There is a new version of this tutorial available for openSUSE 13.2.

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.3 (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 (if you left the Autologin checkbox checked, this step will be skipped, but you can disable the option in the user settings later if you change your mind). Select your created user account and enter your password:

This is how your new OpenSUSE 12.3 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 might need to relog into your account or restart the computer to finish the updates:


5 Inventory Of What We Have So Far

Now let's browse all menus under Activities > Show 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

[ ] Pidgin

[ ] Dropbox

[ ] Gwibber Social Client

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

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

[ ] Winff

[ ] Bluefish
[ ] Eclipse

[ ] VirtualBox
[ ] TrueType fonts
[ ] Java

[x] gedit

So some applications are already on the system.


6 Configure Online Software Repositories

Now we configure the online software repositories that our OpenSUSE 12.3 system will use to install further software. Go to Activities > Show Applications > YaST:

You will have to type in the root password:

In YaST, select Software Repositories:

The Configured Software Repositories window opens. Click on the Add button:

Select Community Repositories and hit ENTER:

You will get a list of predefined online repositories. Select them all to make sure your system can install all available OpenSUSE 12.3 packages if they are needed. Click on OK afterwards:

Now the lists of available packages are being downloaded from the repositories. It's possible that your system doesn't know the public keys of all repositories, so if you see a message like this, you can click on the Trust button:

Afterwards, close YaST and open a terminal to install a few more repositories. Log in as root with:


Enter your password and use the following commands to add the needed repositories:

zypper ar -f suse
zypper ar -f libdvdcss
zypper ar -f java
zypper ar -f mozilla
zypper ar -f

Update the repositories with

zypper ref
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