Tag Archive | WiFi

Fedora 18 – a preliminary look

While I mainly use opensuse, I have tried a number of other distros.  And one of those was Fedora.  I’m currently putting that as my first choice after opensuse, the distro I would switch to, if opensuse were to become unavailable.  Naturally, when Fedora 18 was released a little over a day ago, I decided that I should give it a try.

Note that this is a very preliminary report.  I have not yet installed Fedora 18, though I have booted the live KDE image on two different computer, so as to get a feel of it.  I will try to install within the next few weeks, and give a more complete review.

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Trying Mint Maya (MATE edition)

I deleted WinXP from my test computer, and that freed up enough space that I could install a second system, in addition to opensuse 12.2 (I’m testing Beta2 at present).  I have heard many people say good things about Linux Mint, so I decided to take it for a test run.  I went with the MATE edition, rather than the Cinnamon edition, because the test machine I am using has limited graphics capability.

Mint is a distro that is based on Ubuntu, and uses the Ubuntu packages and repos.  One might call it a repackaging of Ubuntu.  Version 13 (Maya) is a long term support release, meaning that I could keep in installed and expect security updates to continue until April 2017. Read More…

Comparing Fedora and opensuse

I ran fedora 17 for a while on my test machine.  I have since replaced that with opensuse 12.2 Beta2.  Before my memory fades, here’s a comparison of fedora 17 and opensuse 12.2.  When installing fedora from the DVD image, I chose to install KDE, Gnome, LXDE and XFCE.  Those are the same choices that I make with opensuse.  Of course, I don’t really use all of those.  Mostly, I use KDE and experiment with the others.  On my test machine, I use XFCE because it is a little lighter in weight for the older slower hardware. Read More…

A look at Fedora 17

I had briefly tried Fedora 17 two weeks ago, but I cut that short so as to install the opensuse 12.2 Beta1 on my test machine.  With development of 12.2 now bogged down, I have reinstalled Fedora 17.  With the experience from the prior Fedora install, this mostly went well. Read More…

Trying to make NetworkManager sane in 12.2

As part of my testing of opensuse 12.2 Beta1, I have been checking out how NetworkManager works for WiFi connections.  And it still has the same problems we saw with 12.1, namely it required the root password to do almost anything.

I decided that it was time to get my hands dirty, and see whether I could make some changes that would result in the system behaving more sanely.  This post describes what I have done.  I would appreciate feedback (comments) from readers about this. Read More…

Network manager – it keeps getting worse

Warning:  This is a report on unreleased software.  The final released version might be free of the problems mentioned.

I have been testing opensuse 12.2, milestone 1.  I noticed that it had a newer NetworkManager version (version 0.9.2), so I decided to give that a test.  However, the KDE client was still 0.9.1 (same as in opensuse 12.1), so I decided to install Gnome and try the gnome client. Read More…

Experimenting with icewm

I decided to give icewm a good test.  So, several days ago I selected icewm from the kdm login screen, and I used it for a little over 3 days.  This post describes my experiences.

The first thing to note, is that I am running openSUSE 12.1 on my desktop system.  A default install of openSUSE includes the “lite” version of icewm.  However, I installed the more complete version with support for panels.  Yast software manager shows that what I have installed is: Read More…

That NetworkManager update on openSUSE 12.1

There was a recent update to NetworkManager, listing Bug  731812 as the problem being addressed.  I have tested the updated NetworkManager.  This post is a review of the result.  The specific problem addressed was the fact that NetworkManager was requiring the root password to make any changes.

The update was suppose to make it possible for a user to setup a private connection — a connection to be used by only that user — without requiring the root password.  And my tests show that it does achieve this goal, though not without other problems. Read More…