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Friday, July 16, 2010

openSUSE 11.3 KDE suprises with firefox integration

openSUSE 11.3 KDE live CD gave me a pleasant surprise. After downloading openSUSE 11.3 KDE live CD I booted into the live mode. The integration of firefox in openSUSE gives such a feel, that firefox is a native KDE application, such a clean integration of native KDE theme

If you are new to openSUSE and lazy to browse through enormous help and wiki of openSUSE to get links to install multimedia, flash, drivers, just read comments section for knowing more about making openSUSE boot from USB, multimedia repository links and how to install flash plugin, may or may not be useful

I am still exploring openSUSE 11.3. It feels very smooth unlike earlier KDE releases

I transferred openSUSE 11.3 iso to my USB drive using dd command for testing the live CD version. After testing once and rebooting, it gave me another surprise by storing all the modifications I did to session including network settings.

openSUSE 11.3 64 bit comes with a preemptive 1000Hz kernel. The feel of openSUSE 11.3 KDE version is as good as Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 running gnome


  1. To write openSUSE 11.3 boot from usb I did the following as root after inserting usb drive.

    say usb drive is mapped to /dev/sdc, after unmounting usb drive using umount command

    dd if=openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4096

    which makes the usb bootable

  2. To boot into openSUSE without using nouveau driver, I added the following boot options

    nomodeset nouveau.blacklist=true xvesa

    Though I gave xvesa, openSUSE detected and used nv driver.

    Just appending nomodeset without xvesa or other params, made openSUSE use nouveau driver without kernel modesetting and did not have any problems like screen corruption

  3. To install flashplayer, I went to command line as root and used the following command

    zypper install flash-player

  4. For installing multimedia or to install smooth fonts the following link to community repository is useful


    I came across this link from famous deoimedo site


  5. All 1 click collection can be seen here (like nvidia drivers ...)


    Just clicking the required driver name and the rest will be taken care by openSUSE 1 click installer (no command line!!!)

  6. Nice blog man, you helped so much.

  7. Thanks, such comments of encouragements boosts my confidence in blogging more and more and thanks again