It took several hours to download the 4.2GB file, check the file and burn it to a DVD.
Installation was very similar to before except the screens looked older, and not quite as flashy.
The other difference I noticed is that I was given a choice to install Gnome, KDE or other. I chose to install Gnome.
The video card setup was quick.
First I was going to customize the desktop – I tried to enable Compiz fusion.
It popped up a message that moaned that my hardware configuration was not capable of running Compiz.
I ignored it and surfed the web for a while I noticed that the screen fonts were corrupted and looked odd like empty lines running through my text.
After some thought I went to the openSuSe website and with some digging I found an article that said for the HD3450 card it was recommended that I install the ATI drivers. I then found the one click install. Yes one click and it was installed.
This is where I held my breath because five months ago I did this with Linux Mint and it would not enable multi-display.
But OpenSUSE just worked. I identified the screens and found my screens were switched around so I moved the configuration around but after doing that and rebooting several times, a quick trip under the desk and switching the cables solved this.
Compiz now was now smiling and I could now zoom my window and flap my pages.
I installed the codecs and this time sound was working fine.
Next on the list was gPodder, a great podcatcher, and a newer version came with openSUSE. I really like the new features in gPodder
I was able to install Giver, a simple file sharing program that I use to pass files around over the internal network with other computers.
Finally my configuration was finished once I updated my user profile for Firefox and Thunderbird.
I’ve jumped in with both feet. I have my core utilities installed; now to explore YAST and the other features.