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Notes from the field: Fedora 10 and OpenSUSE 11.1 RC1

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to install Fedora 10 on a Dell Latitude D630 notebook and to tweak the OpenSUSE 11.1 installation.

Fedora 10

Fedora 10 was installed on a spare 120GB hard drive. It was installed over Fedora 9, which I had managed to configure into a reasonable working state and had used for about five months. But it wasn't perfect. While I was able to install the Nvidia driver and enable 3D hardware acceleration, sound and wireless did not work. With Fedora 10 I now have sound, but the wireless still doesn't work.

Even though I installed both Fedora 9 and 10 from DVD, I only installed the Gnome desktop under Fedora 9. With Fedora 10 I installed the Gnome, KDE, and Xfce desktops.

OpenSUSE 11.1 RC1

I made a promise to myself to let OpenSUSE 11.1 stay on the system long enough to develop a better informed opinion as to its fitness for use. OpenSUSE 11.1 is quite usable, but there are certain features where I feel Mandriva (2008 and 2009) are just better.

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