openSUSE 13.1 RC 1 was released today. I could see some more bug-hunting fun ahead. While I was still reading the announcement on openSUSE website, Nitin had already shared the link on facebook & started downloading. That was blazing fast. Happy to see that the aspiring openSUSE Advocate is so enthusiastic.
I downloaded the installation DVD & loaded a KDE desktop on my notebook. It’s an HP Compaq 6515b. Installation went through correctly. My ethernet adaptor, a Broadcom BCM5787M was installed by default. However, the wireless adaptor, Broadcom BCM4311 wasn’t (as was the case with 13.1 beta). I proceeded with the driver installation as follows:
zypper in b43-fwcutter /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
The firmware download progress was shown, then installation and then my notebook froze. This is a bug which I had reported earlier during Beta testing: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=842111
See the previous bug reports in this article: openSUSE 13.1 bug-hunting spree
On first two trials my notebook kept freezing. I took a breath & tried a third time… and… it worked! I was happy yet perplexed as I could not determine what made it not to work the first two times.
It’s 23h00 & there’s LUGM meetup tomorrow. So, I’ll stop testing for tonight & get on with the bug-hunting adventure tomorrow evening.
####Update – Saturday 12 October 2013
I installed Google Chrome this morning & installed G+ Hangout plugin. ``` wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
sudo zypper in google-chrome-stable_current_x86_64.rpm
sudo zypper in google-talkplugin_current_x86_64.rpm ```
Nothing blocks… all is well!