The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME) - Page 2

The hard disk is being formatted:

The package installation starts (click on the Details tab to see the detailed installation progress):

Provide a password for root:

Since this is a desktop system, we don't need a special host- or domain name, so we can accept the default settings:

Next we have the Network Configuration page. The settings here should be ok for most desktop machines, so we can click on the Next button:

Now the internet connection of the system is tested:

Now configure the Online Update function and install the latest updates, if available:

An update server (for the latest package updates) should have been added to your configuration. Click on OK:

Select Run Update:

A list of available updates is shown. Click on Accept to install them:

The updates are being downloaded and installed:

Click on Next afterwards:

When asked how users should authenticate, choose Local (/etc/passwd):

Create a second user other than root (this should be the username you use to log in to your desktop):

Read the release notes (if you like...) and click on Next:

On the Hardware Configuration page, you can check if your hardware has been detected correctly, and you can make some changes (e.g. change the screen resolution) if needed:

Congratulations! Your base installation is complete:

When the desktop starts for the first time, you see this page first. Click on Close to proceed:

This is how your OpenSUSE 10.3 desktop looks like:

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From: at: 2007-10-10 15:04:11

Unfortunately this HOWTO will lead to a lot of users complaining the package management is still much to slow: You will get a list of predefined online repositories. Select them all to make sure your system can install all available OpenSUSE 10.3 packages if they are needed. This is a really stupid suggestion, and a total contradiction to Note that it should be used with care, however; you should only add an extra repository when you need it and when you know what it will provide. Adding many repositories will slow down your package manager’s start-up time and adding repositories that you don’t know about can ruin your system!

From: at: 2007-10-18 07:32:28

I wouldn't go as far as calling an 'enable all' stupid but it has to be acknowledged that some repositories actually contain conflicting files and older versions which can create confusion.

I would advocate not to switch on more than you absolutely have to, because it's not just the update time (it's caching now so it's a little bit better than it used to be).  You main problem is that without the repository enabled you may never see any updates appear, which is not good from a security point of view.

This leaves you two options: enable monthly to catch up, or leave them on entirely which gives you the aforementioned delays..

From: at: 2007-10-12 17:10:32

Thanks for the article. (Un)fortunately I found it after I bumped into troubles with my OpenSUSE 10.3 Gnome. I'm fairly new to OpenSUSE, but I got pretty far on my own with the OS setup (from CD not DVD) and app installs. The article clarified some things for me about adding software during/after setup, and the checklist approach for desired apps was helpful.

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:29:28

In the Package Selector, by default the Search has Name, Summary, Description, and RPM Provides selected. If you leave it that way and search for e.g. opera, you will still have 100 Available Software to choose from. I suggest going into the Package Selector's Search function and unchecking Summary, Description, and RPM Provides. I hope this approach still work okay with the author's list.

While I'm at it, I would go with ktorrent-feature-dht instead of ktorrent. And, having moved over from KDE, not sure what irc client or multiple-chat client is good on gnome. Or cd burner for that matter.

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:44:51

The "rpm -f MicrosoftFonts-1-jen14.noarch.rpm" command doesn't work on my new install. rpm just prints out a list of command options.

 Also why not just open the terminal by... right-click on desktop, select Open Terminal.

 Anyway, very helpful guide. Thanks!

From: at: 2007-10-13 17:55:06

(I was wrong about rpm -f, I see you meant rm -f)

Google earth complains about missing Vera fonts. Not clear how to install these.

Google Earth complains about running OpenGL in slow software emulation mode.