Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Development Release: openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3

openSUSE 11.2 M3 is released yesterday and is ready for testing.

"The openSUSE project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.2 milestone 3. Images are ready for download and testing. This release includes the 2.6.30 Linux kernel, KDE 4.3 beta 2, GNOME 2.27.2, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 alpha, and more! A lot has changed since the milestone 2 release, and many packages have been updated for 11.2 milestone 3. Some of the major changes in this release include: PulseAudio 0.9.15, Konversation 1.2 alpha 3, VirtualBox 2.2.4, WINE 1.1.23."

Read release announcement.

To download it, follow the following link.
Download link

I am eagerly waiting for KDE4.3 final release(28-07-2009).
Hope can use it in next development release, or i will update the current system to it.

So have a lot of fun!!!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Howto: Login screen gone [solution in openSUSE (kde4)]

There are two ways to sort out this type of issues, If your login screen gone, and you can't see your login screen anymore.

1st Solution is:
1- Login with your username and password from command based screen.(You can use failsafe OR your normal one).
2- type:

Hit enter, and you will be able to go to desktop.
3- After this, change the theme from YaST->system->/etc/sysconfig Editor->Desktop->Display manager->DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME.
There will be two DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME, choose the middle one.
and enter your desired working theme name and hit ok.
4- Logout from here.
5- Restart.

2nd Solution is:
1- Login with root from command based screen.(You can use failsafe OR your normal one).
2- type this:
vi /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager

3- search for line like this:
true-nature is theme name.just for example i put it there.
4- Change it to your desired one:
5- Save the file.
6- Reboot.
Howto save in vi: To change any text, use 'i' to insert any text, hit ESC to end writing, and then hold left shift+z(hit twice). And your changes will be saved.

And that's it. You are done.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

One click installer for KDE 4.2.4

Hi all.
To use 1-click installer for openSUSE 11.1, click the below link:
openSUSE 11.1

For openSUSE 11.0:
openSUSE 11.0

For openSUSE 10.3:
openSUSE 10.3

For other distros please visit this page.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fedora 11 is OUT!!!

Here is some HOT news from fedora project.
They announce fedora 11 on 09-06-2009. Some of the key new feature are listed below:
1- 20 Second Startup
2- Anaconda Storage Rewrite
3- Archer
4- Automatic Fonts & Mime Installer
5- ControlGroups
6- Cups PolicyKit Integration
7- DBusPolicy
8- Firefox 3.5
9- gcc 4.4
10- Gnome 2.26
11- KDE4.2
12- NetBeans 6.5
13- Python 2.6
14- rpm 4.7
15- Xserver 1.6
16- 2.6.29-4 Linux kernel
17- ext4 as the default file system
18- OpenOffice 3.1.0
19- Xfce to 4.6
20- nVidia kernel modesetting through the nouveau open source driver.
and many more... read here.

Fedora 11 is available in two desktops, snapshots of the desktops(Gnome, KDE).

KDE Desktop

Gnome Desktop

Downloads Links for 32bit Live CDs:
Kde desktop
Gnome desktop

For other downloads please visit this page.

To view the recent changes visit this link.

I am going to download it tomorrow, and give it a try. I think, i will download KDE desktop for time being. Because i love KDE.
I love to change distro in a week.... just a week b4 i installed Ubuntu 9.04 and now will be fedora.....haha


Monday, June 8, 2009

Dual Boot: install Ubuntu 9.04 beside M$ XP

Hi all,
Today i am going to write a simple and easy tutorial fro beginners, that how to install Ubuntu with M$ XP already installed on your machine.
Before starting the points, user should be sure, that there is enough space which will be unallocated.
For doing all these, you can use software like "Partition magic" in XP. We need around 20GB space.
I am not going into more details about "partition magic" here, that how to do that. You can search web for it, Google is your friend in this. OR you can use the help file from partition magic itself.

So lets start...
1st of all boot from LIVE Cd of Ubuntu 9.04, which i think you already have now. If not, then you can download it from Ubuntu website. Download page here.

NOTE: Sorry, i don't have snapshots for it this time, next time i will try to put snapshots too. But hope, his guide will be easy enough without snapshots.
1- After booting from LIVE cd, click on "install" icon which is on desktop. and select your language and press "forward" button.
2- Select time zone region and click "forward".
3- In this step, select your keyboard type, usually it is 'USA' and click "forward".
4- The next screen is about the partitioning. Choose "Specify partitions manually" and click "forward".
5- This screen will show you the partition structure.
We will create two partitions on the unused free space with swap (2GB).
- One for root file system (around 10GB)
- 2nd for home. (4GB)
At the time of installation my partition looks like this:
sda1 ntfs (this is drive C by default)[windows]
sda5 ntfs (this is drive D)[windows]
free space
I had 16GB to distribute among swap,root,home.
i- 1st create swap, just select the free space and click on new partition.
Swap is always double of your RAM, or equal but not less. I choose 2GB, my RAM is 1.5GB.
ii- Now create home and then create root.
More details: howto partition:
For each new partition, select the free space. Click on the New partition, then enter size for the current partition. Then choose filesystem, then home or root from the mount point drop down menu.
/ represents root, and /home represents home.
I hope, i make it clear enough to create new partitions.
6- If you are done successfully with the above step, next step is to set mount point for your windows partition.
7- Now select ntfs partition(mostly it is sda1) and click on "Edit partition" and choose:
- Don't change partition size.
- Use as : "ntfs" from the drop down menu.
- Don't tick format partition.
- Set mount point to "/windows".

Till here, you are done with the most complicated part in the installation.
8- Click "forward" to go to the next step.
NOTE: on clicking, it will ask for your D partition(if you have) that it has no mount point. Just ignore it.
9- Enter all details here in this step regarding your profile.
10- In this step you can import data from your windows OS. Its upto you here.
11- Now is the time to click "install". And let Ubuntu do the rest for you.
NOTE: Make sure, that every thing in the setup went fine b4 clicking "install".
12- Restart your machine after the installation process.

And You Are DONE!!!

After Installation:
IMPORTANT: Ubuntu did not create any root password for you by default, i don't know why they did not add this feature.
So to do that, open terminal and type:
sudo passwd

It will ask you for your password, enter your user password. After that enter twice your root password. And that's it.

Hope, this guide will help you through the process of installation.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Install Adobe reader in Linux

Installing adobe reader is quite easy, personally i prefer to use Okular from KDE.
There are many ways to install adobe reader.
1- If you want to install it from software management, so go to software management in openSUSE, and search for word "acroread" and check it for installation.
In Ubuntu, open System->Administration->Synaptic package manager and type "acroread". and mark it for installation.

2- The 2nd and easiest way which i also follow is download adobe reader from adobe website for your respective OS and just double click on it after installation to install it.
You can keep the backup for next time. So hazel free for next time.

Download size is around 60.4MB for version 9.1.0.
Here is the link.

3- you can install it in terminal like:
sudo apt-get acroread

zypper in acroread


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Additional YaST Package Repositories (openSUSE)

There are a lot of internal and external repos for distros.
But prefer to use internal repos from the distro website. External repos some time make the system slow and most of the time not accessible.

Here are the addtional list of repos which mostly contain important app like:
- openoffice.org
- Java
- Packamn
- Nvidia drivers
- ATI drivers
- Madwifi
- Google Linux software repository
- Dell
- Apache
- Compiz and XGL
- Wine
- Mozilla
- Smart
and so on.................

Click here