God says, if we put him at the top of our list, everything else in our lives will fall into place.
    SuSE 11.0  &  11.1  &  VMware
 Current time:
 Next Event: GM Dec 18, 2008

Reference or Jump Table

Nope. This is NOT well organized. If you want that you will have to go to one of the Pro Sites. This was done as I was doing it.

  I swear, once I get this working properly, I ain't never gona update again!!  
Well, I didn't listen to myself closely. I obtained SuSE 11.2 and Windows 7 at around the same time. Being a user, supporter and a somewhat promoter of VMware, I like to check out new systems via it. Well that takes room... room that I hadn't planned for in my initial setup of this machine. The short story is ... I had a BIG Crash. The long story can be viewed in Starting Over listed in the selections on the left. This is being mentioned here cause things have changed. As I am re-setting up and using these notes for reference I am finding that out more and more. So, notations will be made if/when I remember.

Plans and Intentions

     Clarification(18Aug09): This has definately become more about 11.1 than 11.0.
This started out to be just a "review" of openSuSE 11.1, loaded up inside my VMware 5.5.8 (recently updated to 5.5.9) running on openSuSE 11.0. Think that I might have moved from 10.3 to 11.0 to quickly. Some, or even most, of the items discovered or setup here will probably be through the 11.0 version. I do believe that most of the items will all work for both and if not it will be specified. I'm having trouble with the USB Ops again. Technically this is between VMware and version 11.0 but I am bringing it up here cause I do believe it is gona be the same problem. And on that note I decided to combine the two.

Hopefully I have done enough of these that I won't forget to include what is needed. But that may be to much to ask. The Index table above will allow you to jump to specific sections of interest. The subject area may, or may not, be complete. I will be putting items in the index, as I think of them, that are, or will be discussed. If anything brings curiosity to your mind and you would like to discuss it, click on my name at the bottom and send me an e-mail.

The index, or menu, on the left is not as full as it used to be, but if you go to one of those pages you will find links to all my SuSE Linux experiences and a few others. One of these days I may get all these pages properly formtted...to work on all screen sizes. Unless I get a lot of complaints, or I find some real slick way of doing it, they will probably stay as they are.
One of those Side Notes:  The jump table above has borders around it depending on which Browser you are using. My glorious Firefox does NOT show the borders. (Well, there I go lying again. The borders are now showing in Firefox and I don't remember what I did to get them to work!!) IE 6 does!! Will we ever get anything in CSS that both can agree on?? See: CSSstyles Div Tag


    The answer to all this (all what?? failure to find the Virtual HD) is to just switch from LSIlogic to BUSlogic. Then the Hard Disk is found and openSuSE 11.0 GM is loaded. All of the frustrations mentioned below about it (the VMware HD) not working are no longer valid ... IF you use the BUSlogic controller in VMware.
I could not find an RPM command that would let you change one file inside an RPM file. All I could find were commands to create, update and install... and the updates were directed at the installed software NOT the RPM file itself.

Executive Summary

The main conclusions that can be drawn from these experiments are:

  • Both drivers are equivalent from a performance perspective for a large set of workloads.
  • The current version of the BusLogic driver needs additional configuration to reach the performance levels of the LSI Logic driver.
  • I/O adapter types / SCSI Adapters:
    • Using BusLogic is recommended.
    • Support for LSI Logic stopped working with the 2.6.20 kernel and later. However, if you are using VMWare Workstation 6.x, then the newer kernels can be used when they are configured correctly.
Note: Extracted from VMware Whitepaper


Up Front Announcement ..Sep 4, 2008

    After lots of worry and concern about upgrading to openSuSE version 11.0 I finally did it. After the update, not an install, the system rebooted and hung on a text boot screen waiting for me to sign on. However, it would not accept any keyboard input. Power off was required. Waited a couple of minutes and powered back on. The system booted up just fine.

  • OS: Linux i686
  • Current user: ctaylor@dusty-tr2
  • System: openSUSE 11.0 (i586)
  • KDE: 3.5.9 "release 49.1"

Now at this time I could even access VMware! Normally you have to do a vmware re-config when the kernel changes... for any reason. I had previously updated KDE to 3.5.9 and KDE 4.0 in 10.3. When it finished booting my screen looked the same. I had to check the Computer icon to see what I had. Results are listed above. There was nothing really tricky, it was just an update install... and it worked.

    Later: Well it happened. After a shutdown and then startup later I found that I had to re-configure VMware. During that adventure I was notified of some updates for VMware. I was at ver 5.5.7 and the new one is ver 5.5.8. Downloaded the "latest" and will be installing after I finish these notes. Oh yes, you will need vmware-any-any-update117 in order to get the vmmon and vmnet to properly compile for openSuSE 11.0.

    Allllrighty!!! We are now VMware version 5.5.8. With vmware-any-any-update117 loaded. So, loading up or installing openSuSE ver 11.0 with VMware version 5.5.x is a "Piece of Pie"... or is that cake??
More on this below... in the VMware section.


SuSE 11.1 GM (18 Dec 08)

     Well, the day is here and nothing yet. Course it is only 3:50am here in Phoenix... annndd... I don't have all my back-ups and saves checked. Need to make sure that I can recover/install this new system. I'm gona try the Update first. I really don't want to have to re-load all this stuff again.

    Forgot to note the time it started, 'round 9:15am I believe, but it finished at 11:19am. The download of the GM that is. It was a regular http download, they didn't force a BitTorrent on me this time.

    Alllrighty now, placed the disk in my DVD drive and then fired up VMware. It found the DVD and booted from it. After an initial splash screen we are presented with an Install screen with the usual choices, Boot from HD, Installation, Repair, Check or test. Naturally we are choosing Install. Upon pressing Enter, we get a Starting Dialog box that says it is Loading the Kernel. Then we get the normal SuSE starting screen while it loads the kernel. (Side note: The cursor is locked in the VMware screen. So the VMware Tools are not recognised ... yet.)

    Next we get to the Preparation for Installation Screen. Here you select trival, but major items, like the Language, Keyboard Layout and License Agreement. Upon clicking Next it Probes the system and checks the Hardware. After that we get to set the Time Zone. A really neat World Map... with flashing green dots for the selected locations. Hopefully the rest of the system will be as good as this. The other item set on this page is how you want the Hardware Clock set. UTC or Local time. I usually pick local time.

    Clicking on Next gets us to Desktop Selection. I like KDE so I chose it and it happens to be KDE 4.1. Hopefully, this will be like the previous Betas and the RC and will let me also load and use KDE 3.5 (it is and does)

    Hmmmmmm, after clicking Next I am presented with Suggested Partitioning. I thought I should be asked if I want a Full Install or an Upgrade. Maybe that is the next screen.

    Nope. Got a Create New User screen. We must enter a Full Name, a Username and Password. There is an option to use the "same password" for the system administrator and to have an Automatic Login. Well, in an attempt to be more like Windows we just blew the great Linux Security all to Hell. Oh well ... such is life. But I don't allow them and UN-check the boxes. Now because I UN-checked the boxes, after clicking on Next I was asked for a System Administrator or "root" Password. I entered one and clicked on Next. (The System complained about both of my Passwords being to simple. So maybe my previous complaint, about the Security, is weak. )

    Next in line is the Installation Settings Screen. Naturally, I am going to the Software section to get the items I want. KDE3, the C compiler, the Kernel-source and the Kernel-syms... needed so I can re-compile for VMware. The Selection comes up in Pattern and I prefer the Details section. I don't want or need a lot of the other Software cause this is only a test of the Basic System and I will get more when I Update my current Main system.

    Clicking on Accept (for the Software Changes) it takes us back to the Installation Settings. The only choice here is to Abort or Install (well there is a Back). I clicked on Install. This presented a Window stating that all information for the base installation is complete. Either Back or Install. Once again I chose Install. It then jumped to a Perform Installation screen. (Never did see a choice for Update or Install... less I missed it.?.? It claims to have formatted the Partitions. I'll have to check on Update or Install a little closer when I do my Main system.) Rather than watch the Slide Show I click on Details and watch it do its work. It is now installing ....it finished this screen and then went to a Finishing Basic Installation screen. Here it saved configuration and setup a boot manager. Then it re-booted.

    Ok it goes through the re-boot and then into Automatic Configuration. During this we see a Window that says it is probing the Graphics Card. After some more probing and configuation it presents us with a Login Screen. (cause I sad NO to auto logon) The only user I am presented with is me. I will fix it later to also show root as a choice. Interesting.... I can move the cursor freely outside of the VMware window. This means that it either saved my settings OR they have incorporated some of the tools in the System. I do believe that the later is the case.

    Allllrighty now. Someone is lying or this thing is using some of my previous settings. It did not default to KDE4, it came up in KDE3.5.10. Annndd...an icon was on the Desktop for VMware Tools. Well now, this is interesting. I tried to run a command from the desktop, SAX2 and I got a WebPage ... http://sax2.proxy2.chnd1.az.home.com/ NOT what I wanted!! Closed down the WebPage and went into YaST. Selected Hardware and then 'Graphics Card and Monitor'. This entered us into SaX2. There I changed the Display from 800x600@60HZ to 1024x768@60HZ. Ooooppss. First time for everything. Testing the 1024x768 config failed!! And I gota go to work.!! ... later. Welll, I didn't wait. Just like always I tried it one more time ... it worked!! So we now have a 1024x768 screen the next time we re-start the Graphics System. Yahooo!! After work.

After Work: Allllrighty now. Fired up VMware and looked at the new SuSE. We have the proper screen size. I do believe that we are ready to try the Big Change. The next report will be from inside openSuSE 11.1 or bust.

 Busted!! Well I lied: openSuSE 11.1 has not been installed yet... and I am back to reporting.

  1. Boot from the newly created openSuSE 11.1 DVD. Initial screen Update not a choice.
  2. In Install Mode after the Welcome and acceptance of the license, it went into System Analysis.
  3. Before asking Time Zone, it asked if this was a New Install or an Update. I chose Update.
  4. There were two check boxes. One for Autoconfig, which I unchecked, and one for Include Add-On Products from a separate CD. I checked this one. (first install I have done so)
  5. Clicked on Next and get warning about No Network Setup Found. Well, to keep it short, suffice it to say that no matter what I entered it was not satisfied. I skipped the Network.
  6. Now the Biggie. Got a Warning:
    Some partitions in the system on /dev/sda6 are mounted by kernel-device name. This is not reliable for the the update since kernel-device names are unfortunately not persistent. It is strongly recommended to start the old system and change the mount-by method to any other method for all partitions.
  7. All well and good. How do you do that to an existing working system???

    Could not find an acceptable clear answer to the above. So, I decided to give zypper a try. Haven't ever used it yet. Always a first time. The command to use from root is:
       zypper dist-upgrade -l
This is supposed to upgrade you. The -l says automagically say yes to the various licenses. Well, let's see if it works and I can say ... see you in SuSE 11.1.


dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # zypper dist-upgrade -l
Reading installed packages...
7 Problems:
Problem: python-compizconfig-0.7.8-2.5.i586 requires python = 2.6, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: ntfs-config-1.0.1-99.1.i586 requires /usr/bin/python2.5, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: amarok-1.4.10-43.4.i586 requires kdelibs3 >= 3.5.10, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: unsermake-0.4_20070504-103.1.i586 requires python < 2.6, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: swftools-0.8.1-0.pm.2.i586 requires python < 2.6, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: kdelibs3-devel-3.5.9-49.1.i586 requires kdelibs3 = 3.5.9, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: k3b-codecs-1.0.5-0.pm.5.i586 requires libavcodec.so.51, but this requirement cannot be provided

Problem: python-compizconfig-0.7.8-2.5.i586 requires python = 2.6, but this requirement cannot be provided
  uninstallable providers: python-2.6.0-2.16.i586[openSUSE_11.1-0]
 Solution 1: Following actions will be done:
  install python-2.6.0-2.16.i586 (with vendor change)
    SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Nuernberg, Germany
     (no vendor) 
---- There are more but I'll not list them all. ---
 Solution 2: do not install python-compizconfig-0.7.8-2.5.i586
 Solution 3: Ignore some dependencies of python-compizconfig

Choose from above solutions by number or skip, retry or cancel [1/2/3/s/r/C]:

    Now then, we have some choices: Install python, or not, or ignore the whole thing. Think I will choose number 1.

    Hmmmmm... It is gona take me thru those 7 problems one by one asking what to do about them. For the first one I chose to install python 2.6. The very next item wants python 2.5. Since 2.6 is an update to 2.5 I will ignore the requirement here and on the others where it is required. Now then, amarok is requiring KDE 3.5.10 but it isn't loaded... yet. So we will ignore that one too. The last one requires a lib that should be loaded with openSuSE 11.1. If not I will get it after the install.

    In continuing on I get 8 more problems ... I think this is destroying my system. I'll continue on and if worse comes to worse will do a New Install.

Resolving dependencies...
8 Problems:
Problem: lvm2-2.02.39-8.8.i586 obsoletes evms-gui <= 2.5.5 provided by evms-gui-2.5.5-270.1.i586
Problem: gtk2-devel-2.12.9-37.1.i586 requires gtk2 = 2.12.9, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: pilot-link-0.12.2-112.1.i586 requires libbluetooth.so.2, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: yast2-fingerprint-reader-2.16.8-6.1.i586 requires libthinkfinger.so.0, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: yast2-ldap-2.16.0-52.1.i586 requires libldapcpp.so.0, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: hal-0.5.11-8.2.i586 requires libsmbios.so.1, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: yast2-storage-2.16.26-0.1.i586 requires yast2-storage-lib = 2.16.26, but this requirement cannot be provided
Problem: sane-frontends-1.0.14-250.1.i586 requires libresmgr.so.1, but this requirement cannot be provided
I'll be making a bunch of WAGs here. We'll see what the result is.


Resolving dependencies...
2 Problems:
Problem: lvm2-2.02.39-8.8.i586 obsoletes evms-gui <= 2.5.5 provided by evms-gui-2.5.5-270.1.i586
Problem: yast2-branding-openSUSE-2.17.0-9.10.noarch requires yast2-theme-openSUSE-any, but this requirement cannot be provided

   Well, here is somethig that I didn't want to see.

Downloading: kdenetwork3-InstantMessenger-3.5.9-39.2.i586.rpm [error]
Download (curl) error for 'http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.0/rpm/i586/kdenetwork3-InstantMessenger-3.5.9-39.2.i586.rpm':
Error code: User abort
Error message: connect() timed out!

Abort, retry, ignore? [A/r/i]: 
I will try the retry first... Whew! ...retry worked.

