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May 30, 2006

Can SUSE Linux drive my moving truck?

by @ 6:32 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE Blog News

How many ways can you get your brains handed to you? I feel like I’ve been beaten to death like 23 times. Huh, Brett? Too bad it has nothing to do with SUSE. Otherwise I’d tell you about the 1500 miles I drove a 24′ truck full of my parents’ crap only to unpack it when I arrived at my destination. Not to mention almost sliding off a cliff and running over someone’s hood. And that’s like a third of the whole story. However, nuttin’ to do with SUSE.

On the other hand, Xgl sure seems to be popular these days. Tell you what, there has been so much buzz about that single feature of Linux. It’s almost like Linux is the coolest operating system that there is. Actually, it’s exactly like that. I hear Macs are looking very nice this time of year, though. Between Xgl being totally cool, and the package update system totally non-functional, I’m about as bipolar as I’ve felt in like 18 months.

I somehow ended up with someone’s Treo 650. Nice little toy, that is. Does anyone have any idea how to get Linux on that bad boy? Nothing like resetting your email server or reconfiguring your firewall from a cellular telephone. Only real admins can do hi-tech stuff like that. Does anyone at least know if the Palm OS has some kind of terminal?

Unfortunately, between the 3,000 miles that I’ve traveled this weekend and the other various types of manual labor that I’ve done, it’s taken almost all my time. Therefore, I haven’t had the time to dig my claws and sink my teeth into all the latest SUSE excitement quite as much. For some seriously up-to-date news, however, take a look at my Linux newsfeed page. That page has as much Linux/Tech news as you could read in a day, except that new news is always posted. When you get done, there will always be more. See how that works?

Well, everyone have a sweet day. If I have anything that is witty, humorous, clever, intelligent, informative, helpful, or in any way useful (or I think that it is any of these), I will be sure and share.

May 25, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 system updater

by @ 1:36 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

I really love SUSE 10.1. As many people have said, one of the things that is broken, though, is the screwed up package manager. Man, that is enough to make me batty. I know I’m not the only one, either, as evidenced by the handful of articles like Singing the OpenSUSE package manager blues by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. What’s funny, though, is that openSUSE refers to the project, not the Linux distribution. That is simply called SUSE Linux as of 10.1. If everyone could pass that on, it wouldn’t become one of my 43 volumes of pet peeves. Whoops, too late.

Also, I’m flying out tonight to move my parents from Illinois to Utah, where I live. Yay. I get to drive a 24′ moving truck 55 miles per century for 1500 miles. Woot.

That just means that I will check in and post as I can. Maybe I’ll bring you back something from Illinois.

May 24, 2006

SUSE Linux 10 and the beauty of silence

by @ 6:41 am. Filed under SUSE Blog News

Do you ever just not feel like saying anything? I do. Especially in person.

Lots of excitement happening this week. Only it has to do with everything except for my blog. Hence, the SUSE Rants buzz has been low. Maybe it’s my metabolism. Maybe it’s my blood pressure or oxygen level. Actually, I’m pretty sure that I’m low on chlorophyll.

I have some cool stuff coming up, though. When I have it ready, I’ll let everyone know. It’s something that will benefit the Linux virgin/ultra n00b. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Tell everyone to use SUSE.

May 19, 2006

My T-Shirt came!

by @ 7:12 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

Bad pic, but my T-Shirt came today! Check it:

SUSE Linux Rants T-Shirt

Get yours here!

May 18, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 DVD – Rolling my own, baby.

by @ 10:16 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE Blog News

Well, I got tired of waiting for the direct download for the DVD of SUSE Linux 10.1 for the i386 platform. (Yes, I know there’s bittorrent; no likey) So, I made my own. Works very nicely, I must say. I’m making one as we speak for my wicked AMD 64-bit monster at home. You’d think I would have had it on there by now. Unless you didn’t think that. In which case, you’d be correct.

Roll Your Own DVD

Enjoy, yo.

Just when I open my big mouth, here’s the announcement from Andreas:

We have now released the downloadable DVD version of SUSE Linux 10.1
for the x86 and x86-64 architectures. The downloadable DVD contains
the packages of the 5 CDs and the Addon CD.

