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Kubuntu to OpenSUSE : A short story

I'll make this one short as it is late and that I don't want to go into endless details right now about my experience with Kubuntu 10.04.

In short, it hasn't been very successful. Too random bugs. Package manager sometimes refuse to launch, network management failed after suspend to ram, sometimes it didn't even go pass the boot screen. In short : It gets the jobs done, but it's not stable enough. It's a combination of small annoyances.

I have now installed OpenSUSE 11.3 on my laptop. As expected, the wireless card did not work out of the box. For everyone who have a System 76 Pangolin Performance and want to have the network working, here's a nano-turbo-brief how-to to make it work. It doesn't apply only to OpenSUSE.

A dmesg with some filtering gave me this info about the wireless card in Kubuntu:

"Linux kernel driver for RTL8192 based WLAN cards"
"rtl819xSE 0000:06:00.0: firmware: requesting RTL8192SE/rtl8192sfw.bin"

Basically, you need to get the Realtek RTL819xSE driver from their Web site and compile it. The 8192se driver is here. Now, all you need to do is install the kernel headers, the basic compilation tools that comes with your distribution and compile the driver.

On OpenSUSE, I installed gcc, gcc-c++ (although I doubt this one was needed),  make and kernel-devel. Extract the driver somewhere and from the directory in which you extracted the driver, make and make install (you might need root access to do so). Reboot (or modprobe the newly compiled driver and restart networking services) and enjoy.

I didn't need to do anything else for now to get things up and running in OpenSUSE. I have yet to test the Web cam - I see a /dev/video0 entry, but I didn't test it yet in an application. That's about it. So far so good with OpenSUSE. Let's hope it stays that way!

 

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 146 is available

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 146 of openSUSE Weekly News.

This Week:

 

  • openSUSE ass-kickin’ keynote
  • openSUSE News: The openSUSE Build Service 2.1 released
  • Rares Aioanei: Kernel Weekly News 23.10.2010
  • Make Tech Easier/Tavis J. Hampton: Advanced KDE Administration
  • Nelson Marques: openoffice.org and Libre Office…

 

 

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 143 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 143 of openSUSE Weekly News.


This Week:

  • OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Take an LPI exam at openSUSE Conference 2010
  • Uwe Gansert: AutoYaST and Image Creation/Installation
  • Nelson Marques: Marketing @ openSUSE Conference, Across Borders!
  • Techthrob: Softlinks vs. Hardlinks: A Quick Explanation
  • Andreas Jaeger: New design of lizards and avatars

 

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openSUSE Weekly News, issue 141 is out!

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We are pleased to announce our new Issue 141 of openSUSE Weekly News.

This Week:

 

  • openSUSE Conference 2010 – Collaborate Across Borders
  • Jos Poortvliet: directions – openSUSE and Fedora
  • Javier Llorente: KDE bug triage report
  • Bryen Yunashko: A Great Weekend in Columbus at the Ohio Linux Fest
  • TWUUG: Linux File Structure

 

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openSUSE Wekly News, Issue 140 is out!


We are pleased to announce our new Issue 140 of openSUSE Weekly News.

This Week:

 

  • openSUSE News: SUSE Studio Contest – you have until the end of this month!
  • Rares Aioanei: openSUSE kernel news – 11.09.2010
  • Sankuru: Using ffmeg to batch convert cd audio files to mp3
  • OMG!SUSE! team: Geeko Gist - September
  • Network World/Joe Brockmeier: Linux desktop market share: Small no matter how you measure

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WIFI Problem in Ubuntu 10.04 SOLVED!!!

      Hey all you ubuntu, openSUSE, Debian, Slackware and other open source linux OS users out there, I have a fix to a serious bug that has happened in 10.04 lucid lynx ubuntu but may have happened in other versions of this or other OS's.

