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April 14, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC1 may have problems with Xgl. Stay tuned.

by @ 6:52 am. Filed under General SUSE, Xgl

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC1 was finally mine this morning after taking an hour and a half to download the entire 6 CD set. Man, I remember when downloading a megabyte took all night over a 1200 baud modem. Now, I can sometimes get download speeds of 2.5 Megabytes per second. Not today, however. The CDs downloaded at about 60 K/s, probably because everyone else on the planet was coming to their senses and wanted a copy of SUSE Linux. Man, you just can’t blame them.

Immediately, I wanted to install it on my lab machine to get Xgl set up on it. After installing SUSE (including the AddOn CD), the Xgl setup went smoothly. However, when I logged into Gnome for the final time expecting joy, the borders of all the windows were missing. Alas, no joy. A reader wrote in and seemed to be having the same problem with 10.1 RC1. I’m going to assume it has something to do with the AddOn CD, and try it all again without using it. The AddOn CD seems like a spectacular collection of packages. I’d sure hate to not be able to use it because something on it interferes with my Xgl.

I do know that everything worked spectacularly with Beta9, with which I did not use any AddOn CD.

I’ll just keep beating on it to see what I can figure out. Maybe one of the three people who read this blog (hi, mom) has some clue?

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11 Responses to “SUSE Linux 10.1 RC1 may have problems with Xgl. Stay tuned.”

  1. Scott Morris Says:

    Will do, chief! 🙂

  2. larrydag Says:

    Please keep us up to date on your trials with Xgl. I am thinking of trying it out on one of my boxes.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Did you follow the Xgl/compiz HOWTOs? Window decorations are provided by gnome-window-decorator which has to be started separately after compiz (assuming that you loaded compiz with the required plugins for window decoration functionality).

  4. Viktor Says:

    I’m just wondering why you did not use Bit Torrent to download SUSE 10.1 RC1, it would have most likely given your full 2.5Mbps download speed, at least much faster than the 60KB/s you received.

    But keep us posted on Xgl, it will sure put Vista to shame 😛

  5. Rotmistr N Says:

    Everything works even better than in beta 9. XGL has some new features taken from OSX.

  6. Scott Morris Says:

    Yep, I’ll keep ya’ll posted. If anyone has any suggestions, they’d be appreciated.

    To Anonymous, above: yeah, I’m starting up gnome-window-decorator, as well.

    Thx everyone for stopping by.

  7. Dietrich Says:

    No problems here. Installed RC1 (previous beta 9 with Xgl enabled working) and with a vintage Gateway 450SX4 (Intel Pentium 4 M 512MB RAM), ATI Radeon 7500 LY (32MB cache), it works great. This is a 5 year-old machine folks.

    If anything, the updated Radeon Driver and newest tweaks to Xgl are by far the best, smoothest graphics, and least processor-load intensive.

    The previous version, beta 9, pushed on the ACPI fan under load.

    Fruggen grooven!
    Vas Schtup! Eine Kleine GTI! Verd Up!

  8. Scott Morris Says:

    Glad you could get it going. That’s encouraging. Thanks for letting us know!

  9. Josh S Says:

    I am having issues with RC1 as well. My problems involve grub, yast, and Reiser formatting. So I haven’t got the guts to try xgl yet. I need to sort out my other problems first.

    Funny though. I came from beta 8, and none of my current problems existed there. 🙂

    keep up the good work!

  10. Scott Morris Says:

    Man, that sucks. Yeah, RC1 is substantially different than even Beta9 that I was just on. Oh, well, we do what we can, I guess.

  11. Scott Morris Says:

    OK, well, I fixed it. Check out my latest entry.

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