openSUSE 11.4 hates my discs

I was an avid SuSE user from day 1 of my Linux exposure, originally I used to buy SuSE Pro but like many others moved over to openSUSE however about three years ago I switched to ArchLinux, there was nothing wrong with SuSE I just wanted a change.

With the release of  openSUSE 11.4 and especially the availability of Tumbleweed I really wanted to give it a spin, I downloaded the iso at home and installed it on a VM which went very well so my next move was to do a proper physical install. I have two Maxtor 160GB IDE hard drives in work and plenty of machines lying around so took the install DVD to the office.

Having selected a P4 3Ghz, 1GB Memory machine I connected one of the 160GB hard drives and started the install procedure every thing goes fine until the installer gets to the partitioning section, cheating a bit because I now know this is where the problem starts, for some reason it wants to set up the drive in a RAID format

error message 1

(Apologies for the poor quality photo.)

The moment I see this I just know it’s going to fail, but lets move forward anyway. Next up is the usual install stuff and an overview of the package selection and how the hard drive will be partitioned and formatted we say OK, we get the “Warming up” message the progress bar moves a few millimetres and;

Error message 2

(Again sorry for the image quality.)

The install fails, I made numerous posts on identi.ca about the failures along the way and tried the 2nd 160GB hard drive I had but what is even weirder is if I use an 80GB or smaller hard drive the partitioner formats it correctly;

/dev/sda
/dev/sda1 /boot
/dev/sda2 /
/dev/sda3 /home
/dev/sda4 /swap

Both 160 GB drives had been reformatted with Pmagic I even recreated the partition tables on them all to no avail I also tried a manual configuration of a partition scheme with the openSUSE installer but it still bombed out. There is nothing wrong with the drives as I can install FreeNAS and Fedora on them so I’m totally stumped.

I suppose I should really raise a bug but I was only ‘having a look’ to be honest, I was impressed how fast it installed (On a smaller drive and the VM) and the UI as always is crisp and clean. If I had a spare box at home I would start using it again but alas it must remain a VM only for the time being.

Oh one last moan, I don’t like the concertina wallpaper, makes it look like there is something wrong with your screen. Thumbs Down

Facebook and Pidgin

If like me you have a Facebook account and have some friends who use the Facebook chat application you can get a plugin for pidgin which will allow you to communicate with them without having to visit the Facebook website.

If like me you have a Facebook account and have some friends who use the Facebook chat application you can get a plugin for pidgin which will allow you to communicate with them without having to visit the Facebook website.

The following instructions are for openSUSE but can be tweaked for you flavour of Linux.

Download from here http://code.google.com/p/pidgin-facebookchat/downloads/list

facebook_icons.zip
pidgin-facebookchat-1.61.tar.bz2

As root extract the facebook_icons.zip to /usr/share/pixmaps/pidgin/protocols

As root extract pidgin-facebookchat-1.61.tar.bz2 to some place (Extract here) this will extract a folder called /usr inside that will be;

/lib /lib64 /local /share

Inside /lib will be a folder called /purple-2 and inside that will be libfacebook.so
copy the libfacebook.so file to /usr/lib/purple-2/ on your system.
You may also need to install libjson-glib from Yast as well.

Restart pidgin then do the following.
# Add a new account to Pidgin (Accounts->Manage Accounts->Add)
# Choose “Facebook” from the dropdown list
# Use your Facebook email address in the username field
# Start chatting