Wikimania 2008 place decision delayed for the second time

The Wikimania international conference place decision has been delayed for the second time now ,hopefully for the last time .
the Main contester cities are Alexandria which i’m honored to be one of it’s team , Capetown and Atlanta .
I really hope that my dear Alexandria win and bring this event for the first time to an African, Middle eastern , Arab and Egyptian land .
best of luck to whoever wins the bid . 🙂


Why do i always revert back to Ubuntu ?

Every time i try a new distro i find my self reverting back to Ubuntu soon after i install it .
first one was back when Mandriva 2007 spring was released after installing it, i thought i was in linux heaven and all my dreams came true but all this faded when i tried to update my system and my Xorg configuration got missed up and it just wouldn’t start although i didn’t use any external repos i was just using the official update repo .
second time was just yesterday after installing openSUSE 10.3 Gnome cd and to be honest it’s one of the best Linux systems i’ve ever seen .

t he installation was smooth , the package management was greatly enhanced and every thing was perfect until i updated my system the Banshee refused to start telling me to reinstall it .. so i removed it and tried to reinstall it and boom .. their was a conflict in the Gstreamer packages that Zypper failed miserably to solve .

so i just installed Smart and god bless the ppl behind this piece of software it’s totally smart .. there were 2 packages that needed to be downgraded in order to reinstall banshee again that what Zypper failed in doing .

so i let Smart do the job and reinstalled Banshee ..

next i installed Azureus and it was the latest 3.0 series ,but when starting it just gave me an error message of a program crash and it just didn’t open .. i tried to reinstall but it was no use .

i thought since Azureus wasn’t working then i’ll switch to Deluge .. it also didn’t start ..
by then i was really disappointed and wasn’t able to continue with all this problems at one time so i switched of the pc and went to sleep .
this morning i started openSUSE hoping to solve my problems and start working .
yet i met another problem .. this one can’t be over looked .
my network card stopped working and i had no internet connection.
i tried every thing i could and every solution i could think of to the issue but all was in vain.
this is where i had enough.
i know a lot of you might say that this problems are trivial or have simple solutions , but i’m not supposed to run in such problems in the final release that’s why there are betas and RCs .
i mainly revert to Ubuntu because this stuff just doesn’t happen .
you can never break your system by updating from th official repo.
and devices doesn’t just stop working out of no where ..
this stuff just doesn’t happen with Ubuntu.

Why doesn’t openSUSE use smart as a default package manager

There is definitely something i’m not getting about this issue.

it’s known that since 10.1 and openSUSE suffers horrible bugs in it’s package management system and it’s the only distro that i know of that when installing it you get advised to totally dump your entire package management system and use a new one ie. SMART .

so why don’t they just put it as a default choice if users are comfortable with ?

I know that the GUI for smart is not good enough but the base system is just awesome .. some say it’s even better than Debian’s apt-get and Fedora’s Yum according to there case studies .

wasn’t it easier to integrate smart in Yast and creat a new GUI for it instead of creating a whole new system .

The new system may be good or even better than smart , BUT it’s new and it will need a lot of testing and loooong hours of hard working it’s just doesn’t make any sense to me.

I always loved openSUSE but just couldn’t get along with it’s pkg mgr and always reverted back to Ubuntu.

a lot of people including me are waiting for the new openSUSE 10.3 next month and honestly i think that this is openSUSE’s last chance , 3 versions in a raw with the same problems can’t be good at all .