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Right now, when a use installs SUSE Linux, if Windows is already installed, it will automatically assume the user wants to dual boot, but what if the user actually wanted to get rid of Windows? Then he must go in and change the partitioning manually, which I don't believe is something people like my dad knows anything about.
So, how about this, when a user boots off of CD1 and the installer starts, it should check whether Windows is installed or not. If Windows is detected, the installer should tell the user something like this: "We've detected an installation of Microsoft Windows on your computer, you can do the following", " - Install SUSE Linux in addition to Microsoft Windows, so that you can use both", " - Remove Microsoft Windows and install SUSE Linux".
Maybe my example of what to tell the user needs to be polished a little, so that it doesn't confuse people, something that would be crutial to do, would be to have an explanation of it available if the user clicks on the "Help" button. --Tsuroerusu 15:56, 22 Jun 2006 (MDT)]




Samba-LDAP-Plugin for YAST User-Module

When I had SUSE 9.2 installed, I somehow (probably by accident) had a Samba-LDAP-Plugin for the YAST User Module installed on my system. I think it is part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This plugin was very handy and I whish it was still available for SUSE. With this plugin you could very easily create/edit user accounts and setup their Samba-LDAP attributes. Doing this manually now takes ages and is a bit tricky.

テープデバイスへのYAST システムバックアップツール

With the YAST System Backup Tool unfortunately it is not possible to directly backup to a tape device. The filename of the backup file is automatically amended with a .tar, so that e.g. /dev/nst0 becomes /dev/nst0.tar . It should be possible to backup directly to a device file.

YaST パッケージマネージャーはダウンロードしたrpmファイルをhdに保存すべき


[コメント:この件についてはすでにパッケージマネージャーという題で提案したよ。他の人も同じように思っててよかった。新しいパッケージマネージャー(Red Carpet backend)ではこの問題が解決されていることに期待したい。すでにいくつかのレポジトリが使用可能(または漸次使用可能に)になっているようだ。 - G Rajesh]

YaST2 ネットワーク設定の改善


YaST2 でのOpenVPN 設定

OpenVPN is already shipped, but the configuration tool of choice is still vi. That is ok for tech professionals. OpenVPN has been positively reviewed in the german 'ct magazine. Smooth openVPN integration in Yast would make a difference for "road warriors".


There should be some option in YaST installation source management for auto periodic refresh of installation source, i.e., update the list of packages from source once everyday. This is different from refresh On option currently available as that tries to refresh everytime I open Software Management to install package, and if number of repositories is large (say 6-7) this takes long time.

[Comment: How about a big button in the YaST package manager itself that says "Refresh all sources" or something? I have all my sources set to not update, because then it takes A WHILE to bring up the package manager, but it's a pain go in and make them update every time I want them updated.

ハードディスクのよりよい扱い / LVM上にデフォルトでインスール

On installation YaST2 is able to detect multiple harddisks. What I would like to see is that YaST2 is giving me a good guess on how to handle these disks. --Macmewes 11:47, 14 Aug 2005 (MDT)



[Comment: The problem with this is that it's difficult to come up with a general solution for partitioning that works for everybody. The questions are what to do in case of a new installation with unpartitioned disks and what with partitioned ones? If somebody comes up with a verbal algorithm on how to handle the general problem, I'll get our partitioner team on board for discussion. Does anybody have such general algorithm? --A jaeger 05:19, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

  • As the proposer of this item I think YaST should indeed come up with "Do the right thing (tm)" ;-). In first instance YaST should know about "Usage-Profiles". The follwing examples are just what they are and subject to talk about. These examples could apply on systems with already partitioned HDDs as well. --Macmewes 07:20, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)

In general /home should always be mounted on the HDD with the most available disk space to my intention.

a) Standard-Usage (2 HDDs unformatted)

               /dev/hda1       /boot   100M
               /dev/hda2       swap    (2 times RAM)
               /dev/hda3       /       (Rest of hda)
               /dev/hdb1       /home   (complete disk space)

b) Advanced-Usage (3 HDDs unformatted)

               /dev/hda1       /boot   100M
               /dev/hda2       swap    (2 times RAM)
               /dev/hda3       /       (Rest of hda)
               /dev/hdb1       /home   (complete disk space)
               /dev/hdc1       /opt    (50% of disk space)
               /dev/hdc2       /usr    (Rest of hdc)

c) Server-Usage (4 HDDs unformatted)

