SuSE 10.3 Released


    Funny, or I should say, interesting, what you can find when you are blindly searching on the Net. I haven't started a switch to SuSE 10.3 yet but I will. I wanted to include the following quote from UnixAdminTalk , just for an FYI.

"The SUSE Linux distribution was originally a German translation of Slackware Linux. In mid-1992, Softlanding Linux System (SLS) was founded by Peter MacDonald, and was the first comprehensive distribution to contain elements such as X and TCP/IP."


    If... and/or when... I set up SuSE Linux version 10.3 I need to get the permissions corrected between my VMware/Win2k and the XP/Linux partitions. I got in to big of a hurry with this new setup (when I got my new PC) and I don't have proper permissions to do some of the things that I used to do.

The 10.3 Schedule

  • Wed, May 16: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4 release
  • Thu, Jun 14: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha5 release
  • Thu, Jul 19: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha6 release
  • Thu, Aug 9: openSUSE 10.3 Beta1 release
  • Thu, Aug 23: openSUSE 10.3 Beta2 release
  • Thu, Sep 6: openSUSE 10.3 Beta3 release
  • Thu, Sep 20: openSUSE 10.3 Release Candidate 1 release
  • Thu, Sep 27: openSUSE 10.3 Goldmaster release (internal)
  • Thu, Oct 4: openSUSE 10.3 public release
  Currently it is:

Monday, October 01, 2007

    The release is only 3 days away. I brought down the Beta 3 version and could not get it properly loaded. Course I was trying to load it inside VMware. Still, that shouldn't have made any difference. Finally gave up. Then I brought down Release Canidate 1. I had a few problems and could not get it to load UNLESS I had Pacman and the other OSS and Non-OSS sites specified in my repositories. This caused it to take a long time to install cause it brought down a number of files. I certainly hope that the "Released" version of the download DVD is in better shape.

  Note:    I have complained about Microsoft not following the CSS standards... well this time it looks like Firefox isn't doing so well. Had one heck of a time getting the Div Table below to properly line up. Finally had to result to trickery for Firefox. This time Microsoft worked properly and Firefox didn't. I just don't think everyone is co-ordinated on this CSS stuff.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 8:05am Arizona time..

    Alllrighty... The day of release is here. How-some-ever, as usual it is still not there and looks like a long wait. I really believe that release dates are only approximates and enthusiasm builders. From the forums I see harsh complaints about the code not being posted yet and exclamations of exasperation. You would think that the world is comming to an end.
Note:    It took over 15hrs to download this on a cable connection.

    This is still to complicated for the average Joe or Josephine. Shoot, even the people writing up how to use this can't keep it straight. I still like it better than Windows but it is not easy to set up. If you have a previous intimatate knowlegde and some hints as to what is going on and what is needed from past experience ... ok. But if you are comming into this cold ... Windows is easier. Plain and simple fact.

    ******************** Good Advice from the SuSE Linux Support Forums *******************

Notes on CD Burning- I saw the following quote on another forum, and I think it provides a good explanation as to why one can have problems with a CD that to all extents and purposes appears good, yet one can't boot from the CD (or one gets errors in trying to read from some applications/rpms on the CD).
When you burn to a low speed, the data is written more "clearly" on the disc (higher speed writes tend to burn the data "fainter" and this can make reading slower). The problem is that most BIOS don't give the computer much time to read the disc before trying to boot from it. If the disc is faint, it may take longer to read, and then the computer will not read it in time to boot from it.
Such a read problem can happen to old PCs, old CD drives, poor quality CDs, and CD's burned at a high speed.
The problem is not with the burner itself, it is the "lighter" burn on the CD/DVD. It does not matter what quality of disc is being used, a "heavier", ie slower burn will creat a more stable image and will last longer.
There is some skepticality about the statement that the quality of the disk doesn't matter, but it useful to read the comment on the slow speed being desireable. Experience is that high quality CD/DVDs do make a difference, but will concede that low qual CD/DVDs will work on occasion, and the advantage offered by hiqher quality CD/DVDs is not always consistantly superior. The view is, one should do the best one can, to improve the odds of success.