It can be downloaded as described below and on

Have a lot of fun,

P.S.: Here’re the download details:
SUSE Linux 10.1 is offered via bittorrent and via normal download.
Please use a mirror or the URL which directs you
to a mirror.

Download URLs for the torrents of the ISOs:

Download URLs for the full ISOs:
x86 architecture (Intel 32-bit) architecture:

For x86-64 (AMD64 / EM64T) 64-bit architecture:

— Andreas Jaeger, SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany GPG fingerprint = 93A3 365E CE47 B889 DF7F FED1 389A 563C C272 A126

May 17, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1… explained?

by @ 6:40 am. Filed under General SUSE, My Opinion

Tristan, Gabriel,

Tell ya’ what, I can certainly appreciate a difference in taste (despite my partiality to appearing one-sided… I only do that for personal amusement), that’s for sure. I’ve heard from several others who hail from other distros that the single point of utter disdain for SUSE is YAST. Joke’s on me, I guess. I actually find it fairly easy to run as compared to the package management systems I’ve used on other distros. Perhaps that’s because it’s been so long. Maybe they weren’t quite as matured as they are, now. Maybe I’m just so used to knowing where to look for which options.

One thing I can say is that as you say, the preferences are quite spread out. My kneejerk reaction is to say that SYSTEM configuration options would be centralized mostly in YAST, whereas DESKTOP configuration options (display, fonts, window behavior, etc.) appear mostly in the control center of your desktop environment. Also, more of the user-centric options are in the given desktop’s control center where you don’t need a password to change them. They only affect the account under which they are changed. If you are looking for firewall configuration, runlevel settings, or software installation, those things affect the entire system, and are therefore located in YAST.

I guess it would be kind of difficult to integrate the different groups of settings. One group belongs to the desktop environment. The other to the system.

However, it might be interesting to note that the YAST modules are all accessible from the KDE Control Center. Thus, in theory, you do have all of the settings in one place. The more difficult part, as you mentioned is sorting through everything. I, myself, don’t remember ever being completely ecstatic with how things have been organized in menus and such. Seems like they could always do with a little extra pruning or consolidation.

Personally, it feels like SUSE is actually evolving quite heavily. Even in minor version upgrades, there are some pretty significant changes. It seems to me that the reason that many things are found in multiple places is because they don’t want to make waves. Huh? Well, I’ll use Novell Linux Desktop, for a classic example. On NLD, many people are used to using Red Carpet in Gnome (the default desktop). However, the SUSE users are more used to YAST. Therefore, almost all of the package installation/update functionality is found in both places. Initially, I thought about how much of a waste of time that was to be maintaining the two different systems. However, I had it explained to me that they do it that way to keep everyone happy until they consolidate it into one system.

They’re working to make things easier, and to make them make better sense. Having seen the differences between SUSE 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 10.0, and 10.1, I can, with confidence, say that each successive release gets easier to use, and makes a little more sense than before. I cannot deny that it has a fair amount of room for improvement. Because of that, and with things like Xgl coming down the pipe, I have good reasons to look forward to each release! 🙂

As for the auto-updates, you can configure this during the installation of SUSE. There is a step, about 3/4 of the way through the installation process. First, you test your Internet connection. Then, you are taken to a step called ONLINE UPDATE where you can select “Configure Later” or “Configure Now (Recommended)” as radio buttons. The default is to configure now. While that particular option doesn’t appear to be fully-functional right now, I’m sure that update servers will be available very soon, which will enable that option to work. It’s usually after a full release that stuff like that is addressed. I would be very surprised if that wasn’t available within 2 weeks. It very likely will be available much sooner than that, even. Anyway, that’s my bet as to why your updates are not working. There is no server available for updates yet, because there are no updates yet, because the OS was just barely released.

In short, I don’t know why they did it like they did. Maybe I’ll hop on the horn with Andreas Jaeger (we had lunch once, myself and he and his wife. They are pretty cool people. 🙂 ) one of these days and ask him if they have any intention of doing things a little more simply. I think that, if they could do a two-level system like the one you describe in Ubuntu, they’d be in really nice shape. I don’t see that happening for a while, though. Although SUSE is one of the Enterprise-level commercial platforms, there are obviously some improvements that could and will be made, I’m sure.


