After using OpenSUSE 10.1 in my computer for almost two years, finally I decided to upgrade to the latest OpenSUSE 10.3. My decision is also influenced by Novell, they sent me a package containing OpenSUSE 10.3 DVDs retail version. :D
The path I used to install OpenSUSE 10.3 is by choosing “Upgrade” method instead of “Install”. Overall, I experience the upgrade process was smooth and easy. It took me around two hours to upgrade my system, involving hundred packages with more than 3GB installed size.
I’ve made several mistakes so it slows down the upgrade process :
- The first one is about choosing additional DVD repository. The default option is not choosing anything, but I chose additional repository. This mistake made OpenSUSE can’t be installed correctly, it fails in the middle of upgrading process. I have to choose “Abort” in order to not damaging my existing system.
- The second mistake is related with encrypted partition. My home partition is encrypted. After successfully upgraded the system, I can’t access my home partition and also I can’t start the X environment, because the driver is installed to home partition. After researching the problem, I finally figured out the problem, I’ve disabled “boot.crypto” system services from running after booting.
To fix this problem, I started “yast2” in text mode and go to “Expert Mode” and set “boot.crypto” to run in runlevels “B, 3, and 5”.
After that little fix, I am able to mount my encrypted home partition by giving the correct passphrase.
I tested several applications, and it works well in the new OpenSUSE 10.3 system. Also I can play MP3 without changing anything.
Overall I am very impressed with this new OpenSUSE. I am may be biassed. :D