    From the SuSE Manual there are some suggestions for preparation:
5.1 Updating the System

5.1.1 Preparations

Before updating, copy the old configuration files to a separate medium, such as streamer, removable hard disk, USB stick, or ZIP drive, to secure the data. This primarily applies to files stored in /etc as well as some of the directories and files in /var and /opt. You may also want to write the user data in /home (the HOME directories) to backup medium. Back up this data as root. Only root has read permission for all local files.

Before starting your update, make note of the root partition. The command df / lists the device name of the root permission. There is also df -h.
    ********************************************* End quotes ************************************************

    Ok. With the download completed and the above info we can now create the installation DVD. Remember we are burning a disk image NOT a data disk. Well, with this latest download of the Released Version, I have the same problem in burning the image as I had with the Beta's and the RC. Gets to the end and says that it is flushing the buffer and then just dies. The system is locked up and requires a power off to recover.

    Now then, I used K3B in SuSE version 10.2. This is my newest system and it has one of HP's newer LightScribe drives. (HT-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H20L) .....My New PC. Like the Beta's and the RC I will attempt to use it anyway. It worked with the previous images. Have to see if the same thing happens with the K3B included in this new version.


The Install:

System Hardware Info:

  • HP 7480 - Intel Pentium D 3.2 GHz 940 Dual Core
  • 1 - Western Digital 300GB 7200rpm SATA HD
  • 1 - Seagate 300GB 7200rpm SATA HD
  • 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive
  • IDE-DVD ROM drive
  • Floppy - none
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
  • HP wireless keyboard
  • HP premium wireless mouse
  • IDE ATA/ATAPI: Intel(r) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
  • Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
  • External Parallel Port 250MB Zip Drive
  • HP cp1700 Printer - Networked
  • Netgear RT311 Router
  • Netgear PS110 Print Server
  • Hawking 5 port switch/hub
The system disc structure:
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda6              50G  6.2G   42G  13% /
udev                 1014M  136K 1014M   1% /dev
/dev/sda7              69G   42G   24G  64% /home
/dev/sda1             147G   19G  129G  13% /windows/C
/dev/sdb1             264G   20G  245G   8% /windows/D
/dev/sda2              11G  7.2G  3.3G  70% /windows/E
/dev/sdb5              16G  3.3G   13G  21% /windows/L

    The initial installs were with 10.3 Beta 3 and then with RC1 inside VMware. I wasn't real happy with them but then they are preliminary. Hopefully the Released version will install and operate better.

Friday, October 05, 2007 My first test with the Released version will be to install it in a VMware Virtual Machine. Then I will try the update route so I don't have to load everything again. Hopefully it will all work as it is supposed to. Hmmmmm... Houston... we have a problem. The MD5SUM passed when the file was read by K3B but it failed when read by the Start Check at the beginning of the install. Will re-burn at the slower speed ... like I should have in the first place.

    Whoa!!! Well, I got burned by my favorite company again. HP. They must have developed some kind of problem in making their DVDs. Way back when I got (purchased) my last machine it contained one of the first writeable DVD drives. I never had a problem with that original drive, with their original DVDs. They made a change in their DVDs... and I have had problems ever since. They flat out would not work with the first DVD drive and I have had problems with these new LightScribe drives. I just changed to a Maxell DVD+RW disk and it worked OK right off!! When I did the Start Check at the beginning of the install it checked ok. The HP disk has become my latest coaster!

    The install went clean without a hitch. Now I need to see if I can enable VMware Tools. I couldn't in the Beta or RC versions. Possibly cause I didn't get good load due to the bad disk. It really isn't important cause the whole thing is going to go away. Just wanted to see if the install will be clean... and it is. Alllrighty now!! Just got VMware-tools to work in the new SuSE 10.3. Happy!!

Update Instead of New Install

    Normally I don't like updates. They never seem to "update" correctly. But, I don't want to have to re-load all this. So, we sign off for now and will continue after the update.

    Hurah, Hooray!! My system came back up. The disappointing, and enlightening, thing is that the desktop looks the same. So there is no real indication that the update/change to SuSE 10.3 was made.

    Speaking of Updates; they have incorporated some "HP and Microsoft". I am now getting a pop-up dialog at the bottom right corner of my screen telling me about system updates... SuSE Linux Updates. This is the first time for Linux, that I know of. Leastwise, the first time for SuSE. Not sure if I like it ... or not. Hmmmmmmm....
Note:   I guess it is ok. You get notified when an Update is available with the option to install it. So far they have been clean updates.

