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    Cool SemiPainless Installation Guide for SuSE 10.1


    Installing openSuSE 10.1
    A SemiPainless guide by S. Z. Boardstretcher
    This guide was written on Aug 3, 2006, and updated Sep 12, 2006
    It is updated and maintained at http://szornes4.blogspot.com
    !!!SuSE 10.1 is not complete and will not work completely without
    further software.!!!


    (Translation - No support for mp3's, dvd's, mpeg's and the like,which is actually a
    very stand-up thing for Novell to do, as these packages come with binding
    and constrictive licenses.
    )
    Hope that got your attention.

    In fact, the first time you boot SuSE on a clean install, it will take at least 10 minutes for the broken ZENupdater to download and parse all of it's package information - before you can continue.

    Also SuSE 10.1 is packaged with no MP3 support, DVD Playback, A broken version of YaST and Online update, A broken ZENworks installer, ..

    This is a guide to avoid the many, many, many hours of headaches, that I experienced, that might accompany the installation of SuSE 10.1. It is broken into these sections;


    * If you don't find it in this guide Try These Links to SuSE Specific Help
    * Disclaimer and Warning
    * First thing's First
    * YaST,SMART and Online Update
    * Add further repositories to SMART
    * Packages to Search for and Add with SMART
    * Packages you might want to delete from SuSE
    * Packages and Things to Install From Elsewhere
    * Error Messages you might see and what to do
    * Questions you might ask and answers to them


    If you don't find it in this guide Try These Links to SuSE Specific Help:
    http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/
    http://www.suseforums.net/
    http://waxborg.servepics.com/English.../suse10.1.html
    **Remember, forums are your friends. If you ask a question, but figure out the answer yourself, be sure to post your findings on the forum to help other people along.

    Disclaimer and Warning:
    I did all these things in this order to my computer and it works fine now. It may not work for you which is a
    whole lot of not my problem. So use your brain, conatined in the thing above your shoulders, and think before you act. My most valuable suggestion to you is *Make a system Backup.* Proof of the procedures listed here are easily found by Googling them. I got most of my information for this guide from scouring through Google results to fix my broken SuSE 10.1. I just felt the need to put them
    all in one easy to get to place in case my system fails and I have to reinstall from scratch.

    First thing's First:
    Add System Monitor to one of your panels and minimize it. This way you can visually monitor your machine's Cpu Load and know for sure that the computer is in fact doing 'something.'

    YaST and System Update:
    This has the most potential to be unbearably irritating if not fixed first. The way that I preferred to fix YaST and Zmd is by installing and using the Smart Package Manager - which is a sort of equivalent to YaST's Software Installer. After this section, YaST and Zen should be up and running and ready to do any updating you'd like to do. However, the section after this is about expanding Smart Package Manager which I use rather than YaST.


    1. In YaST > Software Management search for SMART and install 'SMART' , 'SMART-ADDONS', AND 'SMARTGUI'
    2. Disable Novell-ZMD in YaST > System > System Services and save by pressing Finish
    3. Reboot now.
    4. Start SMART Package Manager
    5. Edit > Channels > New > Provide channel information > RPM MetaData and enter the following; Alias: Suse Update, Name: Suse Online Updates, Base URL: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/update/10.1/
    6. Now File > Update Channels
    7. Then Edit > Upgrade All (*This will probably take a long time, so take a break! But check on it regularly in case it needs your input!*)
    8. Reboot and hope


    If you would rather use SMART Package manager than YaST then go ahead and
    Add further repositories to SMART package manager:

    1. http://ftp4.gwdg.de/pub/linux/suse/apt/SuSE10.1-i386
    2. File > Update Selected Channels > gwdg
    3. View > Hide Non-upgrades
    4. View > Tree Style > None
    5. Edit > Find > type smart and install the highest version number of these packages: smart, smart-addons, smart-gui then Apply marked changes
    6. Close SMART and restart SMART and click Yes to add more “SuSE repositories”
    7. File > Update Channels (!this will take a few minutes!)


    Packages to Search for and Add with SMART:
    compat-expat1 - XML Parser
    ethereal - Advanced network diagnostic tool
    expat - XML Parser
    fiefox - Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
    flash-player - Macromedia flash player plugin
    gcc - GNU Compiler Collection
    java-1_4_2 - Java 2 Runtime Environment
    kdeadmin3 - programs for KDE system administration
    kernel-source - Linux Kernel Sources
    kernel-syms - Linux Kernel Symbols
    realplayer - Realmedia Realplayer
    w32codec-all - win32 DLL's for decoding movies

    Packages you might want to delete from SuSE:
    Beagle - imitation of Google Desktop Search (uses a lot of resources and it's still buggy look for future releases to be better)
    NetworkManager - RedHat, the authors, admit that it's extremely buggy (See Error Messages)
    ZenUpdater, Rug, ZMD, libzypp-zmd-backend - Parts of the ZenWorks system that you do not necessarily need if you are using SMART Package Manager
    Bluetooth - removed all traces of this because I do not use anything BlueTooth
    Television - removed all traces of Television software because I do not haveve a tv tuner

    ***Guide Update note***
    Aug 24, 2006: Thanks to a fellow alt.linux.os.suse user named 'Bearitall' I am now inclined to believe that Novel Apparmor is a worthwhile and powerful program to keep on the system.

    Packages and Things to Install From Elsewhere:

    MUST HAVE: These things aren't included in SuSE 10.1
    OPTIONAL: Different software than what is provided in SuSE 10.1
    *'s: Rating(My opinion of the software)
    Note: This list contains RPM's that can be installed using the 'rpm' command in terminal and Tarballs that must be untarred, set up, compiled and installed. For information regarding these Tarballs refer to the Author's Installation notes and website.