   Alrighty, it is done. Nothing great in announcements ... just done.

dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # uname -a
Linux dusty-tr2 #1 SMP Fri Dec 5 21:49:41 MST 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
Ok. So that is the kernel that we had before ... I think. Yeah, the new one is supposed to be or better. (turns out it is Soooo, guess I need to restart and see if this thing still works.

Nope. Possibly my fault but still should have a system. But I don't. When I restarted above it came back with that Penguin Snow scene. One was walking back and forth and another falling. The usual time wheel was also there ticking down. It was on Boot From Hard Disk and I left it there. I noticed that I had not taken the DVD out of the drive so I reached over and pushed the button and ejected the disk. Removed it and before I could get it back into its holder the system complained. Said the Boot CD was missing. An option to Re-Boot was there and I chose that. Evidently a wrong choice. It rebooted alright and even got to the sign-on screen. However, I could not sign on. Entered my username and password. Hit Enter, screen went blank and then right back to the sign=on screen.

    So it looks like we took one step forward and about 5 back!! So now we will see if the New Install will work properly.

    Allllrighty now...

  1. Back to step one... Insert the DVD into the drive and start things.
  2. Same Welcome. Accept things the way they are.
  3. Install Mode, do system analysis.
  4. At the Update / Install question once again chose Update.
  5. Skipped the Network thingy but checked the Add-on Products Box.
  6. The Add-on Products didn't work.
  7. Got that Warning about the kernel-device names ... ignored it.
  8. It went on through and installed the systm.
  9. At the logon screen, after a re-boot I was able to signon.
ctaylor@dusty-tr2:~> uname -a
Linux dusty-tr2 #1 SMP 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
The above shows a new kernel. From MyComputer icon on Desktop we get:
	OS:  Linux i686
	Current user:  ctaylor@dusty-tr2
	System:  openSUSE 11.1 (i586)
	KDE:  3.5.10 "release 21.9" 
         So, it looks like we have a New openSuSE 11.1 System.   20 Dec 08        

But all is not well. Problems listed here, fixes in respective areas.

  • VMware not working. (expected)
  • Networking / Firefox 3 Can not connect to The Internet. (un-expected)
  • While the system is setting idle or in a screen saver, the CPU can and does go into over-drive.

    Ok now. Lot of hype about this release being the greatest and the bestest. Also about it being easier to install. Well... can not verify the first claims (about best) ... yet, but I can speak about the second claim. It is NOT easier to install ... duhhh ... at least from an Update Standpoint. Maybe, just maybe a Brand New Full Install would be more straight forward and forgiving cause you wouldn't have to worry about anything ... BUT in my experience on this, which has covered the Beta days and the days since GM Release (18 Dec 08) to now (26 Dec 08), I have struggled, researched and downloaded and fixed any and everthin. During the Betas I had complained about the New SuSE System over working my new Dual Core processor. I had at first blamed the Display Characteristics of KDE4 'cause that "seemed" to be the only time it went into over-drive. Then I had CPU over-drive problems in KDE 3.5, and to this I placed suspect on the screen savers operating inside VMware. I had some other problems but they were "fixed" by a Full Blown Re-Install. This is one of the things that led me to irritation at the Updates. Somethig wasn't getting updated properly and a Full Install was required to fix it.

    Updates.! One of the reasons I holler and complain about Updates is because they can cause more problems than they fix, and as I mentioned above, sometimes they don't fix a thing. BUT, we continue on with the testing and try to Update my Main System which is openSuSE 11.0 to a New openSuSE 11.1. Gritting teeth and byting the bullet, I went ahead and did it. The scenerios above are what was experienced.

    Oh yeah. And by the way, along the lines of the CPU over-drive I saw comments from various individuals concerning processor over use. Or at least they were saying that they were seeing 7% to 8% CPU usage in idle. I too saw this value on my system ... BEFORE ... the last and final fix. After the final fix below my idle percent dropped to 1% CPU.

The Last and Final Fix ... so far ... 26 Dec 08 ... was to make sure all the repository paths were listed and correct. After which I selected:

YaST2->Software Management->Filter:Repositories->All in this list->Update if newer version is available.

Upon clicking Accept, it seemed like the system went into a Full Re-Install. After this last Big Update, a Full Reset was performed and upon the Re-Startup the system appeared to operate faster and did not kick my CPU into over drive ... not even during a screen saver.
Retraction!! 30 Dec 08 Not Fixed Yet! My system is back to going hyper. Mainly during Screen Savers. Even the Blank Screen Saver kicks it into hyper drive. Used to be able to have this thing running for days. Now, it loolks like I can burn it up with a darn screen saver. What has changed in just a couple of days???
Investigation. Thought that is it might be VMare in the background..Nope. Then it looked like it was Firefox..Nope. Then all I had were two xterms showing plus my Desktop. Shortened the time to wait from 10 min to 4 min. The screen went blank and all was cool. Then after a delay, which probably amounted to the time to make it up to 10 min, the system went hyper. Something is kicking off in the background when the machine is idle ... or supposed to be anyway.

    Well, I searched the Net and found different things and then found this Upgrade or Update for an ATI card concerning the Xorg searches. Decided to see if there was a section for nVidia. There was and I did the One Click Install Update for my nVidia card. Just finished and everything seems to be still working. However, we need to do a re-start to make sure that I didn't break anything. Nope.

Power Devil 1.4.1-15.11 to Power Devil 1.4.1-15.12 (02Jan09)
You are possibly wondering what this Power Devil is doing here. Well, it involves the outlandish use of the CPU. Getting CPU percentage rates on Xorg of 92-97% ... and the system is essentially doing nothing!! Investigation showed that this item, Power Devil, had a problem and they were working on it. Just so happens to be a part of KDE4. I tried to remove Power Devil and it really didn't want me to. Claimed that it was needed by KDE4. So, the answer to that was to remove KDE4. I'm not really using it anyway.

Allrighty now.(02Jan09) After the removal of KDE4 my CPU no longer goes into Hyper Drive. I will leave it out till they release KDE4.2 and I check it to make sure the CPU is not over worked. I can do that via VMware and I wouldn't be in this fix if I had paid more attention to what I was seeing. But then we have to learn and help and .... whatever.

 openSuSE Bug #461335 is the open bug on this and in it you will find:
     https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=174897 which is KDE's open bug on this.
Side Note: Also lost the fancy icons for Online Help and openSUSE on my Desktop.
Ok. I don't have my Hyper Drive problem anymore but I lost the updater. Hmmmmm. Ok. Let's see how much of KDE4 has to go back in to get the updater back. kde4-kupdateapplet is the name of the item and just selecting it also adds in kde4-kupdateapplet-zypp. Clicking on Accept also brings in libkde4.
The install was apparently successful. BUT need to re-boot and see if it will notify me of some updates. I know there is one that I was ignoring and we will see if it comes back.
Allrighty now. After the re-start I have the Golden Star in the task bar telling me that there is an update available. Hmmmm... clicking on the star changes it to a green Gecko and a dialog box that says "Checking for updates..." and just sits there. Probably means that we need more of KDE4. Let's see how much of it we can re-load and not have the Xorg problem.

Later:  Loaded up KDE4.2 Beta2. It started up at 100% CPU usage on nepomukservices. What??   Networked Environment for Personalized, Ontology-based Management of Unified Knowledge
Yep. That's what it is. Can be found at: NEPOMUK. It finished gathering info and then disappeared... and my CPU settled down.

    Take a long look inside
We have to live in a society that is growing increasingly evil, selfish and arrogant as the time for Christ's return draws near. "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power"
(2 Timothy 3:1-5).


BackUps & Saves - Preparations

    Things we must and things we desire to keep hanging around AFTER the Update or Full Install of a new System... whichever happens.

  1. Bible stuff
  2. etc files:
    • /etc/fstab - mainly for reference.
    • /etc/hosts - so I don't forget anybody
    • /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
    • /etc/samba/smb.conf
    • /etc/rc.d/boot.local
    • /etc/rc.d/halt.local
    • /etc/X11/XF86Config
    • /etc/rc.status - for my own personal edits
    • /etc/init.d/
    • /etc/DIR_COLORS - cause I have colored Windows.
    • Anything else you can think of...
  3. My Home dir:
    • /home/ctaylor/bin - a dir - Personal executables
    • /home/ctaylor/.alias
    • /home/ctaylor/.function
    • /home/ctaylor/.bashrc
    • /home/ctaylor/.xinitrc
    • /home/ctaylor/.mozilla/firefox/tacz1w0l.default/bookmarks.html - your bookmarks or Favorites
    • /home/ctaylor/.thunderbird/sntrlgmx.default/abook.mab - your address book
    • /home/ctaylor/.thunderbird/sntrlgmx.default/Mail/ - Any mail you want to keep???
    • /home/ctaylor/.vmware - a dir - Gots config and license in here
    • /home/ctaylor/sounds - a dir - my sounds
    • /home/ctaylor/scripts - a dir - Personal Scripts
    • /home/ctaylor/ - Anything else you can think of...
  4. Stop ... just sit and think.... anything else that you might need??? Lots of other files and folders that are not system critical but are personal. Save them!
  5. Save these WebPages!!!!!

SuSE 11.1 RC1 (27 Nov 08 6:45am Download)

    Here it is Thanksgiving Day and I am sitting at my 'puter downloading the latest SuSE code. Oh well, I'm not much of a cook so I won't be missed for a while. I was a little shocked to see it available this early, but this is good. I can get it down on my machine and then share to help others.

    ******************** 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.

    Welllll... I found some more "Words of Wisdom" and the following is an extract from the site at -
Digital FAQ

Myth of burning slower. Discs are made to perform at an ideal rotational speed, which is where write strategy originates. The disc will perform best up to a certain speed, and the drive will not permit any faster. The inverse is the same, but until recently, drives would not prevent unreasonably low speeds. Modern human nature tends to want more speed and more power, so this was not really a concern.

But believe it or not, there are still people who insist on waiting 55-60 minutes to burn a CD or DVD at 1x speed, because they are convinced anything faster will yield a bad or "lower" quality burn. However, burning too slow is often just as bad as burning too fast. Because of this unreasonable impulse to go too slow, some discs and drives now block out the lower range too (and causes problems, see the 16x section for more).

There was some truth to that statement in the beginning, (circa 1995 for CD-R, 2001 for DVD-R), but those days are long gone. The only reason that myth ever held truth was because 2x was the fastest speed, and burning a single full or half speed under the maximum rating is helpful on lower quality blank CD/DVD media. If you are worried about quality, or if the media tends to be dodgy quality at the maximum rated speed, then burn a full or half step slower. No more. With a 8x disc, for example, a burn speed of 4x or 6x would be optimal. 
Age of 16x DVD media. When DVD burning technology was developed, CD burning had just hit its prime with 16x speeds and BurnProof technology with decent buffers. For years, consumers whined that DVD burning was too slow, as compared to CD (regardless of the storage size differences), so 16x has long been a goal of drive manufacturers. And this is probably where speeds will stop. 

The main drawback to this now-achieved goal, is that it seems rushed, given the experiences of those who routinely attempt 16x burning. It's become a common practice to burn at 8x or 12x on 16x media, because it simply performs poorer, with a higher coaster count, at the 16x speed. Advanced PI/PIE/PO and speed read tests also show a degraded level of performance. Even high-grade media like Taiyo Yuden and Mitsubishi is not immune to this problem. And it's not like the wait is any longer between 8x-16x anyway, just 1-2 minutes in most cases.

DVD recorders are most affected, with their 1x real-time recording method. Most 16x media is not true multi-speed media, so burning at 1x yields a high coaster count, assuming the machine will even acknowledge the blank disc. Quite a few DVD recorders, even ones purchased as recently as 2005-2006, are known to reject 16x discs, refusing to even see the blank. Luckily, Mitsubishi (Verbatim branded) 1x-16x MCC DVD-R tends to work well in this situation.

    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.
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Special Note: I am using my 'puter whilst this download of RC1 is coming down. I now have a first class Super Computer: Dual Core, 2GB RAM with 600GB of 7200rpm disk storage. (Braggin' Rights) So, if it can't handle the two tasks simultaneously there is a problem. Course, if what I download doesn't work... how do I know what the problem is/was??? Oh well, all in fun .... at 7:52am, had 124.7MB downloaded. It is fluctuating between Stalled and 120KB/s plus download speed and a 50KB/s upload speed. For some reason my peers are not showing. Used to... until the last couple of updates to my 11.0 system. I'll have to inquire on this... I did.

Whooaa!!! Computers and their operations will never cease to amaze me. As noted in the title above, I started this at ruffly 6:45am. It is now 9:47am and I have only gotten 297.3MB of the 4.27GB file. In my Brag up above I mentioned that my peers were not showing. I started searching the Web ... with my Ktorrent still going ... trying to find answers. What I discovered was ... that it appears Ktorrent was updated to KDE4 and there was a possiblilty that it did not work correctly with KDE3. NOT SO. I was going to stop my torrent (and I did) and switch over to KDE4 just to see if it would work...ummmmm, so I could see my peers. Well, the stop button was grayed out. However, I could do a pause. Still the stop button was grayed out. Well, in my usual bungling I re-started the torrent and hi-lited the file in the list. All of a sudden my peers started showing!! Hmmmmmmm... hate it when this happens!! Now I don't really know how it got fixed or what. I'll just leave it for now and let it continue to download and upload share. It is time... to spend time... with the family and just let this thing do its thing... I'll have to wait and check things after work. Yeah, its a holiday but Wal-Mart is still open and I have to go to work at 4pm... after turkey.

Observations: At 10:16am my uploads exceeded my downloads.!.? I'm not sure how that can happen. How can I be providing more than I've got? Unless, they add multiple packetts of the same item together. Like I may be sending the same packett to 3 or 4 or more different people and they all get added to my total of contributions. Must be it. My download total was at 345MB and my upload total was at 565MB. Ok. However, whatever... just have to wait till it is done.
Hmmmmm... time is 9:48pm and I have only received 2.92GB of the file. I've uploaded 2.21GB. Guess I have a longer wait. Not really sure what I'm gona do with it anyway. I still don't have everything working from the last big change. To many changes and everything is breaking.
Also interesting. I have been downloading RC1 all day and the openSuSE home site has still not mentioned it on their home page. If you follow the link from the home page to the software page it gives you RC1 even though you thought you were getting Beta5.
Welllll... here it is 5:25am the next day and it still isn't finished!!... but almost. Got 4.06GB of the 4.27GB. The upload is now at 3.06GB. Interesting, 1 GB apart. I had changed the upload and download speeds to 50KB/s and 320KB/s respectively. It bothered me that my upload quantity exceeded my download quantity. This morning I put them both back to "No Limit". I probably got punished for my selfishness. At any rate it is now bouncing back and forth as to which way is the faster. The Lord said "Give" and you shall "Receive".