    Bummer!!  The above mentioned new updates bit me. I allowed and update to something concerning FireFox, unfortunately I didn't write down what, and it caused problems. If you just drug the cursor over one of my entries in the Flash on my WebPage that caused a beep ... it locked up Firefox. The version I had was and I found that there was a newer version. On another whim I downloaded and installed the new version. No more lockups.


    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. Just installed it here in 10.3 and it appears to work.

    These were not hard at all to setup. It was done in the update this time. They just carried over.


First Login:

    So far so good. How-some-ever, I do believe that I got to many choices at the initial Login Screen. They are:

  open SUSE 10.3-
  Failsafe -- open SUSE 10.3-
  openSUSE 10.3
  WinXP Media Center
  HP Recovery
  openSUSE 10.3 (Failsafe)

What I don't understand is the 4 SuSE logins. I will either have to figure it out myself OR ... ask.
The Values or choices at bottom of screen are:

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


USB Mouse:

    Well, in this new system, the HP 7480, it is a Wireless USB mouse and keyboard. Both are working. I really didn't have to do a thing. So they are getting better at detecting the various hardware.


USB Ops:

    If you read the WebPage at Legacy USB Support in SuSE 10.2 you will find that there are some changes in the USB for SuSE Linux. This was concerning version 10.2 but I do believe that 10.3 will also be affected. Once again, I have a copy of this page and if you find it missing please contact me and I will put my copy up here on the Web. Till then, read the reference and make your own decisions.

    Well, so far it is ok. I do believe that the item that needs checking is the SD card slots. That still needs to be performed. Later: I put the SD card in and could read it in SuSE but not in Win2K inside VMware. So I do believe that I neeed the fix.

Later, later:  Did not have to do the fix. I was able to mount the SD card via the VMware USB devices and read it in Win2K.

    VMWare USB device issues on openSUSE 10.3 is an article on the Web concerning this. They list the following entry in /etc/fstab as being a problem: usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
However, in the version of openSuSE 10.3 that I got, it is listed as using the defaults: usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0 and it seems to work.


Networking - Samba smb & nmb and apache:

    At first looks the network appears to have carried over intact. Further checks are needed but I can see the other systems through the Network Browsing icon on the desktop.

    I can fire up VMware, Start Win2k, get into Windows Explorer and then look at the drives over on the WinXP partition. Annndd... I can access the files. Let's see now an example dir:

   drwxrwxr-x   9 root  users    8192 2007-09-06 11:01 Downloads/

Notice that it is "Owned" by root, but it can also be modified by members of users group. Matter of fact the whole L: drive is setup this way.

    The list below shows the list of my Windows partitions. The first one listed is the recovery partition that HP places on all its systems. This way you theoretically don't need recovery discs. How-some-ever, that has proven to be a fallacy. There are ways to really destroy these systems and the only recovery is to wipe clean and start over. So they have included software to create recovery CD's or DVD's. You can also get free ones in the first 90 days or purchase them at a later date.
    The second partition is a FAT32 that I created in order to share files between Linux and Windows. This is due to the fact that Linux does not understand NTFS straight out of the box ... yet. In the Windows system, NTFS is the most efficient file system. Less wasted space per file. In other words, smaller clusters. Discs are divided up into partitions, then tracks, then clusters and then sectors. The very original counting and numbering system for disc drives was small. Therefore, in order to handle the HD's as they became larger they had to invent clusters. These are multiples of disc sectors, which is the smallest unit on a disc. Each file occupies a minimum of one whole cluster.

drwxrwxr-x 11 root users  8192 1969-12-31 17:00 E/  HP Recovery
drwxrwxr-x 15 root users  8192 1969-12-31 17:00 L/  FAT32 to share across systems.
dr-xr-xr-x  1 root users 12288 2007-08-24 18:03 D/  Windows NTFS D:
dr-xr-xr-x  1 root users 12288 2007-09-19 05:51 C/  Windows NTFS C:
See MS Defaults for more info.

    Once again, 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.

Hmmmmmm.... I don't remember re-setting up Samba or anything else after this "Update". Need to check that. Ok, I did some checking and found that my apache is not running. Without that I get no Web Pages. Looks like that didn't get carried over OR I never set it up when I changed systems. I don't remember!! However, smbd and nmbd are running according to QPS. I do not see and httpd.