               /dev/hda1       /boot   100M
               /dev/hda2       swap    (2 times RAM)
               /dev/hda3       /       (Rest of hda)
               /dev/hdb1       /home   (complete disk space)
               /dev/hdc1       /opt    (50% of disk space)
               /dev/hdc2       /usr    (Rest of hdc)
               /dev/hdd1       /var    (complete disk space)

Wouldn't it make more sense to put all the disk space into LVM? --Wmerriam 12:17, 30 Sep 2005 (MDT)

Using LVM instead of plain partitions would be my preference, too - I filed this as an enhancement request in the Novell Bugzilla already -- LenzGr 11:24, 7 Jun 2006 (CET)


Since i'm connected with gigabit to a official update source i'd like to choose this one. But YOU chooses one for me. If i don't use the right locale then it chooses a probably very far update source.


It would be nice for users that have no highspeed internet connection to dedicate a local server as update source. This server would have to work like a caching proxy. The admin could also control the patches that can be installed (example: excluding kernel patches until they are fully tested with local hardware), making automatic installation of patches more controllable.


Even with the latest packages it sometimes needs long time to start. A splash screen that tells the user what it does (sync repositories, parse, sleep, etc.) would avoid users to click again and again on the packagemanager icon. 最後のパッケージでも始まるのに時間がかかる。スプラッシュスクリーンで何が起こっているのか伝えるべき(リポジトリの同調、解析、休止など)。そうすればユーザーがパッケージマネージャーのアイコンを何度もクリックするのを防げる。

YOU はすでにインストールしたパッチをマークすべき

At the moment you shows all patches - even if most are already applied. Very unhandy.


  • YaST2でVLANを簡単に設定できるようにしてほしい。 VLANは /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-vlan<n>に追加することで動作する。YaST2/ネットワーク デバイス/ネットワークカード/追加/タイプ VLANによって新しいデバイスが追加できるといい。
  • QTライブラリインストールしてない人向けにGtk/GNOME-onlyのYaSTを作って! SuSEplugger/SuSEwatchも!
    • それいいね。Gnome上ではQTはちょっと違和感あるし
  • YastでのMySQLとphpMyAdminの設定モジュールを。コンソールを使うことなくLAMPサーバーのセットアップができるように。
  • PPCコンピューターでのハードディスクのパーティショニング (pdiskを使わなくてすむように)


Support for LightScribe tecnology

There is no way to use LightScribe[1] on linux...

Support for LCD monitors

The Yast installer has a very limited list of LCD panels fully supported (see 10.1 Hardware Compatibility - Monitors). For example the HP 1702 I use can rotate under the W* driver (allowing "portrait" view), not so with Suse. Yamaplos 18:31, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Support for cell phones

Driver support for cell phones would be great for it would grant Linux users the same comfort using groupware applications like Kontact or Evolution as Microsoft Windows users already have using Outlook. Especially a possibility for synchronizing cell phones with groupwareapps is quite interesting. I stumbled upon this issue trying to sync my Nokia 6230i with Kontact.

ATI-cards support

NVIDIA driver can be install with YOU. For ATI Driver a lot of commands should be enter in the Konsole to install. An easier way will be a must.

[Comment: We will not ship any non GPL kernel modules and not offer any download solution via YOU. Most developers of the kernel community consider non-GPL kernel modules to be infringing on their copyright. Novell does respect this position, and will no longer distribute non-GPL kernel modules as part of future products. Novell is working with vendors to find alternative ways to provide the functionality that was previously only available with non-GPL kernel modules. (aj)]

[Comment: For now use the ATI Installer HOWTO to install this driver. (sndirsch)]

Full winmodem and wireless card support

My wireless and winmodem are not working. You could work toghether with people from linmodem.org and ndiswrapper.sourceforge.org to solve this. As a result, this computer is no more than a mere keyboard when I am running Linux. You want wide usage? Make it easy for the end user to configure the unconfigurable: the modem and the wireless. Right now, there is no reason for me to switch to Linux / Suse from XP (which already came with this computer...)

[Comment: Unfortunately there're no Open Source drivers for most of these, so we cannot add them to our open source edition. We make the drivers that we have available at a separate place and put them also into the retail product which contains some non Open Source Software. --A jaeger 03:40, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

[Comment: This isssue can only be solved by the manufacturers of said hardware. SUSE is proud to ship drivers of high quality whose source is available. All binary only drivers for wireless cards and winmodems are known to crash your machine or corrupt your data from time to time which is not acceptable at all. If you still want to run network drivers from another operating system with ndiswrapper, you can do so easily because SUSE ships ndiswrapper in its kernel.

