The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.2 (GNOME Desktop) - 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 12.2 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 Updates:

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

You may have to accept some license agreements:


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] The GIMP
[x] Shotwell Photo Manager

[ ] Pinta

[x] Firefox
[ ] FileZilla
[ ] Thunderbird
[ ] Deluge
[ ] Skype
[ ] Marble

[x] Pidgin

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

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

Sound & Video:
[ ] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[ ] dvd::rip
[ ] Kino
[ ] VLC Media Player
[ ] K3B
[ ] Multimedia-Codecs

[ ] Winff

[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Eclipse

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java

[ ] gedit

So some applications are already on the system.

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From: Anonymous at: 2012-10-16 17:20:57

There needs to be an application that will execute MS Access forms and manipulate Access databases. Until such an application is available a Linux desktop will not be a completely full replacement for a Windows desktop.

From: Kinenkaya at: 2012-10-19 15:36:15

Would it also not be complete if it doesn't go to Windows Update to fetch its RPMs?

There's mdbtools and OpenOffice offers some mdb functionality as well via ODBC. I would imagine they would be beyond the scope of a desktop replacement guide.