In production and development, open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source]
You can grab the latest SuSE version since the 5 october
So many names but more or less the same...
ISO filename explanations:
Download! Download! Download!
Yast Supplemental sources for
3rd party repositories:
More soon, I will be updating 3 PC this week (ladtop, 2 desktops)
PolishLinux.org is a general Linux portal featuring: comparisons of GNU/Linux and BSD systems, distro chooser, reviews and articles on free software. They have start a review of what KDE 4 look like by presenting a lot of screen shots.
Except the fact that suddenly every windows/widget has to be transparent (like in VISTA, what a pollution and loss of time till eyes get focused, hey what is transparent in our world except glass???).
Just can wait to install OpenSuse 11.0 when it will be available :-)
|Android has now 14 new members: |
AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.
December 9, 2008
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of technology and mobile players, is pleased to announce the membership of 14 additional companies. By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate their support for Android as an open mobile platform and their commitment to its commercial success. The new members are: AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.
New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices. With these commitments, the Open Handset Alliance will continue to drive greater and faster innovation for the benefit of mobile users and everyone in the industry.
Open Handset Alliance members' continued contributions to Android give everyone in the mobile ecosystem a free and complete mobile platform to build Android devices. The new members will add to the momentum of Android device availability, providing developers with an even greater opportunity to deploy compelling applications that will reach a global audience. As a result, consumers around the world benefit from a superior mobile experience that features less expensive devices, more compelling services, rich Internet applications, and easier-to-use interfaces.
For more information around the Open Handset Alliance, visit www.openhandsetalliance.com.
For more information around Android, visit www.android.com.
Beautiful, flexible, functional Desktop Software.
The Freedom to use, share, and modify your software.
Full control over your data and privacy.
All This and more isdone by KDE.
a desktop review
My experience installing Linux and some throughts...
When you finish this article, You may want to read the round 2 HERE
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-> this page is getting bigger and bigger with the time, I will also start soon a SUSE section and divide this page into smaller sections.
I decide to buy the professional edition instead of
downloading all cd from ftp.suse
even if I have a 2MB internet line. You must support company like
Suse or Mandrake which develop linux distributions and buy their
package. All versions or patchs can be acquire freely and
download from their FTP or HTTP mirror..
If you still hesitate about Linux, I would recommend You to try a Live Eval of Linux. A live eval is a set of applications and a fully functionnal Linux (nearly 2Gb) compressed on 1 CD and It does not require a hard disk to start!
live cd, the fastest and first version, highly
recommended since Divx, DVD, NTFS drive are recognized as
"KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." from www.knoppix.net
You can use knoppix and have a home on USB disk.
K, Knoppix, Configuration, Create Persistent home dir,
then boot with the option:
|* Gnoppix live cd
"Gnoppix is a linux live cd based upon Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody). It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment." from http://www.gnoppix.org/faq/index.html
|* Suse live cd which did not convince me at all, this bootable cd take too much time and user interaction to initialized itself: more than five minutes are required. Moreover NTFS drive are not recognized.|
|* Mandrake Move live cd was developed to work with a USB stick to save user data permanently. This is another step for Linux, you can take any PC in the world, insert this CD, restart it and have a runnable Linux system and tools you're familiar with.|
"PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview 4 is a live Knoppix style cd based on Mandrake 9.2 that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2 GB worth of system and programs on one CD
including a complete X server, KDE 3.1.4 and Gnome 2.4, and large packages like OpenOffice 1.1final and Mozila 1.5 plus plugins. Since it runs solely off the CD, PCLinuxOS makes an excellent portable Linux demo or system rescue disk, but its completeness makes it a good general purpose desktop as well. PCLinuxOS should work on most modern computer hardware. Recommended memory to run is 256mb or more."
turns your PC into a dedicated media player. It boots a
version of the Linux kernel, and then uses the popular
mplayer to allow you to play DVDs, VCDs, or regular audio
CDs. It also allows you to play pretty much any
multimedia file from your hard drive, and can mount Samba
shares as well. Best of all, the ISO is a mere 4.3
Download it HERE
|After knoppix...welcome flonix
"a linux system that can reside on a USB key!!!! (use less than 60Mo). It is based on knoppix and let you start linux everywhere if you can boot on USB!
