openSUSE 10.2: List of Recommended Repositories for Yast

13 12 2006

YaST is a great tool for dealing with packages, designed perfectly for beginners. You can install packages, remove them, update, and even protect them. SUSE comes with a lot of packages, but maybe you want a package not provided due to licensing issues. There are repositories that provide this type of package, but SUSE needs extra configuration to access them.

Apart from other repositories that are there, and in coming days will come up, here are the ones I think every openSUSE 10.2 users should have, as to always have access to latest patches and updates and good collection of RPMs. The following is using Yast, which btw is working exceptionally well, compared to what was when 10.1 came out.

Start YaST by selecting it from menu. Select Installation Source. Click on Add, enter server name and directory, and you are done. Here is an example:

And here is the list of repositories that I recommend:

As you can see from the following snapshot, the repository list is nicely syncronised with openSUSE Software Updater applet, which resides in your taskbar.Once any updates are availalbe, the applet will notify you.

Tip: If you are, by any circumstaances, are having some kind of problem with Yast package manager, try deselecting the “Enterprise Software Management” pattern and select the “openSUSE Software Management” software pattern during or after install. (The former pattern contains software that was partly responsible for many of the problems in 10.1)

A complete list of Yast repositories can be always found website:


OpenSUSE 10.2: Videos

8 12 2006

After trying out openSUSE 10.2 last night @home on a separate partition and spending some time, around couple of hours, I decided to take a bold decision – to install it as my primary OS, replacing the good old SUSE 10.1.

Guess what – as usual all went just fine. The only thing that remains is the ATI drivers, which I hope with new release will have support for X.Org 7.2, which is part of openSUSE 10.2. The rest of the hardware was all detected properly and installed – WiFi (rt2500), Audigy ZS 2, Broadcom Bluetooth adapter and my new monitor’s resolution = 1680×1050. One thing I am really hoping that will be better with this distro is the synchronisation of my HP 6510 communicator with Kontact, using the OpenSync which has replaced the old MultiSync application. And of course, once the drivers are there, the whole world of XGL, cause I love it.

I made few small videos while installation so some of you can have a look @ it + with comments (after having 3 bottles of first grade Russian bear :)) This is the first time I am making videos, so forgive me for being a novice with this.

openSUSE 10.2 Clean Install

I am not going to write any review so expect in coming days to find links to other external reviews on this great distro. All I can say that it is simply great, at least for me. Kudos to Novell and especially to opensuse community.

Thumbnails made by my Kodak digicam from videos:

List of some repositories already avaialable, on the second day of release of final version:

By the way, Guru and Packman already started their package rebuilding for 10.2. This will be a fun weekend.


openSUSE 10.2: Documentations

8 12 2006

openSUSE 10.2 from Novell provides everything today’s Linux user needs for home computing and computing-on-the-go. Created by the project, the product includes a stablized, secure and reliable Linux operating system plus a complete set of desktop applications – office suite, Web browser, instant messaging client, multimedia viewers, and graphical software. It also offers the latest open source applications for developing applications, setting up a home network, running a Web server, and more. Available for free download at or in a convienient packaged retail edition. openSUSE delivers desktop reliability and security at an affordable price.Getting Started:

User Guides:


The new Novell-customized KDE and GNOME menus in openSUSE 10.2


Ruby is…

8 12 2006


A dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

While I was working for MySpace as a DataCenter Engineer a while back I met a Programmer that wrote scripts for our Linux farm. Soon after I had to learn the lang. So I read up on it. Check it out @ Ruby’s Site.

OpenSUSE 10.2 Is Out!

7 12 2006

There are 2 ways you can get 10.2:

  • openSUSE Linux 10.2 Box/Retail = tech-support + closed source software + printed manuals. The retail box will contain 1 DVD9 (double layered) for x86 and x86_64, 5 CDs for i386 containing only OSS packages, plus one CD containing closed source add-on packages. As before, the DVD9 version contains more packages than the CD version. Downloadable DVDs have a reduced package selection compared to the retail DVD, because the retail DVD is double-layer and can hold more data. (as far as I understand)
  • openSUSE Linux 10.2 Downloadable = For download we offer as ISOs the 5 CD open source version plus our add-on CD with proprietary portions, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, RealNetworks RealPlayer, and Sun Java Runtime Environment. DVDs for all architectures are available and contain the open source version plus proprietary add-ons. For the first time we offer a language add-on CD which offers support for languages which are not part of our base language set up.

The Live DVD will be release next week.

Overview for CD insallation:
* CD1-2 only for a minimal text installation (English)
* CDs 1-3 for a default KDE or GNOME installation in German or English
* All 5 CDs for other selections
* Addon-NonOSS CD for the proprietary software
* Addon-Lang CD for addtional languages

If you have DVD-ROM, then the DVD is much better option, as you don’t have to keep on changing CDs while installation … but if you got CD-ROM only, well then …. u know.

A collection of major changes and additions characterizing the current SUSE Linux release.

  • Distribution renamed to openSUSE
  • Available for i386, x86_64 and PowerPC architectures
  • Package groupings are handled differently, 10.2 will use Patterns instead of selections.
  • numerous improvements to the package manager stack, including a new update notification applet (opensuse-updater) and a console application called zypper which are both non-ZMD based.
  • Linux kernel, using only SMP kernels (The kernel-default package contains the standard kernel for both uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel comes with SMP support and runs with only minimal overhead on uniprocessor systems. There is no kernel-smp package anymore.)
  • glibc 2.5
  • X.Org 7.2rc2
  • using opensync instead of multisync for much better syncing
  • integration of powermanagement features into hal
  • support to install multiple gcc versions in parallel
  • removal of several unneeded SuSEconfig scripts
  • no reboot after CD1, display of slideshow during all media
  • autoconf 2.60
  • bison 2.3
  • gcc 4.1.2 cvs
  • gdb 6.5
  • make 3.81
  • both KDE and GNOME feature improved start menus compared to upstream
  • additional CD with non-tier 1 languages
  • 2 years lifetime
  • openSUSE 10.2 Release Notes

The New Default File System: ext3 The YaST partitioner now defaults to create new file systems using the ext3 file system, replacing reiserfs. The high performance directory hashing option is enabled by default. For the root partition I am going back with ext3 and if satisfied will convert the rest of the 450+GB from ReiserFS 3.6 to ext3 as well.

Full Announcement | Released Version Page