I hope that was what you were asking. If not, ask again, and use smaller words. 🙂

May 16, 2006

Xgl on SUSE Linux 10.1

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under Work-Related, Xgl

Alrighty, here’s the deal: I was contacted by the folks at Novell. They said that the Xgl for SUSE 10.1 article was breaking peoples’ systems. So, they asked me to remove it. Ever since then, I’ve gotten all kinds of feedback asking where it went, when it will be back, and stuff like that. Due to popular demand, I put it back up, asking people to tell me which systems it breaks. I want to notify everyone who uses it. That way, they know whether they should use it or not. So please, if it works, let me know what systems it works on. If it doesn’t, let me know which systems it does not work on. That way, everyone can have a clear idea of what is going on and no one will be confused. At least about that. 🙂

Please also include the output of the ‘uname -a’ command. I’ll need to know what actual platform and version thereof that you are using.

May 15, 2006

Xgl Tutorial for SUSE Linux 10.1

by @ 1:14 pm. Filed under SUSE News, Work-Related

Hey, all. The tutorial for Xgl that I had posted on Novell’s site is now out of date. I took it down because it was breaking people’s systems. 😐 I’ll keep you posted, but I wanted to explain what was happening, and why it just all of a sudden disappeared.

May 11, 2006

Xgl Howto Reappears – other SUSE Linux Rants news

by @ 9:07 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News, Work-Related, Xgl

Looks like my Xgl Howto resurfaced with the release of SUSE Linux 10.1. That’s pretty cool. digg story

I got Seprian’s logo put in. I really like it. Seprian, bro, if you get this, send me an email.

I actually created a store with stuff sporting the cool new logo. I’ll probably grab a shirt or 10 and hand them out to whoever asks for one or something (the only catch is that you have to ask me in person).

I also saw another blog article that looked pretty interesting. See what you think.

More info on the SUSE Linux 10.1 Final release

by @ 10:08 am. Filed under SUSE News

I don’t have a lot of time at the moment, but here is the announcement right from the magical fingers of Andreas Jaeger himself:

Hi all,

After lot of work and several delays, we proudly announce the
availability of SUSE Linux 10.1. In tribute to 42 and as today is the
fifth anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams, we dedicate this
release to him.

It can be downloaded as described below and on in x86, x86-64, and ppc versions –
both via ftp from our mirrors and bittorrent. We’d appreciate if you
use bittorrent to share the download with others.

Initially we offer as ISOs the 5 CD open source version plus our
add-on CD with proprietary portions, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader,
RealNetworks RealPlayer, and Sun Java Runtime Environment. DVDs will
be available for download from Thursday, May 18.

Additionally two ftp trees are available – one with only open source
packages and one with non open source packages. The open source tree
contains packages build from more than 3100 source RPMs.

As usual, we ship all the latest open source packages available at the
time. But we want to give special mention to Xgl for 3D acceleration
on the desktop (, NetworkManager for
getting painless wifi access everywhere, the completely open source
AppArmor 2.0, and the full integration of XEN 3 in YaST.

We’d like to thank you all for testing heavily, reporting bugs, giving
feedback on mailing lists, etc., and in general for supporting and
participating in creating SUSE Linux 10.1.

Have a lot of fun!

Michael, Adrian and Andreas

P.S.: Here’re all the details for downloading:

SUSE Linux 10.1 is offered via bittorrent and via normal download.
Please use a mirror or the URL which directs you
to a mirror.

The distribution comes with 5 CDs. You need:
* CD1 only for a minimal text installation (English)
* CDs 1-3 for a default KDE or GNOME installation in German or English
* All 5 CDs for other selections

We have put delta ISOs from both RC1 and RC3 on the server, please
check any mirror for details, we’re not listing them below.

Download URLs for the torrents of the ISOs:

Download URLs for the Add-On Media torrent:

Download URLs for the full ISOs:
x86 architecture (Intel 32-bit) architecture:

For x86-64 (AMD64 / EM64T) 64-bit architecture:

For PowerPC architecture:

Download URLs for the Add-On Media ISOs:

— Andreas Jaeger, SUSE Linux Products GmbH, Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany GPG fingerprint = 93A3 365E CE47 B889 DF7F FED1 389A 563C C272 A126

So, there you have it.

