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June 25, 2008

OpenSuse 11.0 KDE 4.1 beta2

Filed under: computer, linux, Software — Tags: , , , , , — guilleml @ 9:37 am

Kde 4.1 beta has been released and there are packages available for OpenSuse 11.0, I’ve installed them and they work pretty good, I can’t tell much differences but flash plugin works on konqueror!

The desktop seems quite stable and fast.

You can get it from http://en.opensuse.org/KDE/KDE4

Or just click here and OpenSuse will do everything for you.

The changelog shows some interesting features I haven’t tested yet, but I will.

June 20, 2008

Updating OpenSuse 11.0 to KDE 4.1

Filed under: computer, linux, Software — Tags: , , , — guilleml @ 5:53 pm

I read on this blog KDE 4.1 was more stable than KDE 4.0.4, the version by default in OpenSuse 11.0, I updated the mirrors to try it.

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/UNSTABLE:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.0/
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/UNSTABLE:/Extra-Apps/openSUSE_11.0/
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/UNSTABLE:/Community/openSUSE_11.0/

Just add them using yast2, software repositories.

After updating I restarted the xorg server and the KDE running, there wasn’t much visual difference, just some little details not very “beautiful” but not much problem. I have to say that this update solved the problem I had with kopete I wrote about in my last post, notifications are working fine now.

  • The menu for adding a new msn account in kopete was chaotic, by resizing the window the objects were shown fine, KDE 4.1 mixes languages, I suppose it’ll be solved in the final release.

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  • Kget doesn’t download anything, neither in 4.0.4 nor in 4.1.

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  • Taskbar icons have a gray border they didn’t have under 4.0.4, I don’t know how to remove it.

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  • Alt+Tab combination sometimes doesn’t work for changing active window, neither under 4.0.4.
  • The p4-clockmod kernel module doesn’t load at boot so I can’t change my CPU frequency if I don’t load it.
  • I haven’t disabled the pc speaker yet.
  • Konqueror4 stills doesn’t load flash objects, I haven’t found information about how to solve it, at least firefox loads them perfectly.
  • I updated Firefox 3b5 to version 3 adding the Mozilla repositories, Firefox is a little faster for it.

One thing I’ve noted is that OpenSuse 11.0 seems faster than Kubuntu/Ubuntu, on Kubuntu I can hear the hard disk everytime I run an application, now the application loads perfectly and fast without accessing so much, that was one thing I noticed when I tried *buntu, in Debian, Gentoo, Archlinux…the disk access was much like OpenSuse’s, maybe it’s for the disk scheduler, I haven’t investigated it. Oh! I discovered that you can change the kernel I/O scheduler in yast2, by default it selects cfq.

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