Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Things to do after installing openSUSE 11.0

Things to do after installing openSUSE 11.0

Ben Kevan’s Blog :

So you’ve downloaded and installed openSUSE 11.0. Are you now wondering

what you may have to do post installation, here’s a quick run down:

Setup suggested repositories

Setup your Video Card (if you have more configurations to do, ie Nvidia / ATI)

Get Compiz running (if you wish)

Codec Support (Restricted Formats, multimedia)

Install various applications

So here we go:

Setting up repositories:

For my machine I added the following repositories for my final build:

http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/11.0 (VLC Media, restricted formats)

(KDE 4 Stable) Note: if this was not my workbox, I would actually do
Unstable to get KDE 4.1

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_11.0/ (Wine, for windows emulation)

(KDE Backports, updates to Amarok and other KDE Applications)

(Compiz Fusion, staying up to date and hip with the most recent Compiz
builds, I highly recommend since it’s constantly developed on)

http://ftp.skynet.be/pub/packman/suse/11.0/ (Packman, xinelibs / codecs and so much more)

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.0/ (Firefox, recent builds of Firefox)

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Community/openSUSE_11.0/ (Gnome Community, I use for Pidgin and GIMP)

(OpenOffice is an important application for me since I use it daily for
word processing or spreadsheets, keeping it up to date allows for the
best compatabilities with people using restricted formats like xls/doc)

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Education:/desktop/openSUSE_11.0/ (Education - For Bluefish)

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.0/ (KDE
Stable repository, not sure why because not many changes should happen
to the 3.5.9 family)

Here is a quick screenshot of my repositories:

Configured Repos

(Note: I am running KDE, if you are running GNOME, I highly recommend the following repo:


(Note: If you are running an NVIDIA card, setup the following repository:


(Note: If you are running an ATI card, setup the following repository:


(Note: If you are running a wireless card that has a requirement for MadWifi, setup the following repository:


Setup your Video Card (if you have more configurations to do, ie Nvidia / ATI)

Install the packages that are associated with your NVIDIA / ATI card.

For me I downloaded the NVIDIA Driver from nvidia.com and installing running:

sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-173.08-pkg1.run

Since I had some issues with the 173.14 driver.

Get Compiz running (if you wish)

With openSUSE 11.0 it works out of the box, but I recommend installing
some of the other packages that don’t come installed by default also
updating to the Compiz Fusions newest build service.

Here are the compiz packages I have installed:

rpm -qa | grep compiz











sudo zypper up -t package -r “Compiz Fusion”

(Note: I named my Compiz Fusion repository Compiz Fusion, the -r switch
is for your Repo Alias that you have included into your Repository

Codec Support (Restricted Formats, multimedia)

Install the restricted formats you want to (i personally do not install
libdvdcss since I have no need to play dvd’s on my work machine, and it
is prohibited in the US (for now)). This should allow you to play avi /
mpg / mp3 / dvd’s and many other formats

You can install by running: (this requires packman and vlc repositories)

sudo zypper in libdvdcss libxine1 w32codec-all k3b-codecs

Note: if this is a home machine for multimedia I recommend also installing vlc by running:

sudo zypper in vlc

Install various applications

I typically install wine, opera, pidgin and bluefish from the repos.

I also install vmware for my daily work needs.

You can install running:

sudo zypper in wine opera pidgin bluefish

sudo rpm -ivh sudo rpm -ivh VMware-workstation-6.0.4-93057.i386.rpm

I then configured vmware by running:

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

(Note: you have to install kernel-source, gcc, gcc++ and make)

You can install running:

sudo zypper in make kernel-source gcc gcc-c++

You can check my wiki located here for more indept installation procedures

Here is a screenshot of my machine running KDE 3.5.9, openSUSE 11.0 and Compiz Fusion:


Bonus: I also installed the Oxygen packages for yast, to beautify my KDE 3.5.9 yast, you can do the same by running:

sudo zypper in yast2-theme-openSUSE-Oxygen

YaST2 Oxygen

Please if you believe there is more to be done after installing
openSUSE 11.0 let me know so I can update this, and it can be helpful
to a bigger vast of people.

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