Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

OpenSUSE 11.0 on Acer Aspire 3681 WXMi

While the Dutch soccer team got kicked out of the European Championship tournament I was watching the Earthquake 10.5 miniseries on the other channel and installing OpenSUSE 11.0 on my laptop. The series was fun with the usual list of plot elements. Intelligent scientist with ludicrous idea which proves to be the only correct idea, but isn’t accepted at first for lack of social skills? Check. Disaster can only be averted if the nation comes together and we do something that has never been done before (like fusing a vault line with five nukes)? Check. S.O.B. with family issues turns hero, sacrifices himself for the cause? Check. Happy end? Euh… well, not really. See, the plan didn’t work 100% and so a large chunk of California did wash into the ocean. Some morality to top it of? Check.

What does this have to do with installing OpenSUSE 11.0 on my Acer Aspire 3681 WXMi laptop? Nothing, of course, though it does indicate that installing it was pretty painless. The laptop has been multibooting between Ubuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu 8.04 for the last two months. The bad thing about writing two books on Ubuntu Linux at the same time is that you are looking at the default human theme quite extensively. Now that I am wrapping up the work on the manuscripts I can replace Ubuntu 8.04 with something new.

‘Pretty painless’ doesn’t equal ‘without quirks’. For one, I like to keep the GRUB for the ‘toy distribution’ away from MBR and put it on it’s own partition. OpenSUSE apparently decided not to go along with that. At least, I couldn’t find an easy way (tick box, anyone?) to install it anywhere else but MBR.

The second issue was getting wifi up and running. The solution was found and after following the suggestions I could go online without an ethernet cable attached to my laptop.

The issues I had with the software repositories and the ugly fonts were gone with this regular install. I could add the multimedia support almost without a problem (it had to be repeated twice to get everything).

Good, time to get some work done.

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