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December 10, 2006

SUSE 10.2 Reviews & an XP Install

A couple of SUSE 10.2 reviews; DesktopLinux and JonRob's Blog. Both were glowing, each mentioned only a couple of minor concerns.

The only incentives I have to upgrade from the 9.3, 10.0, and 10.1 versions I run on my various machines are my problems with Kpilot choking on my Treo 650's Java and the perpetual issues I have with Samba. I haven't checked for new versions of these packages in a while, so maybe I'll just check that. Anyway, I've learned the hard way that upgrading for the sake of seeing the version number increase is tempting Murphy's Law, so I doubt I'll be going to 10.2 until I have to.

I've been reformatting and reinstalling XP on my wife's PC all evening. What a pain. This ancient OS needs a few hundred MBs of updates to bring it back to life and DirecWay's "'Fair' Access Policy" means that they slash my bandwidth after about 125 MBs of downloads. Cool, I got to complain about DirecWay and Microsoft in the same sentence.

One amusing thing happened while reinstalling XP for her. I watched it get owned about 3 minutes after connecting it to the interenet, lol. I had dozens of popups poorly disguised as security warnings asking me to visit various websites to install patches or risk permenant data loss. I literally could not install the updates fast enough. It's crazy because I did not visit any websites besides Microsoft.com. I downloaded AntiVir while I was installing updates and started running it. It found three trojan files, something like DA/Something.Agent.xhl.1. Insane.

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