As we are comparing linux with windows, it seems:
>1. There was no sound and the mixer was not configured (Blank). I had to run alsaconf to get any sound and initiate the >mixer. Now there is sound from the cdrom but xine and amarok do not have any sound.
Sound driver issues are also a comon problem when upgrading form one version of Windows to another.
>2. I have a second hard drive with Mepis on it and I was able to access it from the Suse boot loader but not anymore. I >now get an error messsage.
Have you ever tried setting up multi boot from Windows? -Don`t bother.
>3. My Python IDE Eric3 will not work. I am told I have dependency errors but these dependencies are earlier versions of >software I have installed.
It doesn't work on windows either, I expect, and windows has just as many problems with different versions of shared libraries (DLLs).
Upgrading from, for example, Windows 2000 to XP is quite likely to produce similar, and often worse issues, for example, moving from win2k to XP on one machine at my place of work:
The sound card did not work at all (actually, it still doesn't-we gave up)
The CD burning software did not work anymore, nor did a flatfile Database program, or network browsing.(these have now been solved by reinstalling from scratch instead of upgrading)
All in all your post seems to say that Suse Is as ready for the desktop as Windows is, if not more ready
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