SuSE 10.1 beta-5 / beta-6


    These installs and uses were inside VMware 5.5.1 which was running inside SuSE 10.0 and not the actuall machine. It was getting to hairy to change my Linux portion of my system to the latest Beta, only to find out that it wasn't going to work properly. So I decided to use VMware for something besides running Windows. I now install the latest betas inside VMware. If they prove to be ok then I can install them in my real Linux portion of my system. So far I am still running version 10.0 as my main Linux.

Preparing for Beta-5 & Beta-6

    Today is 26 Feb 06. The beta-5 was released last-today. (that's 3 year old for yesterday)
    And now it is 03 Mar 06. Didn't get a lot done with Beta-5. Beta-6 is starting out the same way.


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

Praises Given:

    How about... both 5 and 6 look better ... still rough... but better.

The Install:

    The install was tricky unless you know what you wanted. There were no descriptions on the software selctions. I took some guesses on some, based on what my feeble brain could recall.

    The worst part of the install was detection at the end. In both, I had to set up my video after the stuff was installed. In other words, at first boot. I did not get a KDE desktop. Just a text one. Check out the VMware section for what was done. I found this info on a forum mentioned.


First Login:

    As mentioned above, I did not get a KDE desktop. However, after using sax2 properly I was able to get a KDE desktop at boot-up.
   sax2 -m 0=vesa or sax2 -m 1=vesa.
The 0 or 1 correspond to your graphic chipset. You can find out that by typing sax2 -p.




    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.

USB Mouse:

Beta-5:Works at the Login Screen....and thereafter... hurray!!

    Beta-6 The USB mouse also worked in this version.


Networking - Samba smb & nmb and apache:

Beta-5 Note & Beta-6
After executing the commands listed at the end of the VMware Tools install, I was able to see dusty2, which is my other VMware window for Win2k. However, I have not yet been able to view the rest of the system.

    First, I had to join the group. TRComputing.

    Second, I had to share something from dusty-tr2. notes1

    Then I could see all.



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




Beta-5 Note & Beta-6 I could hear the sound when Linux booted up. That was good.




Beta-5 Note & Beta-6 Worked fine.



Internet & Browsers:

Beta-5 Note:




Beta-5 Note:



Compile the kernel??

Beta-5 Note:There hasn't been a kernel compile yet but there was one for VMware Tools. I will do a full kernel compile later.




Beta-5 Note & Beta-6
From: Scot's Newsletter Forums

you could try sax2 in a vesa mode. ... ie either sax2 -m 0=vesa or sax2 -m 1=vesa. The 0 or 1 correspond to your graphic chipset. You can find out that by typing sax2 -p.

From the tail end of VMware Tools install:

The configuration of VMware Tools 5.5.1 build-19175 for Linux for this running
kernel completed successfully.

You must restart your X session before any mouse or graphics changes take

You can now run VMware Tools by invoking the following command:
"/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox" during an XFree86 session.

To use the vmxnet driver, restart networking using the following commands:
/etc/init.d/network stop
rmmod pcnet32
rmmod vmxnet
depmod -a
modprobe vmxnet
/etc/init.d/network start


--the VMware team



Beta-5 Note:Ok this was a FULL install. In the previous alpha's and beta's I had some trouble getting everything needed to compile and setup bluefish. For this version it worked fine. I had to install the following packages in order to get this to work:

  • pkg-config
  • libgtk2.0-dev
  • pcre-config
After the above were placed into action, I could then compile and install bluefish. In fact this little section about bluefish is being written in bluefish.




    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:

Beta-5 Note:



K3B - CD/DVD recording:

Beta-5 Note:



Zip Drive:

Beta-5 Note: Now then, in order to get my Parallel zip drive working in 10.0 I had to set things up manually.

In fstab:
/dev/sda4   /media/zip   subfs  user,noauto,fs=auto,procuid,nosuid,nodev,sync    0 0
create /media/zip

and then, create the device node (be careful with your spelling!):

cd /dev
mknod sda4 b 8 4
chown root:disk sda4

    Well, that wasn't so great. Only worked for the current session.


Floppy Drive

Beta-5 Note:



Waiting for Beta-6 ? ? ?




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