    As I suspected, I probably screwed myself up by changing the rates the way I did. This is a quote from openSuSE BitTorrent: 
If the torrent download is slower than expected, make sure your maximum upload rate is set to 90% of the upload rate of your internet connection. Higher values will cause contention on your connection, resulting in very slow downloads. Lower values will make your download slower and also slow down the downloads of your peers.
I think I set my upload at to low a speed and consequently slowed down my download speed. The computer Gremlins have ways of knowing. Annnddd... here it is 6:13am and my download is up to 4.15GB. Probably would be finished by now if I hadn't messed with the rates. Don't get greedy and try to defeat the system... but then, ya gota learn.... usually the hard way.
Alllrighty now. At 6:57am we have 4.27GB listed as being downloaded... but... only 99.9%. Ooooopss... then at 6:58am it is 100%. So, a little over 24hrs to get the file downloaded. Now to let it go and share...


Checking / Testing RC1

    Well, it installed without any problems. Course, at the end when it examined the Video setup and wanted to configure my system and save it I said... NO! It booted up the first time. And it was in KDE3 not KDE4.

    Now then, I do believe that someone has errored. This is the second time that I have specified a new install and NOT an update. However, when the system boots up I have KDE3 and a VMware Tools icon is displayed on the Desktop. So we have a compromise?? An install/update??



    This is right up at the top because.... as always I am loading the new version of openSuSE inside VMware so that I may see how it works and test it before destroying my current working system. This doesn't necessarily find all the bugs/problems that I will encounter in the big change but it helps.

    My current problem right off the bat is trying to load the new version up in VMware. In the SuSE 11.0 portion of VMware, my two DVD players are not listed as they have been in the past: /dev/sr0 and /dev/sr1. In the Win2k and Win Vista VMware sections, they still are listed as sr0 and sr1. Now this problem is not because of the newest version 11.1 but because of version 11.0 which I have loaded up as my main system. Evidently they have made a change in the devices. Yep. My fstab was changed and the media dir was also changed. Now I got to see if I can remember how to set this up... without breaking it!! Darn.

Note: In my installations of SuSE 11.1 I have seen what I considered errors or at least conflicts in the Newly Updated versus Newly installed. When I did just an update some of the errors that I would have experienced in the previous install would carry over. By doing a New install they would go away. However, there was some software that stayed ... even though I did a supposedly new install. Because I have been updating my system, instead of Newly Installing it, it could be that they sr0, sr1 concept in the Windows protion of the VMware is leftover and re-established cause that is what they are set for. In other words, the installation / update software checks to see what is there already, and re-loads it. But if you set up something new, it uses the newer concepts.?.? Not sure I'm making myself understood here... other than the update / install is not clean if you install over another copy of the OS. IF I totally wipe out and format it doesn't carry over the software ... BUT ... that is what I thought a New Install was supposed to do.?.?

    It appears that they have linked sr0 and sr1 to these devices in the dev dir. But I don't know where they are!! They are not listed in the media dir.
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # cd /dev
dusty-tr2:/dev #
dusty-tr2:/dev # ldm *cd*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2008-09-21 02:25 cdrom -> sr0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2008-09-21 02:25 cdrom1 -> sr1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2008-09-21 02:25 cdrw -> sr0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2008-09-21 02:25 scd0 -> sr0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2008-09-21 02:25 scd1 -> sr1
dusty-tr2:/dev # ldm sr*
brw-rw----+ 1 root disk 11, 0 2008-09-21 02:25 sr0
brw-rw----+ 1 root disk 11, 1 2008-09-21 02:25 sr1

    The only item in the media dir is my Zip drive. Soooo, let's put back the mount points in media:
  mkdir cdrom
  mkdir cdrom1
  mkdir cdrw
Now we need to add them to fstab:
....Hmmmmmm....actually... maybe not. Looks like in my previous SuSE, of which I kept a copy of the fstab, that I had to comment out the cd/dvd entries. So we will just try it with the media dir entries first.

    Upon a restart, I can place a DVD in the top drive and it auto-mounts. I can read it. This same operation is also successful with the second drive. So they are working properly in openSuSE 11.0.

    Hmmmmm...and double hmmmmm.?? I can access the DVD drives in Win2k inside VMware inside openSuSE 11.0...?? So now, why the difference when I try to create another Virtual Machine??? When I edit the settings for the New Virtual I am offered /dev/cdrom or Auto detect for the CD-ROMs (CD-ROM also means DVD in this case). Now I must confess... the two virtual machines that I have previously loaded were actually created under a previous version of SuSE and saved in a tar file. Then as I setup New Systems I extract and load them back in. So far it has not been a problem.

    Ok. So we byte the bullet and close up this Win2K Homesite so all devices are free and then load up openSuSE 11.1 and see what happens. (Also using Quanta to see if it is anywhere near as good as Homesite. I need a good Linux replacement for Homesite.)

  1. Put openSuSE 11.1 DVD in drive.
  2. Powered on Virtual Machine.
  3. Right off the bat we have a problem:
    "Cannot connect virtual device ide1:1. No corresponding device is available on the host."

    "Would you like an attempt to be made to connect this virtual device every time you power on the virtual machine?"
    The default answer is Yes and I accepted that. Now then, ide1:1 is my second DVD. After pressing yes I get a new Warning:
    "Virtual device ide1:1 will start disconnected."
    Clicked on OK.
  4. The operation continued and I was presented with the usual SuSE install screen. From which I selected Installation.
  5. Installation cruised along and then I got the Hint Warning about my virtual machine sending an ATAPI(CD-ROM) command that is only supported when programming the drive via DMA. I must configure my guest system to use DMA. Got this same warning with the previous two and it was not a problem.
  6. Now at the initial screen. We are warned that this is a Beta version and no support or blame can be placed on the authors.
  7. Installation starts as soon as I click on the I agree for the license and then Next.
  8. Oh Darn!!! I forgot that I have to change the Hard Disk type. It couldn't find the one I created!! I'll have to start over and select BUSlogic instead of LSIlogic.
  9. I edited the .vmx and the small .vmdk files changing lsilogic to buslogic. The HD could then be found.
  10. The 4.1 KDE inside openSuSE version 11.1 sucks!! It kicks my processor into hyper-drive.
  11. This time I also have a problem with KDE version 3.5.10. It also kicks my processor into hyper-drive on a screen saver... most of them, or so it appears.
  12. Was able to get VMwareTools loaded and can exchange data between the systems/screens. Mouse hi-lites can be transfered via the center mouse button. Kool!!
  13. Installation was completed but shakey.

CPU Hyper & Screen Savers

    Makes my PC go into hyper mode!! I have an HP Dual Core PC that has a fan on the chip. IF and When it gets to working hard you can hear that fan kick in. Well, I chose a screen saver called .Substrate. and when it kicks in and starts doing all its math, the processor goes into overdrive/overheat mode and that fan kicks in. And it is loud. Via the main menu, Config Destop - Personal Settings, Desktop, Screen Saver, Gadgets and Simulations, Substrate. It even kicked the processor into overdrive with just the small preview inside the screen saver settings. Even though I like the patterns... I don't think that I am going to keep this "screen saver" in use. Changed to Fireworks. Hmmmmm... even that one causes a little speed up in the fan. Nothing like the Substrate one but you can hear the increase. Funny, now I can "hear" when my processor is working hard. For those of you who can't ... let this be a warning. Could be one of the sources to PC failures. Saving screens at the expense of processors.
OK. There is another answer. Just have a blank screen. Especially if you are "inside VMware" running your test system. I tried the same screen saver that I normally use and it also kicked my processor into hyperdrive but it doesn't when I use it in my normal boot system. Must be something with the Virtualization. But ... it is still something to be aware of. If it can happen in one place it can happen in another.

  RC1:  After installing RC1, I found that if I let it just sit and "idle", it will kick into what I am calling hyper mode. To stop it I can just click on an open area of the RC1 desktop. Strange.?.? So, at the present I can't let RC1 stay enabled whithout being monitored. Otherwise my system will work itself to death doing nothing.

 Further Note: In case you haven't read the GM 11.1 section, it turns out this problem is caused by a component of KDE4 called PowerDevil. It somehow causes Xorg to use 92% or more of the CPU after 15 minutes of NO KB or Mouse operation. Hitting the Shift Key or moving the mouse brings it back to a low percentage. The "fix" at this time is to remove PowerDevel... ignoring YaST saying that it is needed.
(A fix for PowerDevil is in the works)

 KDE4 Screen Savers: Having KDE4 loaded in my Main System, and NOT inside VMware, I have had some unusual operations. My favorite saver, Euphoria (GL), will, at times, be shown in just the upper left corner of the screen. The other 3/4's of the screen is all white. Not very good for screen saving. Fortunately, it will totally black out after about 15 minutes. That is the normal Sony SDM-HS95P timeout. I have not seen this problem inside of KDE3 3.5.10. I do believe that this screen saver came from nVidia when I got their drivers. Cause I didn't see it before.

    A note on the Positive side for KDE4. When I have VMware running and it has the focus, the screen saver will NOT kick in... in KDE3. But it will in KDE4. I have to worry in either one about something...  I lied!!  The screen saver did NOT work with VMware in focus. Could have sworn that I saw it work that way, but it doesn't. Darn.


openSuSE 11.1 Beta2

    Ok. After a lot of hassle, I was able to bring down Beta2. The Torrent would not work. In the comments on the download page others also had trouble. I was informed by an individual named Chris that I could get the Beta2 DVD from:
so I went to that site and got it. I then tried to be a good dooby and be a "Seeder". No good. It was not working. My upload count was remaining at 0. So we will have to wait till things are fixed and then we can be nice. In the meantime, I am going to install it inside VMware on my system. Gona try it as an Update first.

    Alllrighty now, I was able to finally get VMware to boot from the DVD. On the first screen we were greeted with an openSUSE 11.0 title instead of 11.1. Do believe that has already been complained about. As for the installation mode, I am choosing UpDate.

    Ok. It is installed. Don't think the ops are much better than Beta1. Still have the problem with the taskbar menu. Now there is a problem with the normal menus inside the windows. They don't stay unless you hold down on the mouse button.



openSuSE 11.1 Beta3

    First attempt on Ktorrent I got a status of stalled. So rather than embarass the heck out of myself, like on Beta2, I just went to the site suggested by Chris (changing the 2 to a 3) and brought down Beta3 in about 3 hours. Now I will start Ktorrent and share my copy of Beta3.


openSuSE 11.1 Beta4

    This one crashed and burned at the end during Hardware Configuration. Required a Power Off in order to recover. However, when it came back up it was in the new SuSE and KDE4.


openSuSE 11.1 Beta5

13 Nov 08: We are in the usual mode. Late again. Due out on the 12th and here early on the 13th it is still not available. Ooops... it's 4:43am Phoenix time and they have placed the link to openSuSE Beta5 on the front page. But when you go over to the download page it is still trying to get Beta4. But they are in the process of making it available.
It was not available as a DVD at ftp://ftp5.gwdg.de/pub/linux/suse/opensuse/distribution/ either BUT they had the dir and it looked like most of the files. I'm in no big hurry anyway, just interesting in how the process is going and how you can watch it if you are up late, or early, depending on your location.

    Got to the "Suggested Partitioning" screen and I almost paniced. It was suggesting that sda1 be my swap partition! That's my Windows C partition. BUT then I realized/remembered I am in a Virtual Machine using a Virtual Drive that has nothing to do with my "real HD" partitions. So I calmed down and took the defaults.

    At the Hostname and Domain Name screen it always wants to default to changing the name if you use dhcp. Can never understand that. Why give it a name in the first place if all you are gona do is change it?

    This one bombed just like Beta4... at the end. Had to dump power. It failed in the Hardware Configuration. This time on re-boot it did not come up in the new system. It detected that the installation had not finished and asked if I wanted to continue. I said yes and it recovered. Again at the Hardware Configuration and this time I said skip it. It then went on and completed successfully.

    Upon logging in to the system I was greeted with a KDE3 desktop... NOT KDE4. Guess they fixed the bug or it is keeping some of my previous files even though I did a FULL install and NOT an update. Even at that my VMware Tools icon was right there on the desktop. So, I don't think a New Install is really a new install.

    And speaking of Loging On... in the log on screen there used to be a Session Type and a Menu selection down in the bottom left hand corner. Ooooopsy... it is still there, just really, really faint. As you run your mouse over the area the words get brighter and you can read them. Not sure why this secrecy is needed.

Note: Interesting that we now have to give the root password in order to power down our systems.

    And speaking of Power, my newest PC has one of those Dual Core Processors and it has a fan on it that is temperature controled. Normally the machine sits there and is quite. I mean there is a minor whirring sound from the main fan and the HD but nothing really. However, when the processor gets put to work, and I mean really working, it kicks in the fan on the CPU to a high speed and it is really noisey. Well, this new SuSE 11.1 randomly kicks in the high speed mode quite a bit. It seems like every 5 minutes. And it is just sitting there idle!! I had noticed that this seemed to be more of a KDE4 thing before but now in this latest release it is also happening in KDE3. Don't know that I want a system that is going to constantly over work my processor. And I don't believe that it is because I am running it inside VMware cause I run Win2k and Win Vista inside my VMware and I don't have that problem.


Kernel Names



VMware 5.5 and VMware 7

    Now, as if you couldn't tell, I am very into using VMware. I have spent a lot of time getting it to work in each version of SuSE. That will be one of the big tests when I setup openSuSE version 11.1. From all past experiences, VMware 5.5.9 should work in 11.1. If it doesn't I will have to go back to 11.0 or 10.3.... if they haven't created an update for VMware to work in 11.1.

Allllrighty Now!!! We have purchased VMware 7.  Christmas came early primarily cause I couldn't get a proper operation of VMware 5.5.9 in openSuSE 11.2. So, since I am still using both OS's at this time, I decided to load up VMware 7 here in openSuSE 11.1. Matter of fact, it installed smoother here than in 11.2. Had to edit the runlevels in 11.2.

