newbie (OK with linux but need help moving to OpenSuse)

I want to switch to OPENSuse as I love the look, feel, etc. I am confused on some issues, but technical enough to work them out if someone can point me in the right direction.

I am using this as the primary OS on my laptop, and I don’t mind working out an issue now or then, and I want to stay up to date with KDE 4.3.

My questions are:

  1. Should I install the MileStone Release available now to get KDE 4.3? I tried but got unable to find repos?
  2. If I install the 11.1 version how do I “safely” get to KDE 4.3, I read alot that the one click install fails.
  3. Does VM Workstation work on OpenSuse?
  4. I want to be able to play all the proprietary media, like movie dvd’s, cds, you tube stuff, streaming media, windows movie files, etc. I have to for work.
  5. I would like to know what a good backup tool & imaging tool is for OpenSuse? I want to backup my home and then create an image when I get the system the way I would like it.
  6. I read that you have to enable/disable repos when you add items, but I didn’t get the info on what to do in terms of installing the codes and whatnot for the repos. I know some are supposed to be left turned off.
  7. My laptop is dual core intel with 4gb ram, I was going to go with 64bit but read that there are some issues with it. My key items are going to be:
    Citrix Client - must have
    WINE - Would like to use SecureCRT and a couple other windows apps, I can use a VM though if I have to
  8. I would like to shut off beagle as I know it can slow the system down quite a bit, how can I do that easily?
  9. The built in virtualization seems interesting, but how can I do a custom install of opensuse? I don’t want to get all the stuff that normally comes with it.
  10. I need the proprietary NVIDIA drivers, how can I get them? I read a few posts but it seems everyone has a different way of doing this.

Thanks!!! This is my favorite distro, I am just a bit lost after using Ubuntu for a bit, Linux Mint, Fedora, and Sidux. It seems OpenSuse just does things a bit differently.

  1. no you shouldn’t as you are telling me it is a productive system. Milestone releases are risky business for users that have a spare computer and want to do extensive on the edge testing of the release (substantially to give back to the community what they did receive in terms of free and working software).
  2. for me it worked if you add the repository in Yast and to tell it: all packages newer then the ones installed update all. If it is a new install, this should work from the scratch. If you do install what so ever software/OS it is supposed that you have a) done a backup or b) are suicidal. :stuck_out_tongue:
    4)can be done, follow the tutorial on restricted softwarefor opensuse. Easy step to be done.
  3. not sure about a “good” backup program as everybody has different needs. In all cases install home on a different partition. You should also install with a small boot (/boot) partiton of about 100 mb and to tell the installer not to write into the mbr. You may take a look here for a backup program called “bakula”. Clone the system: the install program at the end of installation should offer you to clone the system. I am not sure if this is also available there after. Somebody else will tell you about it.
  4. you install / activate only repos you trust and that you effectively need. If you have problem with this point please just pm me.
  5. cannot tell you on this. Somebody else will do.
  6. Howto: uninstall Beagle - openSUSE Forums
  7. you just select custom install during the installation and “detailed view”. You can customize up to getting old.
  8. Nvidia drivers are added automaticly if you do add the repository of the community (available readily through yast).

A lot of questions, some already answered.

  1. Agree. Don’t use Milestone releases on production machines
  2. Add the KDE4 Factory repo for 11.1 and upgrade all packages.
  3. Yes, does so for years.
  4. Codecs are available through the Packman repo. I can play any media.
  5. Choices all over. I use the old ‘rsync’ a lot, loads of GUI’s based on that. You could also consider building a RAID of two identical disks.
  6. Don’t see a problem here. The software installer/repo manager is highly configurable; a good set of repos depends on what the machine should do.
  7. Should be no problem. I know of people using it in a production environment. These days I would rather go for a VM than WINE.
  8. See previous post.
  9. See previous post.
  10. NVIDIA drivers can be obtained through Yast - Repos - Add -Community Repos - Pick NVIDIA from list. If your card is supported by the official stable released driver it will be auto selected for install. If the card is (very) new, you will need NVIDIA’s beta driver and ‘install the hard way’, which is not realy hard, just needs the invoking of some commands in the console. Get back to us if you need help on that. The beta drivers are available from

Good luck and welcome !!

Thanks! I am moving right along, this is AWESOME! I am about to upgrade to KDE 4.3.

I found the KDE factory repo, but do I need the other KDE repo for KDE 4 applications? Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Community/openSUSE_Factory

I recommend you take a look at this wiki:
KDE/Upgrade - openSUSE

I have looked at that wiki and I am getting errors when running the commands.

If only one argument is used, it must be a URI pointing to a .repo file.
addrepo (ar) [options] <URI> <alias>
addrepo (ar) [options] <FILE.repo>

zypper mr -r -p 10 kde-desktop
Repository kde-desktop not found.

Repository repo-oss not found.

Also, here is my current list of repos, I haven’t changed the priorities, can someone recommend what I should set them to?

URL: Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Desktop/openSUSE_Factory

URL: Index of /update/11.1


URL: Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/non-oss

URL: Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/oss

URL: Index of /repositories/

URL: Index of /repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.1

URL: Index of /pub/packman/suse/11.1

looks good, leave priorities as they are

Did you read the URL I provided? Thats not the repos they recommend. They recommend:

Anyway, I’m not an expert on this. If it were me, I would ONLY add the repos

and keep OSS, Non-OSS, Update and Packman and I would remove ALL others.

But thats just me, … and as noted, I am no expert in KDE updates.

… if others (who have more experience than I in KDE repos ) such as microchip , say it should work, then you can go by their recommendation as they know more than I.

I typically stick to basic wiki’s and don’t go for more complex solutions.