Opensuse 12.2 RC2 – a brief review
I have now installed 12.2 RC2 on two systems. For the most part, everything seems to be running quite well. I expect 12.2 final to be one of the best opensuse releases.
Already, 12.1 has been mostly very good, though there were a few quirks related to the move to systemd. Those seem to be mostly fixed by now.
Changes since RC1
I am now seeing kernel 3.4.6-1.1.
The grub2 boot screen is now themed, and looks very good.
Problems I have seen
The biggest problem for me was with crypto. I have documented this in a bug report “774400 – no prompt for crypto key in verbose boot“. The chances are that this will affect very few people, so I do not see it as a show stopper. And I was able to work around the problem.
The other bug that I have seen was with ecryptfs. However, this is more of an enhancement than a bug. In 12.1 and earlier, you had to do some work to get ecryptfs to operate properly. Now, most of that work is automatic if you install ecryptfs-utils. The remaining problem is that a minor tweak is needed in the pam configuration if you want your private directory to be automatically unlocked on login. I may post more on that after the final 12.2 release, assuming that the problem is still there.
So that’s about it. I have not found any other problems (yet). I’m sure that there are problems with some of the applications – there always are – but in most cases those problems won’t be specific to opensuse.
The final release is supposed to be in early September, and I am looking forward to that.
Final note: As usual, I installed by running “isohybrid” on the DVD image, writing that to a USB, then booting the install image on the USB flash drive.