SUSE 11.0 first impression

Yesterday I have installed new SUSE 11.0 linux at home. Impressions are very ambiguous...

1. Package manager works great! Starting from SUSE 10.0 it was slower and slower, scanning repositories for minutes, than hours, checking depencencies, updating indexes and doing lots of interesting, but totally unusable staff. New package manager in 11.0 is faster than light! Adding huge repositories takes less than second, depencency checks are done faster than you can even notice!
Second great improvement for package manager - much better dependencies lists. I hate mono, banshee and other dotnet staff, I totally disregard it. But in SUSE 10.1 and 10.2 I HAD TO install mono just because of some yast pattern. That time I even downloaded few distros to look for SUSE replacement. Why, the Hell, I need software patterns for package manager if there are plain dependencies with straight structure?! But now I am totally happy - no mono, no beagle, no banshee, no gtk-sharps and other crap in my fresh system.

2. Older SUSEs with first boot after installing loaded yast to configure different devices, network and graphics. This did not. It was very hard to read fonts with default screen resolution (1280x1024), while installer worked with 1024x768.

3. Selection of KDE version is very hard. KDE 4.0.4 is very interesting, giving great fast new desktop experience. While there are some leaks: 1) I am not extreme enough to use PIM from unstable 4.1 sources; 2) Alt+Tab hangs sometimes when you have few windows from other users; 3) there is no printer configuration in KDE control center now, and YaST module changed from 10.2 and can't configure it for some reason... So, clicking few hours in KDE4 is great, but I'll wait a month for 4.1 to arrive.

4. It is hard to choose all programs from one of KDE desktops. KTorrent is KDE4 by default, KGet in KDE4 is totally great. But Dolphin will never move Krusader away, K3b and Amarok still not ported to KDE4, Gwenview of KDE4 differs too much from original KDE3 version, and older is much more usable.

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