If you really want to get this fixed, you have three choices:

  • Get hardware manufacturers to release drivers for their hardware (really unlikely)
  • Get hardware manufacturers to release specifications for their hardware (somewhat likely)
  • Help with reverse engineering binary only drivers and test the open source driver created from that (a lot of work, but can be done) --Kernelhacker 06:55, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

What I do miss is a support for wpa_supplicant in yast. To run WLAN-cards with ndiswrapper is supported in yast, but for wpa_supplicant I have to create a separate script, a conf-file and so on. Thank you

  • WPA works for me using YaST and my Intel Pro2200 in SuSE 10, though oddly enough, using a very long key causes the signal strength to go up and down, perhaps because it can't handle it. Are you saying it only does not work with ndiswrapper? --eagle-64 20:05, 12 Okt 2005 (MDT)]

Support for SiS 190 Ethernet Adapter

I have SiS 190 ethernet adapter on my machine. But, SUSE10.0 did not detect it. I had to hunt for the appropriate driver, download the kernel sources and the recompile the kernel with support for SiS 190 to get it working. It will be worthwhile to build-in support for SiS 190 ethernet adapter to save other users of going through this mammoth task to get their adapter working.

  • Not sure what you mean. There is no mention of a SiS 190 Ethernet adapter on their website, but they do have a SiS900, and that has been long supported in the kernel. -- ne0_4nders0n 15:11:49 EST Oct 24,2005

Palm Zire 31 Support out of Box

I have SUSE 9.3 with a Zire 31 and it will not be reconized by KPilot. After searching the internet, I found out how to fix it, but it really should be easier. I have SUSE 10.0 with Tungsten T3 and now at least it is recognised by KPilot but the syncing - especially with the address book is not very good (misses out lots of fields). Also a bit confusing to have KPilot (which works), Multisync and KitchenSync (the latter two don't seem to work at all).

Support for ov511 based webcams

The kernel driver for the ov511 webcams will not support Philips ToUCam II e.g. A shell script could be usefull to install the unstable version ov511-2.28 after applying recent patches.




[Comment: なにが問題なのかわからない。Yastで言語を追加すれば、適切なパッケージがインストールされるはずだ。何か問題が? --A jaeger 2005年9月27日03:30 (MDT)]

[Comment: そのとおりにやったらskimが自動的に起動した。唯一の問題は使う「エンジン」を選択しなければならないことだ。デフォルト では動作しなかった。scimは日本語だけを扱うわけではないのでシステムトレイアイコンをクリックし、cannaを選択しなければならなかった。それですべてうまくいった。新しい言語をインストールした後、どのようにインプットメソッドを変更/設定するのかメッセージをポップアップする必要がある。--jinksys 2005年10月16日06:27 (CDT)]


It would be very nice if you could add catalan as an installation language. This language is spoken at the south of Europe by 6 million people and would encourage catalan-speaking newcomers to install SUSE Linux. Although I can modify sysconfig-> language in Yast and install kde-i18n-ca after installation, this may not be so evident for newcomers. Perhaps you could contact linkat as the have just released a SUSE Linux-based distro in catalan (although based in SuSE 9.3 I think)



Is there any way SuSE could change the default cursor theme, maybe to something like http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=27913 ? The current one just doesn't look very professional, especially the hand cursor.

[Comment: I agree that the theme should change. I have become used to it, but I know a lot of first-time users hate it. However, I do NOT like the suggested theme. --Kcoombs 15:41, 21 Oct 2005 (MDT)]

Yum サポート

I used SuSE until Fedora Core 3 came out, and loved its use of yum. However, Fedora Core 4 was a disappointment and I came back to SuSE and love it. My only complaint is that I miss yum and the ability to install packages easily off the net. Does SUSE Linux 10.0 have that capability?

[Comment: There is already a quite good support for yum on the opensuse servers (and its mirrors) for inst-sources and for the inst-sources-java. There is yum support for the GM packages, too, and for example packman provides yum support. But please add yum support for the SUSE LINUX update servers on ftp.suse.com (and its mirrors) and for the supplementary direcotries. And, please, add some mirror lists - this is the greatest advantage of yum compared to other solutions. Btw.: Bug #128607 describes the problem. This blog entry describes how to set up a SUSE LINUX 10.0 with yum] --Liquidat 17:22, 16 Oct 2005 (MDT)

Done and supported in SUSE Linux 10.1. --Msmeissn


It would be nice to be able to easily bootstrap a suse system from within another linux installation. Other distribution that support this are gentoo (manual bootstrapping from one of their stage files is their default installation method) debian and ubuntu (through debootstrap).

