[lpi-discuss] What's New in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
Dimitrios Bogiatzoules, Product Developer
taki at lpi.org
Mon Apr 24 12:10:50 EDT 2006
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when I read the posting below I thought someone describes my laptop. I'm
using a IBM Thinkpad T42p with 2GB RAM and SUSE 10.0 as OS over an year
Jack Coates said the following on 23.04.2006 19:49:
> 1) enable suspend to RAM that actually powers down the machine[...]
Works perfect here. I'm too lazy to reboot so what I do is just opening
and closing the lid...
> 2) Install VMWare Workstation and operate 3-5 machines with two
> host-only networks and a bridged interface at all times; suspend them
> when they're not in use.
Works but I use 1-2 machines because I do not need more. VMware was the
reason to buy more RAM...
> 3) Also perform the usual selection of desktop activities -- Firefox, a
> bit of SSH, some office-suite work, some programming. Tools should open
> and close quickly.
I use Firefox, Thunderbird, OOo, openVPN, ssh, X over SSH and other
stuff, the most of them is never shut down since they work fine with
suspend to RAM.
> 4) roam through a succession of airports, hotels, and conference rooms,
> finding, joining and unjoining wireless and wired networks without
> resorting to command line tools, closing the lid when leaving a location
> and opening it when entering a new location.
I'm only using my wired LAN and the integrated modem to dial-in to my
preferred provider for security reasons. I can't share any experiences
here... (I've read that Novell will add a GUI tool to 10.1 for that
> 5) plug in anybody's USB device without fear and give them some files,
> without resorting to command line tools.
I'm not sure what USB devices you meant but mine did work out of the box
(keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, hard disks, sticks, camera,...). Of
course I informed myself which vendor supports Linux as a Windows user
does to see which version of it is supported.
> 6) continue for at least 3 weeks between reboots with no diminshment in
My longest non-reboot period was about 3 months using suspend to RAM. I
hadn't to install any kernel updates, though.
> My laptop does this, and it's worth the XP license. Six months ago when
Mine does the same but is Linux only :) (I use the XP license that I had
to buy with my hardware only for a Windows based software I'm forced to
use in VMware).
This proves nothing of course. I know that other people have problems
with Linux on the desktop where I haven't, but I know far more that have
problems with XP.
I'm a Linux enthusiast but I don't like to spent my life to keep an OS
running. It has to work and (with a bit precaution) on my machines Linux
(I have to admit that before Linux I used to run OS/2, so I was used to
be careful in my choices :) )
Dimitrios Bogiatzoules Product Developer
LPIC-2 Linux Professional Institute
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taki at lpi.org http://www.lpi-german.de
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