The first version of GeekoCFD can be downloaded from SUSE Studio Gallery. This brings all the features listed in my previous announcement, plus a few fixed to the installation system of the live-DVD, an updated kernel and Java virtual machine, and a few other minor fixes listed in the changelog.
I am waiting to know if the distribution can be freely released without modifications, or if I have to remove the openSUSE branding to be able to do that. The SUSE Studio and openSUSE team should answer soon. In the meanwhile, you must have a SUSE Studio account to access to the images.
I have a few (8) invitations left, so, if you are very interested in testing GeekoCFD, please contact me. Of course, trusted friends with Linux or CFD experience will have precedence.
A few tips:
- If you install your system, or you use a permanent USB image, you can install accelerated 3D drivers if you have a nVidia or ATI card. Please, read the instructions carefully to properly select the driver you have to install for your video card.
- If you run the virtualized image, be sure to allocate enough memory for the virtual machine, or some application may fail to load. The same consideration applies to the live DVD, if the RAM of your system is not sufficient. The live DVD however can use an existing Linux swap partition if detected at boot.
- To install openSUSE updates, proceed as usual, using either YaST or the updater applet.
- To update OpenFOAM from the git repository (this is recommended only on an installed system):
- open a terminal
- become root with the command ‘su’, which will ask you to insert root’s password
- cd into /opt/OpenFOAM/OpenFOAM-1.7.x
- type ‘git pull’.
- type ‘./Allwmake’ to build OpenFOAM with the updates.