SUSE Linux 10 – documentation

Often i find that the Novell site isn’t really accesible, it’s content are deeply annidated in subsections and the transision from the site in the main portal is proceeding not so fast.

So, here I’m linking two basilar links for the suse-users, which can come handy:

Happy reading!

SmartPM and SuSE Linux

… and here we are (probably).

Pascal Bleser, commonly known as Loki o Guru, of of the main pusher 🙂 of SuSE additional software has recently published on his blog a call for testers, formalizing in some way what was in the air in the rpm “paradigma” driven community … the transition of a more efficent way of handling and managing repositories.

So, if you have an rpm-based distro in use, I suggest you to begin testing it’s features or documenting about it 🙂

PS = Easy URPMI for our friends using Mandriva – for example – is already available to help you setting the repositories properly!

adding EXTRA packages after installation (1)

The 13th of october in the Cool Solutions section of the Novell portal it has been published this article which explains the ultimate way of installing extra software in our beloved SuSE 10.0.

Bookmark it !!!

p.s. = I would have really enjoyed if the section was named kOoL solutions, but for the moment I’ll put aside my world domination plan and and decided to adopt it for a category of posts in my italian blog and for this experiment here on Blogger.


SUSE Linux 10 – buy or download ?

Actually with the opening to the masses of the SuSE project by Novell we have assisted to a growing confusion about what’s availabe and what isn’t.

Essentially – as you can read yorself – on the download page of OpenSuSE it’s written:

The Evaluation edition of SUSE Linux contains some proprietary components such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, RealNetworks RealPlayer, Sun Java Runtime Environment and Macromedia Flash Player.

The Evaluation edition does not time out in any way.

If you prefer you can download and use the Open Source Software (OSS) edition of SUSE Linux 10.0 that includes only open source components.

Roger Whittaker has created a complete list of what packages you can find in the dvd “boxed”, in the downloadable GM dvd and in the official mirrors to semplify the search.

how-to create a dvd iso (and fail)

One month ago i’ve donwloaded the 5 cd iso files of openSUSE 10.0 Release Candidate.

Given that i actually have a dvd burner and that i don’t like play the “dj game” when i install or update a package, i did a search finding infos on how to make a dvd-iso. On the official wiki page we have ready a dedicated How-To page.

There we find decribed two methods.

The first uses a specially made script, the second tells us about a procedure suggested in the SuSE mailing list.

Well, if you right now have a different distro or OS installed these two methods won’t work basically because:

  • the reate-package-descr depency:

    This is a perl script and is written specificaly for SuSE

  • The second method was simply an application of the method of doing a simple cat iso1 iso2 iso3 > joined.iso result file, which is not useful because doing so we would lose the index file of the available packages and the fact that we have collected them on a single support

Any idea on how to solve this ?

Gnome will rule the world

I don’t know how many of you had the chance to try out Gnome 2.10 (which is installed by default on Ubuntu 5.04, Fedora Core 4, SuSE 9.3 and probably in the development tree of your preferred distro) and what is your opinion on it, but for myself I can say that I am falling in love with it each and every day spent on it.

For a profane like me the KDE team seems to focus on the constant addiction of innovations and features to the new desktop environment released, while the Gnome team seems to focus on a more precise guidelines on user interaction, (effective) usability and the developement of truly useful applications.

I’ve just read this article by the O’Reilly staff illustrating 7 new applications developed in Gnome with the recent Mono toolkit.

To me they seem to be exactly what an user needs and loves to use.
Go Gnome !!!

screenshot vs screenshot

Nice link

The OpenSourceVersus site has realized some time ago in this page a collection of screenshots comparing Windows XP, Ubuntu 2005.4 (with Gnome 2.10) and SuSE 9.3 (con KDE 3.4) making us taste the state of the art in the main GUI interfaces …. it’s a sin that the page lacks Max OS-X image for a real tout-court fight.

BTW I advice you to take a look, when it’s possible, to the other alternative window/desktop managers availabe. Enlightment 17 or XFCE are the strong ones, with many others waiting just for our needs -D