Install apache server with php and mysql support on openSUSE12.1

We will use the easiest no frills method to do this. The inbuilt server environment of openSUSE is also very good and robust. But that requires time to properly set up and requires installation of various dependencies and php modules. To make things easier we will use the XAMPP package (xampp-linux-1.7.7.tar.gz to be precise, the latest stable version). For this we will need the XAMPP for Linux package which can be downloaded from This is a standalone package which can be easily removed afterwards without harming the system.

First, download the latest stable version of XAMPP for Linux from the above website. I am using openSUSE12.1 KDE. Go to the directory using the Dolphin File Manger where the package is downloaded and then open the terminal by right clicking on an empty space in that directory, then choosing actions>open terminal here. The terminal window will open.

Type: su


and then enter your root password at the prompt.

Then type: tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.7.tar.gz -C /opt

Press ENTER.

The above command will extract the contents of the package to the /opt directory.

Do not use any GUI tools to extract the contents of the XAMPP package. That will not be a successful install.

To Start the server, type : /opt/lampp/lampp start and Press ENTER.

Lampp will start within a few moments by starting Apache and MySQL. To stop the server; type: /opt/lampp/lampp stop

Check the working of the server by going to http://localhost in your browser. The newly installed XAMPP server has some security weaknesses. These can be fixed as follows.

 Type:/opt/lampp/lampp security and HIT ENTER.

 Follow the prompts in the terminal window (which are quite self explanatory) to fix security issues.

 Now, XAMPP is installed successfully and secured!

To remove the XAMPP simply type: rm -rf /opt/lampp and Press ENTER. XAMPP will be removed completely from the openSUSE box. 

This tutorial is made from the Guides available at

The video shows these steps in action!

VLC 2.0.1 Twoflower has Landed in Packman Repo in openSUSE12.1

Vlc player version 2.0.1 has finally arrived at Packman repository. The version 2.0.1 arrived in the official vlc repo much earlier but the upgrade from the vlc repo resulted in conflicts for many users. Now since it is available in the Packman repoistory, the upgrade process should smoother now. Vlc player takes care of all the multimedia playback needs and has got better with the new version. Screen-shots below:

Hope this version gives the user a rich multimedia experience on openSUSE 12.1

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Write in Indian Languages using IBus in openSUSE 12.1

There are different types of input methods available in GNU/Linux OS:most common being the SCIM (Smart Common Input Method) and the IBus (Intelligent Input Bus) Method. Both the methods have their share of advantages and disadvantages. These methods also support multilingual input. IBus method can be used with conjunction with m17n database to input Indic languages such as Assamese (অসমীয়া), Bengali (বাংলা) and Hindi (हिन्दी), etc. This method supports transliteration (similar to phonetic) To set-up IBus in openSUSE 12.1 to input in languages like our Assamese (অসমীয়া) follow the following steps:

  1. Install ibus, ibus-gtk, ibus-m17n and m17n-contrib library using Software Management in Yast.
  2. Reboot/Re-login.
  3. Run Ibus from the application launcher.
  4. Ibus will configure itself on the first run to start at boot.
  5. Right-click on the Ibus icon on the system tray and select preferences>Input Method>Add your preferred Languages (see screenshot below).
  6. Enable or diasble Ibus by typing “Control+space”.
  7. You can change Languages by hitting “Alt+Shift(left)”.
IBus Preferences
Ibus Preferences

Now you can easily type in your own languages in LibreOffice, Web, Kwrite, Gedit or any application. 

অসমীয়া ভাষাত openSUSE 12.1 লিনাক্স্ OS আৰু IBus Input ব্যবহাৰ কৰি টাইপ্ কৰাৰ উদাহৰণ ।

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