"Borrowed" from a discussion at LinuxForums
dusty-tr2:/etc/apache2 # /etc/init.d/apache2 status
Checking for httpd2:                                                  unused
dusty-tr2:/etc/apache2 # /etc/init.d/apache2 start
Starting httpd2 (prefork) httpd2-prefork: Syntax error on line 210 of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: Could
  not open configuration file /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf: No such file or directory

The command line was:
/usr/sbin/httpd2-prefork -f /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
dusty-tr2:/etc/apache2 # /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
httpd2-prefork: Syntax error on line 210 of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: Could not open configuration
  file /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf: No such file or directory
dusty-tr2:/etc/apache2 #

    Now we need to find out why apache did not get started. I've had this problem before. All I have to do is remember what I did or where in my notes to find it.

    This entry: "Include /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-userdir.conf" a fix in the last version proved to be a problem in this version. I can now get apache2 started but still cannot get my WebPages. I get the old:
Object not found!
The requested URL was not found on this server. If you entered the URL manually please check your spelling and try again.

If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
Error 404
Sun Oct 14 03:00:31 2007
Apache/2.2.4 (Linux/SUSE)
I removed the symbolic link and placed it in my home dir... no help. Something in the apache2 configuration that I have missed... again! In the apache2 error log I get:
[Sun Oct 14 02:37:39 2007] [error] [client] File does not exist: /srv/www/htdocs/~ctaylor
In the access log I get: - - [14/Oct/2007:03:59:44 -0700] "GET /~ctaylor/index.php HTTP/1.1" 404 1029 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070730 SUSE/ Firefox/"
Which appears to be correct.

    Inside /etc/apache2/mod_userdir.conf I had to uncomment "UserDir public_html". The comment above it stated:
# the UserDir directive is actually used inside the virtual hosts, to
# have more control
The above fix was just a WAG. I had run accross comments in a Forum that talked about putting the include for mod_userdir inside the default-server.conf file. I tried that and it didn't work. I put the include back in httpd.conf and all is working now with the uncommented line mentioned above. I also put back the symbolic link from my Linux home dir to the public_html dir over on my WinXP L: drive. Thanks to the Lord for opening my mind, and eyes, and showing a fix for this problem.



    Well, I dragged my feet long enough and they have included the NTFS stuff in this release. I never did get around to doing anything with it. Only researching and reading about it. So, now we get to try it.

You need to install the package search for ntfs in yast or smart
 You need:
I found the bottom 3 items included in 10.3 but not ntfs-config. In order to get that one I had to check-mark the "Main OSS" repository in the repositories selections. So, it came from online, not as part of the disc image software. There was also an ntfsprogs-devel file that I did not select. Will have to remember it if I do anything with NTFS files in my developments.

For openSUSE 10.3, ntfs-3g is installed by default and write support is enabled.

By default, only root user can write on NTFS partition. Modify /etc/fstab to reflect umask=0002 to enable user writing.

For example

SATA or PATA (IDE) drive
#Device    Mountpoint  Filesystem  Parameters
/dev/sda1  /windows/C  ntfs-3g     user,users,gid=users,umask=0002,locale=en_US.UTF-8  0 0
Other options
#Device                 Mountpoint  Filesystem  Parameters
/dev/disk/by-label/win  /windows/C  ntfs-3g     user,users,gid=users,umask=0002,locale=en_US.UTF-8  0 0


    Downloaded and installed ntfs-config via YAST. Need to test it out.

    The first item to check is ntfs-config. This is executed in "root" at the command line. You will be presented with a dialog box containing some choices:
Now then, I am showing the dialog with advanced selected. This shows your drives and allows you to select individual ones. Notice that the check box for Enable write support for internal device has a dash in it. This is cause I only selected one of my WinXP drives for writing. I want to maintain protection on the "C" drive.

    The main reason for this is to share storage space efficiently. There are certain items that I want to use/share in both systems. In this new systm I now have two 300GB drives. The primary one is used to install/hold the Operating Systems. Even with the 300GB primary split (partitioned), each half is still larger than I had in my previous system.

Notice that in the "Type" column that Windows drive "D" is now of type ntfs-3g. The "C" drive is still just ntfs.

