Font rendering issue in Google Chrome on Linux

I banged my head against the wall quite a few times trying to fix the ugly font issue in Google Chrome on Linux. I'm running openSUSE Leap and no hack with the chrome://flags or advanced font settings helped fix the font rendering issues. Until today... The best fix that I could find is to place a configuration file that instructs Fontconfig to disable hinting but to keep antialias on. [Read More]

Hindi phonetic keyboard layout in openSUSE Tumbleweed

I installed openSUSE Tumbleweed from snapshot 20170203. Surprisingly I could not find the Hindi/Bolnagri layout as I use to in previous installations of openSUSE. I'm using GNOME and getting a Hindi phonetic keyboard layout is usually not much a hassle. With GNOME version 3.22.2 I suppose the configuration of keyboard layouts have met some changes. To add a keyboard layout now you should navigate to Settings > Region [Read More]

Developers Conference 2016, day 3 with openSUSE bug hunting

I had my «openSUSE bug hunting» presentation scheduled at 09h30 this morning. I'm usually very lazy on Sundays but the enthusiasm of the Developers Conference is just an amazing feeling. Though we live on a small island, we get to meet some people maybe just once a year during this fun event. I picked up Shelly on the way and we reached Voilà Hotel at 09h05. Right at the hotel [Read More]

Setting up a quiet auto-update for openSUSE

I was having a discussion about openSUSE with a colleague when he questioned me on software updates that just run silently in the background. I replied that yes, it's possible, in fact on the command line one may use the --non-interactive flag with zypper. Otherwise, open YasT > Online Update and at the configuration window select Configuration > Online Update. As shown in the above screenshot, check the "automatic online update" and [Read More]

openSUSE debug repository

I am running openSUSE Leap 42.1 in a Vagrant box and while I had to debug a small executable file, I came across a message prompting me to install the glibc-debuginfo-2.19-19.1.x86_64 package. (gdb) run Starting program: /home/vagrant/hi Missing separate debuginfos, use: zypper install glibc-debuginfo-2.19-19.1.x86_64 Breakpoint 1, 0x0000000000400561 in main () I searched for the package and could not find it [Read More]

Tumbleweed, get openSUSE rolling

In the Linux lingo, a rolling distribution is one that keeps on updating rather than requiring "distribution upgrades" through periodic releases. Among the likes, such popular distributions are Gentoo and Arch Linux, which are also known as the full-rolling distros. In the past openSUSE followed a release cycle of 8 months. With the release of Leap 42.1, a community version distro that obtained a strong code base from the [Read More]

openSUSE Leap, does your HD video lag and stutter in VLC?

openSUSE Leap was released on 4 November 2015. A couple of days later I installed it afresh on my laptop. Everything runs perfectly fine. Updates are handled seamlessly which I like the most. It's only yesterday that I got a first glitch when opening a MP4 file that Shelly gave me. All my other MP4 files would open fine except this one. I had installed multimedia codecs from the Packman [Read More]

LibreOffice 5 installation on openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS etc...

Twitter's flooding with LibreOffice 5's arrival. Oh! Flooding? Well, only if you're following the *nix geeks :) LibreOffice 5 was released today. Those who are used to only hear about the Microsoft Suite, well there exist other productivity suites out in the wild. LibreOffice is among them. It was forked from OpenOffice in 2010. Since then several Linux distributions bundled the LibreOffice Suite in their default install. LibreOffice is written in [Read More]

openSUSE Leap

Earlier I wrote about about openSUSE:42 and explained the particular branch will include core SUSE Linux Enterprise code. There was a long debate on the openSUSE mailing list to find a suitable name. On 25 June 2015, Rainer Fiebig sent the following to the list: [...] But excitement and attention is what you need to get to have an impact in the crowded markets of today. And the product's name [Read More]

openSUSE:42 - a new beginning

People usually ask what is the difference between openSUSE and SUSE? Some even ask how to pronounce it :-) Well, before it hits hard, you should pronounce it suze. SUSE is an enterprise class Linux distribution and it comes in two flavours: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop SUSE Linux Enterprise Server openSUSE on the other hand is the community version. Much of the development that happens in openSUSE lands in SUSE [Read More]