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SuSE 10.1 Setup

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by Whil Hentzen
Length: 20 pgs
Formats Available: PDF
Press date: 2006/8/26
Source code: N/A

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The recent news that Lenovo (the folks who bought IBM's Thinkpad business) will be actively supporting SuSE on their T60s came as very good news to many folks, including me, as I just picked up a T60 myself. I immediately ran out and grabbed a copy of 10.1. I've installed it on several boxes; here's my cheat sheet for all the tips and tweaks I use. I suspect this will be helpful to many of you as well. Note that this is the process I use; some steps (such as static setup for a network card) may not be applicable to your situation.

Table of Contents

1. Preface
1.1. Copyright
1.2. Revisions
1.2.1. History
1.2.2. New version
1.2.3. Feedback and corrections
1.3. References and acknowledgments
1.4. Disclaimer
1.5. Prerequisites

2. Basic Install
2.1. Select language screen
2.2. License agreement screen
2.3. Installation mode screen
2.4. Time zone selection screen
2.5. Desktop selection screen
2.6. Installation Settings screen
2.7. Perform installation screen
2.8. Hostname and Domain screen
2.9. Root password screen
2.10. Network Configuration screen
2.10.1. Wireless card
2.10.2. Network card configuration
2.11. Test Internet Connection screen
2.12. User Authentication screen
2.12.1. Authentication
2.12.2. New Local User
2.12.3. Set up a group
2.12.4. Additional users
2.13. Clean up screen
2.14. Release notes screen
2.15. Hardware configuration screen
2.16. Installation Completed screen

3. Software Update: Emasculating ZMD and replacing it with SMART
3.1. Login
3.2. Shut down Zen-updater
3.3. Remove the Zen-updater script
3.4. Stop the ZMD service
3.5. Disable the ZMD service
3.6. Make sure you have the necessary dependencies
3.6.1. Using YaST
3.6.2. Using RPM
3.7. Download the latest SMART packages
3.7.1. Create a ZIPS folder
3.7.2. Change Firefox's default download location
3.7.3. Download packages
3.8. Add potential channels
3.9. Menu items installed
3.10. Update the keyserver
3.11. Starting the Smart Tray
3.11.1. Via the menu
3.11.2. Manually

4. Software Update: Update/install with SMART
4.1. Updating your system with SMART
4.2. Installing new software with SMART

5. Network Configuration: Setting up mount points for the file server shares
5.1. Make sure Samba is installed
5.2. Set up a credentials file
5.3. Add directories for mount points
5.4. Set up entries in fstab
5.5. Make sure users and groups match
5.6. Make sure smbfs is running

6. Improving security and performance: Shutting off unneeded services

7. Having It My Way: Customizing the interface
7.1. Desktop
7.2. Panel
7.2.1. Layout of the Panel
7.2.2. Application Launchers
7.2.3. Desktop Pager
7.2.4. Taskbar
7.2.5. System Tray
7.2.6. Clock
7.3. Menu
7.4. Customizing the rest of SuSE: Personal Settings

8. Customization of installed software
8.1. Thunderbird
8.2. Firefox
8.2.1. Add Engines
8.2.2. Install Add-on
8.2.3. Plugins
8.2.4. Preferences
8.2.5. Toolbars
8.3.1. Turn paragraph markings on
8.3.2. Turn help agent off
8.3.3. Set up outline numbering for Navigator Set the numbering level Set the Navigator view
8.3.4. Remove unused buttons from toolbars
8.3.5. Add a "repeat" button to the standard toolbar
8.3.6. Add an "insert graphics" to the standard toolbar
8.3.7. Add a keystroke shortcut for repeat
8.3.8. Get rid of word completion and smart quotes

9. Where to go for more information

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