- play dvd, burn CD, watch and edit pictures, scan, browse internet,
word processing, sync a Palm PDA,
read PDF files, start a webserver and more....
read more here:
* can be download freely
One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....
|Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X
2 integrated ethernet card
6 USB - 2 Firewire
On Board soundcard
|Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary
Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
|Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo||Athlon
XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
|SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop|
Can be read HERE and my experience with Linux? I am using Cygwin with ssh at work to connect to the HPUX development system, deployment, release management is done with ANT and bash scripts.So I am only a user but I use to write some FAQs in the past when I was using Linux at highschool (a small part is reproduced HERE, sorry it is in french ).
My collegues of XDreamTeam have installed a SUSE on a dual AMD64 Opteron server, and they will write a review soon.
Some sentences you may hear about Linux:
Linux user interface is ugly,
Xp is better!
Who can still says this?, look at this KDE 3.2 pictures
|(click to enlarge). KDE default user interface for Ark Linux,
Conectiva, Knoppix, Lindows,
Lycoris, Mandrake Linux, SUSE Linux, TurboLinux and Xandros.
Moreover you can choose another desktop manager, instead of KDE, a lot of people prefer Gnome. If you still can't live without Windows, try this windows manager under linux http://www.xpde.com/index.php
Suse (or Linux in general) is
difficult to use!
Not so much, in fact the tool YAST: "Yet Another Setup Tool" do a great job when dealing with the configuration of your computer, softwares and hardware can be configured in a hierarchical control panel. I found it even better than the equivalent of "Windows world". What can be disturbing is the organisation of files and program on disk. I would say that someone who never use Windows before will have the same learning curve and encounter more or less the same difficulties with linux, the only drawback I see is that no so much friends can help you (and give you tools for which you have no licence ;-) ) since Linux as a desktop is not so much floating around. Now if you are a Windows user like me (since 10 years), you will encounter some difficulties, I prefer to say "forget some bad Windows habits", like
|ln -s MywebsiteV1.12 httpdocs|
and use everywhere httpdocs instead of the path to
MywebsiteV1.12 in configuration files. The same apply if you
want to alias office documents or media files (reference
the same file under different names but always use the
this is a lot more powerful than the Window's shortcuts.
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/switchsuccess.html A very good article, how you can switch with success and what your motivation can be
Here are the personal reasons why I am switching to Linux, You may find a lot of website which may present You better arguments:
- On one side Windows, which cover more than 90% of the market, is shipped with new PC, has many softwares of good qualities. All your friends (normal users not geek), companies or your office, are certainly running under Windows. This is good but you do not install Windows because it is your choice, you install it because it is common to install it.
- On the other side, alternatives OS: Mac, Linux, BeOS (I am also a big fan of BeOS) are installed by people who want to try something different, (remember the moto "think different" from Mac corp). Geek users accept some instabilities because they want to improve the system, or even help at the source code level. End users give a try or installed it at home because they discover it at their universities.
This was before, before mean "Linux without good support of hardware ( I remember installing Mandrake 9.0 and fighting 10 minutes to find a USB driver for my Microsoft mouse), without good desktops manager (Now this time is over thanks to KDE and Gnome), without a huge base of applications" Now this is slowly changing, On the server side, there is already a big change, HP, IBM and major actors are now committed to Linux and that is great. Now you have the choice, because now you can hesitate between Linux and Windows and/or even dual boot both (It has never been so easy as today because dual boot is integrated in many Linux distributions)
SUSE home for the version 9.0 is http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/index.html
SUSE has a page which present 10 reasons to choose Linux Suse http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/10_reasons.html
SUSE has also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page here: http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/faqs/index.html
Choose a file system
ext2 or ext3 or ??? a good articles can be found here: http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs
Great menu everywhere for installing the OS, 10s after having insert the CD (and choosing a resolution with F2 - default is 1280x1024), the linux Kernel is loaded and guide you through the installation process.
