I don’t consider myself an openSUSE expert or even a how to expert. I wanted to post my experience here in the hopes it might help someone else.
My first problem was getting the OS to boot from a usb stick. Having tried the methods described here SDB:Live USB stick - openSUSE my machine would hang at the post. I also tried unetbootin UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloadswhich didn’t either.
I finally ran across this site http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ which did work. Why he doesn’t optimize his site for search engines is beyond me because it is hard to find. To use this you will need a Windows machine and at least a 1GB usb stick.
Once I got it booted I definitely like what I saw and clicked on the Live Install icon on the desktop. Oops. It would get to the screen that shows the installation progess and crash. After attempting this several times and carefully reading the error messages that popped up I decided that it was having a hard time partitioning the hard drive…or at least making it rw.
That was my Aha! moment. I booted the usb stick and pre-partitioned my hard drive. I set up the partitions as follows:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 288M 30M 244M 11% /boot /dev/sda2 30G 3.6G 25G 13% / /dev/sda3 3954 30402 212438016 f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda5 3955 4196 1942528 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda6 30G 433M 28G 2% /home
I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t (or didn’t see how) to set up LVM here. I have a 250GB hard drive so I left myself plenty of room to set it up later and move partitions over.
I then started the installation again choosing my pre-formatted partitions and the install went as expected.
Now the real fun begins discovering what I truly have. In a nutshell I wasn’t disappointed. Yes I had to do a few things for configuration but they weren’t unexpected.
The touchpad will not work by default. This is fixed by adding the following highlighted text to /boot/grub/menu.lst and rebooting:
title openSUSE 11.3 root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD2500BEVT-00A23T0_WD-WX11A10H8790-part2 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD2500BEVT-00A23T0_WD-WX11A10H8790-part5 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x317 i8042.noloop=1 usbhid.quirks=0xeef:0x1:0x40 initrd /initrd-2.6.34-12-default
Screen rotation works out of the box with the provided icon in the tool bar. The touchpad axis rotation won’t though. This is easily fixed by installing x11-input-evtouch-0.8.8-3.2.i586 with the package manager, downloading and installing eGalaxTouch-3.04.4912-32b-k26.tar.gz from http://home.eeti.com.tw/web20/drivers/touch_driver/Linux/20110117/ and adding
to /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf. Then reboot and run eGalax to calibrate. Rotate your screen and voila! the mouse pointer goes where it is supposed to.
Reference for the above: openSUSE 11.3 and eGalax TouchScreen
I like cellwriter for handwritten text input and the onscreen keyboard is nice as well. This can be installed with zypper as well. You can make a few tweaks to it like unlocking your screen saver and adding it to your login by following the instructions as https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Tablet_PC#Gnome-screensaver and https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Tablet_PC#GDM.
You should now have a true tablet pc with screen rotation, hand writing and onscreen keyboard for logins.
Those were the hard parts. Sound works great out of the box as does video, mp3 streaming in Firefox, and cheese for the webcam. I have a 6 cell battery and the battery life is exceptional. Suspend and hibernate also work as expected.
There are two “issues” that I haven’t yet figured out:
What I haven’t figured out yet is why the keyboard wants to all of a sudden start repeating keys. Generally xset -r will fix this but it also turns off repeating. And no my keyboard isn’t broken. It works fine in errr the other operating system. And before you decide to try another distro thinking it won’t be broken I can tell you it still is…and compared to openSUSE 11.3 you will be disappointed with what you get IMHO. Just speaking from experience…
The other is having to sign in to my keyring everytime that I login. This is a minor pain…
So if anyone knows how to fix this keyboard and keyring issues please let us know. Other than that Great Job! to all of the folks at openSUSE.