Finally Released! SUSE 10.1 Final

by @ 7:40 am. Filed under SUSE News

“SUSE Linux 10.1 is available for download at the following mirrors. Please choose a mirror in your vicinity.”

read more | digg story

SUSE Linux Rants

by @ 7:18 am. Filed under My Opinion, SUSE Blog News

Alright. Here is my final offer of peace: I was testing out the whole “I’m writing satire, and just trying to push your buttons” thing. Believe me, if you can find something in this world that I care less about than who uses what desktop environment, I will give you 20 bucks. Go ahead and use Gnome if that’s what does it for you. If you want to freaking use an Etch-A-Sketch, be my guest. Use a chisel. Use sidewalk chalk. Heh, I had no idea that a such a little post could raise so many hairs. Next time, I’ll have to go extreme, baby.

Well, I wanted to congratulate Seprian again on winning the Logo competition. I got some nice, hi-res versions of his artwork. Very nice. I really like it. I actually liked a bunch of them, and had to resort to other criteria to choose the very best one. I wanted to thank Steve for donating half of the prize money. Just call that boy “moneybags.” Thanks, Steve. Seprian appreciates it, bro. So do I. Maybe we should get all emotional, turn the lights off, light some candles, and have a moment of silence in reverent appreciation. Later (sometime between right now and the time that the sun burns out), I will post up some cool stuff with the logo on them. Like I think I’ll probably put up T-Shirts, at least. Maybe now that my poll proves that more people like KDE than Gnome, I’ll change it to see what stuff people would like to see the logo on.

I bet that, by the time you read this, SUSE 10.1 is released. If so, send everyone the download link. When they install it, tell them to pick KDE.


May 10, 2006

KDE was made for SUSE Linux

by @ 7:02 am. Filed under My Opinion

For anyone who may have taken me seriously, I hate Gnome. If you throw a glance up to the upper-right corner of my page from whence you may (or may not) have read this, you’d know that. Remember the old satire thing? Well, that was a weak attempt, but it was super late and I was tired. Maybe I’ll do a better one later. I just wanted to see if I could reel in any suckers, kind of like I, myself, was reeled in a few days ago. Heh… what we do for a laugh. As it turns out…

Anywho, for now, I have to kind of be thinking about what to talk about with Ted Haeger next week when we do a podcast. That ought to be sweet.

I really dig how cool SUSE is. I’m sure that if we could tell more people about it, they’d probably find it cool, as well. We just have to tell people about it.

Sorry for the short post, but I am out of rant for the moment. Tune in tomorrow!

May 9, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 is coming later this week. In the meantime…

by @ 6:29 am. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE, My Opinion

Wow, people are going to have trouble with Vista. Are ya’ sure? *rolls eyes* How much of this kind of junk do I hear every waking second of my entire life? You can’t even turn on your amateur radio without hearing someone complaining about the woes of a misguided Microsoftie. Here’s a towel. I’ll play “My Heart Bleeds for Thee” on my violin.


You could go do something that would bring some light and joy into your life, and help you realize that you can put down the razor. I went through many of them myself before I found SUSE Linux. Yes, you too can have an immediate improvement in your quality of life just by clicking here.

Security, The Microsoft Way, huh? Please, sir, could you put on this rubber glove for me? I need you to check my security. I think it might be loose.

If you and I were personal friends, and we were out to lunch today, say at like Brand X Burgers in Springville, UT, and we were chatting, and you said, “Scott, why didn’t you write in your blog yesterday?” I would look at you with a twinkle in my eye and say, “I didn’t feel like it.”

You know, I was thinking about switching to Gnome. It’s so user-friendly. It’s so intuitive. I was actually initiated into Linux on Gnome. It’s so mainstream. I mean, everyone is using it these days. Novell even almost turned SUSE into a Gnome-only distro. Its license is more business-friendly because the libraries are licensed under the LGPL while KDE libraries are under the GPL. I think that everyone should rip out whatever desktop they are using and start using Gnome.

May 5, 2006

Does anyone have a baseball bat?

by @ 9:31 pm. Filed under My Opinion

Here’s another link to a PayPal phisher. I leave them at your mercy. We need to launch some kind of organized attack against idiots like this. Again, do not enter your real information.

Do not enter real information here!

You’re right. I’m stupid. I thought paypal would be at My bad. I’m the brainless dolt. That’s what I get for thinking. Oh, man. I can’t believe I ever thought that paypal would be at

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