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

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 13.1 (GNOME) - Page 2

This is how your new OpenSUSE 13.1 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 restart and log back in. It may occur that after the restart, 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
[ ] F-Spot
[ ] Nomacs

[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
[x] GnuCash
[ ] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[ ] Amarok
[ ] Audacity
[ ] Banshee
[ ] MPlayer
[x] 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 13.1.


6 Configure Online Software Repositories

Now we configure the online software repositories that our OpenSUSE 13.1 system will use to install further software. Go to Activities > 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:

You will get a list of predefined online repositories. Select them all to make sure your system can install all available OpenSUSE 13.1packages 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 publickeys of all repositories, so if you see a message like this, you can click on the Trust button:

You might as well have to accept a few licenses. 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
zypper ar -f libdvdcss
zypper ar -f
zypper ar -f

Update the repositories with

zypper ref

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By: Srijan Kishore