    Had a problem with my two DVD drives here since I changed my Host from SuSE 10.3 to 11.0. When the new Virtual Machine was created, it did not find both of my drives. Matter of fact it did not find either of them as /dev/sr0 or /dev/sr1, it found /dev/cdrom for drive one and then auto detect for drive two. Never did really find drive two. The sr0 and sr1 was what I had in my Windows 2000 and Windows Vista. The Win2K one I have had for ages. I kept taring the virtual files and then restoring them when I moved up the chain of SuSE improvements. Win Vista is recent and was created in SuSE 10.3. So, through SuSE 10.3, VMware was presenting sr0 and sr1. Hmmmmm.... did I really create WinVista under 10.3??? I do believe that I had my troubles starting with 11.0. Alllrighty now. It is good to keep notes. The date of my creation of my Vista file is 29 Apr 07. In it I mention that I am experimenting with WinVista inside of VMware inside openSuSE versions 10.2 and 10.3. However, from the dates on the files, the original WinVista virtual machine was created inside VMware Workstation, 5.5.4 build-44386 inside of openSuSE 10.2.
Fix for the Optical Drives:

ctaylor@dusty-tr2:~> cdrecord -scanbus
        4,0,0   400) 'HL-DT-ST' 'DVDRRW GSA-H20L ' 'S632' Removable CD-ROM
        4,1,0   401) 'IDE-DVD ' 'DROM6216        ' 'HD08' Removable CD-ROM
        4,2,0   402) *
        4,3,0   403) *
        4,4,0   404) *
        4,5,0   405) *
        4,6,0   406) *
        4,7,0   407) *
Yes, I recall The change to scsi everything came back in incrementally
somewhere between 10.0 and 10.2 on openSuSe where we went from /dev/cdrecorder
to /dev/sr0 for burners and /dev/hd(abcd) to /dev/sd(abcd) for PATA interfaces.
From: http://www.techienuggets.com/CommentDetail?tx=132966

    So, what I finally had to do was edit the .vmx file and add the following:
    ide1:1.present = "TRUE"
    ide1:1.fileName = "/dev/sr1"
    ide1:1.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
Now I could get both of my DVD drives listed and used.

SuSE 11.1 Probs: Ok. Finally got this new SuSE to install. However, it is a new Kernel. That means we have to compile. I did and it failed. Since this was a New Install (Update) the source code will also be new. Think I need to run the vmware-any-any-update117. Nope. Didn't work. I may have to break down and create my own patch... if it is possible. Only other alternative would be to get VMware version 6. But from the looks of things on the Net, people are having some difficulties with it also.

Found a Fix!! After a lot of searching... http://uruz.org/2008/10/vmware-workstation-and-linux-2627/
Or from Kang  himself. File is:   vmware-update-2.6.27-5.5.7-2.tar.gz   With this file I was able to get VMware 5.9 going in openSuSE 11.1 ... finally.
Note:  With latest updates I am running kernel:

    More info on VMware KDE3 and sound can be found at: Sound.

When you visit the fix for this, the Res Timer Warning on the left, it states that the problem is with the 2.4 Kernels and older. Claim is that it shouldn't be a problem with the 2.6 Kernel. Well it is. Fixing it will probably be the same .. except .. it is a different file. Their directions tell you to locate:
BUT for openSuSE 11.1 the asm-i386 does not exist. However, you can change that to asm-x86 and you will find a file that has:
   #define HZ 100
Now then, the "fix" is supposed to be changing the 100 to 1000 and then re-compiling the Kernel. BUT before I do that I'm going to check out a few more things to see if they are going to need a newly compiled Kernel and what changes will be required for them. At the present my main "problem" is the warning message. However, I have noticed that some of my Win2K operations are a little jerky and maybe not quite as fast as they used to be. Once again, I am delaying a recompile for now cause I am still not happy with the Sound.(31Dec08)


VMware HD Note:

 Controversy.   Seems to be some over who should fix the problem. What is it? Well, I have enjoyed the freedom of using more than one OS at a time, at the same time, for a number of years. (since fall of 1999) Main reason at first was to be able to switch between Windows and Linux, quickly. Linux was still in the beginning stages but was still very stable and fun. I found SuSE, fell in "love" with it and have been using it ever since. The ability to change it has always been there and I only dabbled in that once because of some private Networking at my job. Mostly I have used it as it comes except for small fixes to accomodate my hardware.

    Now we have a problem. For the last few releases of SuSE, I have been testing out the new stuff before I destroyed my working system to make sure things were gona work. As of openSuSE 11.0 Beta 3, the following "workaround" for an emulation bug has been dropped:

   it is bug in the emulation.  It should be fixed in Workstation 6.0 RC1.  If you
want to use VMware's LSILogic emulation with older products, you need fix below until
new releases come out (or unless I'll put out binary patch to fix binaries to
return 16 instead of previous value).

If port reports that no devices are connected to it, assume that 16 devices
are there.  Hopefully nobody will ever build device with port but no devices,
and even for them it should be safe as before code always probed 16 devices
regardless of MaxDevices reported by port facts.

Signed-off-by:  Petr Vandrovec <petr@vandrovec.name>

--- linux/drivers/message/fusion/mptbase.c.orig	2007-03-20 13:47:28.000000000 -0700
+++ linux/drivers/message/fusion/mptbase.c	2007-03-23 17:45:51.000000000 -0700
@@ -2564,6 +2564,16 @@
 	pfacts->IOCStatus = le16_to_cpu(pfacts->IOCStatus);
 	pfacts->IOCLogInfo = le32_to_cpu(pfacts->IOCLogInfo);
 	pfacts->MaxDevices = le16_to_cpu(pfacts->MaxDevices);
+	/*
+	 * VMware emulation is broken, its PortFact's MaxDevices reports value
+	 * programmed by IOC Init, so if you program IOC Init to 256 (which is 0,
+	 * as that field is only 8 bit), it reports back 0 in port facts, instead
+	 * of 256...  And unfortunately using 256 triggers another bug in the
+	 * code (parallel SCSI can have only 16 devices).
+	 */
+	if (pfacts->MaxDevices == 0) {
+	   pfacts->MaxDevices = 16;
+	}
 	pfacts->PortSCSIID = le16_to_cpu(pfacts->PortSCSIID);
 	pfacts->ProtocolFlags = le16_to_cpu(pfacts->ProtocolFlags);
 	pfacts->MaxPostedCmdBuffers = le16_to_cpu(pfacts->MaxPostedCmdBuffers);

    The above shows what kind of troubles you can run into on a computer. Eight bits give 256 numbers BUT, the first one is Zero and the last one is 255. The Number 256 is the 9th bit. IOC is the Input / Output Control and I just can't imagine anyone hooking up 256 devices to one port. Even 16 seems like a lot but a good compromise. Course I'm looking at this from a small home office environment.

    The fix, by the way, is just the lines with the pluses in front of them. The other lines of code help you to find the area in the code to place the fix.

    The problem is, I can't load up openSuSE 11.0 Beta 3 or RC1. Neither can find my Hard Drive during the install. Now the thing to do is create an openSuSE 11.0 RC1 with the fix in it so that I can load it up in VMware and try it out. Need to install it to get the sources... but can't install it cause of the bug. Hmmmm... gona have to do this the hard way. Set up my own SuSE 11.0 source invironment and create my own install disk. First time for everything. But let's first check out the released version and see if they did anything to allow the fix.

  Please see the paragraph up in the beginning.


Bugs that may or may not apply to this: Bug 293429, Bug 418796, Bug 446633. More info can be found by searching for cifs in bugzilla.

    I would like to get my Network setup again properly. I just been sqeaking by on these latest updates and not paying close attention to the Network. For a good Tutorial, check out Swerdna Net via the menu on the left. Ok, confession here. I actually did all this in version 11.0 but I had 11.1 in the background running under VMware. Hopefully some of this will become Null and Void by the time 11.1 becomes official.

Special Note:  I found this little gem on the internet, again whilst looking for something else. I liked the wording of it so I borrowed/stole it to place here (for lack of a better place). Original, along with other stuff by 'Benjamin McCann', can be found here.

Setup Network File Share using Samba

Samba allows you to share files on your computer with others on the network.

  1. YaST > "Software" > "Software Management"
  2. Install "samba" if it is not already installed
  3. YaST > "Network Services" > "Samba Server"
  4. Tell it to unblock the firewall
  5. Change sharing settings as you'd like and hit "Finish"
  6. Add a user to Samba by running "smbpasswd -a username" where username is the user you'd like to create.
  7. Connect from your Windows machine by right clicking “My Computer” and browsing your network. If you have trouble connecting you might also try opening a “Run…” dialog off the start menu and typing in your IP address with two leading slashes “\\192.168.10.x”

    Software: In Yast --> Software management --> cifs-mount, pam-cifs, samba-client (plus optionally kdebase3-samba if using KDE and nautilus-share if using Gnome).[I had left out pam-cifs]
Crash Note:  Well, this gets more interesting. I certainly don't remember when I made the above note -but- it appears to be no longer true. This is after the BIG crash and I can't find pam-cifs -nor- do I have the Network icon mentioned below on my Desktop. Hmmmmmm....
Ok Got the icon back but it didn't come autmatically (like it used to ... I think). Anyway, I had to open the main menu, select Computer and then Right click on Network Folders and then select Add to Desktop.

Ok now, click on the Network icon on the desktop and see:

Click on SMB Shares and we see:

Click on TRComputing and we see:
Crash Note:  Well, we see Nothing! Got the first two but not the next two. So, we are not finish with Crash Recovery yet.

Click on Dars-PC and we see:

Notice that two of these items have spaces and parentheses in there names. Windows allows spaces in their names and it appears that they also allow the parens. I could not mount HP_PAV2 (D) but I could mount ChuckScan.
  mount -t cifs -o username=ctaylo,password=pwd //dars-pc/HP_PAV2 (D) /dars-pcdrvd
did not work but:
  mount -t cifs -o username=ctaylo,password=pwd //dars-pc/ChuckScan /dars-pcdrvd
did work.
I have mount points on my Linux machine in /media as dars-pcdrvd, dars-pcdrve and dars-pcdrvf. In a previous version I was able to access these drives for read and write.
Using smbclient I get:

dusty-tr2:/media # smbclient -L dars-pc
Enter ctaylor's password: 
Domain=[DARS-PC] OS=[Windows 5.1] Server=[Windows 2000 LAN Manager]

        Sharename       Type      Comment
        ---------       ----      -------
        public_html     Disk      
        Computers       Disk      
        IPC$            IPC       Remote IPC
        print$          Disk      Printer Drivers
        LinNotes        Disk      
        HP_PAV2 (D)     Disk      
        A               Disk      
        ZIP250 (G)      Disk      
        My Pictures     Disk      
        HPcp1700        Printer   HP Color Inkjet CP1700
        ChuckScan       Disk      
Domain=[DARS-PC] OS=[Windows 5.1] Server=[Windows 2000 LAN Manager]

        Server               Comment
        ---------            -------

        Workgroup            Master
        ---------            -------
Which are mountable items from the WinXP machine. Hmmmmmm...I went over to the WinXP and changed the share name from 'HP_PAV2 (D)' to HP_PAV2. I could then mount the disk:
  mount -t cifs -o username=ctaylo,password=pwd //dars-pc/HP_PAV2 /media/dars-pcdrvd
fstab was a problem. I kept getting messages about the device not existing.
Found Problem!! From a FedoraForum user GSundbrunn I learned that cifs does not support directories other than /mnt. I moved my Remote mount points to dir mount and then they worked!!

    Well now, we have a conflict of interest. And/or a conflict of understanding and training. After learning the above and still trying to get things to work properly, I found the nfs_mount icons, on my desktop, in the properties, the mounting section was the mount point /media. I changed it to /mnt and clicked on OK and was promptly told that the mount point had to be below /media!! I do believe that this is a KDE conflict. And on top of that there is an icon conflict.

Now then, please notice that the NFS icon on the desktop is the Ball and Tubes but the one in the properties menu is a folder. I really do believe that this is in error. The desktop icons will go away if the fstab is edited and the lines are commented out. They will automagically re-appear if the lines are uncommented out.
Also notice that it says the location is /media even though I have specified /mnt

# ==================================================================================================
# These are the partions on the 751n WinXP system.
//dars-pc/HP_PAV2   /mnt/dars-pcdrvd cifs rw,noauto,credentials=/home/ctaylor/cifspw,_netdev,uid=ctaylor,gid=users 0 0
//dars-pc/ChuckScan /mnt/ChuckScan   cifs rw,noauto,credentials=/home/ctaylor/cifspw,_netdev,uid=ctaylor,gid=users 0 0
The Guest I am linking to is dars-pc and my mount points are inside, or under, /mnt. Now then, I can leave it like this and mount them from the command line but I can not do it through those NFS icons. They do change and get the green arrow when I mount the drives via the command line BUT the green arrow will not go away when I unmount them. AFTER they are mounted, I can click on the NFS icons and read the contents of the drive/dirs that are there. It will, in the location box list the location as media:/HP_PAV2 BUT it is really mounted at mnt/dars-pcdrvd.
Neighborhood Note: In SuSE Linux we have a Network icon on the desktop which is the equivilant of the Neighborhood icon in Windows. If you click on it, and you have Samba installed, you will see a Samba icon that you can click on to see the Windows Workgroup or Domain that you have joined. Clicking on it will take you to the drives that you have shared and you can look at them. You can copy from those drives to your Linux system but you can not write to them. However, if you have the Windows drives listed in your fstab and you have write permissions on the Windows drive, you can use one of the command line mounts above and then you can write to the Win machine. Just be careful on your permissions and make them as specific as possible. You don't want to give an open door to strangers.

The Internet

    Finally got openSuSE 11.1 installed and NO Internet. Now I have to remember what is needed to get connected again. Darn.

  • Hosts file. Looks ok.
    # IP-Address  Full-Qualified-Hostname  Short-Hostname
    #       localhost
    #             dusty-tr.TRComputing    dusty-tr
    # =====================================================================
    # dusty-tr, dusty2 and dusty4m were used on my 9995
    # dusty-tr2, dusty3 were created for my new 7480
    # =====================================================================
    #     dusty-tr2.TRComputing   dusty-tr2     dusty3.TRComputing      dusty3     dusty4m.TRComputing     dusty4m     dars-pc.TRComputing     dars-pc     dusty4.TRComputing      dusty4
    #     .TRComputing  --
    #   workhorse.TRComputing   workhorse   PSD55465.TRComputing    PSD55465
  • However, ifconfig is not!! Which means my System Name and local IP address got screwed up.
    dusty-tr2:/etc/apache2 # ifconfig
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:  Mask:
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:100 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:100 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:8974 (8.7 Kb)  TX bytes:8974 (8.7 Kb)
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:C0:A8:B1:F2:3F  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-C0-A8-B1-F2-3F-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
    Now then, all I have to do is remember how and what to do to fix them.
  • YaST Control Center->Network Devices->Network Settings
    Hostname:      dusty-tr2  - ok
    Domain Name:   TRComputing  - ok
    Name Server:  - ok
    Domain Search: proxy2.chnd1.az.home.com  - ok
    After just checking the above I clicked on OK and it setup some system settings... nope ... didn't fix it.
  • YaST Control Center->Network Services->HTTP Server which produced:
    Initializing HTTP Server Configuration
    - Check the environment
    - Read Apache2 configuration
    - Read network configuration
    Which brought out a warning of:
    No running network detected!
    Configure network with YaST or Network Manager plug-in
    and start this module again or continue without network
    Not good. I just checked the Network Settings and they were ok.?.? But no Internet.