In practice there should be a script, or a tarball to uncompress, or some other easy way to create inside a directory a base suse system with everything needed to continue setting it up simply by chroot()ing inside it. This should be doable downloading things from the network only inside the target directory, or in some other way that doesn't clutter the original installation and doesn't require rebooting or setting up network servers, etc.

This is really important for users of virtual machines (xen, uml, linux-vserver) that may want to install and use a virtual suse from their "main" linux and cannot reboot it for the installation, in order not to stop other running hosts.

It's nice that suse supports xen and supports bootstrapping itself in a chroot if you already run suse, but this should be easy to do even if you are using another distro...

PS: if there already is a way, then my wishlist is that it should be documented inside the "advanced" installation methods... --ultrotter 15:31, 11 Sep 2005 (CEST)

[Comment: This looks like an interesting feature. The problem is that it means avoiding use of e.g. YaST. If somebody comes up with some great ideas, I'd like to discuss this further but for now prefer to get the general installation improved. --A jaeger 03:36, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]


It would be good if yast could handle packages in away that when i want to remove a package to show me what other packages are used >ONLY< by this package and select which i want to remove from that list. This is a good thing because when i install a package yast installs other packages as a dependency. But when i remove a package i have to search throught installed packages to remove packages i don't need.

I don't know exactly where is yast in relation with the following note:

When a package is removed, the libs that this package depends on (the "dependencies") are not removed.

I noticed in some old suse installs I had time ago than the lib folder was growing a lot because old libs where still there, mostly after updates. I don't know if this is still the case.

I think we need anyway a lib utility, because libs may come from outside yast (tgz or not suse known package install).

In the same direction, what about a "frequency use" meter like the one in windows XP? It would be interesting to have in yast an option do sort the apps by use frequency, with the possibility of removing the unneeded ones. This principally with first install (default ones) I knox for sure I must have 30% of unusefull apps on may computer.

[Comment: This is indeed a good feature and I've passed it on to our packaging experts. They're looking further into this now. --A jaeger 03:43, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]


Durring the install, when the prompt to select KDE or Gnome comes up, clicking on the thumbnails should show a full screen picture of each enviroment. Could also be on a button that gives pros and cons of each one such as

compare Gnome and KDE

It would be good to have one as the default for linux newbs (KDE is probably a better pick since it has more apps and is mor like Windows)

[Comment: What's the reason for listing GNOME over KDE in the desktop selection in 10.1 Beta 2? Might seem weird, but in 10.0 the selections was listed as "KDE GNOME", in 10.1 beta 2 it's listed as "GNOME KDE" what's with that?

[Comment: Such a comparision is difficult to do. We added something since the later betas where we do a rough job comparing them and show the logos instead of the tiny thumbnails. The choice of desktop is so subjective and personal that it's difficult to give a neutral comparison. If anybody has one, I'll appreciate it and review it.

Note that we're currently not making a choice for the default desktop, this is a choice that the users have to do. --A jaeger 05:23, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

I didn't necessarily mean a review or opinion. I meant a a table such as;

KDE Gnome
By default, KDE resembles Microsoft Windows By default, Gnome has an interface that Gnome claims is better designed, but may be harder to use for people used to Windows's interface. (Maybe say something such as 'an interface that does not resemble Windows's.')'
KDE comes with a very large amount of KDE-integrated programs that include the letter K (e.g. Konqueror, the file manager and, Amarok a music player) Gnome has many Gnome-integrated programs, some of them G-branded (e.g. gnumeric, a spreadsheet program, and abiword, a word processor)
Note you can use a KDE program on Gnome and vise versa
KDE is based on the Qt toolkit from Trolltech. (Maybe, 'Trolltech Qt is a commercial product that is also open-source when used with open-source products' or something similar) Gnome is based on the GTK toolkit written for the Gnome desktop.

Also, there should be a button for each desktop that will show screenshots of the deafult interface when clicked. (Just include jpegs for each screen resolution)

Some of the things may be biased e.g the gui toolkit ot interface. It sould be easy to neutralize anything.


Creating separate partitions for /root and /home directories is common practice for ease of system upgrade and data security. I don't see any reason not to make it a default. As it is now, I cannot recommend to novice users to just let the SuSE installer run without interference.

