Author Archives: Christian Krog Madsen

Recovering from a bad initrd image

When Linux is booted by the boot loader, it will first load the kernel image (usually /boot/vmlinuz) into memory, followed by the initial boot ramdisk (usually /boot/initrd). If for some reason the initrd image has been corrupted, booting may fail. … Continue reading

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Changing GDM theme in OpenSUSE 11.1

OpenSUSE 11.1 ships with GDM 2.24.x which is a not yet feature-complete rewrite of the original GDM codebase. One consequence of this is that it is no longer possible to customize the login screen using gdmsetup. It is, however, still … Continue reading

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OpenOffice troubles

Since I upgraded my T60 from OpenSUSE 10.2 to 10.3, I have been unable to start OpenOffice. No matter what I did the OpenSUSE customized splash screen appeared, but the progress bar never moved. Starting OO as root, it actually … Continue reading

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NTP synchronization of the system clock

Update: I realised that the recipe below will not necessarily ensure the NTP service is started on booting and in the process of fixing that, I discovered that Yast actually has a nice GUI for setting up NTP. So, instead … Continue reading

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Installing ATI graphics drivers on OpenSUSE 10.2

To get 3D graphics acceleration on ATI Radeon X1xxx series graphics cards, ATI’s proprietary driver must be installed. Ideally, it should be a simple exercise: download the driver from ATI and follow their installation instructions. However, using the automated installer, … Continue reading

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Installing OpenSUSE 10.2 on a T60 Thinkpad

A while back I got a new Lenovo T60 Thinkpad. Of course it can pre-installed with WinXP taking up all of the harddrive except for the 4gb hidden recovery partition. Installation The setup I wanted was a dual-boot with OpenSUSE … Continue reading

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OpenSUSE Multimedia

If you are looking to build a full-featured multimedia entertainment centre out of your OpenSUSE box, you should have a look at OpenSUSE multimedia. You will find plenty of tips on setting up video, audio, remote controls and network storage. … Continue reading

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Directory of alternative open source software

If you are looking for a free alternative to a commercial software product, www.osalt.com is a good place to start. Basically, you lookup a commercial software product and they will suggest open source alternatives. The suggestions they offer are generally … Continue reading

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OpenSUSE 10.2 released

Right on time, OpenSUSE 10.2 was released last Thursday. As mentioned in a previous post, there are no revolutions this time around, but there are some nice package upgrades. Here is the official announcement and here is the download page.

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OpenSUSE 10.2 just around the corner

Yesterday, the OpenSUSE project released version 10.2 RC1, which is the last planned step towards the release of OpenSUSE 10.2 (final), currently scheduled for Dec 7. I guess all of us SUSE afficionados will get an early Christmas present this … Continue reading

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