    Ok. Everything looks right but not connecting to the internet. I have done finishes so that new values have been written to the configuration files. Now we do the last resort... Shut Down and Power Off. Wait for a while and re-start. It works!!! I can now connect to the Net!!!!


Firefox 3

    At first glance it looks improved. The bookmarks toolbar has two new entries. A Most Visited and a Smart Bookmarks. Now then, I'm not so sure that both are needed. They have a reference to the Most Visited inside the Smart Bookmarks. Something, I guess, that they thought might be convenient. I decided to move them to the other end of the toolbar. Two of my entries had been scrolled off the toolbar and I exchanged one of them, Forums, with Most Visited. So I have the ones I most care about still visible.

    Kaffeine not working with wmv. This is probably cause of missing or not enabled plugins. Even though this was just an update, I don't believe that all of my settings from the previous version got loaded. Besides, I may need to update the plugins also.

    Yeah, I had to load up some plugins. Mplayer and some libs for xine. These are actually Mplayer codecs found in /usr/lib/win32/ (or placed there by you from: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html). And lo and behold you can go to Yast, search for codecs and install w32codec-all. Mplayer is also installable from Yast.

SuSE 11.1 With this new OS we also got a newer version of Firefox 3. My Site is on 1000MB 50GB Web Hosting - $9.95/Month When placing items on my site a dialog box pops up to show the dirs. If this box is moved, later when I click on something inside the box, it jumps back to where it was. I've had this at other sites but this is one that I can repeat. It is not a problem ... yet ... just an annoyance.



    Well, this, Thunderbird e-mail, apparently transferred over correctly. I haven't checked my e-mail for a couple of days because of doing this. I got 374 e-mails during this period... and most of them are junk. Just hate it when that happens.



    I am not going to pursue this section till the GM for SuSE 11.1 is released on Dec 18th.

    Allllrighty now. Here it is, 28 Dec 08, and I am finally getting around to this portion. Now then, in the Update, MySQL got loaded cause I had it installed already. So, all we have to do is Start MySQL. So I did. I use QPS 1.10.2 - A Visual Process Manager, to examine the status of my system. (which by the way is working nicly in openSuSE 11.1) It shows MySQL running.
Later: Self Installing Version

    Now then, I start up my Customer Database program and all is not well. At least on my system. I can show individual customers but not list all the customers. Actually I can find all the Customers whose names start with a certain letter or letters. But I can not activate the section that list ALL my customers. Strangely, I can do that operation on my Web Site but not on my PC locally. Sooooo, we need to see what is different.

I have created an alias to start MySQL. Must be root to do this.
       alias startmysql='mysqld_safe --user=mysql &'
(mysqld_safe is the recommended way to start a mysqld server on Unix and NetWare.)
The following is what we get:

dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # startmysql
[1] 21518
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # nohup: ignoring input and redirecting stderr to stdout
Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /var/lib/mysql




    Once again I have troubles with USB. This time, actually once again, it is with my Cell Phone. I got a program, off the Net, called BitPim that allows me to save my Address Book on my PC. And a few other things. I just tried to use it here in version 11.0 and it would not work. I found in version 10.2 that there had been a change in the way USB was handled and VMware and SuSE Linux did not agree. Try to be patient and think. Eventually we will get it to work.
Note: This is a known issue, that USB devices aren't available to guest operating systems with VMware Server on openSUSE 10.2. This is because of a security change that was made in openSUSE 10.2, which carried through to 11.0. I found this tid-bit of info on the Web. I direct you to there now. If this page is not, or becomes, unavailable I will put my copy of it up here. Till then you have to visit them at: Legacy USB Support in SuSE 10.2

Note: I followed the procedures in the Legacy Support for 11.0 and after the re-boot an "ls -l /proc/bus/usb" did not list anything!! Ok. We go to the net and find that it has been deprecated. It is now "/dev/bus/usb" I did an ls -l on that and got a list. BUT that is not what VMware 5.5 is looking for. However, if I do, as mentioned below, mount /proc/bus/usbfs and then an ls -l /proc/bus/usb I get a list.

SuSE 11.1 Got BitPim and my cell phone to work. (27 Dec 08)
Borrowed / Stolen from: http://www.swerdna.net.au/linhowtovmwareserversuse.html

USB Support: Connecting devices by USB has been problematic since Suse Linux 10.0 & the release of VMware Server. It hasn't worked until 10.3 AFAIK. There are four steps to fully install USB support in 10, 11:

  • Mount the USB file system with parameter auto with this line in fstab:
    usbfs     /proc/bus/usb     usbfs     auto     0     0
  • Each Guest O/S has its virtual configuration storage, including the virtual hardware config file with extension .vmx. Ensure that .vmx file contains this line:
    usb.present = "TRUE"
  • After installing VMware Tools: GoTo the the top menu --> VM --> Settings --> Hardware: Make sure that USB Controller is listed as Present and if not then Click to Add --> USB Controller.
  • Now you can view and install your USB devices/drivers at Menu --> VM --> Removable Devices --> USB Devices --> select to install.

From: http://en.opensuse.org/Setting_up_VMware_on_SUSE_Linux

Attaching USB Devices to Guest OS (10.2)

VMWare Workstation 5.x includes the ability to attach USB devices directly to the guest OS. In the default openSuSE 10.2 there are problems making this feature work because VMWare Workstation 5.x looks to /proc/bus/usb for grabbing the USB device. This was disabled for security reasons with the release of 10.2, but with the latest updates it can be enabled.

First, make sure you have the latest 10.2 kernel updates. The usbfs module is disabled in the default 10.2 kernel. (YaST -> Online Update)

Then before starting VMWare, run the following command as root:

    mount -t usbfs none /proc/bus/usb

Now start VMWare and boot up your guest OS. Make sure VMWare has focus and attach your USB device. Now instead of seeing your SuSE Hardware dialog, you should instead see your guest OS natively handle the device. This can be useful for devices like MP3 players, USB security keys, hardware dongles, etc.

The knowledge base post says to do the above. BUT there are reports of only needing the following:
    mount /proc/bus/usb

Now then, after the above I was able to plug in a USB memory stick and get the following:
/dev/sdg1  on /media/disk   type vfat   \

What actually worked???
  usbfs   /proc/bus/usb   usbfs   auto        0       0

The above line was placed in the fstab. Then the following line was executed, after boot up, in root:

  mount -t usbfs /dev/bus/usb /proc/bus/usb

I was then able to use BitPim with my LG-AX380 cell phone described elsewhere in these WebPages.


    I'm stiking this in here ... because. It appears that my cell phone and GPS connections will be using this... and they are both USB plugins. I didn't see this until I started hooking up my Garmin GPS unit to my PC. I actually, at first, thought that it was something from Garmin ... cause of the 'G'.
Quotes from forum: (Ubuntu Forums)
Re: What is the "fuse-daemon"?
gvfs-fuse-daemon mounts your network connections as local file systems. The .gvfs dir is where any mounted network/other file systems are stored.

For example: if you connect to your cellphone via the obex:\\ protocol, that directory will be mounted under the .gvfs dir so that legacy applications can access it. (like the terminal)

Peter VK ===========================================================================================================


Quanta & Homestite

    I'm liking this Quanta more and more. Naturally, it is not a direct replacement for Homesite but it is right up there with a lot of the same features. Just a little different on the ways of doing them. This will greatly cut into my need for VMware and Win2K. Homesite was my main prog there. It was, fire up VMware, power on Win2K and then start Homesite. Rarely anything else.

    One thing I miss... my snippets.

    Well, it looks like there is another problem. Quanta doesn't put in a proper line feed. Some of my lines in this Web Page became very long when going back in Homesite. Difference between Windows and Linux. Windows automatically has a CR/LF and Linux only has a CR. Also some differences in spacing, tabs and indentation.

    Oooops. Uncle again. Dynamic word wrap(Settings->Configure Editor->Appearance) was set. I unset it and also set the Tab width(Settings->Configure Editor->Editing->Tabulators) to 4. Now we are more in agreement with the spacing. Getting better and better everytime I use it ... and read!! And you can choose the type of End of Line. I chose DOS/Windows(Settings->Configure Editor->Open Save->File Format).

    Another feature that comes in very handy is Tag matching. In Homesite you place your cursor on the Tag, either end, that you want to check, Click on Tags, and then Matching Tag or Ctl-M. It will move to its mate and hi-lite it in Red. In Quanta, you must place your cursor on the beginning Tag, click Tags, then Select Current Tag Area. However, it will hi-lite the whole area between the Tags. Could be (and was) very handy for moving code around.


Mouse Settings

    I didn't like the speed of the mouse so I changed some settings. Via the main menu, Config Destop - Personal Settings, Keyboard & mouse, mouse, advanced. Set pointer acceleration to 1.3 and pointer threshold to 2. The mouse then will operate at an acceptable speed. The problem I have with this is... the threshold stays set but the acceleration parameter doesn't. I have to change it everytime I boot up!.
Hmmmmmm... seems to change when I change the screen saver too. Houston, I do believe that we have a problem.

    In the GM release they seem to have corrected this problem. However, when making settings in the advanced section I found that clcking on an entry box and then changing it was NOT recognized as a change. The apply button did not become active. I had to click on the change arrows of the box before it was recognized that something had been messed with.



# xvidtune
Vendor: SNY, Model: SONY SDM-HS95P
Num hsync: 1, Num vsync: 1
hsync range 0:  30.00 -  81.00
vsync range 0:  43.00 -  75.00

    In the initial signon I changed the RCstatus so that it looked cleaner and more professional to me. Part of making the PC more personal. The status words were just hanging out on the end. By accidental on purpose my added brackets came out white which looked good against the black background and surrounding green, yellow or red status words.

    There is an item in the inital signon, however, that needs to be fixed. I can not get my screen properly aligned horizontally. The text in the signon is one character to far to the left. So far I have tried all the alignments and if I get the textual signon screen moved over to show all the characters, it is to far to the right when the Graphic screen shows. Textual to far to the Left, Graphic to far to the Right. Hmmmmmm.... What to do??

Bummer!! My nVidia GeForce 7300 LE drivers (GeForce 7 Series) are evidently not working in SuSE 11.1. Got a neat screen saver with the previous nVidia drivers that was working great. Now it is jerky. Have to investigate that. On top of that the text seen at the initial startup screens is offset to the Left by about 1 and 1/2 to 2 characters. The when I finally get an X window display, the screen is shifted by about a quarter inch to the Right!!
Darn!! I loaded the nVidia drivers and tried to get a balanced screen with both the textual and graphic screens. I can not. One or the other is slightly off screen in opposite directions. Textual to the Left and GUI to the Right. So, since I am only in the Textual at boot time, we set the GUI for correctness with the buttons on the display. Actual, real hardware buttons.
Now we have to wait for the screen saver and see if it will at least work correctly with the new drivers. Nope!! One last thing. Let's go to nVidia and see if they have any new drivers before we dump this damn CPU hogging system! Looks like a maybe. Did the install via YaST and re-booting... actually powering down.
Wahooo!! Another score for the fix and power down. The nVidia drivers got re-loaded and I now have smoothness in the fantastic screen saver provided by nVidia.
Follow directions at this site: Nvidia Installer HOWTO for SUSE LINUX users http://www.suse.de/~sndirsch/nvidia-installer-HOWTO.html
If for some reason it is not there ... e-mail me and I will send the info.... but the important points are:

Update your Kernel via YOU (YaST Online Update). Use

  YaST -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add

  Protocol: HTTP
  Server Name: : download.nvidia.com
  Directory on Server: /opensuse/11.1

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

  YaST -> Software -> Software Management

to install the NVIDIA driver. The appropriate NVIDIA packages will be
autoselected, if your card is supported. These pairs are either

  a) x11-video-nvidia + nvidia-gfx-kmp-(kernel_flavor)
  b) x11-video-nvidiaG01 + nvidia-gfxG01-kmp-(kernel_flavor)
  c) x11-video-nvidiaG02 + nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-(kernel_flavor)
kernel_flavor is either: default, pae, trace, vmi, xen
NOTE: There is no need to try to enable 3D support. It's already
      enabled, when the nvidia driver is running.

    Now pay attention to the above. You need to make sure you have chosen the correct drivers. The system will "normally" pick the correct ones, even though I have heard otherwise. Nothing is ever safe, or so it seems. Sometime you must experiment -BUT- heed all the warnings.
I was using: nvidia-gfxG02-kmp-pae-185.18.36

    One other problem experienced in this New System's Xorg properties was a minor problem with Nedit. When I used it, the edit window came up with part of the background of the current desktop along the left side. Also messed up the Menuing along the top on the left side. However, recent updates (as of 10 Mar 09) to the System software have corrected this problem. I am a happy Nediter again.

Note:  In my recent disaster, described in the selection "Starting Over" on the left, I found a better way to "fix" my display offset. If you are interested and need a fix for your display, you might check it out.

More (30Sep09):  Short to say ... I had 'new problems' that I hadn't had for quite some time ... BEFORE the big CRASH. Surfing the NET and looking at some e-mail attachments from friends and family -and- them not working ... sent me out on more investigations. And we have something new:
   VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix-like systems)
nVidia has newer drivers, with the above included -and- they are for my card -but- when I tried to install it in SuSE 11.1 I got a fatal error in the sax2 configuration. The driver claims -Beta- status and it is: NVIDIA-Linux-x86-190.32-pkg1.run
Now then, I had problems with 190.32 version and spent time trying to resolve them. Finally I found 190.36 version and tried it. No Problems!! NVIDIA-Linux-x86-190.36-pkg1.run

  • CTL-ALT-F1
  • su -   Or whaever to get into root.
  • init 3
  • Change to the dir with nVidia Driver in it.
  • sh NV*.run -q
  • sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia (-or to drop back-) sax2 -r -m 0=nv
  • init 5 && exit
Uninstall the old driver before trying to install the new. Which means:

zypper rm *nvidia*

and only then install the one you downloaded manually.

nVidia Note:  It works like this (if you didn't know already): First number indicates the series of the card, for example 7300 is 7 series, 8800 is 8 series and 9300 is 9 series. Next three numbers indicate the perfomance level of the card. 000-400 means it's a low-perfomance card (like mine), 400-700 means it's mid-range and 700-900 means it's a perfomance card.

Refs: NVIDIA Guide
nVidia News

  Now then, we must all remember the famous quote:
   "Your computer is only as fast as the slowest component."
Here in the Linux portion, of my Dual Boot system, I have always been a little sad at the speed of the system. After this latest install of the nVidia drivers ... I am happy. It appears to be faster!!


