SuSE 10.1 Final

For those of you who are following my SuSE Linux exploits, I appologize for the slowness on this latest version. I do have other work to do ... annndd ... I have hit one of those time periods that I actually have some customers for my fledgling 'Puter business.

    Allllrighty now. Got side tracked and this install is late. I am going to make this, SuSE 10.1, my main system now. As mentioned in the other write-ups I had made 10.0 my main system and was loading up version 10.1 inside VMware 5.5. Well, now I am going to kill the 10.0 system and make 10.1 it.

    This all lines up properly in FireFox. As I've stated in other places, I'm using CSS in these documents and M$ doesn't obey the rules. Sometimes, Netscape doesn't either. I guess I should make it clear that the version of M$ I'm having problems with is version 5. Perhaps version 6 or 7 of M$ IE will work correctly.

Preparing for Final

    Today is 24 Jun 06. The Final was released weeks ago.

System Hardware Info:

  • HP 9995 - Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz - PGA 478 (Dec 2001 vintage)
  • Maxtor 6Y120PO - 120GB 7200rpm HD
  • HP dvd640 Dbl Layer DVD±RW
  • Floppy Disk 3.5"
  • NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
  • Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller
  • OmniKey/ULTRA by Northgate Computer Systems
  • HID-compliant mouse ( USB Optical Scroller Mouse )
  • IDE ATA/ATAPI: Intel(r) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
  • Network adapters: Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
  • External Parallel Port 250MB Zip Drive
  • HP cp1700 Printer - Networked
  • Netgear RT311 Router
  • Netgear PS110 Print Server
  • Hawking 5 port switch/hub

Problems Discussed:

 Networking - Samba - VMware - USB Mouse - Zip Drive - Floppy 

     Size              Date                      Name
681302016   2006-05-11 12:33   SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-i386-CD5.iso*
710098944   2006-05-11 12:14   SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-i386-CD4.iso*
696147968   2006-05-11 11:40   SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-i386-CD3.iso*
641021952   2006-05-11 11:23   SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-i386-CD2.iso*
730429440   2006-05-11 10:19   SUSE-Linux-10.1-GM-i386-CD1.iso*

Praises Given:

    I was able to create the CD's and they all passed the MD5SUMS check. Now then, I don't like disk swapping so I am going to create my own DVD. This is done through using a script created by Houghi. Making a DVD from CDs I have used it and it works as long as you have all the correct versions and none of the CDs have any problems.


The Install:

    Once again I am going to try an Update. I have almost everything that I want set up in version 10.0 and I really don't want to have to do it again. Unless I really have to. I've read good and bad on the Net concerning this latest version. Also good and bad on updating versus new install. I've had problems both ways. So... we'll try the Update first.

    At boot-up you get a choice of what to do and one of them is Installation. After that choice you get to select your language. (USB mouse still working!!) I naturally selected English. The next item is a media check and I suggest you do it it you created your own CDs or DVD.

    After the Media Check we get a license screen and in order to continue you must agree to the terms. Makes sense.

    Finally we get to Installation Mode. Here is where you decide on Update or New Install. I chose Update. I did not choose 'Included Add-on Products' cause I have all or most of them already... and I did not make the extra disk. After clicking on next it checks the system and you are presented with a screen that lists the Linux system already installed. Click on Next.

    Now we get an Installation Settings screen. Annnnd here we get in Red print, that some settings could not be resolved, Manual Intervention required. This was in the Packages section. Investigation shows that it is once more something that I don't even use. lirc, which is 'Tools for Infared Receivers'. All I had to do was unlock it. Then it complained about libxine. I kept it. Also kept Mplayer but let it redo gqview. Then it was happy.
We have 671 packs to Update, 108 new ones to install and 71 to remove.

    Well, I am going to be updated to PHP version 5 whether I want to or not. Most of the deleted files had php4 in the name.


First Login:

    At first nothing looked different. This is a problem sometimes with just doing an update. It looks like nothing changes. How-some-ever ... things did change. VMware and my local network do not work correctly. See further below.

    I like the new login screen. Blue is my favorite color and it looks good too. There are two items down at the bottom of the login screen. One is System button and the other is Type. I clicked on session type and was presented with some choices. KDE was one of them and I clicked on it. I then tried to sign in and it was successful. You do not have to select the Type on every login. It uses the previous selection. The Values or choices are:

    Session Types   System
    Default Switch User
    Custom Remote Login
    FVWM Console Login
    KDE Shutdown -  Turn Off  or  Restart
    Window Maker
    Fail Safe



    We all have our ways of doing things and I have mine. I re-installed my .alias, .function and .xintrc so that I can operate my way. Just some little short cuts to the long arguments for ls and others.

    I also like nedit. They don't include it anymore but I have my own copy that I install on every new release. So far it has continued to work.

10.1 Final - Since this was an Update the conviences did not have to be re-loaded. They stayed.

USB Mouse:

    Does work at Installation Screen.... hurray. If you have read my previous write-ups you will know that this has been an up and down item.


Networking - Samba smb & nmb and apache:

    My problem with Networking was viewing my Web Pages locally. This seems to be the most aggravating item in each update. For some reason I keep losing the localness. Must be that some config files get replaced and not just updated during the conversion. I'll have to check.

    Well, it took a while but I finally found the fix. I was correct in stating that it was something in a config file. Actually it was something missing in a config file. On the SuSE Forum is where the answer was found. User Lytse Flap suggested putting "Include /etc/apache2/mod_userdir.conf" in the httpd.conf file. I did and it fixed my problem. Why wasn't it included in the first place???



