Hello there, the OpenSuse forum.
This is my very first foray into OpenSuse. I’ve installed the Gnome edition yesterday, and like it very much, except for the package manager. Here is what happened.
The laptop I use has the Nvidia 7400go card, and so I tried installing the proprietary driver, as suggested at openSUSE 11.4 | SUSE Linux | Beginner’s guide to multimedia codecs MP3 DVD 3D nvidia ati wireless netbook. It worked, but to my astonishment, the package manager also installed about 500MB of stuff completely unrelated to Nvidia. It took a while, and I’ve taken notes of some of the packages while watching it downloading away, so here are some of the packages:
nspluginwrapper myspell-russian myspell-german libreoffice-help-ru flash-player java_1_6_0-sun libreoffice-thesarus-de
Please note that the only language I selected during the installation was US English. Where did Russian and German come from?
Quite a bit puzzled, I opened the package manager and tried removing java-1_6_0. It was version 6u23 with lots of known vulnerabilities, besides, I’ve no use for java. It worked, but instead of just removing sun-java, the package manager downloaded and installed java_1_6_0-openjdk, and removing the latter downloaded and installed java_1.5, and so on.
Is there any way to get rid of java in OpenSuse?
Today, I decided to install Skype, and after downloading the installation file for Suse and clicking, the package manager started downloading stuff, presumably dependencies. It took for ever, and now, I have GnuCash and Inkscape installed, but Skype doesn’t launch. Trying to launch skype from a terminal window produces the following error:
skype: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Can someone please tell me what is going on. Is there any way to choose what’s being installed?
Surely, I’ve done something wrong, being new and green.