KDE 3 and 4

    They seem to be pushing KDE4 which, at first, I thought was neat. However, after using it a bit I really didn't like it all that well. I loaded both versions and I can select which one to use at the sign on. I don't have it automatically sign on and go to the system. I still prefer the entering of a user and password. At that screen you can also pick the Session Type. In case you didn't notice, the choices are down in the bottom left corner of the logon page. Can be a little on the faint side.

    Did have a situation where my mouse settings did not transfer from one to the other, which is really to be expected. So, any special settings may, and probably will, have to be done twice.

    31 Aug 08: Updated KDE4 to 4.1. We'll see if that is any better. Well, it is in one respect. The mouse acceleration pointer stays set!

    First off I want to laud the special effects. (which they probably had before but I hadn't investigated enough yet ) This would be in both versions, SuSE 11.0 and 11.1. They have some neat effects that, now with my new Super Powerful Sytem, with the great graphics (My HP 7480), I am going to use. Really wish that I would have had this system back in my working days. But then, in my wife's words,
   "They hadn't invented it yet.".

    Ran into a problem updating KDE4. Couldn't find the libqt4 libs. The fix is as follows:

[opensuse-kde] IMPORTANT: KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop for 11.0 users:
  # From: Dirk Mueller <dmueller@xxxxxxx>
  # Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:34:39 +0200

to fix some spell checking crashes and other issues, we made libqt4 from
KDE:Qt a requirement for openSuSE 11.0 users of KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop.

If you use the repository, please add


to your sources.


  KDE4 ver 4.2 - 06 Feb 09

    This was released a few days ago and I'm just getting around to it. I had one of the preliminary versions of 4.2 installed on my machine and it was looking good. So, whilst still logged in via KDE3.5 I decided to use the "One Click Install". Well, it was not successfull. When I signed on using KDE4 the desktop had a bunch of icons that looked like pages with the bottom right corner curled and then with 1's and 0's all over them.(forgot to save a pic) Neither holding mouse over nor right clicking brought out any kind of a description as to what they represented. I presumed that, by the way they were patterned on the Desktop, they were the applications that I had selected for Desktop display in my previous uses.

    Ok, I got one...a pic of the extraneous icons: ..
There were some similar ones only smaller, on the task bar.

    Sooooo, now we try the old "Windows brute force method". Totally delete/remove KDE4 and re-install it.   Nope!   Still got those dumb icons. Soooo... I deleted/removed them from my Desktop. Then we will try the "other Windows" technique. Open the menu and create "Shortcuts" to certain items by right clicking on the item and then clicking on "Add to Destop".   Yep!    It worked!! My first choice was Firefox and it added the Firefox icon to my desktop. Hmmmm... now to see if it works...Yep! Clicked on the icon and up came Firefox. So, for this version it appears that I will have to select and place what I want on the Desktop. That's the way it should be anyway.

 Later Note:  Well, it wasn't a fix. After re-booting all the extraneous icons came back. On the Desktop and on the Task bar. So, I will continue to use KDE 3.5 until they get KDE 4.x fixed.

    By the by... I was able to select items from the Gecko in the lower left hand corner. This is the main menu operations. Matter of fact, this part is being written in Homesite, in Win2K, in VMware, inside KDE4 which I was able to select from the menus. (used to, and will again soon, be on my Desktop)

  KDE4 ver 4.3.2 - 20 Oct 09



  MyComputer - Trashcan Problem

    This is a "carry over" problem, I think, from my Triple Boot Catastophies. But then, I'm not sure. Everything has been re-loaded. Hmmmmmm... think I made a mistake in the fstab and had both /home dirs listed in the 11.2 version. Anyway, my Traschcan is no longer a Trashcan image. It is a sheet of paper with one corner folded. I can click on it and see the trash but the image is wrong. In addition, I click on MyComputer and nothing happens.

    Now the MyComputer is set to call sysinfo:/. -But- that is not there in KDE3 and when I check YAST it shows it NOT installed. I try to install it and it claims it needs libhd.so.16, which is part of hwinfo. Now then, hwinfo-15.20-1.6 is installed but that only has libhd.so.15. I try an update and nothing. It stays the same. Went to sysinfo in YAST and the one listed is kde3-kio_sysinfo-11.2-6.7. Looks like they stole it for 11.2 EVEN though they claimed no KDE3 support.

The delima:  We have an inoperable portion of out system and the normal install/recovery processes won't let us fix it. looks like I must force an install of an older version of sysinfo -or- force an install of a newer hwinfo. Hmmmmmm... I'm gona try the sysinfo first. I will disable all repos except the DVD. Then use YAST to select kde3-sysinfo.

    Well, once again things ain't what they seem. With all repos disabled except my DVD, the only sections were: kio-sysinfo and kde-sysinfo. kde3-sysinfo was NOT there. So, I just reloaded kio-sysinfo and guess what??? It worked... course it went from 11.1.2-72.1(in Red) version to 11.1-65.3 version(in Black). However, kio_sysinfo-branding-openSUSE is still at the 11.1.2-72.1(in Red) version. I deleted it cause there was not update selection. MyComputer still worked. I went back into YAST to reload it and ... it wasn't even offered!! I'll have to check out KDE4.

    I did. Now in KDE4 clicking on MyComputer has no effect and the Trashcan is that piece of paper with one corner folded and so is the Printer. Further investigation shows that KDE3 and KDE4 are sharing /home/ctaylor but doing it differently. That's why I got the pleasant surprise of everything that I had on the KDE3 destop showing up on the KDE4 desktop. At this point, it appears that I will have to be two different users and have two different /home dirs, one for KDE3 and the other for KDE4. Not really what I wanted.

  KDE4 ver 4.3 - 18 Aug 09

    Woah....!! What a big surprise. I updated KDE4 in my latest re-creation of SuSE 11.1. (Yes, I'm still in recovery and probably will be for the next 6 months. That is the big problem(s) after you have a BIG Crash. Face it. You will never get back what you had.) Back to the subject... After the update, I ended my KDE3.5 session and re-logged on in KDE4. This is what I saw on my Desktop:

Then, "Shades of Vista" when I clicked on one of those I got a dialog box with a warning:

Many had accused KDE3 of coping Windows to much. In fact, I do believe that contributed to its popularity. Then the real rebels who came from Windows to Linux all jumped on ... (Darn!! The name left me... and I had it at the beginning of this sentence.)... ah! GNOME. Now I, personally, didn't care for GNOME. It was to different. I wasn't comfortable. KDE3 was more like the Windows that I came from. So, here we are now with KDE4. It is also different. However, it seems that it is trying to still be like Windows... only this time Vista and Windows 7. Change. It is in the air... like it or not... we WILL do things differently.

    Now then, one of my complaints about KDE4 was that I couldn't link to any of my drives from the Desktop. Well looky here... the two that I normally place on the Desktop are in the Desktop folder. This, however, is not a "normal" folder/window. When you click on it, it does not come to the top... course neither does a "normal" Desktop. So, we have the desktop icons all grouped into a small area... and if they don't fit, we have to scroll down. Do not like it. NOT convienent. Placing icons on the Desktop is for Operator Convience. (Found later that you can make the Desktop Folder larger.)

    Another Hmmmmm... Looks like my desktop from KDE3 was copied to this one. As far as I can remember this is the first time into KDE4 on SuSE 11.1 since the crash. I didn't even bother with it before the Update. All of the items in the Desktop folder here on KDE4 are the ones that I, or the KDE3 system, placed on the KDE3 Desktop. This makes me like it better ... but not totally. I wonder how long those red balls with exclamation points are gona hang around.?.? Probably until I execute them ... we'll see after a re-start or re-boot. Nope! After both they were still there.

 Another Observation:    Looks like the .initrc got copied over also. I have two terminal Windows come up with each log-on. From the old days when I used to do programming. Always needed two or more so I just had two come up automatically. I also loaded a System Monitor Widget here in KDE4. I have it showing the drive space and it comes up each time I sign-on.
 Rut Roh:   Looks like the default is to keep all terminal/windows not closed in the last session. I got four instead of just two. Yep. Just checked it. Session manager was set to restore the previous session. So I changed it to start with an empty one. This is done inside Configure Desktop, Personal Settings, Advanced and finally the Session Manager.

  Houston, We had a Problem:   On my Destop I had ... the Desktop Folder, the Monitor Widget with the Drives showing, Quanta with these notes (fortunately saved) and the two terminal windows. The last three items were minimized. I took a break, couple of hours, and when I came back I could NOT re-max Quanta. I had to shut-down the session and upon re-start it displayed two system monitor Widgets with the drives showing. One was wider than the other. I do believe that the wider one was the one I was playing with and the narrower one a new copy. This is how I learned how to resize the Widgets, including the Desktop folder. When you run your mouse cursor over the Widget you get a mouse-over sidebar. This has controls on it to re-size, looks like rotate, configure and close. (The Plasma icon is now found at the far right end of the Task Bar.) By the way, I got my notes back... this time... even though I could not properly close Quanta. Regularly saving is very, very key.

    Allllrighty... conditions are set to be the same. We'll try it again...17:02 Well at 18:46 it did not happen again. We'll just let it go for now.

 VMware:     Ok. My favorite is in the Desktop Folder. VMware. Let's see if it works. It has that warning ball on it still. FIRST - we will save this and exit Quanta. I do, by the way, have Firefox open to a KDE4 Desktop Explanation Page that I am just going to have minimized while I start VMware. Just for grins. It really should work. After all, we didn't change the OS, just the Desktop. Allllrighty... VMware 5.5.9 works inside KDE4 openSuSE 11.1. Hmmmm... no sound. Well, that was a problem in KDE3 and we had a work-around. Have to see if there is, or I can figure out, one.

Note:  I really do miss my snippets from Homesite when I am over in Quanta. Think what we will do is... create a special WebPage that has just those snippets and then bring it up while in Quanta so that we can copy and paste them into the code. Yep. That's what we will do. Done.

  Some noteable differences

    Since they have graduated from KDE3/KDE4 split and are just concentrating on KDE4, there is NOT a defined split between the two. Having them both on your system and switching between the two is going to require more involvement on our part. Things like the Trashcan, MyComputer and printer are just a few. I'm sure as time goes on that there are going to be more. One of the references below talksabout making the distinction in startkde -but- as of KDE4.3 they have their own! Should make it simpler, right? Well, it doesn't. Now they are using some of the same directories and some of the same icons/files. Even though the Desktops are different - they are using the same file/folder for both. So, I do believe that from here on out we will use one or the other. From this time forward, 25 Aug 09, I will be just using KDE3 here in 11.1 and KDE4 in 11.2. Now, because of some of the ties they have made, I will leave KDE4 installed. Just won't use it ... unless it is neccessary for some strange reason.

  Notes about Upgrading SuSE 11.1 to KDE4.3

    Wellll, I did it. Using the following 3 repositories only, I brought my KDE4 inside my openSuSE 11.1 up to the latest. I did the update from within KDE3.5


First re-boot AFTER the above update was back into KDE3.5, just to make sure I didn't break anything. It came back into 3.5 just fine. I then closed the 3.5 seesion and at the SignOn screen I changed desktops from KDE3 to KDE4 and signed on. It works! I am here in KDE4.3, using Homesite inside Win2K, inside VMware 5.5.9! Now all we have to do is to get all this working in SuSE 11.2.

Borrowed/swiped from: Vladislav Korecky Select:

  1. install libqt4-x11-… (with vendor change) …
  2. install libqt4-… (with vendor change) …
  3. install kdebase4-runtime-… (with vendor change) …
  4. install libkde4-… (with vendor change) …
  5. install kdepimlibs4-… (with vendor change) …
  6. install libQt4WebKit-… (with vendor change) …
  7. install libqt4-sql-… (with vendor change) …
  8. install libqt4-qt3support-… (with vendor change) …
  9. install libqt4-qt3support-… (with vendor change) …
  10. install libqt4-sql-mysql-… (with vendor change) …

And click “OK – Try Again”

then select:

  1. deinstall of digikamimageplugins…
  2. replacement of kde4-plasmoid-quickaccess…
  3. replacement of kde4-plasma-addons…
  4. replacement of kde4-ksdc-…
  5. replacement of kde4-kio_audiocs-…
  6. replacement of kde4-kio_audiocs-…
  7. replacement of kde4-kmines-…
  8. replacement of kde4-kmahjongg-…

And click “OK – Try Again”

Package conflicts should be fixed.

    Hmmmmmm.... not out of the woods yet. Still have a Trashcan and Printer icon problem. I'm not sure how/why only those two items are affected. *** Ok. Have a fix, for the Trashcan anyway. I have My Own Trash Cans in my gif images dir and I edited the Desktop entry inside KDE3.5 and put in the path to my TrashCans. They are now the same in both!! Probably will have to do the same for the Printer.
Also put my reference to GNU cammand line arguments on the Desktop ... NOT the Folder ... but the actual Desktop. Then I put my GNU icon, the animal head, in place of the html world. (it's a link to a local html file) A big difference here is ... I can not change the name under the icon. It is the name of the executable file. IF I change it under the icon, the File name also gets changed!! So, you either change the name initially -or- you leave it alone.
Now over in KDE3.5 this is NOT a problem. The name UNDER the icon, and the name of the file it links to, CAN BE different.

  KDE4 References

Some of these reference instances in "other Linux's" -but- the principle and concept still apply... or maybe not. Even though SuSE came from Slackware, it is a lot more different. (like that English??) Some of these will just be good enough for ideas that we will have to implement ourselves.

30Sep-01Oct09 KDE4.3.1 installed on SuSE 11.1

    Yeah, I know I talked about it above, but I just wanted to make an official spot stating what was done. I looked around on the Web and read the various forums and blogs and tried to condense the info into an installation. At this point in time it seems successful... using the three repositories mentioned above. I also wanted to include this blurb from Hans on the KDE Forums.

The default "desktop" in KDE4 is no longer a full screen file manager pointing to a directory. It's a place where you can place widgets. You can't create or move files to the desktop - where would they end up? Remember, desktop != ~/Desktop.

Now, some people want to have icons on their desktops. As far as I know, there are three ways to do it:

  1. Add a widget that acts as a link to the file. You can resize/rotate the widget (as any other widget) and remove it without deleting the file.
  2. Add a widget that acts as a file browser and make it point to a directory. Folder View is such a widget.
  3. Change "desktop". In KDE4 it's called Desktop Activity, and you can change its type in the Desktop Settings dialog. Screenshot here.
    If you choose Folder View you'll basically get a Folder View (the "widget") as your desktop.
Now, wouldn't you agree that it's silly to provide a "New icon" in the right-click context menu? (Note that I'm talking about the default desktop). Because you can't create anything on the desktop (someone has to correct me if I'm wrong here), but you can add things: widgets, panels, icons etc. Yes, even icons. But why should that widget get its own context menu item?

