The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.1 (GNOME) - Page 2

3 First Boot

When the system boots for the first time, it tries to customize the OpenSUSE image that got installed to the hard drive with default settings. It does so to adjust the image to your system (hardware drivers, etc.):

After configuration, you will be shown the login screen. Select your created user account and enter your password:

This is how your new OpenSUSE 12.1 desktop looks:


4 Updating Software Packages

Now let's check for the latest updates. To update the system, go to Activities > Applications > Software Update:

Select Install Update:

You will be asked for additional confirmation to download the dependencies:

Enter your password to write the changes to your disc:

After the updates, you need to logout and log back in. It may occur that after the logout, there are some additional updates available:

Alternatively you can also use Activities > Applications > YaST > Online Updates to update your system.


5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus under Activities > Applications... to see which of our needed applications are already installed:

You should find the following situation ([x] marks an application that is already installed, where [ ] is an application that is missing):

[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[ ] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[ ] Opera
[ ] Chromium
[ ] Flash Player
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Empathy
[ ] Skype
[ ] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] LibreOffice Writer
[x] LibreOffice Calc
[ ] Adobe Reader
[ ] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[ ] MPlayer
[ ] Rhythmbox Music Player
[ ] gtkPod
[ ] XMMS
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] Helix Player
[x] Totem
[ ] Xine
[x] Brasero
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Kompozer
[ ] Quanta Plus

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType Fonts
[ ] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions

So some applications are already on the system... NTFS read-/write support is enabled by default on OpenSUSE 12.1.

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From: sofie at: 2011-12-28 10:31:19

Thanks again Falko.

From: Joseph at: 2011-11-27 04:55:40

Some of the text feels left over from earlier guides - that said, the earlier guides were very nice. For instance, Flash is at version 11, but the guide lists version 10. Also, there's no need to go through a terminal, wget, etc. to get Google Earth anymore. An rpm or deb for Google Earth is available from and you can install it with PackageKit or zypper or rpm. While this isn't strictly relevant, Google Picassa is no longer being actively developed for Linux. The lastest available version is a beta of 3.0 while Windows has 3.8. In that case, if a user is still using Picassa on Windows they might want to run 3.8 with WINE rather that substitute the inferior Linux version. As is Picassa might not continue as a desktop application anyway in the future.

 Despite those minor quibbles,great article - it's excellent for showing to people who make knee-jerk comments about it's not really possible (for anyone) to switch to Linux because some (unnamed) software they (and usually an implied everyone else) use isn't available. Most of the programs you're installing have Windows versions and are probably being used by most Windows users now, and the others are equal or better replacements of other Windows free software - such as k3b for InfraRecorder or CDBurnerXP. 

From: nagyp at: 2011-12-10 10:07:16

During following the tutorial, Java didn't appear for me in FIrefox when entering about:plugins.

So I installed it like described on the following page (12.1 x86_64):