• Linux

    A good idea from Fedora

    I came to know from Moro’s blog that Fedora has a project called Fedora Unity with, among the others, the task to prepare re-spins of the ISO images of the distribution. I think it is a very good service, because who starts to use the distribution do not need to download the ISO and then a huge number of updates. It would be nice if other distributions like openSUSE did the same, and I hope they will consider the idea in the future.

  • openSUSE

    openSUSE 11.0 is out!

    OpenSUSE 11.0 was released on Thursday 19th as scheduled in the release roadmap, and can be downloaded from the openSUSE site. This version of openSUSE supports the 32bit, 64bit and PPC architectures, with a set of media constituted by the conventional, full featured DVD, the installable CD with the GNOME or KDE4 desktops, and the mini ISO CD for the network installation for the most experienced users. The best innovations introduced in openSUSE 11.0 are listed in the sneak peeks written by Francis Giannaros, that you can read here. The detailed feature list can be found on the product highlights. The following list sums up the most important of them:…

  • openSUSE

    openSUSE 11.0 Italian translations

    OpenSUSE 11.0 is close to its release, as you can see from the countdown below, and as usual also its Italian translations will arrive on time, thanks to the hard work of the translation team, which for this release is even bigger than for the previous one. You can see the translation statistics of our team here, and our position compared to other teams here. Translations should be complete in openSUSE 11.0 starting from its Release Candidate 1, due on May 29. Please, if you test it, report all translations bug on bugzilla.novell.com, specifying where the translation mistake is (a screenshot attached to the bugreport is welcome), and assigning the…

  • openSUSE

    openSUSE 11.0 Italian translations

    The first openSUSE translation round started on April 1st, and as always since Novell opened the translation process, it involves a lot of openSUSE users and volunteers that provide high quality translations of the 179491 strings required to localise openSUSE, and make openSUSE accessible to more people. Since the beginning of open translation at Novell, the number of languages added to the distribution grew significantly, including many minor ones, as it can be seen from the list of translation teams which reports 57 teams for the development versions of openSUSE, This year a new and powerful instrument to manage translation, POAT, was added thanks to Gabriel, who developed it and…

  • openSUSE

    A quick look to openSUSE 11.0 alpha 2 – GNOME

    I have just gave openSUSE 11.0 alpha 2 a try installing it in a virtual machine. I used the GNOME single CD. Here there are my first impressions: The installer improved significantly, with a lot cleaner workflow. There are some minor problems, mainly cosmetical, like popups in the top-left corner instead than centere, but in general it worked like a charm and in 20 minutes I had openSUSE 11.0 alpha 2 installed in my virtual machine. The desktop appears identical to the one of openSUSE 10.3, just with the PulseAudio icon in the notification area. The gnome main menu didn’t react to clicks on its button. The only way to…

  • CFD

    Contours plots with gnuplot

    Working in CFD, I often have to create contours plots starting from rough data in a text file generated by in house codes. This can be easily accomplished using gnuplot. Here you can see a simple example of what you can do. Being an openSUSE user, I will explain how to install gnuplot on this distribution, but the instructions to generate contours plots are absolutely general. The installation of gnuplot on openSUSE 10.3 is straightforward. Just use the 1-click install link available here, and follow the procedure shown by the installer. Gnuplot requires the data to be saved in a text file organized in one of the two following ways:…

  • openSUSE

    openSUSE news!

    OpenSUSE 11.0 alpha 2 release was recently announced. The development and testing are going on, and openSUSE 11.0 is candidate to be a nice openSUSE release.  Here there are the most important new features introduced in this release KDE 4.0.1 GNOME 2.21.90 Linux 2.6.24 OpenOffice.org 2.4 Beta Alsa 1.0.16rc2 D-Bus 1.2rc2 Recently some mockup for the new openSUSE 11.0 look have been proposed on the openSUSE wiki, and they look very cool! Give them a look here. Another important novelty from the openSUSE community is the possibility to apply for membership for all the users who are making continued and substantial contribution to the openSUSE project. You can find more…

  • Linux,  openSUSE

    Adobe Reader 8 plugin for Firefox on openSUSE 10.3 64 bit

    I recently upgraded Adobe Reader to the latest version available on Adobe’s site, and I lost Firefox embedded reader for PDF’s. On 64 bit systems, openSUSE adopts the nspluginwrapper plugin to be able to use 32 bit plugins for Firefox. As a consequence, a little of configuration is necessary when upgrading Adobe Reader. The steps are the following:   Install Adobe Reader 8 from www.adobe.com using the RPM. Open a terminal as root (use the su command and insert root’s password) and type: ln /opt/Adobe/Reader8/Browser/intellinux/nppdf.so /usr/lib/browser-plugins/nppdf.so This will create a symbolic link to the plugin library. In the same terminal, type: nspluginwrapper -i /opt/Adobe/Reader8/Browser/intellinux/nppdf.so to configure the plugin with nspluginwrapper.…

  • openSUSE

    Anjuta 2 on openSUSE 10.3

    OpenSUSE 10.3 comes with anjuta 1.4.2 as default C/C++ development tool for GNOME. However, anjuta significantly improved from that release and it’s now at 2.2.2. This more recent and advanced version of anjuta can be quickly installed (thanks to Jpr, Mw and Sbrabec of the openSUSE GNOME Team, who packaged it) from the openSUSE buildservice using the one click installer. To perform the installation, just click here, look for the anjuta 2 package in the GNOME:STABLE repository for openSUSE, and click on the 1-Click Install icon. Among the new features of anjuta, there are the integration with glade to design graphical interfaces and a new redesigned and improved user interface,…