    Now then, I just switched over to KDE4.3 from KDE3.5. It was NOT a re-boot but an end-session while in KDE3.5 and then switch to KDE4 at the SignOn prompt.(* As stated elsewhere, I do not like the auto logon and this is one of the main reasons. I can switch between KDE3 and KDE4 *)

    However, today, 01 Oct 09, I had some interesting experiences that had to be fixed as follows:

  1. Firefox: I could not get two operational Firefox windows going. I would start one and everything was Ok. But, when I started the second ... the window was blank! Just a black hole. The cure was to UpDate Firefox, or at least that is what fixed it for me.
  2. Quanta: Right after signing on I tried to use Quanta to edit this. Once again, like Firefox, all I got was a black window. This was NOT a second copy but the first and only copy. I then started up VMware and went into Homesite to write this and on a whim ... get lots of those ... I clicked on Quanta. It came up, flashed a black window and then came up normally. At this point nothing else has been done. We'll watch it.
    After this VMware session I fired up Quanta and it was still ok.
  3. Over these two days I have also installed the latest nVidia driver... 190.36. It is a Beta version so there is a possibility that it can be affecting these operations. We''l watch it.
  4. Well... guess what?? It was nvidia 190.36 causing the Black Box problem.
Side Note:  I also got SuSE 11.2 M8 ... and ... I got it on 30 Sep 09. Probably one of the first to get it, cause it wasn't supposed to be out till 01 Oct 09. I'm bad!! Still haven't installed it yet but I do believe that will be my next item.


14Oct09 KDE4.3.2 installed on SuSE 11.1

    Learned about a newer KDE4.3.2 and decided to install it on my SuSE 11.1. Just finished the install while in KDE3.5 and have not re-booted yet. Will do the usual, re-boot to KDE3 and then switch over to KDE4.
Well... I did. And here is the ACID test. I am inside Homesite, inside Win2K, inside VMware 5.5.9. So, the KDE3.5 side still works. Now we need to check out the KDE4.3.2 side.
Oooops. Forgot that I did have a minor problem -but- I have seen it before. nspluginscan. It crashed and caused a signal 11 (SIGSEGV). The claim is that it is a bug in the application. We will check it out ... later.
Alllllrighty Now!! Here we are inside Homesite, inside Win2K, inside VMware 5.5.9 ... on theKDE4.3.2 side!!
Gota go to work now. Will check more after... maybe the new SuSE 11.2 RC1 will be ready.
Ref:   KDE/Upgrade


Online Repositories

    Two categories: Community and Software. Well, it was two in 10.3. Now it is only one. The Software. Anyway, these are online sources that you can specify to be read at bootup time ... or not. Now let me say this about that, it does take some time to read these and check for updates. Sooooo, your boot time will be slower. How slow depends on how many repositories you have enabled, how fast your connection is and how fast your PC is. I have a cable connection and a dual processor. It still seems to be slow!!
"zypper ref"   will refresh your repos and list what you got.
"rpm --rebuilddb"   will of course rebuild your rpm-database.

  • VideoLAN Repository - a free MPEG, MPEG2 and DVD player. One of the most platform-independent multimedia players available.
  • Main Repository (OSS) - big Open Source Software (OSS) repository for openSUSE 11.0
  • Main Repository (NON-OSS) - official openSUSE 11.0 repository for all Non-Open Source Software maintained by the openSUSE team.
  • Packman Repository - software packages to enable users to easily install and remove software on Linux.
  • Main Update Repository - find security and maintenance updates to openSUSE 11.0.
  • NVIDIA Repository - containing the drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • KDE KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop
Because a readable pic of my Repositories expands this page out to far, I have made it clickable.
The ones I use(for 11.0): Repos Click Here   For 11.1 just change the 0(zero) to a 1(one).
But the page got to wide for other reasons...

    Also check: (From comments by "f" in Beta 2 release announcement)

To search all the repos for a package there are webpages:

Inside YaST2 -> Software Repositories you will see a list of Configured Software Repositories. We will have 4 columns of data. The first is the
  -p, --priority <positive-integer>
       Set priority of the repository. Priority of 1 is the highest, the higher the number
       the  lower  the  priority.  Default priority is 99. Packages from repositories with
       higher priority will be preferred even in case there is a higher  installable  ver-
       sion available in the repository with a lower priority.
 This one says whether or not a repository is to be used. 
An  automatic  refresh takes place right before reading metadata from the database if the
auto-refresh is enabled for the repository and the metada is reported to be out of date.
If  the  auto-refresh is disabled, the repository will only be refreshed on user request.
Simply view all packages you are possibly interested in; You will get the:
   "red" packages (where you have a newer version than available on any active repository), or
   "blue" packages (ones that could be updated), or
   "black" packages (ones not installed or you have the most recent version).

Update: 24Sep09    KDE4:Factory
`   http://pgsql.cdpa.nsysu.edu.tw/Linux/OpenSuSE/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.1/   is another repository that I found to update openSuSE 11.1 to KDE4.3. I had to search couse the download.opensuse.org repos would not work. Kept syaing it couldn't find the i586 directory... even though it was there!! Even this one had a problem which I still need to resolve. PolicyKit-kde. kdebase4-workstation obsoleted the available PolicyKit. I took a big gulp and said ignore. Wanted to see if there was anything else that was needed. Nope. But, I haven't found another PolicyKit... yet. Haven't rebooted yet either!! Course it "shouldn't" affect my KDE3.5.
I just know I'm gona be in trouble!!!!!

  • PolicyKit-kde 0.2-20.103 - is obsoleted. Ignored then reloaded it!!
    PolicyKit, is a technology that will enable developers to apply security policies to many aspects of the desktop and its operations. Oh well, more security to give me fits. Right now it is probably broke.
  • python-qt4-4.5.4-32.4.i586 - requires python-sip. Ignored...then went back and updated it!! No more complaints.
Did a "zypper dup" update. Now we will just end current session and try to come back in ...KDE3.5 and then if all is ok we'll try the same thing with KDE4.



    Operations on the CD's / DVD's have changed. We no longer use the subfs system. The following info is in the SuSE Support Database: CD/DVD with ivman
The steps presented describe the use of ivman.



RC Status - Login

    I like to watch the system sign on. So I view the scrolling text and watch for anything that I might have screwed up. I thought that it would look neater if those status words out at the end of the lines were bracketed. So I changed rc.status to incororate them. If you would like to make the same change then you could edit rc.status inside /etc as follows:
   norm=`echo -en "${esc}[m\017"`
   stat=`echo -en "\015${esc}[${COLUMNS}C${esc}[10D"`
Changed to: (red chars are the ones I added. They are not red in use!)
   norm=`echo -en "${esc}[m\017]"`
   stat=`echo -en "\015${esc}[${COLUMNS}C${esc}[10D["`

    Need to re-institue this in openSuSE 11.1.... Did 22 Dec 08.



Qps is a visual process manager, an X11 version of "top" or "ps" that displays processes in a window and lets you sort and manipulate them.

Qps can

  • change nice value of a process
  • alter the scheduling policy and soft realtime priority of a process
  • display the TCP/UDP sockets used by a process, and names of the connected hosts (Linux only)
  • display the memory mappings of the process (which files and shared libraries are loaded where)
  • display the open files of a process, and the state of unix domain sockets
  • kill or send any other signal to selected processes
  • display the load average as a graph, and use this as its icon when iconified
  • show (as graph or numbers) current CPU, memory and swap usage
  • sort the process table on any attribute (size, cpu usage, owner etc)
  • on SMP systems running Linux 2.1 or later (or Solaris), display cpu usage for each processor, and which CPU a process is running on
  • display the environment variables of any process
  • show the process table in tree form, showing the parent-child relationship
  • execute user-defined commands on selected processes
  • display MOSIX-specific fields and migrate processes to other nodes in a cluster
Qps runs on Linux and Solaris. And on openSuSE 11.1 as of 28 Dec 08.

    QPS home page is: http://qps.kldp.net/

Sound - SuSE 10.3 and 11.0 ... and 11.1

This first section (and it is long) is mainly for KDE3. Jump here to the KDE4 section.
Note:  Sound in Everything is fluctuating. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. This is for both KDE3 and KDE4. Could be cause I am switching back and forth. Also I don't know yet if Petr's sound fix will work in KDE4.

SuSE 11.1 I'll mention SuSE 11.1 here cause it is the latest and probably most important to most people. After finally getting it installed, once again I do not have sound. I don't have any sound. Nothing, nada. Been like this before and what it was, was the install missed my sound card/chip, or whatever I got in this new fan dangled machine. That will be the first thing to check. The next item will be to ensure that the sound software got started and the volume is up. Will get back on these.

    Well, it wasn't the hardware this time. Back to that not getting started again.

dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # rcalsasound start
Starting sound driver:  hda-intel                                                                           [done]
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # set_default_volume -f
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 

The first aplay didn't make any noise. After setting the default volume to full, I could then hear the aplay. Also, I could hear the Windows sign-on when I went into Win2K via VMware. In the past this caused it to stay working. We'll have to see how it works this time. I have a directory of my favorite sounds, which were not being heard after this SuSE 11.1 install. I can click on any of them now and they are heard.

    Ok. At a power off shut-down and then a restart I got sound at the Linux Desktop start-up... finally. So, it looks like the above trick worked again.

    Annnddd... it is fluctuating. Sometimes I gots sound and sometimes I don't. Worry about that later.

    Houston... We have a problem.

dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:1008:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave
aplay: main:590: audio open error: Device or resource busy
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # rcalsasound start
Starting sound driver:  hda-intel                                                                           [done]
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # 
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:1008:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) unable to open slave
aplay: main:590: audio open error: Device or resource busy
dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # rcalsasound status
ALSA sound driver loaded.                                                                                   [running]

Always something. Through Web Searches, it appears that pulseaudio and alsa have a problem getting along. Through my trusty QPS I killed pulseaudio and then alsa sounds started working. Now how do we fix it???

    Well, from the SuSE forums and Moderator oldcpu, we get:
To test if your sound is working, I recommend you try copy and pasting the following into a gnome-terminal or a kde konsole:

  speaker-test -Dplug:front -c2 -l5 -twav

you should hear a lady's voice saying "front-left", "front-right" five times. Note Linux is case sensitive.
If that does not work, please try a shorter form version: (short version worked for me, long version did not.)

  speaker-test -c2 -l5 -twav

If you hear sound (ie if you hear the lady's voice), then please post here, let us know this fact, and explain more as to what your sound problem might be.

From: openSuSE Forums

openSUSE-11.1 does not quite have the latest alsa version, although it is a fairly new version. To install the very latest alsa version, send (copy and paste) the following six zypper commands in sequence in a konsole or gnome terminal with root permissions (ie type 'su' and enter root password) with your PC connected to the internet:

Kernel version
IMPORTANT. When updating your alsa version, it is important that you know what kernel version you are using. You need this because you should install the alsa-driver-kmp rpms specific to ONLY your kernel. NOT for other kernels. use: uname -a

 zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/audio/openSUSE_11.1/ multimedia 

 zypper install alsa alsa-utils alsa-tools alsa-plugins alsa-firmware libasound2 

 zypper rr multimedia 

The next three are kernel specific. Check the reference below for others. If you use the wrong one it can not only break your sound, but it can also screw up your system ... again!

 zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/audio:/KMP/openSUSE_11.1_Update/ multimedia 

 zypper install alsa-driver-kmp-pae 

 zypper rr multimedia 

and then reboot your PC and test your sound. Try that with, and with out, the update to the /etc/modprobe.d/sound file.

My reference for the above updating commands is here:
Alsa-update - openSUSE

    I won't be able to get proper tests on sound till I get the VMware/Linux(SuSE 11.0) 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:
   LD_PRELOAD=libartsdsp.so.0:libartsc.so.0     (In /opt/kde3/bin/artsdsp)
   # changed on 4 Mar 08 according to petr
   # LD_PRELOAD=${libdir}/libartsdsp.so.0:${libdir}/libartsc.so.0
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 libartsdsp.so.0 and libartsc.so.0 in /usr/lib directory - they should be symlinks to libartsdsp.so.0.0.0 and libartsc.so.0.0.0, and these two files are two which should be suid.
dusty-tr2:/opt/kde3/lib # chmod u+s libartsdsp.so.0.0.0
dusty-tr2:/opt/kde3/lib # chmod u+s libartsc.so.0.0.0
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

KDE4 Sound

 20Jan09 Allllrighty. As mentioned below in the Dependencies, the sound for KDE4 is not working. I got no greeting at Login to the Desktop and I didn't get one in Win2K when I logged into it via VMware. So we need to do the checks.

    I got the following warning message when I tried to play a sound with Audacity:

Error while opening sound device. Please check the output device settings and the project sample rate

    Now then, if you are following my exploits you will have read that I killed pulseaudio, which is supposed to be some new Network sound code, but it was screwing with my sound in KDE3. I didn't get the greetings there either, leastwise not consistently. BUT I don't remember getting a greeting when I logged onto KDE4 before I removed pulseaudio. I thought it was cause I hadn't set something up. So, let's see what enables sound in KDE4.

    This smells of the same problem as above in KDE3. The usual test:

dusty-tr2:/home/ctaylor # aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/test.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Stereo
Produced Quiet. 

    I'll not bother to repeat the other steps here, suffice it to say that I had to do the same thing. rcalsasound start and set_default_volume -f The next test is to see if they stay set at log off / sign on.

    Allllrighty. I didn't get a sound at Desktop Sign-on BUT playing the test wave produced a sound. So it stayed set. Just have to enable the log-on sound, however you do that. Later: Do get a logon Greeting but it was quiet and I didn't hear it.

VMware in KDE4 Ah. But there is always my friend (VMware) yelling about something. I do spend a lot of time getting VMware set-up on every New Install of Linux. I need the Windows operations and I hate dual booting. Anyway, it appears I have to do the same thing here, if it will work, as I did in KDE3. I got that Failed to open Sound Device at the initial log-on to VMware.

    The "fixes" in sound, in KDE3 involved artsdsp and esddsp patches and load corrections. These, apparently, are not used in KDE4. However, pulseaudio is and it has some sort of hack to use "antique" applications.
From Kevin Kofler on aseigo blogspot
"A padsp LD_PRELOAD hack (similar to artsdsp, esddsp and aoss) for apps using the obsolete OSS API is also available."
But that involves having pulseaudio loaded, which I don't. It was causing to many problems with my "normal" sound ops. Sooooo, sound in VMware, inside KDE4, will have to wait.

