Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Linux trouble

In case you're trying to install openSUSE (12.1?) linux on a Macbook pro (don't!! at least install Ubuntu!) here's the ONLY WAY to successfully install the NVIDIA video drivers:


The last command "rcxdm start" doesn't work for you just try "reboot" command instead. And by the way it took me a couple of reboots till it started working.

To make your wireless work:

 sudo zypper in broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop broadcom-wl-kmp-default

(taken from http://justinconover.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/opensuse-11-4-on-macbook-pro-53/)

and reboot.

If you install openSUSE 12.2, the builtin drivers are pretty cool. Don't bother installing the nvidia ones (I messed the system, couldn't start X).

Good luck.

Update: Obviously I prefer installing things from the terminal with zypper than from the GUI. OpenSUSE is just not there yet with installing things automatically with nice windows and all :)  Especially with NVIDIA drivers, where I'm using the 3.1.0-1.2-desktop core and the RPM was trying to install NVIDA drivers for the 3.1.0-1.2-default core. Here's some more instructions to install popular programmes:

How to add/remove repos: http://opensuse-guide.org/repositories.php
To install rpm files type: sudo rpm -hiv rpm_file_name
How to install Google Chrome: http://ubuntupop.blogspot.nl/2012/09/install-google-chrome-on-opensuse-122.html
To install Filezilla: zypper in filezilla   (in root mode - aka you type "su -" and press enter)
How to update to the latest Mozilla Firefox: http://anl4u.com/blog/how-to-get-latest-firefox-in-opensuse/
How to install Skype: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Skype
How to install dropbox: http://forums.opensuse.org/content/37-re-how-install-dropbox-kde.html (the last command run it as a normal user, not root)
How to install VLC: http://linuxinternetworks.com/linux/open-suse/how-to-install-vlc-on-opensuse/   (use only the three commands in the "Istall from source" sector)

Update 2: You want your built-in touchpad to work almost like in MacOS? Edit your xorg.conf (command: kdesu kate /etc/X11/xorg.conf) adding to it what this guy says:  http://mac.linux.be/content/opensuse-macbook#Touchpad_2
(I personally put Mouse1 instead of Mouse[0] or Mouse[1])

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