    Printer worked!!

Printer Configuration
HP Color Inkjet Printer CP1700 / printer
Connected As socket://PSD55465:4010
With Spool printer

Queue Name and Spooler Settings
Name for Printing: printer
Printer Description: HP cp1700 InkJet
Printer Location: Family Room
Printer Model
Manufacturer: HP
Model: Inkjet Printer CP1700
PPD Files
1. HP Color Inkjet Printer CP1700 Foomatic/hpijs (recommended)(manufacturer-PPDs/hplip/HP-Color_Inkjet_Printer_CP1700-gimp-print.ppd.gz)
2. HP Color Inkjet Printer CP1700 Foomatic/gimp-print (recommended)(HP/Color_Inkjet_Printer_CP1700-gimp-print.ppd.gz)
Connection - Direct TCP Port Printer
Hostname of Print Server: PSD55465 (Netgear PS110)
TCP Port Number: 4010
Filter Settings - Configuration Options
These are to numerous to list here and are just the settings that you like on your printer. I'm sure that most, if not all, will be able to figure this out by themselves.
Restriction Settings
In here you can set Users that may or may not use this printer or class.
State and Banner Settings
State(2): 1. Idle or printing    2. Accepting Jobs
Banner Start: clasified, confidential, none, secret, standard, top secret, unclassified
Banner End: clasified, confidential, none, secret, standard, top secret, unclassified







    Yeah!! Worked just fine.


Internet & Browsers:

    FireFox and Thunderbird still worked fine. Well, almost. I had some trouble with Adobe acroread. In Firefox I kept getting blank pages when I tried to display a PDF file. Final result was that I had to put a link to in my $HOME/.mozilla/plugins dir and also make sure that acroread was in my executable path.



    This may be part of my local Network problem. I can not run my Web Pages locally on my machine. In this version of SuSE, PHP has been changed from version 4 to version 5.


Compile the kernel??

    I have not performed a full compile ... yet.



    Had to re-config and this time only needed to do:

  1. cd /usr/src/linux
  2. make cloneconfig
  3. make prepare
I did not have to do the 'make modules' this time. Hmmmmmm, could this be one of the reasons I can not run my Web Pages locally???



    Yep. This worked right off.



    Not running yet.

-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 address.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 email.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 master_name.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 perif_equip.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 service_calls.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-20 15:04 telephone.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 3608 2005-11-19 10:46 address.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1864 2005-11-19 10:46 email.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1932 2005-11-19 10:46 master_name.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1520 2005-11-19 10:46 telephone.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 1424 2005-11-19 10:44 perif_equip.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 19484 2005-11-19 10:42 service_calls.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-08 11:09 computer.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-11-08 11:09 parts_used.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 5968 2005-11-08 09:38 computer.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2964 2005-11-08 09:31 parts_used.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 2048 2005-06-30 14:02 secphone.MYI
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 160 2005-06-30 04:18 secphone.MYD
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8922 2005-03-18 23:38 parts_used.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 9127 2005-03-16 06:37 service_calls.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 9230 2005-03-06 18:47 computer.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8820 2005-02-23 14:03 perif_equip.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8740 2005-02-23 10:55 email.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8810 2005-02-23 10:50 secphone.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8810 2005-02-23 10:50 telephone.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8798 2005-02-23 10:48 address.frm
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 8793 2005-02-23 09:08 master_name.frm



QPS - Process Monitor:

    Nope. Could not launch. Probably will have to re-install. Yep. That's what it was. I had to re-install it. Now it works fine. Good piece of software. can be found at: Qps - Visual Process Manager


K3B - CD/DVD recording:

    Yep, so far it works. Come with SuSE.


Zip Drive:

    Nope doesn't work. I will have to find out what is missing. GtkZip was not loaded and the old one was removed!! After getting that reloaded I still could not access my Zip Drive. Finally had to change the fstab entry from:
/dev/sda4 /media/zip subfs user,noauto,fs=auto,procuid,nosuid,nodev,sync 0 0
/dev/sda4 /media/zip vfat user,noauto 0 0

    And for some reason it doesn't setup the sda4. I must go to root and perform the following each boot:
   cd /dev
   mknod sda4 b 8 4
   chown root:disk sda4
Need to make this automatic like it used to be..!


Floppy Drive



From Linux Magazine - SMART

    Boy am I late! They even have info out in the mags and I still have not gotten everyting done. Got the important stuff though, cause I am using it and I am using Win2K via VMware to write this using Homesite. But I think that even Jason's article is late. Mainly due to the writing, printing, delivery time to the readers.

    His claim that the ZenWorks didn't work right may have been correct at the time but now it apparently works. Whilst trying to setup SMART I added these Installation Sources:
After adding these items I got the Zen-Updater flashing in my task bar. So I used it and did the update.

    Now then, there are some files that must be brought down in order to get the SMART Package Manager installed and working. They are:
The last one is not needed if you are using the Zen-Updater. I have already seen the the Zen one works so I will probably leave it alone... but we will see. (I change all the time.)

    After going into root I fired off the first one and found that I need to add two more pieces of software: rpm-python and python-elementtree. These were added and then I started writing this. I will now continue with the other three. Well, it failed on the very next one, the addons. I got:
   error: Failed dependencies:
    smart-gui = is needed by
which was not mentioned in the installation info. Looks to be an environment variable, but I could not set one. Either I have forgotten or it is something that I never knew. I sent off an e-mail to get an answer.




Waiting for 10.2




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