*** From oldcpu in openSuSE forums:
You could investigate your pulse audio a bit more. Here are some pulse audio applications: As to their precise function, the web sites I linked provide some information. Other than that, I was hoping you would teach me.
*** End oldcpu extract ***

    The above from oldcpu is included more for reference than anything. I want to use, and provide, any, and all, information on this sound problem. My dual problem is... with pulseaudio I do not get consistant sound ops. Without it, it appears that I am not getting all of the KDE4 sound ops. In particular VMware inside KDE4.



    The Plasma Widget shell supports SuperKaramba widgets through it's "Legacy support" feature.
See: Wikipedia

OpenSuSE 11.0 Packages+Dependencies June 2008

    I found this in an openSuSE forum (doctorjohn2 was the author) and am including it mainly cause of audacity. Can't remember right now what I used it for but will add that as soon as I get back from my little vacation.

Now I forgot to include the package list :-S My bad :-( here it is
  • kchmviewer
  • mplayer, mplayer plugin
  • audacious
  • k3b, k3b-codecs
  • sox
  • devede
  • audacity
  • avidemux
  • ffmpeg
  • transcode
  • ntfs-config
  • vlc
  • libdvdcss
  • w32codecs

20Jan09 Took me a little longer to get back to this section ... but what brought me here was sound. Audacity, mentioned above turns out to be an important part of KDE4. Yesterday I decided to start trying to use it more and more since the Developers seem to be trying to get it to be, more or less, the default. However, because I have been continually updating, my default has always been KDE3. Fortunately, they leave the configuration alone when you update except for what is absolutely necessary. Anyway, today I noticed that I was not greeted so I decided to see if sound on KDE3 had been installed and enabled. Opened my sound files folder and clicked on one of the sound files expecting to hear it played. Instead what I got was a Welcome to Audacity. (shown below) Cooooolllness.

Getting Started
Welcome to Audacity 1.3.6! Learn how to:
  • play an existing audio file
  • record your voice, LP or tape
  • edit sounds
  • save or open an Audacity project
  • export to an MP3 or other audio file, or burn to a CD
This screen can be viewed at any time by clicking the Help menu, then Show Welcome Message. For a detailed guide to all the Audacity menus and controls, click Help menu then Index, or download our full Manual in PDF format.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to get the sound working in KDE4. I also remembered what I had used Audacity for after I saw the program's screen. I used it to shorten the sounds I use for ringers on my cell phone. They have alotted only so much room for your sounds and if I used anymore than .10 on the Audacity scale, my number of customized sounds were limited to 8.


Disk Info

    As usual, whilst looking for something else I found some cool information. This concerns a couple of commands I didn't know about and yet they provide some good info. The commands used are bolded to make them stand out. The use of the commands came from oldcpu on the SuSE Forum Hopefully, I will have more info to follow....

ctaylor@dusty-tr2:~> df -Th
Filesystem    Type    Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda6     ext3     50G  9.9G   38G  21% /
udev         tmpfs   1013M  164K 1013M   1% /dev
/dev/sda7     ext3     69G   57G  8.6G  87% /home
/dev/sda1     ntfs    147G   42G  105G  29% /windows/C
/dev/sdb1  fuseblk    264G   26G  239G  10% /windows/D
/dev/sda2     vfat     11G  7.2G  3.3G  70% /windows/E
/dev/sdb5     vfat     16G  3.4G   13G  22% /windows/L
ctaylor@dusty-tr2:~> su -c 'fdisk -l'

Disk /dev/sda: 300.0 GB, 300069052416 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 36481 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x70987098

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       19176   154031188+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2           35124       36481    10908135    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3           19177       35123   128094277+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5           19177       19438     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6           19439       26049    53102826   83  Linux
/dev/sda7           26050       35123    72886873+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 300.0 GB, 300069052416 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 36481 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x03ce34a8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       34443   276663366    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2           34444       36481    16370235    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5           34444       36481    16370203+   b  W95 FAT32


    I should have been doing this all along, but I don't think of things that fast. Anyway, plan on listing oopses, uh-ohs and other problems here.

  1. 13 Nov 08: aaa_base-11.0-79.2_79.4.i586.delta.rpm - Got notified of some updates for 11.0 and tried to allow them. There were six of them and it appears that all were installed. Except, I got a message at the end thatit could not find this delta rpm. I have re-booted and everything still appears to be working.
  2. 19 Jan 09  K3b will no longer detect my DVD writer!! Hmmmm...Well, I looked around and couldn't find anything obvious. I do believe that this problem developed when I was trying to get all the updates so my sound and the powerdevil would work properly. You will see in a section up above that there was some hassel over the K3b codecs when I was trying out syppe.
    So, to the Net. Here I found something that I had not heard about before. Seems that we all had the same problem. It once worked and now all of a sudden it doesn't. (I want to add that it is my FIRST experience with this and I strongly believe that it has to do with the Newest Versions of Linux.) The suggestions made by: Derek Broughton on linux.derkeiler.com fixed the problem for me. This involved creating a file: /etc/udev/rules.d/15local.rules and then adding the following line to it:

       BUS=="scsi", KERNEL=="sr[0-1]", NAME="%k", GROUP="cdrom"

    His said sg[0-9]. I changed it cause mine are sr's and I was only interested in the two. The writer was listed in the settings after the change/addition.
     Rut,ro!!  Now it gets interesting.
    1. Have problem
    2. Find Fix and install it.
    3. Re-boot
    4. Start up K3b.
    5. Got "No problems in configuration."
    6. Check K3b Settings and it shows drive.
    7. Exit K3b.
    8. Put CD in drive, close drawer.
    9. Click on cancel for opening a Window.
    10. Right click on CD symbol and select Unmount.
    11. Click on K3b to bring it into execution.
    12. Greeted with message that it "Cannot find writer"
    Back to investigating. Found another answer in the openSuSE forums. YAST >> Security and Users >> User and Group Management >> "select your user" >> Edit >> Details >> Groups >> check "cdrom" and "disk" and then click on "ACCEPT".
    First  then   next select  

    Now select your user name:

    Click on Edit  

    And in this next screen
    click on the "Details" tab:    Now then, in this section Check the cdrom box and the disk box.

    Now you can click on Ok at the bottom of the pages to exit out.

    Don't forget after exiting YaST, you need to restart.

Updates!!! (05 Dec 08)

    I will not update again unless I absolutely have to cause something won't work unless I update my system. I had my database, with PHP, and my phone data on my system. Both don't work properly in these new releases. I forgot the Golden Rule ... if it ain't broke ... don't fix it!!

    The last known working version I believe was 10.3. If I can't get things working in this 11.1, I will revert back to 10.3 and stay there. I'm going to have to go over all my Web Pages and find the info. That is my primary reason for these, the Web Pages, anyway. Right now I have 11.0 as my main system. I'm waiting for the GM release before I move to 11.1 (Did move 18-20Dec08).

    Speaking of updates; I fired up SuSE 11.1 in VMware and was promptly notified that there were some updates. I listed them and then click install. It asked for the root password and then promptly failed. It said a user was not allowed to update!! Then why did it ask for the root password??!! Anyway, it gave the option to manually update via YAST and I clicked OK. It then did the update. Now technically, I was still the user. HMMMMM...

SuSE 11.1 With this as my Main System now I get a Warning everytime I Boot-Up or Re-Start:

I have never seen this message in any of my previous versions. Guess I'll have to investigate this.

Later: This turned out to be a problem with KDE4 even though I am using KDE3. Seems they are mixing a little bit. I did something and got the Updater Working. Forgot what I did or it was an accident, don't know which, but then I later blew it. I removed KDE4 cause it was causing Xorg to use 92-97% of the CPU and kick in my CPU fan. This was during idle!! ie: No KB or mouse for 15 min and it would have at it... even if the system was doing something else, like a big download. Turned out to be PowerDevil which is part of KDE4. Re-loaded KDE4, without PowerDevil, and even got courageous and got KDE4.2 Beta. However, the updater still is not working properly. Guess I broke it. Hopefully, when it starts working I will know what was done to get it working again... and its not just fixed accidently cause of my updates of other things.

    At the present, 04Jan09, it shows a down arrow in the desktop panel. If we click on this it changes to a green Gecko and opens a dialog box stating that it is checking for updates. Doesn't find any anymore.

11Jan09 Ok. Got tired of it saying it can't find the Update Repository. Search the Net/Web. Found in openSuSE Forums the following from rasmus_borup_hansen:

It appears that the Updater Applet is sensitive to the name of the update repository. After renaming my own mirror of the updates to "Main Update Repository" the updates were detected.
So I changed it, used Online Updater and found that there were some updates for Samba and git-web. However, I changed it back and then checked again and it still said there were updates. So, what I need to do is Sign-off, get-out and come back in to see if kupdater will work properly with this new name.
Alllllrighty now. The Updater Applet now works at Sign-on.
And I see a Red Tri-Angle instead of that Blue Down Arrow. Clicked on the Red Tri and got a dialog box up in the left hand corner telling me there are some updates. Clikced on Details and it reported the Samba and git-web updates. I will install them.

17Jan09 Fired up the PC and when it finally got to my SuSE desktop, it did not greet me. This has been inconsistant ever since I installed 11.1 and it might even have been with 11.0. Can't remember. But, anyway, I was just gona remove pulseaudio cause it has been the main reason for my sound problems. However, I decided to check on an Update and sure enough there was one. Installed the update and re-booted. Got greeted. Have to see if this is not just one of the random times it works -OR- if the Update fixed it.
Later - Nope! The Update did not fix it. I had to re-start cause something kicked my machine into hyper-drive. Upon getting to the Linux Destop I was not greeted. So, I am going to uninstall pulseaudio.
Next Day: I didn't get it uninstalled either cause I forgot or ran out of time. BUT... when I fired up, after a power-on, then got to my desktop, I was greeted. A temporary reprieve???
After Coffe: Went for coffee with a friend. Shut down before leaving. Upon return, booted up, got to the Desktop andddd.... was not greeted. Will remove pulseaudio. 18Jan09 .. Interesting, when I removed pulseaudio it downloaded and installed esound. I let it and we will see what happens.

Allllrighty. Did a re-start. Ok, got greeted. Did a power off, power on re-start. Ok, got greeted. Have to wait till they update and fix pulseaudio.

    In conjunction with the above, what happened was ... my PC went to screen saver mode. I hit the Shift Key to bring it back and my machine then went into hyper mode. I don't see any indication that powerdevil is running BUT I have KDE4.2 Beta2 installed. Even, though I am running KDE3 it appears that some KDE4 ops are also running. If I get anymore of these hyper-drives I will remove KDE4.2 and see what happens. Right now I once again can not safely leave my system running unattended.

Updates!!! (18 May 09)

    Not sure how it got changed but my K3B desktop icon is different. It was a disc with flames inside it, and now it is a disc with flames around it. I certainly hope that this means it will work better. Been having some problems lately and had to go to Windows to make some proper CD's and DVD's. I tried to "Upgrade" my KDE4 yesterday to the latest 4.3 version. Was not successful. BUT this change was/is on my KDE3 desktop. That is why it is puzzeling. Other than the "Normal" Updates that pop up every once in a while, I haven't done anything else. We'll have to see....after work.


Featurelist 11.1 - From openSUSE (As of 14 Dec 08)

Major improvements

  • New licence which allows redistribution
  • open source software + firmware on main medium
  • proprietary add-on on additional CD and online repository
  • Liberation fonts replacing proprietary agfa-fonts
  • Firefox 3.0.4
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0
  • Gnome 2.24.1
  • KDE 4.1.3 + KDE 3.5.10
  • Mono 2.0.1
  • openJDK as replacement of Sun Java (still available on cd/repo)

Desktop Environments

  • KDE 3.5.10
  • KDE 4.1.3
  • GNOME 2.24.1
  • Xfce 4.4.3
  • 3D desktop using Compiz Fusion or kwin/KDE4

Office Software

  • OpenOffice.org 3.0, koffice 1.6.3
  • Desktop search Beagle 0.3.8
  • Tasque 0.1.7
  • Catalogue database: Tellico 1.3.4
  • Personal information manager: Evolution 2.24.1, Kontact 4.1.3
  • Wine 1.1.9

Internet and E-mail

  • Voice over IP (VoIP): ekiga 3.0.1, Linphone 2.1.1, Twinkle 1.3.2
  • NetworkManager 0.7
  • Peer to peer clients: Bittorrent, Ktorrent 3.1.5 and Monsoon 0.15
  • Web browser: Firefox 3.0.4, Konqueror 4.1.3, SeaMonkey 1.1.13
  • E-mail: Evolution, Kontact 4.1.3, Thunderbird
  • Instant Messaging: Kopete 4.1.3, Pidgin 2.5.1, Empathy 2.24.1


  • Image manipulation program: GIMP 2.6.2
  • Vector illustration: Inkscape 0.46
  • Photo management: F-spot, gwenview 1.4.2, dikigkam 0.9.4


  • Music Management: Banshee 1.4.1, AmaroK 1.4.10 & 2.0
  • kaffeine 0.8.7
  • PulseAudio 0.9.12
  • Audacity 1.3.5
  • CD/DVD burner: k3b 1.0.5
  • Gnash 0.8.4
  • flash-player 10 (on non-oss CD/repo)


  • Networkmanager 0.7
  • 3G and Bluetooth support
  • External Monitor support
  • Support for docking stations


  • Samba 3.2.4
  • Apache 2.2.10
  • Nagios 3.0.5
  • Cups 1.3.9
  • OpenLDAP 2.4.12


  • Finger print recognition
  • Intrusion prevention: AppArmor 2.3
  • SELinux basic enablement
  • SUSE Firewall
  • Virus scanner: AntiVir, clamav 0.94.1
  • Spam filter: SpamAssasin 3.2.5, bogofilter 1.1.1
  • new YaST Linux Auditing module
  • improved YaST security module

System Components

  • Linux Kernel
  • GCC 4.3.2
  • glibc 2.9
  • X.Org 7.4
  • XEN 3.3.1
  • KVM 78
  • Virtual Box 2.0.6

Database Management System

  • PostgreSQL 8.3.5
  • MySQL 5.0.67
  • Derby

Devlopment Environments

  • Mono 2.0.1
  • KDevelop 3.5.3
  • Eclipse 3.4

Development Tools

  • gtk+ 2.14.4
  • Python 2.6.0
  • Ruby 1.8.7
  • Perl 5.10.0
  • Qt 4.4.3
  • PHP 5.2.6
  • openJDK 1,2b11
  • Sun Java 1.6 (non-oss repo/cd)
  • Sun Java 1.7 preview (icedtea) (non-oss repo/cd)
  • Ruby on Rails 2.1

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