Recently, openSUSE Tumbleweed updated Gnome to version 3.24. So I decided to give it a test. And I ran into some “problems”. This post will discuss those problems.
Gnome under Wayland
My oldest Tumbleweed system was installed in November 2014. And that’s where I first tested Gnome. At the time, I was using “sddm” for logins. Selecting “Gnome” on the login menu gave me a Gnome session running under X11. This was as expected. There was also a menu item for “Gnome-Wayland”. Selecting that gave me Gnome running under Wayland for managing the graphics.
I later switched to using “gdm” as login manager. And, with “gdm”, selecting “Gnome” gave me a Wayland session.
Next, I tried on my laptop. Tumbleweed was installed there on March 14 this year. I was already configured to use “gdm” for logins there. But, try as I did, I was unable to get a Wayland session for Gnome.
In my previous post, I described my experience in downloading and installing opensuse Leap 42.1 Milestone 1. That was a week ago. I’ve booted Leap every day since then. So it’s time to add to my previous report.
Overall, Leap 42.1 appears to run well. I have seen relatively few bug reports, and not too many problems mentioned on the forum. I take that as a good sign.
That booting problem
In my prior post, I did mention that Leap would not boot. And I described a workaround that I used to get past that. I have since reported that problem as bug 939411. It turns out that this is essentially the same problem as I had previously reported for Tumbleweed, as bug 911319. Apparently the fix for that had not been backported to the SuSE enterprise system on which Leap is based.
I had some interesting results when I tried running 13.1 Milestone 2 from a live USB. This happened around 10 days ago, and I was busy reporting bugs so I didn’t think to post about it. I’m correcting that oversight now.
I already had installed 13.1M2 from the DVD image on USB, as mentioned in an earlier post. There were a couple of things I wanted to check on other machines, so I decided to use the live Gnome iso on a USB. I installed the iso using the command
# dd_rescue -A openSUSE-Factory-GNOME-Live-Build0504-x86_64.iso /dev/sdf
where “/dev/sdf” is the device for the USB that I was using. That went smoothly enough. And then I tried to boot from it. Read More…
I currently have installed both Gnome 3.8.1 (as part of the pre-release opensuse 13.1M1 system), and 3.8.2 (as part of opensuse Tumbleweed). I am not noticing a lot of difference between 3.8.1 and 3.8.2, so I’ll just refer to both as 3.8.
I have been clear that I am a KDE user, not a Gnome user. So this review won’t get into the details that only a regular Gnome user would notice. Read More…
A few days ago, KDE was updated to version 4.10.2 on opensuse 12.3. And yesterday, Tumbleweed (which I have on one computer) updated Gnome to version 3.8. So here are a few notes on those desktop environments.
I’ll start with KDE. This is the desktop that I mainly use.
Not much has changed. With a few minor exceptions, everything seems to be as before (when I was running 4.10.00).