      I recently upgraded to 10.04 from my old jaunty distro and i love the new desktop interface!!!  the only thing was that i could not connect to the internet for some reason. The wifi applet in the notifications bar said that it was connected but firefox wouldn't load a page for some reason. I had been researching for days and hadn't found anything, except for NDISwrapper which wouldnt install for some strange reason.  But then, while patrolling the forums, i found a post by our very own mfillpot saying something about wicd, an app that handles wifi supposedly better than the native applet. Well, he's right, as always, and it even comes with a GUI!!! So i downloaded it from terminal and it installed beautifully. I then just had to enter the WPA key for my wireless network and i was in. must have had an integrated driver. that or i just hadnt set up wifi correctly, both are possible, seeing as i am more of an end-user software IT guy than an OS setup guy. XP

 

P.S.  i am running an hp mini with broadcom wireless card and ubuntu 10.04

 

HOPE IT HELPS,

PAYTON

 

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 139 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 139 of openSUSE Weekly News.


This Week:

  • Jos Poortvliet: Strategy sucks
  • Rares Aioanei: openSUSE kernel news - 04.09.2010
  • IBM developer Works/Roderick W. Smith: Resizing Linux partitions, Part2: Advanced rezising
  • openSUSE Forums: Google Video/Chat Plugin
  • KDE News/Sebastian Kügler: Help Test the Next Generation of KDE's Kontact

 

 

Like ever we have now finshed just the english Version under: http://en.opensuse.org/Weekly_news. From now on starts the translating Process. You can see the actual results under: http://en.opensuse.org/Weekly_news#Translations. If any Translation is ready the Translation Team moves the Language up to "Available".

 


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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137 is out!


p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; We are pleased to announce our new Issue 137 of openSUSE Weekly News.


This Week:

  • Sirko Kemter: Improve artwork openSUSE 11.4
  • Javier Llorente: KDE Release Party in Madrid
  • Softpedia/Lucian Constantin: Critical Vulnerability Silently Patched in Linux Kernel
  • Tips4Linux.com: Convert eBooks in Linux
  • opensource.com/Ruth Suehle: Ready to be an open source contributor but don't know where to start?

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Distro for toshiba

Which distro would be best suited for a toshiba laptop satellite P10-803

 

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 136 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 136 of openSUSE Weekly News.

 

This Week:

* KDE bug team asks for help on Friday 13th * Andrew Wafaa: oSC10 – Conference Update
* h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: 2.6.36 development and new stable kernels and drivers
* IBMDeveloperWorks/Roderick W. Smith:Resizing Linux partitions, Part 1: Basics
* Novell Now Offers SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 & 11 on Amazon Web Services


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the translating Process. You can see the actual results under: http://en.opensuse.org/Weekly_news#Translations. If any

Translation is ready the Translation Team moves the Language up to "Available".

 

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A matter of choice

I've recently spotted an article  talking about yet another "10 problems" about Linux. I usually start reading these articles with a big sigh.

First of all, finding "10 Linux problems", as an operating system, is really odd, as Linux is not an operating system in itself. I sometimes hear people saying, for example, "Linux is unusable". To that question I usually respond "Which distribution are you talking about?".

When I see articles mentioning that choosing a distribution is a problem, I can't find how is this problem related to the operating system or Linux whatsoever - it is indeed more simple to have a "one size fits all" solution (there are distros for that), but in no way having choices should be a problem. After all, in each product we use, we choose the one that best fits our need. Why should it be any different when it comes to the operating system?

I've been using Gentoo for about 2 years now and it perfectly fits my needs. In my opinion, it's one of the best Linux distributions out there for the one who wants a custom-made OS. But not everybody wants that - and it's perfectly fine. That's why distributions exist! And if you cannot find what you like, well, there's always FreeBSD, Window, Mac OS... If having to choose between multiple GNU/Linux distributions is a problem, well, I don't know what to say. Let the manufacturers decide for us then! After all, they know what's best for the consumer, right? Moving on!

I'll skip all the "no [game, software, hardware] support" thing here - is the OS really to blame? I don't think it is - not entirely, at least. There are many factors which must be taken into account, enough to make a whole post about it. I summarized my view of the situation in a little comic picture, though. I've posted it once on a forum, it led to a rather big discussion.

A diagram of the 'GNU/Linux circle of hell'

Linux distros are not perfect - there is not a single OS that is. You might be a Linux user, Mac OS user, Windows user, Unix user, whatever! The important thing is that you have what works best for you. For that, you need choice.  If you find Windows X to be better than X Linux distro, I'll most probably disagree with you. But I'm not going to be the one to tell you what you like and you don't.

 
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