06.28.08

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: OpenSUSE Beyond the Release

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 5:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Further to the previous grouping, there have been some more technical blog posts too. Here are a few which could prove handy as informal bug reports or instructional texts.

HOWTOs

Here are some tips on one-click Installs from CLI and some instructions on how to install OpenSUSE 11.0 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T61. On Microsoft font and printing:

Earlier I was trying to use KDE4 for all my work (and I had installed through a single-CD), and not surprisingly most of the CUPS files and SAMBA files were not installed. I went about installing everything, but I still wasn’t able to get access to the office network.

Then I installed KDE 3.5, and I was immediately able to access the network through SAMBA. I wonder why? But still, I explained it as KDE4 teething problems and proceeded to configure printer, which was quite easy in openSUSE 10.2. However here I just couldn’t find an option to “find” printer.

Some notes about SLAB in OpenSUSE:

I read with interest this page concerning ideas and changes for the main-menu (slab) in GNOME. I have about 100 people deployed on it right now, and another 650 going live in the next 30 days. It’s been in use for a while now, so it was cool to see that the development team is noticing a lot of the same things that I have.

For those who are not installing OpenSUSE using optical disks, there’s the USB option.

I have updated the initrdud that *should be* applied with openSUSE 11.0 GM. I got it succeeded with my 2 GB USB Flash Disk. The overall process to make openSUSE 11.0 GM LiveUSB are same as described on the previous tutorial with RC1.

Another option is a network install.

Check out setupgrubfornfsinstall. It’s a dialog based shell script to prepare remote network installations.

Newly-discovered gem right here:

I’ve been using opensuse 11 since it was released a few days ago and while there isn’t a lot in terms of new features that jump at you, I recently found one that I would love to see distributions emulate. I am talking about its ability to find an configure other operating systems that are installed on a computer.

Other

Scott Morris (of SUSEBlog.com/SUSE Rants) has not posted much recently. As author of some SUSE literature, he lists reasons for liking GNU/Linux. He does not appear to be promoting SUSE specifically, but for those who do, there’s this promotion using posters at the moment.

OpenSUSE’s GNOME team announced the launch of its Helping Hands Project.

The openSUSE-GNOME Team is proud to announce the launch of the Helping Hands Project.

OpenSUSE Accessibility received a boost as well.

Well, it has now been more than two days since openSUSE 11.0 was officially released. And like many others in the community, I am quite happy with the success of the fruits of hard labor by the openSUSE developers, community and supporters in making openSUSE better than ever. And it really is!

Tanja Roth of the OpenSUSE Documentation Team had a page published about her and some more OpenSUSE and Zonker stuff you can find over at Information Week:

Last Friday afternoon I sat down for an hour with Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE, to talk with him about SUSE 11 and the open source world in general. It was a bit rambly, but that was part of the fun: We stumbled across a whole slew of key truths about open source along the way.

For things we have missed, there’s always Weekly News.

In this week:

* GNOME Helping Hands Project Launches
* People of openSUSE: Tanja Roth
* Masim Sugianto: How to Make openSUSE 11.0 GM Live USB
* Benjamin Weber: openSUSE 11.0 KDE4 inclusion
* tuxmachines.org: Battle of the Titans – Mandriva vs openSUSE: The Rematch

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