On 29/03/14 14:56, Greenpalmer wrote:
> Thanks for the reply.
> As I said I know nothing about Linux so I have to ask the following
> 1. How do I “enable the Packman repository”? I don’t even know what a
> Packman repository is!
Repositories are collections of software packages maintained by Linux
system distributions (openSUSE, Redhat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Debian, Arch
etc.) and other third party providers. As you have installed openSUSE,
you will almost certainly be subscribed to the following 3 repositories:
This happens automatically during the installation.
The broadcom packages are not contained in any of those repositories, so
we have to enable another repository called Packman. (There are other
reasons to do this related to multimedia, but that is not the topic of
To enable Packman, you need to use a tool called YaST (an acronym for
Yet Another Setup Tool), which is the Control Centre of your openSUSE
system. You will find the link to YaST under the System menu. It will
ask you to enter your root password before it will let you play.
Once you’ve got YaST up and running, look in Software and click on
Click on Add (lower left corner)
Select Community Repositories (second item in the list), and click Next.
Find Packman in the list of repositories, select it and click OK.
Accept all the options offered, until you are back at Configured
Software Repositories screen.
Click Cancel to get back to the YaST Control Centre.
> 2. How do I perform the install referred to?
Now click on Software Management. You may be asked to accept a GPG key
for the Packman repositories, say Yes.
You can now type broadcom into the Search box, and select the two
packages mentioned earlier. YaST may automatically add other packages
(it’s quite clever).
Click Accept to install the packages.
You may have to reboot for the drivers to be recognised.
> Sorry to be so unknowing. With Windows I am among the gurus, but here I
> am a stranger in a strange land, but very keen to learn.
No problem. Once you’ve got used to the linux way of doing things, I
think you’ll prefer it to Windows.
> Thanks for the help.