I was going to install openSUSE 13.1 on my old Gateway and report on it, but the 32 bit version doesn’t seem to have any wireless networking wizard in the live version at all. I’m not sure why that is, but since most other recent distros have been able to let me get connected while running live, I just have to conclude that openSUSE dropped the ball this time. I’ve tried both KDE and GNOME editions and in each case, the “wireless” tab is greyed out in Network Manager when I attempt to add a new connection.
Not only that, but with the KDE edition, it seemed very sluggish in live mode – again, behavior which has never shown up in any distribution I’ve tried before. The laptop I’m using only has 2 GB of RAM but that can’t really be the issue – I’ve run KDE live before and it wasn’t noticeably slow.
From what I can tell, the WiFi problem doesn’t affect everyone – but since I’m not willing to try it on my main laptop, it does affect me. I’ve been told this is a bug left over from 12.3. Some folks have tried to give me helpful suggestions, but I’m not really willing to spend too much time fixing the issue. In the meantime, I have installed Fedora 20 (Beta). They will release it soon, and I thought I would check in to see how it looks these days. So far everything works well, and there seem to several neat new features introduced since version 18, which was the last one I reviewed. I’m running the default GNOME 3 edition this time around.
I am also considering the idea of just installing openSUSE from the main DVD. I haven’t made up my mind just yet.
My other project this weekend is going to be an attempt to install Linux Mint 16 in a dual boot setup alongside Windows 8 on the new laptop.