Testing opensuse 12.2 milestone 2
I have been playing with milestone 2 (or M2 for short) test release.
Grub2: The major change, since M1, has been the use of grub2 as boot manager. The grub2 boot screen is rather spartan. It does not include options to boot Windows, though I could add those myself. But it is a work in progress that is going through the first stage of testing. But the time 12.2 final is released, I expect it to be in good shape.
KDE version is 4.8.1: This changes from 4.8.0 in M1. I have not explored it enough yet to know whether there are new quirks.
Kernel is 3.3 rc6: The odd thing about the kernel, is that for 32 bit installs only the default kernel appears to be available. The repos do not contain other kernels (such as the desktop kernel). The 64 bit version has the usual selection of kernels.
WiFi now works properly on my broadcom card. That failed with M1.
Encryption appears to be working as it should. With M1, there were timeouts setting up the crypto, though it eventually worked. Those timeouts are gone.
The Intel graphics driver is unstable. The desktop crashed frequently. Just moving the mouse over the NetworkManager tray icon would cause the desktop to crash and restart. On the system with Intel graphics, I am now booting with “nomodeset” so as to avoid that unstable driver.
I guess I must have downloaded and started testing a bit early. The roadmap page indicates that M2 was released on Thursday, 20 March 2012, while I did a first install on March 19th. I wonder what calender they are using, for March 20 was a Tuesday around here.