[Comment: The problem here is that we would need an algorithm that does this in the proper way. Here're some questions:

  • How large should / be in comparison to /home?
  • Should / have x % of the free space?
  • What is the minimal size of / ?
  • What is the minimal size of /home ?

If somebody comes up with an algorithm and people agree that it's the right way to go, then I'll talk to our yast folks and try to get it implemented at some time. --A jaeger 05:32, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

Algorithm 1 and example

The reasoning followed is that it is better to have a bit larger /. If needed you can add a directory in / and a symlink in ~/

  1. No seperation when the HD is smaller then 30 GB
  2. A minimum of 10 GB for /
  3. A maximmum of 20 GB for /
  4. /home to / should be 2:1


Total   /       /home
20GB    20GB    --
25GB    25GB    --
30GB    30GB    --
40GB    13GB    27GB
60GB    20GB    40GB
120GB   20GB    100GB

--Houghi 01:50, 5 Oct 2005 (MDT)

[Comment: That seems very reasonable. --Eet 05:38, 24 Oct 2005 (MDT)]

SUSE Firewallのもっと使いやすいGUI

Gui integration with KDE/Gnome i.e system tray icon like in Firestarter which could show connections, alerts about strange network traffic etc. A service running at some port which will display to the user information regarding to packets blocked, connections made, blocked etc - graphs etc. Thus one would enter http://localhost:3002 and you will see everything about your firewall. A easy link on the desktop will also make things allot more simple.

[Comment: This looks to me like a generic project that could be done not only for SUSE but for both desktops together with a defined interface to the firewall. If somebody starts such a project, I'd be very interested to hear about it and integrate it once it's mature enough. --A jaeger 05:36, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

[Comment: I saw something like that in Mandriva 2006, here is the screenshot [2] I believe sources are available for this stuff, maybe someone would dig into them in ;-) --Bugi-san 08:20, 28 Jan 2006 (MST)

[Comment: IMHO for now it would be easier to write a kde front-end for firestarter than creating new firewall front-end deamon from scratch and writing a kde and gnome front-end for that deamon,

in the longterm, iptables/ipchains must have a deamon for providing these services to front-ends,

like pppd and or udevd does, --Raddy 28 Jan 2006


In my opinion the default font size in Firefox should be about 8pt size. This could be done by an entry in userChrome.css --Rbielefeld 01:13, 22 Sep 2005 (MDT)

[Comment: I agree --Kcoombs 15:44, 21 Oct 2005 (MDT)]

[Comment: Really *BAD* idea. Fonts should be larger by default for usability and accesibility. Why should a partially sighted user have to fumble about looking to increase the font size becuase some users run at low resolution and want smaller font sizes? --Cenuij 15:01, 25 Nov 2005 (GMT)]

NILFSのサポート {新しいlog構造を持つファイルシステム}(the new lossless filesystem)

I wish to know if it is possible to include NILFS into SuSE Linux 10.0, it is the new LOSSLESS filesystem using a new logging method so that NO DATA IS LOST. It's created by NTT and is just created for Linux.

NILFS.org - The NILFS Homepage -- xboxrulz 16:13:26 EST Oct 03,2005

Please define lossless. If you want decent performance on affordable hardware, it is impossible to not lose any data on power failure.

If you really want this feature, please tell the NILFS developers to get their code into the official kernels from kernel.org. Once that is done, SUSE will then automatically include this in subsequent releases. --Kernelhacker

PPC bootloader installation

Automatic bootloader installation on PPC computers (avoid having to use lilo or yaboot manually) References: PPC Installation Issues and PPC Partitioning. --Orderud 12:03, 16 Oct 2005 (MDT)


Since the big demand for the 10.0 release we've all been experiencing server problems, and torrents were the best way to get an ISO for some time. Software installation via APT has been similarly slow for weeks, too. I would like to discuss whether it would be a good solution to integrate the bittorrent protocol into a future software installation tool, be it YAST or APT or whatever. SuSE mirrors would be reliefed of some load and could possibly only supply trackers and signatures one day. --Eet 05:30, 24 Oct 2005 (MDT)

