All entries for Saturday 28 October 2006
October 28, 2006
So earlier this week I updated to openSUSE 10.2 beta1 (10.2 will be the first release to bear the name openSUSE rather than SUSE Linux) and I am quite impressed. The package management is now exceptionally fast, and there is proper progress reporting for potentially slower operations.
There is a new command line interface to the package management and KDE updater notifier, neither of which require the ZMD which caused so many problems in 10.1.
The package management has seen other user visible improvements too, the new “Patterns” (metapackages) selection interface is nice, and provides an easy way for users to install all compiler + development packages at once, or install a functional web server etc, without having to know the names of the packages to install.
At the end of the installation the user is now given a list of online package repositories that He/She can choose to add to allow the package manager to obtain software from them, as well as the install media. (Previously this would have to be done manually).
Other user visible changes include the new KDE menu which provides a quick way to launch and find applications, documents, settings, web pages, and more. And improved KDE frontend to the beagle desktop search tool.