Hacking SUSE Linux 10.1 – howtos and tips/tricks collection

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When you’re done installing SUSE Linux 10.1 OSS, your desktop system is not complete. You might still need support for Java programs, Adobe Flash animations, PDFs, and RealPlayer and Windows Media Video files. You may also want to add support for playing DVD videos on your computer, and to try out the new XGL graphical toys. Here’s how to effectively make SUSE Linux 10.1 into the perfect desktop OS.


SUSE Linux 10.1 OSS — as the name implies — is comprised entirely of free, open source software. What you will be doing in this tutorial (with the exception of configuring XGL and Compiz) is installing proprietary add-ons that add functionality. All of the browser plugins are proprietary and will require you to agree to restrictive software licenses. The DVD playback capabilities are in violation of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (and similar laws in other countries), which many believe to be unconstitutional and a violation of consumer fair use rights (Click here for more information on DMCA reform). In other words, installing the DVD decoding software could be illegal where you live; therefore I’m not telling you to do it, but I’ll tell you how it’s done — for educational and informational purposes only, of course.

Read more at Hacking SUSE Linux 10.1 [thejemreport.com]


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

2 comment

  1. > The DVD playback capabilities are in violation of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    I do not care about DMCA – I live in country where CSS cracking itself is not illegal.But I do care that Novell probably wanna to replace LAWS with their own view of them, as M$ does.Take a look on http://ktorrent.org/index.php?page=downloads

    Note : official SUSE packages for ktorrent >= 2.0 are crippled, SUSE disables DHT functionality for legal reasons (see https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=205390)

    The Novell brave peoples declared features ‘illegal’ on their own and removed some code “for legal reasons” from official KTorrent client therefore making decisions instead of their users.

    However I do not know any laws prohibiting DHT algo itself, just like no laws prohibiting kitchen knives.However some DHT uses (for example, pirating copyrighted files) can be illegal.As well as kitchen knife can be used for illegal purposes(like killing someone).So, next time Novell probably should forbid to use kitchen knives to their staff and discourage customers from trying to use kitchen knives as well 🙂

    So, if you like crippled software with dumb restrictions, come on.Go and use Novell “open” solutions.But remember: they’re like MS.They already decided instead of you.And they chosen not to trust you.

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