 months ago on November 13, 2005
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