From my point of view it would be a nice start if yast would support mirror lists. The idea: the mirror list with a bunch of mirrors is saved on the main server. The standard preconfiguration for every client is that he takes the list form the server and then get's a mirror from this list. If the mirror is broken, he takes the next one. The idea can be localized, too, with localized variables and mirror lists (so mirrors.txt.de for germany, mirrors.txt.fr for france, and so on).
To check how it would look like, check http://fedora.redhat.com/download/mirrors/ . There you see how it is already implemented in yum for Fedora Core. This works very good, and Fedora never had such load problems. Even their main server is quite fast because almost noone uses it do download stuff.
Long story short: if yast supports mirrors, it would be the first large step. The second would be to support bittorrent to get all the stuff so that we hardly need mirrors :-) --Liquidat 19:56, 24 Oct 2005 (MDT)

Improved support for sudo / locked root accounts

Currently, I can see two primary ways SUSE's sudo support could be improved:

First, the default configuration of asking for root's password negates the primary value of sudo (letting ordinary users do rootly things without being root). This could be reconfigured to allow members of a certain group to use their own passwords to do administrative tasks.

Second, programs such as gksu could be replaced with gksudo, thus allowing users to use their own passwords.

SUSE could then support locked root accounts much the same as Ubuntu does. For single user systems, this greatly simplifies things. For very large deployments of SUSE, it would allow enterprises to determine what administrative tasks are "safe" for users to run. (i.e. certain tasks, such as changing wireless networks, changing screen resolutions, or even installing packages from a predetermined package repository could be performed by end users)

Please see this blog entry for more details.

  • locked root account sound so so soooo bad ... one of the worst "features" of ubuntu btw.

Kinterent (Ginternet) in Gnome?

How about an equivalent to Kinternet in Gnome desktop? Just like Kinternet in KDE, it should get attached to panel in gnome, which can be (just) clicked to connect to net!! With this, Suse's Gnome will be almost complete.

  • Look for NetworkManager in GNOME do most that kinternet can do and more
  • Thanks. But is it available with Suse10? Or it is scheduled only for Suse10.1?
  • You can also use Kinternet while in GNOME, and it will be in the panel at the top.

X.Org 7.0 Integration

It'll be great if we can also add the support of X.Org X11R7. It would make things better for enthusiast everywhere.

  • 10.1 include xorg 6.9 with is the exact same code base as 7.0 just using a different build mechanism
  • Same code base, yes... but it seems all CVS updates are done in the "modular" tree, most importantly the driver updates. For example (this is the one I'm waiting for) the i810 driver now provides full xrandr rotation support. On a tablet PC this is VERY NICE to have ;-) Currently with X11R6.9 you can fake it, sort of, with multiple X servers, but you lose a lot of functionality. Rumor has it that 10.2 will make the switch over to X11R7 (X11R7.1 may even be out by that time), so keep you fingers crossed ;-) (loki1984 5.4.06)


You used to be able to change the settings and such before going into the desktop after the initial install. That way, you can do a test run to see if it would work. Sometimes the video will not run at certain resolutions, such as with Via's Unichrome pro, leaving you to a monitor that shuts off and a computer that locks up before even getting to the desktop. (sprockkets 1.11.06)


Would like to add the gui support for this application so as to easily change WPA keys. It also can tell what networks support WEP and WPA, and not just WEP as in Kinternet and the usual tools. (sprockkets 1.11.06)

[Comment: The new Network Manager applet in 10.1 really handles this nicely. Now, if it could only handle adding CA certificates, it would be perfect.]

More boot themes?

Oddly enough, on the subject of boot themes, why does the SuSE install disc for 10.0 sometimes have the startup menu with penguins and such, while the majority of the time it is just the usual blue screen? (sprockkets 1.11.06)


Installation should be possible using PPPoE, so only a minimal install CD is necessary, and the rest could come from the Internet.

OSS media ISOs

I would prefer the ISOs to be 650MB in size so as to not have to burn 5 cdrs everytime to just install the latest build. Having it at 650MB allows people to reuse cdrws. OR, make one DVD image which is the easiest option. Or, just explain on how to make all five cds work together on one dvd. (sprockkets 1.11.06)

  • Have you never seen 700MB cdrws?
    • I've never seen 650MB CDRWs

GRUBのkeyboard mapの変更

By default grub uses English layout for keyboard that causes inconvenience to users with different keyboard layouts. Yast can append GRUB's /boot/grub/menu.lst file with regional keycodes after one chooses the keyboard layout.

