OpenSUSE 11.1 32bit (Kde4) personal installation guide

This is personal user guide for quick installation of OpenSUSE 11.1 32bit (KDE4). Before you start you have to installed OpenSUSE 11.1 32-bit with KDE4.

Content:

  1. How to install software (introduction)
  2. Repositories settings
  3. Computer name
  4. Skype installation
  5. How to install JAVA JRE and JDK
  6. Installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader
  7. Multimedia codecs and DVD playback
  8. Krusader
  9. Digikam
  10. K3B


How to install software (introduction)

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You have several options how you can install software into GNU\Linux operating system.

  • Installation from repositories. There are a lot of servers with software repositories on the Internet. Each repository (you can imagine this repository as folder with a lot of software packages) contains meta-data information and software packages. If you install software from the repository and this package will be update in a feature your local installation will be updated by update manager too. It means that you will have all software updated in your computer.This is the best way how can you install required software into your system.
  • Installation from downloaded package (RPM, DEB, etc …) You can download software package from the repository (as we explained in the previous paragraph) or you can download that to the computer directly. This downloaded file you can install by software utilities like yast, rpm, apt-get, etc …
  • Installation from downloaded binary file (bin, etc …) A lot of games are distributed in this format, it is standard binary file (like exe in Windows OS). If you run the program it is usually run installation wizard.
  • Installation from source code. It is usually the most complicated way how can yo install software, but program compiled on your computer is optimized for your machine and it should be faster then downloaded binary files.


Repositories settings

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We have to set correct repositories before we start install any new software. These steps are very important!

  1. Start and login into KDE4.
  2. Run YAST Administration center.
    RunYast.png
  3. Write your password to opened dialog window and click OK.
    RootPasswordGui.png
  4. Click on category “Software” and then click on item “Software repositories”.
    YastSoftwareWindow.png
  5. Click “Add” button in “Software repositories” window
    YastSoftwareRepositories.png
  6. Select “Community Repositories” and click OK.
    YastSoftwareRepositoriesMediaType.png

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  1. Now you can select community repositories which you would like add to your repositories list.Please select these repositories:
    • openSUSE BuildService – OpenOffice.org
    • openSUSE BuildService – Mozilla
    • openSUSE BuildService – KDE:Community
    • openSUSE BuildService – KDE:Backports
    • Packman repository
    • VideoLan repository

    If you have ATI graphic card installed in your computer newest then ATI Radeon 8500 please check in this repository:

    • ATI Repository

    If you have NVIDIA graphic card installed in your computer please check in this repository:

    • NVIDIA Repository

    Then click “Ok” button.
    YastSoftwareRepositoriesCommunityRepositories.png

  2. Computer will ask you several times if you want import GPG keys. Please click “Import” button.
    YastSoftwareRepositoriesImport.png
  3. You have prepared all repositories now, you can start install software and update your system.


Computer name

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After installation you will have strange computer name like “linux-xyz”. There is small guide how you can change your computer name.

  1. Run YAST control center. (Click on “Computer” button in the bottom panel and click on “YAST” link.
    RunYast.png
  2. Computer will ask you on root password. Fill it.
    RootPasswordGui.png
  3. Select “Network Devices” group in YAST. Then click on item Fill word “network” into filter textbox. Then click on “Network Settings”.
    YastNetworkDevicesWindow.png
  4. Click “Ok” when warning dialog like on screenshot is displayed.
    YastNetworkDevicesWarning.png
  5. Go to “Global options” tab and select “Traditional method with ifup”.
    YastNetworkDevicesGlobalOptions.png
  6. Then go to “Hostname/DNS” tab and fill your computer name into “Hostname” textbox, you can also fill your network name.
    YastNetworkDevicesHostnameDNS.png
  7. Go back to “Global options” tab and select “User Controlled with NetworkManager”. Then click “Ok” button.
    YastNetworkDevicesGlobalOptions2.png


Skype installation

You can have this popular communication program in your Linux too. Installation is very easy.

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Installation process

  1. Go to the skype Download page:
    http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/choose/
  2. Click on OpenSUSE 10+ link
  3. Open file with package installer
    skype_01.png
  4. You will be ask on the root password. Write it.
  5. Enter your root password
  6. When installation will finish you should find Skype in “SUSE” menu in Applications/Internet/More Programs/Skype.


How to install JAVA JRE and JDK

A lot of programs use JAVA, because JAVA is fast, platform independent and full object language. If you want run or develop these programs you will need JRE or JDK installed. There is little guide.

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Requirements

You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Installation process of JRE 1.5 (only running Java applications)

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast --install java-1_5_0-sun java-1_5_0-sun-alsa java-1_5_0-sun-jdbc java-1_5_0-sun-plugin
  • Enter your root password

Installation process of JRE 1.6 (only running Java applications)

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast --install java-1_6_0-sun java-1_6_0-sun-alsa java-1_6_0-sun-jdbc java-1_6_0-sun-plugin
  • Enter your root password

Installation process of JDK 1.5 (running and develop of Java applications)

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast --install java-1_5_0-sun java-1_5_0-sun-devel java-1_5_0-sun-alsa java-1_5_0-sun-jdbc java-1_5_0-sun-plugin
  • Enter your root password

Installation process of JDK 1.6 (running and develop of Java applications)

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast --install java-1_6_0-sun java-1_6_0-sun-devel java-1_6_0-sun-alsa java-1_6_0-sun-jdbc java-1_6_0-sun-plugin
  • Enter your root password


Installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader

One of the most popular formats is PDF. If you want read documents in the PDF format you must install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Requirements

You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Installation process

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast -i acroread
  • Enter your root password


Multimedia codecs and DVD playback

Installation of codecs and DVD playback is simple as previous installations.

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Requirements

You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Installation process

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast -i ffmpeg gst-fluendo-mp3 libdvdcss libxine1 w32codec-all


Krusader

If you try find alternative for Total Commander, there is:

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Requirements

  • You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Installation process

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast -i krusader kdiff3 krename p7zip rar unrar lha unarj unace deb
  • Screenshot


Photo-album Digikam

I sow couple of programs for store and organize photos (commercial, freeware, for Windows and GNU/Linux) and I can say that one of the best is Digikam.

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Requirements

  • You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Uninstallation of the old digikam

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast --remove digikamimageplugins-superimpose digikamimageplugins digikam

Installation process

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast -i kde4-digikam
  • Screenshot:


K3b burning CD, DVD program

Are you missing burning program like Nero in Linux? There is alternative.

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Requirements

  • You have to set repositories before installation. Please see ‘Repositories configuration’

Installation process

  • Run this command in the console:
    sudo /sbin/yast -i k3b k3b-codecs k3b-lang
  • Screenshot:

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