Well as I continue to use Feisty I am running into the standard problems with using beta software. The day after my last post there was an update to killed Beryl. It took about four days before there was an update that fixed the problem with Beryl, so all is good again in the 3D desktop world. There where 119 updates today, and one of them is a rather exciting update. I did not have Compiz installed before the update, but it was installed with the update along with the desktop-effects package that is included with SLED 10. It look like Compiz may be installed with Feisty after all in the finally release. Mark Shuttleworth posted in a recent blog posting that nether Compiz or Beryl where ready to be included in the final release. I don’t know what this means to the debate about including proprietary video drivers by default in the next release, but if it make things work better and easier to setup, than I am all for it.
Well it has been a little too long since my last post, so here is a quick update. I have been testing SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop for the last couple of weeks on my work notebook. We are trying to move some of our Windows desktops to Linux to reduce cost. We are already using NetWare so we do have support from Novell. The problem is, I am a Linux user and I find SLED 10 to be difficult to work with at times. There are still too many hardware issues with SLED that are not there with other Linux distributions. I added a second hard drive to my home notebook to see if SLED would work with that hardware better, but still had problems with sound cards and the battery meter. These things have just work for the last two Ubuntu releases, so it looks like I may go that route at work.
I upgraded my home notebook the Feisty Fawn two weeks ago, and I have two say that I love it. I also installed Beryl and it has worked very good. That project has come a long way since the last time I tried it. I did run into two small problems with Feisty. I could not get VMware Workstation 5.5 to install and every time I tried to install anything with CrossOver Office the install would fail. I upgraded both applications and that seems to have fixed the problems.
Well that is all for now, but there should be something else this week. We have a full dance card this week. We are replacing one server and twenty-eight workstations in three days. That should be fun …