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Old 11-11-2007, 04:53 PM   #31
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dahveed3, man don't spend so much time typing when I tell you I'm going to do something, I usually just do it!

I downloaded the 'Live" version last night. This is the one that is supposed to be "looked at", if liked, installed, like installing "Ubuntu"!!

However I think they may have rushed things a tiny bit! I installed it and I can definitely say this:
They have changed a lot of things in a positive direction! My version, (Changes are made without notification are # changes) was very different from what I initially installed when it first came out.
Now you get 1 screen that gives you the option of clicking on various headings such as "Partioning, etc,", for personal modification, if wished. The explanations or somewhat the same but better stated (logically). All in all the installation process was a couple of light years ahead of my original installation, very nice.
However they still don't have the Samsung SCX-4200 Linux drivers in there database, this causes me pain!!

I really haven't had time yet to explore anymore except for one thing!!!!!! How in the heck do you change from a 24 hour clock to normal time? I have right/left clicked for an hour and there is absolutely no way that I can see to do something so simple!!
 
Old 11-11-2007, 11:10 PM   #32
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You can do it within YaST. There is a category for clock, or time, or some such thing in there. If you don't have a Windows operating system on your computer you can use UTC. If you do have Windows on your computer you should choose Local Time.

You can also find in there an NTP category where you can set the system up to automatically set your computer's clock against an internet time server so it will always have the correct time. Bios clocks tend to go slow or fast, and that keeps it in line.

Besides those things, the controls available when right clicking the clock in your system tray should allow further customizations as to how they appear such as Date and Time Format. I think that is the selection you want for showing in the different formats.

Ha! I type a lot, with all good intentions to try to be helpful. I get a little wordy. Sorry!

I have too much time on my hands because I'm a live in care giver for my elderly, sick Mom. If I can't find something to do, I browse forums like this to learn stuff and help others if I think I can.

It's really boring around here, so it helps to fill the time.

Oh! And the Live versions are just setup to really only copy the image of the Live setup to the hard drive. There aren't as many choices available and so the user is not presented with them. Unfortunately this offers much less user control over what gets installed and also results in a non-default OpenSUSE installation with a lot of stuff left out. To get the rest you need to activate the oss and non-oss repos once your desktop is up in YaST-Software-Community Repositories (that's easier than typing them in yourself in Software Repositories), and install the Patterns in Software Management. I'd do that before installing any additional software. And do it before activating repo's like Packman. Always more likely for success if starting off with the official stuff.

Just pick the Patterns by changing the drop-down in Software Management from Search to Patterns. Right click in the empty boxes for the ones you want and choose Install. A check will appear then and YaST will resolve any dependencies needed. Put the checks in all the Patterns you want, and then hit the proceed in the lower right to have it download and install all the goodies.

This did not work all that well with the one-cd KDE or Gnome installs I tried while experimenting with this stuff. I wasn't able to install any Patterns and just wiped everything and went with the traditional DVD installation.

But maybe it works better now?
 
Old 11-13-2007, 02:19 PM   #33
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dahveed3, I id what you said in YaST and for some reason that whole list of programs is checked, also I'm 90% sure they are all installed, go figure!

When I installed it this time (SUSE 10.3) I decided to use the same root password that I used when I installed "Ubuntu" so that everything is universal. Surprise, after the configuration took place I found that I couldn't get into "Root"!!! So after about 10 tries I typed in the original root password that I used on the first installation (basically out of frustration) and low and behold it accepted it!! Now once again that is my root password but I sure don't see why because I exercised a custom portioning scheme and the whole disk (#2) was erased and partitioned to what I wanted. Figure that one out!!

By the way a guy on another forum told me how to click on the "Time" icon and change the configuration from military 24 hour to AM/PM. I guess I just let myself get to frustrated as it is the simplest of things to do.

As for the printer I seem to have some kind of mental block on downloading and installing the driver from Samsung, I just don't understand the process. The last time I had SUSE installed I installed it through the GUI of KDE 3.5. But for the life of me I don't know how I did it. I'm just going to have to learn how to do this from the command line in YaST, because it is bound to come up again.

Observation: I don't care who says what, they change SUSE on the fly I believe! This time it was very smooth with no network problems whatsoever or any other kind of little glitches that appeared in the first installation. But Lord I wish they would put the SCX-4200 printer in there installation list. So far this has been my only real complaint!
Take care.
 
Old 11-13-2007, 08:24 PM   #34
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Did you do YaST-Hardware-Printers and see if it's on the list to choose from? If it is it will be installed automatically then. Well, you click edit on the non-configured printer and then select it from the list. If not, you probably just need a ppd file from either the manufacturer or linuxprinting.org. I think the same area in YaST will allow you to select a custom ppd file. Or maybe the manufacturer has their own install process. Just make sure that process specifies that it works on OpenSUSE.

I'm happy this install worked well for you. You probably have all the Patterns installed because you must have agreed to add the oss and non-oss repositories before the install. Good going, because that by default will give you a standard default installation with all the most useful parts ready for you to use.

Have fun with OpenSUSE!
 
Old 11-15-2007, 03:47 PM   #35
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dahveed3, yes I tried installing through YaST but the SCX-4200 is not in there printer database, sorry to say.

I also opened YaST and edited the Firewall like you were saying before and I said I was getting errors. I did the exact same thing this time without a hitch. So, I decided to play around and downloaded the entire (long version) SUSE open again using KTorrent. Once again there was that little triangle in the lower left of the screen (KTorrent) saying nothing was being downloaded and it was probably the firewall. However the "status" said it was downloading so I just let it run!!

This morning there were the iso files on the desktop, so I guess what I'm saying is if you see the triangle and nasty message, just don't pay any attention to it. Download speed was unreal, but I did have over 250 peers so I'm sure that was a big PLUS!
Take care.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 08:10 PM   #36
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