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OpenSuse 12.1 Out

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:57:06 -0300

Just installed on my laptop.  Am now using BTRFS as my main file system (on
top of LLVM).  Otherwise, seems pretty much the same as usual - new pretty
backdrop, some extra KDE stuff I've disabled.  Everything works.  Looks good.
What more do you want?



Notes on Installing OpenSuse

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:19:14 -0300

Some things I always have to do when installing - some of these significantly
improve how it looks...

 - First, you can now install from USB.  Download the DVD ISO (by torrent) and
   then run syslinux (which modifies the ISO) and imagewriter (which copies
   the ISO to the USB.  Then you can boot + install from the USB.

 - Once installed, as root, use visudo to add yourrself to the sudoers file.

 - As root, run Yast and:

   - Go to the package manager and add all the community repos that you need
     (particularly Packman).

   - Go to software management and update all packages (in ASCII mode the
     easiest way is to select "Installation Summary" as Filter, select *only*
     the "Keep" checkbox, then Actions (Alt-t), All listed packages, and
     Update if newer.

   - In software management, load the package to fetch MS fonts

 - Modify the desktop panels:

   - Make the lower panel larger, with auto-hide, but remove the task manager.

   - Add a panel to the left, wide, with a task manager, and auto-hide.

- Add Google Chrome (go to the download page in Firefox and open the rpm using

- Modify the desktop appearance:

  - System settings (main menu), select "Application Appearance":

    - Change colour scheme (I prefer light on dark)

    - Enable anti-aliasing with fonts (small hints)

  - "Desktop Effects": Select "Cover Switch" for window switching

  - "Workspace Appearance": Load a new desktop theme (if you're using light on
    dark colours then you need a them like "Ember" so that the panels are

  - In konsole, change the font (Shcumacher clean) and remove the menus.

  - Clean up the favourites in the main menu.


PS I reinstalled with ext4; using btrfs on LVM with an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
(latest firmware) seems to cause system pauses (I have had the disk working
with OpenSuse for ages, with no problems before this).

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