Personnaly what I dislike is the number of "package" (understand application, with strange name and strange revision number) given, like 10 tools to do the same task...I know I do not want to see any new Microsoft take the advantage under linux, but why the open source community does not concentrate on GUI. A user will remember that the GUI was horrible even if the program has done its job. That is my point of view. As a developer, I do not care but as an end user....
I decide to install everything, this take nearly 3 Gb of hard disk, Yes it is much but do not forget that XP take alone 1.2Gb without any office, photoshop, and so on. In this case the installation took 37 minutes, too long? You can also send complaint to hard disk manufacturer!
The partition manager compute the best option depending on your configuration, in my case I reserved 80Gb for Suse but on my secondary disk. By default linux want to modify the primary disk (and move windows data if needed), I switch to manual mode and only say click on "use everything" of the second disk. YAST then install then a small graphical boot manager on disk 1. This allow me at boot to start Windows if it is needed.
One page display a resume of all settings choosen, you may
change the value of each section by clicking on the topic title.
No technical words at all, You must only choosing some options in
Due to the huge number of Linux tools, you must also deal with 5 cd or one double face DVD, each disk may copy data during 15 minutes depending on options you have selected. (I forget to say that my CD drive is an old 16X). The estimated time to complete installation is quite accurate.
After completing the first disk the system restart and continue on CD2, a windows show you the list of package copied in realtime, you must just wait (Suse is made of more than 7000 packages or programs).
The system asks then for the root password, You can use the whole keyboard layout (letters, numbers, special characters) except accent (Ã©Ã Ã¨) and umlaut (Ã¶Ã¼Ã«), I choose a highly complex root paswword and write it down, till I have time learn it. Some word about security, program on unix system are running under user privileges, that mean that a potential virus MAY only destruct your data, and no data of others users (most of Unix virus try to replace some binary executable to gain a higher level access or may install a trojan horse)
The 2 integrated networks card were detected automatically (mainboard ASUS nforce 2 desluxe has a 3COM and Nvidia 100MB network card),
The system then ask if you want to download new packages and security upgrades from internet. This is higly recommended. No compagny in the world can ship a perfect code, this is True even in Linux world. I am pretty convince bugs handling is better in opensource paradigm, because nearly all users can see the source code (OK, I admit NO all users are developers, but there is a lot of great skilled developer which in their spare time review code, not to speak about university students which may have a lot of time :-) ). On the other side, take any business compagny:
In opensource world, Linux developer consider this as a hobby and may try to correct everything or at least move the delivery date.
Back to the installation, I choose stand alone, because I do not want to use this linux box as a server. In Mandrake, this is a little better, since you can choose the security level: (Mandrake install may activate the firewall for You during the install), or block installation of some packages which can help a hacker (like ssh, webserver, VNC).
I strongly recommend You to deactivate auto login, security come always at a cost, I do not want that somebody simply restart the computer to gain access to my data and read private documents: Yes you will have to enter your password at each restart. Password is limited to 8 characters...which is somehow strange The password length is limited to 8 character because the default password encryption methd is set to DES (most compatible but SUSE also allow md5 or blowfish which have no length limit but at the cost of more cpu power and the loss of backward compatibility across other systems or old software). You can change this under Yast - Security and Users Password settings
Finally the release note of suse 9.0 is displayed, You can read it to be sure that nothing has changed since the manual printout.
YAST, then dectect hardware and set a graphical resolution.