#setkey [to_key from_key] 
#German keyboard as example
setkey y z
setkey z y
setkey Y Z
setkey Z Y

Rearranging items in Window List

In the Window List, there's a bunch of buttons which represent windows. I think it would be great if those buttons could be moved along the Window List left-right (like launchers). For example, I like to have my music player to the left of other buttons in the Window List so I can find it easier. Customised grouping would be great too!

Extra mouse buttons mapping in control panel

I would love it if the mouse interface in the control panel let me map the extra mouse buttons. I currently have a script that maps them but as a linux newbie it took me a while to figure out what I needed to get that done. It would be much nicer for beginner to use the graphical interface to map the extra buttons as back and forward.


Currently with the 10.0 and 10.1 builds of SUSE Linux, managing the size of all icons on the desktop is guesswork at best. There isn't an easy way to determine the icon size after it has been stretched. Additionally, the auto arrange feature of the desktop icons isn't very beneficial. It only allows for aligning to the left and top of the screen. It would be nice if there were left/right/top/bottom/horizontal/vertical options available. It would also be nice to be able to assign specific outline/highlight colors to an icon, similar to the way that you can go into the icon's properties and assign an emblem. Last, but not least, being able find a management tool that allows for easy mofication of the font color of the desktop icons would be beneficial as well.


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Package manager

  • I can add that including a package manager as apt4rpm or URPMI (but apt is more like a standard) directly in the distro could be nice for geeks users and it is particulary useful in a minimal installation without X11 for a server. Several apt-get and then you are with a full feature server. --Nooky59 05:08, 17 Aug 2005 (MDT)
    • I second Nooky's suggestion. Seeing as how apt4rpm is an incredibly useful tool, I would really like to see it included in the distro. apt-get's dependency management is quite superior to that of RPM and makes installing applications with a lot of requisites much easier. --Azdruid 09:28, 18 Aug 2005 (MDT)
      • Please learn about y2pmsh ... it is as powerful. :) --Marcus Meissner 18.8.2005)
        • No it is not, for instance, when I start it, it tells me "This tool is meant for debugging purpose only.". Can it keep my KDE installation up to date with supplementary without having to go through the 5 step process of selecting all, upgrade if newer, ...? With apt it just boils down to "apt update ; apt upgrade". I personally think apt4rpm is a better choice, even when the only reason would be that everyone uses it, everyone knows it. --bavodr 07.09.2005)
      • I stopped using apt4rpm when I learned to use YaST2
        • Proxy-settings (if any) are added in Network Services, then click the Proxy-server icon (two people holding hands).
        • Additional installation sources is added to Software, then click the Change installation source (SuSE CD-icon). See Additional YaST Package Repositories.
          • I recently learned about Additional YaST Repositories (after using Suse for a couple of years) Perhaps there should be a helper for adding additional repositories with checkboxes to select these other sources fed from this site or one of the suse sites dynamically. This would make it easier for users to choose and add them as well as making it more common knowledge that this can be done.
          • There needs to be some way of accessing a list of repositories. Perhapse yast could have the option of syncing with a server's list of repositories and allowing the user to chose from the list. It would make it much easier. Aaron Defazio
        • To install or remove software, enter Software, then click Install and remove software (SuSE box icon with screen). Similar to apt update, YaST2 will try to download updates from the installation sources. If you have many sources or they are slow to respond, it may take som time before the window is fully opened. Set the filter to Package Groups in the top left corner. Scroll down to zzz - All and select that. Right-click a package in the packages frame, and choose the menu item "All in this list", and it's submenu "Upgrade if newer version is available" if you would like to update the entire system.
        • Yast Online Update (YOU) only handles updates to the packages in a specific distribution, like updates to 9.3. If 9.3 supplied xyz-1.2, don't expect xyz-3.4 from YOU, but expect xyz-1.2.1.
    • I like the suggestion of adding apt to the distro. It seems that one of the first things that I do with an suse install is to search out and install apt. There are always packages that I want that are not in the Yast repositories and apt is a better way to me. The other side of that is perhaps making the Yast additional repositories and how to use them more available knowledge and encouraging more of the folks that provide packages to offer them via a Yast repository. --Al Brown

[Comment: We've added apt4rpm to the distribution as unsupported package and have y2pmsh. I consider this wish list item as done with 10.0 and will remove it later. --A jaeger 05:14, 27 Sep 2005 (MDT)]

[Comment: How about an easy way to upgrade the distro from 10.0 to 10.1 to 10.2 etc. In debian based distros you would change the sources.list and then apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. AFAIK one has to download all 5 CDs and reinstall just to upgrade. That's a major PIA for the bleeding-edge types.