    MUST HAVE:
    DVD Playback Codec or Decoder thing:
    http://download.videolan.org/pub/lib...2.9-1.i386.rpm

    MP3 to WAV conversion for making Audio CD's:
    http://www.fluendo.com/resources/fluendo_mp3.php

    Adblock Plus, Adblock Plus Updater for Firefox:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1865/
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1136/

    DownThemAll for Firefox:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/201/

    OPTIONAL:
    Graphics viewer most like IrfanView: ***..
    http://www.xnview.com

    Picasa Photo Organizing Software: *****
    http://picasa.google.com/linux

    Transparent Terminal: **...
    http://www.afterstep.org/aterm.php

    LimeWire File Sharing: ****.
    http://www.limewire.com

    Bittorrent:*****
    http://www.bittorrent.com

    Azureus Bittorrent Client: *****
    http://azureus.sourceforge.net

    Error Messages you might see and what to do:
    NetworkManager missing resources–
    This particular message references the Redhat Network Management Daemon called NetworkManager. I suggested removing it earlier. If you didn't you might eventually get this message.

    What you are most likely going to try is to fix it. You will look it up on Google and Yahoo and message boards and such. This is what information you will come up with A) This problem is caused by an
    Icon Cache B) There is no proper documentation for this product C) There are no logs created by this product and D) Out of 6 billion pages on the internet 60 of them have the word “NetworkManager”
    on them.

    So do yourself a favor and read this: http://www.redhat.com/magazine/003ja...etworkmanager/
    then delete NetworkManager from your system.

    Zmd Does not appear to be running -
    This message comes from your system trying to use Online Updating at boot up or when trying to install an RPM using zmd. Since you stopped the Novell ZMD service in “System Services”... Online Update
    cannot connect to Novell to be able to suck up 100% of your processor and provide 190 updates that will not install.

    My advice is look into removing Zmd and Rug from your system. You can always re-install later when SuSE fixes them. It's purely up to you.

    Questions you might ask and answers to them:
    Q: Is there an easy way, or a program, to edit the Gnome menu?

    A: There are a number of programs to do this. They are called SMEG and Alacarte -- but, they are both obsolete for Gnome 2.12. The developer homepage says that Alacarte will be included by default with Gnome 2.16. But that doesn't do you any good does it?

    If it is absolutely necessary for you to edit the Gnome menu, then go to http://yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/GNOME.html and read up on it. Then you can make and edit a .desktop file in /opt/gnome/share/applications to put your program into the Gnome menu.

    Q: I have a mouse with two buttons on the side that don't work in SuSE 10.1 what do I do?

    A: This answer is tested only on a ((Microsoft 5-Button Mouse with IntelliEye)). Go to a terminal window and type:

    xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 6 7 10 11"

    If that works for you, (*be sure to test the buttons*), then go to your home directory and create a file named .Xmodmap with the line:

    pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 6 7 10 11

    in it. Save it. The next time you start Gnome it will ask if you want to load that Modmap file. Choose Yes.
    Last edited by szboardstretcher; 09-12-2006 at 07:17 AM. Reason: updating guide, fixing errors

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    Good stuff

    I for 1 really appreciate this kind of post. As a newbie it helps to get pointers from people more in the know. Not new to computers at all but just Linux and to be honest if the install woes are the price we pay for this being open source and freely available then so be it. Totally sick and tired of M$ systems that update themselves into bigger and more problems.
    Anyway, specifically i'm interested in the SMART installs you recommend.
    If you have time to reply i'd like to try and understand why and what you recommend.
    Many thanks

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    This post is exactly what I needed! Woohoo! Noobs are loved at Linux Forums!

    As for installing Smart, and more info, I found this excellent site that you should check out HERE.

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    That's interesting to read, but I'm curious about the last part: is the virus protection stuff really necessary?

    Also, does anyone worry about spyware?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eraker
    That's interesting to read, but I'm curious about the last part: is the virus protection stuff really necessary?

    Also, does anyone worry about spyware?
    Virus protection.

    Yes and No.
    There have been 40 or so viruses for linux. Most of them were never widespread because Linux's permissions are so strict, and if you were to have a virus, the most it would affect is your Home Directory.

    So linux virus protection isn't that big of a deal. However, if you use any types of windows programs, connect to networks of windows computers and so on, you might want to think about installing a linux version of a windows virus scanner like Avast.

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    **Guide Update note***
    Aug 24, 2006: Thanks to a fellow alt.linux.os.suse user named 'Bearitall' I am now inclined to believe that Novel Apparmor is a worthwhile and powerful program to keep on the system.
    I was sort of inclined to get rid of Novell AppArmor, but I'm curious what you've heard about it. From what I can tell, it is entirely for adding security to programs that are being developed. Is this right? I really am not sure what I would use it for. What reasons are there to keep it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eraker
    I was sort of inclined to get rid of Novell AppArmor, but I'm curious what you've heard about it. From what I can tell, it is entirely for adding security to programs that are being developed. Is this right? I really am not sure what I would use it for. What reasons are there to keep it?
    I'll put it simply, because I don't know enough to go into complex detail, but... AppArmor profiles applications that you specify and records their expected behaviour.

    So, if AppArmor is watching something run one day, and notices that it is doing something unexpected, like - attempting to log in as root or start a process or delete a file- then AA will block the process from doing so,.. which might have saved you from being hacked, or saved your system from corruption by stopping a programming bug in the program that was undiscovered.

    This is the way I understand AppArmor to work. And no, it's not just for developers. It supposedly works excellent in adding an extra layer of program security.

    But again, read up on it at Novell's AppArmor Site because they explain it much better than I - http://www.novell.com/linux/security.../overview.html - for the full picture and documentation and such.

    szbs

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    I think this thread should be made into a sticky.

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