CFD,  Linux,  OpenFOAM,  openSUSE

GeekoCFD 2 has been released

I am pleased to announce the release of GeekoCFD 2, the live distribution based on openSUSE 11.4, created for CFD applications. The new live image can be downloaded, as usual, from SUSE Gallery. The new release brings:

  • an updated system to openSUSE 11.4 – 64 bit
    • kernel 2.6.37
    • gvv 4.5.1
    • kde 4.6.0
  • updated scientific software, including:
    • cantor
    • gmsh 2.5.0
    • grace
    • wxMaxima and Maxima
    • Octave with an almost complete selection of octave-forge packages
    • OpenFOAM® 2.0.x
    • Paraview 3.10.1
    • pyFoam
    • R
  • development tools
    • DDD
    • Eclipse Helios with CDT
    • Emacs
    • git
    • kate
    • kompare
    • vim with gitdiff
  • other software
    • Blender
    • Firefox 4.0.1
    • Gimp
    • ImageMagick
    • LibreOffice 3.3.1

Dropped packages

The following packages were dropped from GeekoCFD 2.0:

  • enGrid 1.2.0
  • QtOctave

Image formats

Images are available in the following formats:

  • Live DVD
  • Disk image
    • Use this image to create a live USB system (Windows, Linux)
  • Preload ISO
  • VMware® image

Detailed installation instructions are provided on SUSE Gallery download page.

Note that you must have a SUSE Studio account to access to the images.

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 virtual 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-2.0.x
    • type ‘git pull’.
    • type ‘./Allwmake’ to build OpenFOAM with the updates.

Note on past releases

With the release of GeekoCFD 2, GeekoCFD 1 (1.0.6) won’t be updated anymore with new versions of the software packages. Security updates for the main operating system continue to be released by the openSUSE project until the end of life of openSUSE 11.3. Images of GeekoCFD 1 will be conserved on SUSE Gallery until the end of life of openSUSE 11.3, and then removed to preserve space on the servers and to allow future releases to be hosted.

Enjoy 😀

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