ATTENTION, always use the test button to
validate any refresh rate and resolution before applying changes,
otherwise you may have a black screen at the next logon! If it
ever happen, the only way is to reboot and choose "safe
mode", logging as root, go to /etc/X11 and open the file
X86Config....or rename the previous backup done by YAST (backup
named X86Config.YAST). I have also done this mistake
|Choose "safe mode" in booting menu
logging using user root
# cd X11/etc
rename the old X86Config to X86Config.old
# mv X86Config X86Config.old
then restore the YAST backup if it exist
# mv X86Config.YAST X86Config
CTRL-D or type Exit
restart the PC
Manual upgrade of all drivers to the their latest status
In my case I went to www.nvidia.com and download all latest rpm (rpm are like setup.exe in windows world),
To resume: Suse has now a very good and reliable installation system. YAST is now mature, detection of most hardware is good (at least on my system). I think it is even easier to install SUSE than an equivalent Windows system, mainly because partiioning is better support in YAST
How to install RPM
There is many ways to install RPM. In facts, choose the one you prefer. Note that you must be loogged as root to install any application.
Method 1: With Konqueror: click on RPM filename and after the
download completion right click and choose "install packet
Methhod 2,3,4,5 can be found on this page http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/04/wessels_packageinst.html
Install divx codecs and drivers
For some legal issues, SUSE can not deliver Divx drivers in
the distribution, but they can be download at www.divx.com/divx/linux/
This internet page propose binary version of all major Linux program http://packman.links2linux.org
One of the best player can be found at www.xinehq.de , Caffeine (installed as default) is only a frontend GUI and use the runtme libs from Xine.
You can use one of the following to use some of your windows applications: www.winehq.com and for directX games www.transgaming.com (even without recompiling the game!!!) and this even without installing Windows! Vmware www.vmware.com is a commercial alternative but required a fully licensed windows images. MORE TO COME...
These applications are installed as default,
Open Office (OO), which can open nearly all Microsoft office documents, GUI is not as good as MS Office but it do the job. Some powerpoint made with MS Office have some strange alignment, but MS Office represent correctly document created with OO.
GIMP a program for manipulating 2D images (like photoshop), run also on Windows because of the porting of GTK (open source 2D library)
in about the GIMP
This is only a very quickly thrown
together list of GIMP features. This is only the tip of
Playing DVD, MP3, all tasks can de done under Suse without having any licence!!!! I recommend you to donate some money to the authors if you like their programs (so that they can pay their homepage hosting at least)
Opera Opera is a religion. All those features, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, embedded mail client, drag-around panels, skins, GREAT standards-support, it's so fast, easyness of bookmarking, the "magic-wand"... and the list goes on and on...It is not open source but I like it so much.
I am a big fan since 1991 of Norton Commander
(I was using NC 1.0 on floppy disk), In windows I am using Windows Commander a lot to order million of files.
http://www.rmonet.com/commander/ This page contains nearly all file commander clones of Norton Commander.
http://www.xnc.dubna.su/ XNC 5.0
Others reviews you can submit me a new link HERE
http://www.linuxnetmag.com/de/issue9/m9rh_suse1.html Suse vs Redhat
Step by step install of SUSE 9.0 using FTP (non need to download
and burn the iso's)
http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~secollet/ Linux on HP Compaq NX7000 (that's my notebook at work)
"This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list
and a package comparison table of major, minor and regional Linux
Links with reference to this article
When you finish this article, You may want to read the round 2 HERE
A free open source Java virtual machine and classes librairies!!!
Purpose of this project is to create and use an open source, compatible implementation of J2SE
5, the latest version of the Java 2 Standard Edition specification.
"The Apache Software Foundation provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects. The Apache projects are characterized by a collaborative, consensus based development process, an open and pragmatic software license, and a desire to create high quality software that leads the way in its field. We consider ourselves not simply a group of projects sharing a server, but rather a community of developers and users."
OpenSuse aims to be what Fedora is to Redhat.
Here at openSUSE.org, you'll find a community of developers, end users and other open source enthusiasts who all have the same goal in mind. We work together to create and distribute the world's most usable Linux. There are many ways you can participate in the openSUSE project ― first you should get a copy of SUSE Linux and install it on your machine.
The first annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards results are available online. Voting were closed on March 23.
For all of You who are still not knowing the best open source apps out there, it is worth reading
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