      • When we download packages from repositories, where does yast keep the downloaded packages? We can reuse them later (say, in case of reinstallation) if we could make yast to download them to a expectable place like apt/yum ie. /var/cache/~ This would avoid duplication and saving bandwidth/cost! [User: G Rajesh]
  • There are a few options that would make YaST nicer to use by simply parallelizing some of the downloads. For instance, when refreshing package source information, instead of doing them one at a time and only showing that they are being updated, why not use a download manager style approach. List all of the sites to be refreshed, show how much must be downloaded, percentage completed from each and in total, and an average speed of each download. This way, slow sites can be noted and removed, disabled or simply not refreshed next time you would like to update the package lists. One of the more annoying bits of information displayed is the site name flashing up and then disappearing while the near useless note, "Reading Package Information" is displayed while you wait for that site to send its package update. Another feature could do the same thing for the packages themselves. If updates are going to be downloaded from several sites and one is very slow, why wait? The packages from other sites could be downloaded while the slow site is dribbling their package out. --jcmeller

Various without description

  • Support for reiser4
  • Support for multiple concurrent graphical user sessions
    • I assume you already know this is possible (and quite easy) but want some graphical and more obvious way to start multiple X session.
  • Support for java out-of-the-box
    • Done in 10.1
  • Improvements to the startup boot time
  • Improvements to the applications startup time
  • Easy configuration of PPTP VPN connection (should be in YaST2 Control Center). IPSEC and PPTP should be an additional module in yast, thus making ip-tunnels a breeze. This feature should also be implemented in KDE soon (have been in gnome now for a while)
  • Eclipse could be natively compiled with GCJ, as Fedora do, if there is really a benefit to do this and if there is no issues introduced with such a native build
    • GCJ intruduce all kind of new bug and isnt what one could call stable. What is the problem with using sun java anyway?
  • Optional openMosix patched kernel
  • PIKT for SUSE
  • An "Easy To Use"-Videorecorder with implemented Plugins or Plugin-manager.

Playstation 3 support

Okay with the coming of the next generation video game consoles (XBOX 360 and Playsation 3) a lot of noise has been made about interactivity between the desktop and the console.

Case in point, Windows Vista will work with XBOX 360 by allowing streaming of video and audio from a pc to your xbox 360. So lets say you download that latest anime from japan and you want to watch it on that nice 42 in Sony Wega you bought last month? Well with Windows Vista you will be able to do that.

Next lets look at messeging, you will be able to messege people on your friends list in Xbox live via your cell phone or via your MSN messenger. You will also be able to send cars that you have in say Forza motorsports and send it to your pc, in your pc you will be able to use photoshop to make nice designs on your car and you will also be able to make maps in games and such and send it back to your xbox 360. You will also be able to play against friends in the same game regardless of platform. So lets say your playing half life 3 on the xbox 360 and your friend has it on the PC you two will be able to play against each other.

So what does all this have to do with Linux? Well in comes Sony PS3 which will be using Linux as its core Operating System, I should also mention that Sony will be using OpenGL for the PS3.

So now if a distro were to partner with Sony or ask them for info on how to design the same cross compatibility that windows vista will have with xbox 360 and do the same for Linux distros. I would also say this is a GREAT chance to bring gaming full scale to Linux. Reason being developers now will be developing some of the best games using OpenGL for Sonys PS3, so converting to Linux will be far easier than it has in the past. With gaming being a multi billion dollar business and the PS2 alone selling millions of units, those are millions of potential and probably Linux converts.

It could be worked out where Sony has in each PS3 box a free SuSE Live CD to try out on the desktop which will allow for all the above mentioned features on the Live CD. Sony has become a huge conributor to the linux cause and this would really help to push Linux specifically SuSE.

I go to the official playstation forums and there are already 25 to 50 posts of people asking what is linux, how does it work and which distro should they try out. The disc should allow for a live CD situation where you can run SuSE without having to install but could run the OS from the CD, it should also allow for a insalltion should someone choose that route, that way consumers dont have to fully commit to installing the OS on the HDD and can try out linux via running it from the CD until they are 100% comforatable

If taken advantage of this could really put SuSE in a leadership position on the desktop front.

You can read about the Microsoft plans http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2006/05/09/financial/f144546D12.DTL&type=business

You can also read more indepth about the streaming multi media ie movies and such http://www.joystiq.com/2005/07/28/hands-on-with-xbox-360-at-windows-vista-event/