Captain_Tux wrote:Marrea - Anything to report? I'm still using 11.2 and have wondered whether it's worth it to upgrade...
Sorry to be slow coming back. With new distros I tend not to upgrade to start with but to run both old and new in parallel, just so I have the option of reverting to the old version if I don't like/run into problems with the new one! I can easily do this as I have a many partitioned drive specifically for the purpose. I have a soft spot for SUSE and nearly always put the latest version on pretty soon after it is released just for the sake of having it. It doesn't usually disappoint and so far I am more than happy with this latest version.
However, I'm probably not the best person to advise you on whether it's worth your upgrading because I'm not actually making use of 11.3's new features – but you yourself may well be attracted to them. The prevention of data loss “snapshot” function of btrfs sounds like it might be useful in the future but I was reluctant to experiment with this particular file system at the moment in its still very experimental stage. I didn't want to risk destabilising the whole system.
Neither am I at all interested in secure backup and file sharing in the cloud as I don't like my stuff out in the ether somewhere (paranoid about security and reliability), much prefer to have it on usb hard drives, DVDs and such like beside me.
I haven't tried LXDE which 11.3 now ships with. I always stick to KDE with SUSE, of which 4.4.4 has behaved impeccably so far. After being used to KDE3 for so long it took me some time to warm to KDE4 but now I'm quite a fan.
I believe there is improved support for netbooks but, there again, I don't actually have a netbook so wouldn't know the difference!
As I move through the different versions of SUSE (in fact any distro for that matter) what mainly interests me is not so much oodles of features – as my computing needs are fairly basic - but more stability and ease of use, and I can at least confirm that I am extremely pleased with both. I have found 11.3 to be extremely solid and, as regards ease of use, well I don't have any complaints there. But then I think you either like SUSE's way of doing things or you don't. YaST is like an old friend to me.
I had no difficulties with installing the nvidia driver (from the repo). That completed without a hitch.
I've not so far experienced any screen freezes as mentioned by johnhudson
Perhaps others who have used some of the new features could advise you further.