• openSUSE

    LaTeX and kile on openSUSE 11.2

    Kile, the KDE LaTeX editor, does not pull texlive as dependency in openSUSE 11.2. To have a fully working installation, simply install the texlive-latex package. You can do that very quickly typing the following command in a root terminal: zypper in texlive-latex and answering “yes” to proceed.

  • openSUSE

    Installing dropbox on openSUSE 11.2 with KDE

    This is the first of a series of posts to help openSUSE users that started to use KDE 4, or are new to Linux. Why KDE? Well, I tried it just to see how it is, I went back to GNOME, and I was missing KDE already after a few hours, and only after two weeks of using it. KDE 4 is not finished yet: some part of the migration process from KDE 3 to KDE 4 is still going on, for example in the PIM (Personal Information Management) department, but the environment is fresh, clean, extremely fast and responsive even with desktop effects enabled. In other words, I think…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    Writing from openSUSE 11.2 milestone 8

    OpenSUSE 11.2 milestone 8, the last beta version of the 11.2 development cycle, has been released today. I gave a try to the KDE live CD., from which I am writing. The system booted quickly to be a live CD, and loaded the KDE 4.3 desktop without any trouble, showing the very good looking environment showed below. KDE 4.3 is rich of widgets that can be used to make your desktop richer in functionality and more pleasurable to look and see. You can, for example, add notes, a dictionary, weather forecasts, international clock and many other widgets, like unit converter, calculator, system monitors, download manager and so on. You can…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    Decision taken: openSUSE defaults to KDE

    The openSUSE management took the decision of pre-selecting KDE as default desktop environment. This will be done by pre-selecting the KDE radio button in the current desktop selection screen, presented to the user at installation time. What does this mean? Nothing, for many users absolutely nothing. If a user will click “next” in the selection screen, KDE will be installed by default, but it will be possible to select GNOME with a simple click. The only thing this long and frustrating discussion showed are the old tensions in the community about a question that should have been considered as resolved long ago, in the interest of the community itself. Old…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    OpenSUSE: doing it wrong again!

    A very long discussion on making KDE the default desktop in openSUSE is taking place, digging out a problem that probably many of us considered resolved, but clearly was not. Many KDE users and developers feel KDE should be the default desktop for openSUSE, because the majority of openSUSE users, according to a survey conducted last year, choose KDE (GNOME has a user share slightly higher than 27%). The proposal, after a long discussion is to Pre-select the button of KDE, keeping the alphabetical order of the desktop environments, so that a user who clicks “Next” during the installation process automatically selects KDE Make a formal statement that GNOME is…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    SUSE Studio 1.0 is ready

    SUSE Studio, developed by Nat Friedman and the SUSE Studio team at Novell, has been launched. With SUSE Studio it is possible to easily build a customized version of openSUSE, adding software from the openSUSE buildservice repository and personalized RPM’s. The system is completely configured through a very friendly web interface, which allow the image to be fully customized, from the look to system files and services. If you want to see an example of what can be done with SUSE Studio, you can take a look at the slides I prepared to describe the creation of a live image for fluid dynamics applications. Geeko seems to be in a…

  • OpenFOAM,  openSUSE

    OpenFOAM Live USB with SUSE Studio

    I have recently prepared an OpenFOAM(r) Live USB image using SUSE Studio to try Studio functionalites, and I was really impressed by the ease of use, the clean interface and its capabilities. You find a detailed description of what I did in the slides I prepared. In the slides you will see how to build a personalized version of openSUSE, add OpenFOAM to it and complete the system with some CFD tools like NETGEN and enGrid. In the end, the system is tested in real time on SUSE Studio servers. The compressed image (64 bit only at the moment) can be downloaded from here. After expanding it, you can write…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    Compiling PETSc on openSUSE 11.1

    PETSc is a library for parallel computations that allows easy and transparent creation of both serial and parallel codes. It is based on BLAS, Lapack and MPI. To build the library on openSUSE 11.1, without relying on locally compiled BLAS, Lapack and MPI, but using the system libraries does require some additional settings, due to the missing configuration in the openmpi RPM’s. The steps to compile a local, per-user version of PETSc are the following: Add the Science repository to obtain the latest version of openmpi with the command (a previous version of openmpi is also available in the standard OSS repository, and the procedure to build PETSc against it…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    Goodbye openSUSE (and see you soon!)

    I have been a long and faithful SuSE and openSUSE user since SuSE Linux Professional 9.0, and I followed its development closely, and quite often critically, since the distribution has become a completely Open Source project, with some contribution, essentially to the Italian translation and filling bug reports.  However things changed: with openSUSE 11.1 the number of problems on my machines increased significantly (system freezes, X performance and stability problems, …). As a consequence, I have recently decided to switch to another distribution, ubuntu, which is currently offering what I need, without the troubles I had on openSUSE 11.1, which is surely very far from the SuSE (yes, with the…

  • openSUSE

    It’s openSUSE community week!

    Today openSUSE communty week started, with a rich series of events for new and old openSUSE users interested in knowing more about what’s going on behind the scenes of openSUSE. If you want to know what Geeko, openSUSE chamaleon is working on, join openSUSE developers and volunteers by checking the calendar here! The openSUSE community week will finish on May Sunday 17th.