Tutorials

Commonly Useful Hints for OpenSuse

Q How can I enable “Tap to Click” and Mouse Gestures?

To enable “tap to click” add the following line

Option "TapButton1" "1"

to the first “InputClass” section in

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

To enable “vertical two finger scroll” add

Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "on"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "on"

Hint: To edit the config file, type the following line in the unix shell:

 sudo kate /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Q How can I change the keyboard layout?

Goto the System Menu → Configure Desktop → Hardware → Input Devices → Keyboard. Then choose Layouts and add a language. For example “de” for a German layout. Then you will see a flag icon in the task bar, which indicates the actual selected keyboard layout.

Q How can I install additional software?

If you want to install the “Blender” Software, for example, you simply run the following command on the terminal:

 sudo zypper install blender

You can also search for blender with the “Software Managemant” tool and double click on the according package to install it.

Q How do I edit a plain text file?

Use kate or emacs

Q How do I make a screen shot?

Use ksnapshot

Q I cannot drag and drop files on my Desktop. How can I do that with KDE4 (4.7+)?

Right-click on the desktop, choose “Desktop Settings” and change the layout from “Standard Desktop” to “Folder View”.

Q How do I create a shortcut for a shell command on the desktop?

You have to provide a .desktop file for the command. Then the command will show up in the start menu, where you can add it to the desktop with a right click.

Example: We want to create a shortcut for glxgears. To do so we create the file “glxgears.desktop” in the ~/.local/share/applications/ folder:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=glxgears
Icon=utilities-terminal
Terminal=false
Name=GLX Gears
GenericName=OpenGL performance test 
Comment=Displays information about the rendering frame rate of a simple OpenGL geometry
Categories=Application;Graphics;

Q I do not see the graphical login screen, I do only have a text terminal, what do I do?

Login as root and switch to runlevel 5 via “init 5″.

Run level 3 is the text terminal, run level 4 is the text terminal /w network and run level 5 is the graphical interface.

If the graphical login does not show up automatically, you can start the login screen manually with “startx”.

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