openSuSE 11.3 RC1 Installation

After successfully installing the latest pre-release of openSuSE 11.3 on my HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez (AMD/ATI/Atheros) yesterday afternoon, I decided to do the same on my other laptops and netbooks yesterday evening.

After successfully installing the latest pre-release of openSuSE 11.3 on my HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez (AMD/ATI/Atheros) yesterday afternoon, I decided to do the same on my other laptops and netbooks yesterday evening. Besides, I needed something to do while I was monitoring the network during France's stunning display of mediocrity...

It installed flawlessly on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 (Core2 Duo/965 graphics/5300 WiFi), and everything appears to work normally. Installation of openSuSE is quite fast compared to many of the other popular Linux distributions.

On the two HP 2133 Mini-Notes (VIA C7-M/Chrome9/Broadcom 4312) it also installed normally, but as usual without drivers for the Chrome9 graphics and the Broadcom 4312 WiFi. As long as you have a wired network connection you can get the Broadcom drivers by simply running the install_bcm43xx_firmware script, and the openchrome driver can be installed from the openSuSE software build service, but as this is still a pre-release version, make sure that you select the openSuSE Factory build.

Overall, this looks like it is shaping up to be a very good release from openSuSE.

jw 18/6/2010

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