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Thread: Noob Q's - Startup/Uninstall/Plasma/Java

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    stylesm NNTP User

    Question Noob Q's - Startup/Uninstall/Plasma/Java

    Ok, so I've not used Linux before, so I'm just about getting to grips with it as it is.

    One thing I'm finding frustrating is Startup speed. It takes a lot longer to boot the OS, load the desktop environment, and to launch and use applications. Granted, this will be partly down to my low amount of memory, however I know there will be ways of speeding this up.

    What I want to do is a few small things:

    1. Remove some programs (not services) from startup. I don't mean apps from my previous session (I've figured that one out already), but other programs I may want to start manually.

    2. I don't actually know how to uninstall software yet. I know how to install it using Software Manager, and I know how to configure, build and install software from source, but no idea how to get rid.

    3. Plasma. I'm not 100% sure what this is, but I've never really been a fan of widgets and extra toolbars, so is there a way I can get rid of this, or is it required for the taskbar to appear?

    4. 64-bit Firefox release comes installed, with a Java plug-in. As well as this works, if I have a Java applet open, said applet can't open another window in a pop-up, even with Firefox's pop-up blocker disabled. I'm guessing this is more something for Firefox/Java community to help me with though...

    So uhh, any ideas anyone? Thanks for any reply..

    Matty

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    Default Re: Noob Q's - Startup/Uninstall/Plasma/Java

    To uninstall apps use the yast package manager select an app to delete and either left click selector box till a red x appears or right click and select delete from power menu. Ex. delete Kerry-Beagle indexer and associations for better performance.

    to stop services at start up goto
    yast > system > system srevices (run level)

    Select a service and disable start up.
    Ex . I dont print or use any bluetooth devices so I disabled cups server and bluetooth items from starting.

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    platinum NNTP User

    Default Re: Noob Q's - Startup/Uninstall/Plasma/Java

    -welcome-
    steep learning curve right now...i suggest you move slowly and
    delibertly...much of what you know works (from where you came) just
    won't work here...

    patience will help move faster (because you won't screw it up so much
    you are forced to start over)


    > One thing I'm finding frustrating is Startup speed.


    accept it for _now_ my box boots in about 57 seconds...i can live with
    that...some folks can't..

    if your is taking longer, live with it for now is my suggestion...for
    now..


    > this will be partly down to my low amount of
    > memory, however I know there will be ways of speeding this up.


    how little memory do you have? see: http://en.opensuse.org/Sysreqs


    > 1. Remove some programs (not services) from startup. I don't mean apps
    > from my previous session (I've figured that one out already), but other
    > programs I may want to start manually.


    most folks simply hate beagle as it tends to SUCK up a lot of
    cycles...some folks say to uninstall it, but i prefer to disable it,
    this way:

    in the "task bar" is a dopey looking beagle hound with a red
    banana..right click on it, then click "Configure Kerry" > Daemon
    Status (tab) > click the "Stop" button, then "OK"..

    that should keep the hound off you a while...you can come back and
    restart it if you see you can live without a desktop searcher (but,
    there are alternatives for that)..

    i doubt anything else is starting....well, i assume you are using KDE4
    and probably 4.1 which means that soon you need to learn how to
    updated to 4.3 which is much improved (much less buggy...this is
    REALLY new stuff)

    oh, and there is the "openSUSE Updater" which is a gadget to
    automatically go out and look for updated security patches and
    etc...that thing launches when you log in and SUCKS lots of cycles for
    a while...it is the little green globe thing in the "task bar" with a
    geeko head....right click it, select configure applett, then uncheck
    "Automatically start updated on login"...that should hold off the two
    biggest suckers that slow down launching what you wanna launch (say
    firefox) on start up..

    BUT, i do not recommend you leave the updated turned off (though some
    here do) unless you will check for updates manually...for sure!


    > 2. I don't actually know how to uninstall software yet. I know how to
    > install it using Software Manager, and I know how to configure, build
    > and install software from source, but no idea how to get rid.


    by "Software Manager" you mean YaST "Software Management"...in YaST
    you just find what you wanna uninstall and click it until the icon
    changes from a check mark (meaning keep it) to a trash can, then click
    accept..

    however, i do NOT recommend you start uninstalling stuff, yet...i
    mean, what do you wanna dump? hmmmm, let me say it this way: if it
    ain't running it is not needing RAM or cycles...just disk space (which
    is CHEAP)..

    it is better (imo) to install smart, and not have to delete..ymmv

    > 3. Plasma. I'm not 100% sure what this is, but I've never really been a
    > fan of widgets and extra toolbars, so is there a way I can get rid of
    > this, or is it required for the taskbar to appear?


    ok, i'm not a bells and whistles guy either...i do not need a rotating
    cube, wobbly windows and all that other stuff...i have desktop effects
    turned off and it makes my desktop a LOT more stable and responsive..

    i guess you installed KDE4, which i personally HATE...i'm on KDE3 and
    probably will go next to Gnome or something lighter...ymmv..

    if you get to where you have to install again you might consider Gnome
    or Xfce, both need less RAM..


    > 4. 64-bit Firefox release comes installed, with a Java plug-in. As well
    > as this works, if I have a Java applet open, said applet can't open
    > another window in a pop-up, even with Firefox's pop-up blocker disabled.
    > I'm guessing this is more something for Firefox/Java community to help
    > me with though...


    doesn't sound like an openSUSE problem..



    > So uhh, any ideas anyone? Thanks for any reply..


    do lots of reading..
    here is something to get you to bedtime ;-)

    http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts
    http://tinyurl.com/6jwtg9
    http://www.novell.com/documentation/...0_startup.html
    file:///usr/share/doc/manual/opensuse-manual_en/manual/index.html
    http://tinyurl.com/r3wrcr/
    http://tinyurl.com/8b9s6

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    Teach reading and you feed him for a lifetime.

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