openSUSE 13.2 everywhere!

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:14 PM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 2:15 PM ]
and why we still have Windows around. We have now complete our migration to openSUSE 13.2. With the last migrations we ran into number of bad DVD. The writing was completed without errors, but since we used k3b the final result was not checked against the original file. With one DVD the installation stopped during image loading. With another is stopped at the time of boot loader installation and configuration. This was frustrating. We have now switched to Brassero for burning our install media, and as extra security use the check install media option before making our first install with a newly burned DVD.

As previously reported we had some problems with the Brtfs, and quickly abandoned that file system. We also attempted to install Tumbleweed on one of our systems. but since we have small piece of non-opensource software on many units, this attempt was abandoned after more careful reading about Tumbleweed.

Now to why we still have Windows around. We are involved in testing some java software developed by a research project. We have discovered, that some functionality sometimes work on Windows with the Oracle edition of Java, but not in openSUSE with the open source java. For example currently we have a program for designing graphical layout from a collection of objects. The menu of objects should open by right clicking on the canvas. This work on Windows 7 with the latest Oracle java edition, but it does not work on openSUSE with open source java. So apparently a needed default library is not being loaded by the open source java. We have not yet identified which one.

And yes! We love Google for Work. It allows among many other thing easy sharing of a whole folder tree with selected collaborators, and we can seamlessly edit and comment on Microsoft Word doduments, which collaborators have e-mailed us.