Hooray! zmd removed

fireworks4Thank goodness for that openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4 is released and zmd has been removed the announcement was made on the openSUSE mailing list. For me zmd has always been horrible, it seemed to work fine for the first month or so on my 10.2 installation but now it takes a good 30 minutes or longer to finish any update or installation that I make.

I’ve reverted to using plain old YOU (Yast Online Update) for my updates but to be honest I was so fed up with it that at the moment my ‘notifier’ is currently showing 26 updates to be installed.

There’s some fantastic new features coming such as InstLux which apparently allows you to install Linux from Windows plus support for the Sony PS3 (Planned for Alpha5) I’ve no plans to download and install any of the Alpha versions I’ll wait for the full release, I’m planning on gutting my box anyway so that will be a good time to do a fresh install.



While sucking up to people on IRC as usual, one of the guys mentioned he used ArchLinuxOoh what’s that then?” I said. Its billed as a fast, lightweight, distribution although its apparently not for the faint hearted. I had a quick read through the wiki where I came across this one gem of advice which to some people would have been less than helpful but I found hilarious.

Q) When I run “pacman –sync” it comes up with “could
not open sync database:reponame have you used –refresh yet?” but when I
run pacman –refresh it does nothing?!

A) This error is due to your inability to read man pages. We
recommend you try the pacman man page – it really is very useful.

I always have to restrain myself from installing Linux distributions while I may moan about one or two in actual fact I love them all. It must be a geek thing I’m always excited when it comes to installing new stuff and cant wait for that very first re-boot and your shiny new system bursts on the screen.

my-laptopthumbI downloaded the iso and installed it on my Dell Latitude Laptop, in my case the installation was not smooth, I had some problems partitioning the hard drive but that may have been my fault rather than ArchLinux’s however after doing the usual install stuff my system duly re-booted with a perfect GUI desktop.

Ok I’m fibbing slightly, sound was not working but that was a simple fix just added my user name to the group “audio”, the the language was US rather than GB but other than that (I think) everything else was fine. I jumped back on IRC where the swine that got me hooked (You know who you are) gave me some hand holding help to get the language changed to GB install one or two important items that don’t get installed by default and also gave me a really cool login theme.

I’ve only had it for about three days so not had much chance to really get to grips with it I may write one of my famous guides ArchLinux Install