    Also take note that the picture above lists my zip drive. More about that in the Zip Drive section below. It is a 250MB drive with a 100MB disk in it at present.

    Well, I just did an acid test. I downloaded a file from the Net and it was an over-write of one that was already on my drive. The NTFS Windows D: drive. It did it. Now I need to get into Windows and see if the file is executable. Wait a minute!! I am in Windows! I tried it and it worked.

    Not out of the woods yet. I could not save to the WinXP D: drive from Win2k inside VMware. Nore could I download to the WinXP L: drive. I had to download to the Win2k C: drive, copy from there to the WinXP L: drive, then switch out to Linux and copy from the WinXP L: drive to the WinXP D: drive. Not sure how much of this is just permissions versus NTFS and Linux. Another item to investigate.

    Hmmmmm.... My previous listing of the WinXP drives showed them ALL in the users group, but owned by root. This time, they are still owned by root, but two are in the root group. Interesting that those are the two that are NTFS.

drwxrwxr-x 11 root users  8192 1969-12-31 17:00 E/
dr-xr-xr-x  1 root root  12288 2007-09-19 05:51 C/
drwxrwxr-x 15 root users  8192 2007-10-13 11:00 L/
drwxrwxrwx  1 root root  12288 2007-10-13 11:33 D/



    Added myself to the root group in hopes that it would allow me to execute my WebPages ... nope.
Note:   This turned out to be an Apache start problem.



    Welll... the printer setup did not get transferred. I tried to print out a map from Firefox and it did not work. My notes in the previous version say that I used Yast to setup the printer. I copied the configuration info over from version 10.2 and will mark in red anything that changes.

    The setup in Yast consisted of getting into Yast, selecting the hardware, then selecting the printer and it went out and checked everything. I didn't have to do a thing!! Well that was a lie. It didn't print and I had to go into the Yast settings and select the hpijs PPD file.

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)   This was really selected in the previous version but I had to re-select it here.
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




    Desktop sounds for Linux can be found at /opt/kde3/share/sounds. I changed the sign on sound to the one from SuSE 7.3 which, as it turns out, is KDE_Startup_1.ogg.

    Yep. I can hear it... However, still have the Firefox problem. If I have Firefox going and I use the sound, I will then get a complaint from Win2K in VMware that the dsp device is busy and it can't use it. If I exit Firefox, it is then ok. ??? Hmmmmmmm.... Well, it is not exactly Firefox. It is Flash inside Firefox. From the reads on the Network, it is a Linux problem with sound. OSS versus aoss. I read about some changes from Petr but those were for a system using artsdsp or esddsp and I use neither. Mine is using alsa... which is supposed to use aoss. lsmod | grep snd and lspci.

dusty-tr:/etc # rcalsasound start
Starting sound driver:  already running                               done
dusty-tr:/etc # set_default_volume -f
dusty-tr:/etc # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo

    Found this info on the SuSE forums.
Basically, use #lsof /dev/snd/* and #fuser /dev/snd/* to determine what programs have *these* sound files open. In my case, because I had turned on KDE's desktop icon preview feature for audio files, the kdesktop program had opened these files; it pipes its preview back through /dev/dsp. Other processes can do the same. They need to be killed to free /dev/dsp. There is a good chance that simply executing as root - #/etc/init.d/alsasound restart - will take care of it for you.

    I think this somewhat helps but further testing will be necessary... which I did and the results were as follows:

  • Before Firefox started:
  • dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # lsof /dev/snd/*
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # fuser /dev/snd/*
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
  • After Firefox started BUT before causing sound in Flash:
  • dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # lsof /dev/snd/*
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # fuser /dev/snd/*
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
  • After causing a sound in Flash:
  • dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # lsof /dev/snd/*
    firefox-b 4249 ctaylor  mem    CHR  116,6      42230 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p
    firefox-b 4249 ctaylor   47r   CHR  116,2      42065 /dev/snd/timer
    firefox-b 4249 ctaylor   49u   CHR  116,6      42230 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p
    firefox-b 4249 ctaylor   50u   CHR  116,8      42244 /dev/snd/controlC0
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # fuser /dev/snd/*
    /dev/snd/controlC0:   4249
    /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p:    4249m
    /dev/snd/timer:       4249
    dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
    Now you mus be careful with the alsa restart. I did it with VMware and Firefox open and it closed them both!! Almost lost all this editing update. Had some difficulties with my sound on this new system in the beginning which are talked about over in my New System file at Sound 7480.

