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No openSUSE on My Laptop

As I said before, I was trying openSUSE 12.1 on my laptop. I was liking it, but there was a problem. About the time I noticed it, Linus Torvalds posted about the same thing: root password required to add a wireless network and change the timezone. Not a “hey, let’s run sudo┬áhere real quick; type in your password to confirm,” but a “I NEED ROOT!!!”

Pretty crappy.

There were some other things, too:

  • Didn’t care much for zypper. It’s alright, but kinda meh.
  • I can’t find anything. I’m used to Debian file locations, but I can go look in the Red Hat spots, too. openSUSE doesn’t conform to either. And really? /srv? It makes sense for server software, I guess, but is just an odd choice.

Installing ATI Drivers and Fixing the Backlight

This article described the first post-installation tasks on an HP dv6t Quad Edition running openSUSE 12.1.

Installing the Proprietary ATI Drivers

After the openSUSE 12.1 installation was complete, I went to install the newest ATI drivers, which support switchable graphics. The driver’s are pre-built and available for 1-Click Install through openSUSE.

Run the installer while connected to the Internet. Once completed, you’ll need to restart. After restarting, you can go into System -> Configuration and run AMD Catalyst Control Center (Administrative). This will allow you to select the graphics card in use (I am using the Intel chip). Once done making changes, you’ll have to restart to apply them.

Making the Backlight Work

Launch Administrative Settings (YaST) and go to System -> Boot Loader. Highlight ‘Desktop — openSUSE 12.1 ….’ and click Edit.

At the bottom of the next screen, there’ll be a box for Optional Kernel Command-Line Parameters. Add acpi_backlight=vendor to the end of the text currently in the box (make sure there’s a space separating what’s currently in there and the new command).

openSuSE: My Best Option

I’ve decided that because every Linux distro I put on my laptop is alright and they all eat up the battery just as fast, I’m going to stick with openSuSE 12.1 and do what I can to get it perfect. Therefore, I will have a long running Draft post, documenting my tweaks, changes, and fixes from the stock install.

Behind me, my HP dv6t Quad Edition is running the installer. I will be running KDE (and will possibly be putting Xfce on there as well). My goal is to have the GPU drivers installed (trivial with 1-click Install), have the system playing nicely with my Windows network, all of my development tool installed, VLC and relevant codecs installed, and something like Banshee for my music/podcast enjoyment. I’d also like to find a way to improve the battery life and get all the function buttons (brightness, volume, etc.) to work properly.

Once these (or most of these) are resolved, I’ll post again.