Saturday 24 June 2006

VMware on Suse 10.1

I've tried using CrossOffice to run MS Office applications on Linux but you really can't beat VMWare with an XP guest machine to run Outlook. That is unless you can't get VMWare to run. Thanks to Nilesh Bansal, now I can. 

SUSE 10.1 Wireless on Dell Inspiron 5100

As always I had to use ndiswrapper to get my wireless working but this time was the easiest ever. I followed the following proceedure:
  1. Downloaded the latest drivers for my minipci from here. Bear in mind that I am in the UK so these are the non US/Japan drivers. Click here if you want the US or Japanese drivers. (If you don't want to download the 48MB packages you can find the UK bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys as a download here.)
  2. Used Yast to install ndiswrapper. It seems that Novell have split the drivers into tools&docs in one package and kernel modules in another. I selected ndiswrapper-1.10-19 in Yast and it auto selected ndiswrapper-kmp-default-1.10_2.6.16.13_4-19 for my Kernel.
  3. Followed the instructions I found in /usr/share/doc/packages/ndiswrapper/README.SUSE. (Copy here.)
  4. The only thing that didn't work was the WEP key instructions. Because I elected to use the new user mode network control I had to use the Network applet to join the wireless network.
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Moving from Vista to Suse 10.1

With my laptop failing and having to send it back to Dell for repair it seemed an ideal opportunity to try out the latest beta of Vista (beta 2). Unfortuneatelty my graphics card (Mobility Radeon 7500) didn't let me use Aero and I had quite a few problems with beta 2:
  • Mouse clicks sometimes not registered on desktop (same with default detected device and downloaded synaptics driver)
  • Some 700MB out of 1GB of memory in use when just on desktop (!)
  • Slow response
So, I decided to move back to Suse only this time I will try 10.1 with XGL so watch this space! I know XGL will work because I tried the Kororaa XGL Live CD v0.2.