        Allllrighty now...! There is a fix.

    Sound - SuSE 10.3 and 11.0

        I won't be able to get proper tests on sound till I get the VMware/Linux sound problem fixed. (the "fixes" are listed / talked about below) It is mainly with/through, Firefox/Flash. There are supposed to be fixes, but I haven't been able to get any of them to work. I get the following at Win2k startup in VMware "IF" I have Firefox going AND I have used the sound in my Flash header:
    I do not get the above "IF" I do not have Firefox open OR I avoid making sound via my Flash header.

    1) artsdsp and esddsp must not use absolute paths. I.e. ~5th line from the end of artsdsp should read:     (In /opt/kde3/bin/artsdsp)
       # changed on 4 Mar 08 according to petr
       # LD_PRELOAD=${libdir}/${libdir}/
    Didn't help.
    Are you sure you performed chmod commands on two *arts* libraries? Library must have suid bit set to be eligible for LD_PRELOAD to suid application. And maybe that artsd on your system is different version than on mine: make sure that you have and in /usr/lib directory - they should be symlinks to and, and these two files are two which should be suid.
    dusty-tr2:/opt/kde3/lib # chmod u+s
    dusty-tr2:/opt/kde3/lib # chmod u+s
    Didn't help.

    2) Ok. Installed vmwaredsp-1.3 and this apparently fixed the loss of sound when using Flash in Firefox in the SuSE Linux host. However, I do get the message:
    But it still works... or at least appears to. This is in SuSE ver 10.3 which is the Host for my VMware Ops.

        For mixer - what 'cat /dev/mixer' says ? mixer is not passed through vmwaredsp by default, you must have special VMDSP_MIXER_PASSTHROUGH=yes environment variable set, and you must use esd. Other backends do not support volume settings, so you have to accept that it will not work.
    And besides that I was informed that vmwaredsp wrapper does not work with WS5.5 - WS5.5 uses some new ioctl which is not fully implemented, and as such once guest will start play sound, it will start playing silence at 100% of processor power, instead of doing any further progress. Your best bet is at this moment OSS emulation for Alsa - alsa should coexist with both esd/artsd...

        The information for the fixes came from Petr Vandrovec via the VMware Communities discussions.
    Specifically: Linux Sound

    End SuSE Sound Note





        Well now, we have a problem that was not noticed right off. The display is shifted 1/4 inch to the right. I believe that I had shifted it that much in the previous version in order to get the textual sign-on to be on screen. I like to watch the sign on commands and the sign on screen was shiffted to the left. Well, so is this one. BUT, the actual system destop comes up shifted to the right! Hmmmm....

        When I click on Configure Desktop, in the menu presented by a right click on the Desktop, I find that the Display doesn't have any configuration yet. So, we click on Yast, System Administration, and then in Hardware click on Graphics Card on Monitor. Inside this window we are presented with NVidia GeForce 7300 LE and Sony SDM-HS95P which are correct. So, we click on the OK and it says that it is going to test the configuration. Part of the test is aligning the display. I did. When the test was exited, a dialog stated that the modifications would take place on the next graphics system restart. So we will restart the system.

        Well, this is one of the bad features of Linux. The display is still shifted 1/4 inch to the right!! Went into Hardware configuration and stepped it to the left two clicks instead of only one. Saved the info. Restarting.

        Ya know, sometimes I wonder why I put up with this... still offset. Probably need to get the NVidia drivers. I'm sure the previous ones got over-written or something.
    The following is an example of how to install the NVidia drivers but the directions are incorrect or out of date. Instead of Installation Source you select Software Repositories. The rest seems to be ok.
     Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

       YaST -> Software -> Installation Source -> Add

       Protocol: HTTP
       Server Name: :
       Directory on Server: /opensuse/10.3

     to add the NVIDIA ftp server as additional installation source.
     Now use

       YaST -> Software -> Software Management

     to install the NVIDIA driver. Select the following packages:


        Well now. After that switcher-oo we have a desktop that lines up properly. I didn't get the chance to watch the boot up so I am not sure where the text portion lines up or not. Will have to check that later.
    Later:   Oh darn... the text sign on is shifted off to the left. Not sure on how to co-ordinate these screens.



