Category Archives: Software

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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Firefox 2 – rediscover the web. Again

Firefox 2 was released last week (press release), so it is time to experience the next generation browser. To install Firefox 2 using Yast, add a new software source (in Yast select Software > Installation source): protocol: http server: software.opensuse.org … Continue reading

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Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Compared

I found a good short comparison of Ubuntu Linux and SUSE Linux over at Manufactured Environments. Well worth a read if you are considering switching your Linux distribution. Basically, Ubuntu is the better choice for fresh Linux converts, whereas SUSE … Continue reading

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Migrating Thunderbird mail and settings from Windows to Linux

I have been using Mozilla Mail and later Thunderbird for my email for around five years. My mail folders contain over half a gigabyte of communication, that I definitely do not want to lose. So moving to Linux, I also … Continue reading

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Firefox fails to start after updating to 1.5.0.7

In today’s shipment of updates to OpenSUSE was the latest version af Firefox, 1.5.0.7. As usual, I indiscriminately chose to get all available updates, including Firefox. When the updater reported succesfully completing the update, I started Firefox. And waited. And … Continue reading

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Speeding up VMware Server console connections

This post does not have much to do with OpenSUSE, but it could be useful for people trying out OpenSUSE in a virtual machine using the free VMware Server virtualization product. For some reason, console connections to running virtual machines … Continue reading

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Skype on Linux

Skype is the most well known VoIP (voice over IP) client available. The protocol used by Skype is proprietary, but a binary-only Linux client is available for download. If you are feeling adventurous and want all the features you can … Continue reading

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Installing all the fun stuff

A clean vanilla OpenSUSE install comes with a lot of tools for all kinds of tasks. Some things, however, are not available. Notably, this includes potentially patent-infringing software, i.e. software which plays mp3, dvds, wmv etc. These are omitted to … Continue reading

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