        Yeah!! Worked just fine.


    Internet & Browsers:

        The browser is still Firefox and so far appears to work ok. The pleasant surprise is Thunderbird. It appears that the new 2.0 version go loaded. This was noted by the sign on page. One of the better and more pleasant ones that I have seen.

        Whoa!! Another plesant surprise. In this Thunderbird when I click on the junk "dot" it DOES NOT show one of the messages by default. I actually have to select a message to be shown! Great!

        Well, a problem. I tried to relpy to a message and could not!!! Now then, even though there are claims that Linux doesn't need it, I am going to do the old system restart. Later: Well, whether the restart fixed it or not, I can reply to messages now.



        PHP is working. I finally got the apache2 config files properly setup and I can now execute my WebPages locally. Since I used PHP and I have an index.php that works, that shows PHP is working.


    Compile the kernel??

        Haven't had a need to ... yet.



        Naturally VMware did not work. It must be setup with the current kernel. I had to execute, which I did, and it failed. Had to go out and get vmware-any-any-update113, install it and then do the configuration. After which, VMware worked.




        This carried over in the "Update" and appears to work fine.



        Now that I have my WebPages working locally I will be able to check this out.

        Well, I did. I was able to start mysql. Then went to my WebPages and tried to bring up the customer database I have created. Got the code but no data!! Darn, I hope that I haven't lost all that. I should have a backup somewhere ... right??? All I have to do now is remember where it goes...!

        Allllrighty ... thanks to some previous notes I found the data. Don't know why mysql code couldn't but it had locks on it and I could not access the files or dirs as myself. Must be the problem. Think I had something like this happen to me before. I'll have to check all the permissions. This is what makes a secure system a pain in the %@#$ for legal users. Another reason DOS and Windows became so popular.

        Re-installed phpMyAdmin. I had it on the old PC and even though I had MySQL working in the previous Linux version on this PC, don't remember using phpMyAdmin. Anyway it is installed and I will see if I can use it to re-setup my mysql DB. It gets installed under /srv/www/htdocs.

        Well, don't know what I did but I only see the locks on the dirs under /var/lib/mysql. The files do not have locks today. I'll swear that they all did yesterday. At any rate, I can access the DB if I select an individual customer but the "Show All" is not working. I was only trying the Show All yesterday and so I don't know if the single select worked or not. But... we will just continue on from here and see what the problem is with Show All.




    QPS - Process Monitor:

        This carried over in the "Update" and appears to work fine.


    K3B - CD/DVD recording:



    Zip Drive:

        Once again I have to run a script in order to access my Zip Drive ... Unless ... I start the system with a disk in the drive. You can see in the Disk Free map above in the NTFS that the drive is listed but I can not use it. I insert a disk and it still says it can't find the drive. I must execute the following, as root, first:

       cd /dev
       mknod sdg4 b 8 100
       chown root:disk sdg4

    After this I can use the drive as "normal".


    Floppy Drive

    Note:My new PC, the HP m7480n: Big change here. There is no floppy!! Seems that they don't include floppy drives on the "New Systems." Guess I did only rarely use it. But ... there were uses. Haven't decided on whether to get an external USB one yet or not.



    DVD CD Ops



    TV Ops

        Got a TV tuner with this machine and I have been able to get it to work in Windows mode. Now I want to get it to work in Linux mode. I started on this already and forgot to document what I did. So some beginning steps may be missed. If they are ... we'll all just have to surf the Web again to find the answers when needed.

    Note:   the operation of WinTV-PVR-150 requires two pieces: a WinTV driver and WinTV applications. We recommend you update both the driver and the application at the same time. (which means I will have to get a translation of both for Linux)

        First off it appears that SuSE 10.3 has most of what is needed. You just have to install it. The first item of interest is the ivtv code... because I have a "Hauppauge computer works WinTV PVR 150 MCE" card. Which contains an "iTVC16 (CX23416) MPEG-2 Encoder".

        Checking on the OpenSuSE 10.3 MythTV card list, I find my card at PVR-150. The remote is setup via PVR150 Remote but ... I already setup the lirc in SuSE. Well, let's see what happens.

        The firmware for the ivtv cards IVTV Cards. Note:   The name is vee-four-el, short for "video-for-linux". Also note that I used the procedures for SuSE 10.2 to install this on SuSE 10.3. So far, it seems to be working. Well, I haven't seen anything on the TV yet... but all the messages are indicating success.

    dusty-tr2:/ # rpm -qa | grep ivtv
    dusty-tr2:/ # lsd /lib/firmware/
      license-end-user.txt   ql2300_fw.bin  v4l-cx2341x-dec.fw    v4l-pvrusb2-24xxx-01.fw
      license-oemihvisv.txt  ql2322_fw.bin  v4l-cx2341x-enc.fw    v4l-pvrusb2-29xxx-01.fw
      ql2100_fw.bin          ql2400_fw.bin  v4l-cx2341x-init.mpg
      ql2200_fw.bin          ql6312_fw.bin  v4l-cx25840.fw

        Issued the following commands:
       sudo rpm -Uhv
       sudo rmmod ivtv
       sudo modprobe ivtv

    A dmesg command produced the following (more, but I didn't include it all)

    ivtv:  ==================== START INIT IVTV ====================
    ivtv:  version 0.10.3 (tagged release) loading
    ivtv:  Linux version: SMP mod_unload 586 
    ivtv:  In case of problems please include the debug info between
    ivtv:  the START INIT IVTV and END INIT IVTV lines, along with
    ivtv:  any module options, when mailing the ivtv-users mailinglist.
    ivtv0: Autodetected Hauppauge card (cx23416 based)
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:04.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    ivtv0: loaded v4l-cx2341x-enc.fw firmware (376836 bytes)
    ivtv0: Encoder revision: 0x02060039
    ivtv i2c driver #0: Test OK
    tuner 1-0043: chip found @ 0x86 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
    tda9887 1-0043: tda988[5/6/7] found @ 0x43 (tuner)
    tuner 1-0061: chip found @ 0xc2 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
    cx25840 1-0044: cx25843-24 found @ 0x88 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
    cx25840 1-0044: loaded v4l-cx25840.fw firmware (16382 bytes)
    wm8775 1-001b: chip found @ 0x36 (ivtv i2c driver #0)
    tveeprom 1-0050: Hauppauge model 26552, rev F0A3, serial# 8836455
    tveeprom 1-0050: tuner model is TCL MFNM05-4 (idx 103, type 43)
    tveeprom 1-0050: TV standards NTSC(M) (eeprom 0x08)
    tveeprom 1-0050: audio processor is CX25843 (idx 37)
    tveeprom 1-0050: decoder processor is CX25843 (idx 30)
    tveeprom 1-0050: has radio, has no IR receiver, has no IR transmitter
    ivtv0: Autodetected Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150
    ivtv0: Registered device video0 for encoder MPEG (4 MB)
    ivtv0: Registered device video32 for encoder YUV (2 MB)
    ivtv0: Registered device vbi0 for encoder VBI (1 MB)
    ivtv0: Registered device video24 for encoder PCM audio (1 MB)
    ivtv0: Registered device radio0 for encoder radio
    tuner 1-0061: type set to 43 (Philips NTSC MK3 (FM1236MK3 or FM1236/F))
    ivtv0: Initialized Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150, card #0
    ivtv:  ====================  END INIT IVTV  ====================
    Now, one of the problems we have here is with the remote. It says that I don't have one ... but I do and it is USB connected. I haven't made that "legacy" change for the USB ports yet and this is another indication that I may have to.
    Ref: Analogue TV card

        The biggest problem is ... which TV viewer works with this stuff???! None of them seem to work. This is the problem with Linux. You have to chase around to much to get something working. Course that is supposed to be fun. Not so sure I am enjoying myself right now.

        v4l2-ctl utility command works as far as getting info and showing that some of this stuff got loaded.

        Had to setup a MySQL DB for MythTV. I gave root the password of rootpw.



    Font Ops

        This is assuming that you have a dual boot system setup.

    cp -i /windows/C/WINDOWS/fonts/*.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype
    cp -i /windows/C/WINDOWS/fonts/*.TTF /usr/share/fonts/truetype

    IF you get asked to overwrite, answer "n" to keep the version of the font that came with openSUSE, or answer "y" to replace it with the microsoft version.

    Restart X and there they are .



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