June 30, 2016 4:25 pm


SUSE to unlock technical opportunities within your business

Getting your skills up to date or becoming an expert even, is something we all fancy. The challenge however is that our time is often limited in this fast pacing world. Because I know what it's like to have limited time available while trying to keep my skills up high, I like to point out […]

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By: mikewillis

November 14, 2014 4:24 pm


Customizing the appearance of GDM in SLED 12

SLED 12 ships with GNOME 3.10 which means GDM 3. GDM 3 provides very little scope for customising how it looks. In this article I'll describe some pros and cons of the officially provided ways of customising GDM 3 and how you can go further customising by hacking. Testing changes will require you to […]

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By: coolguys-suse

June 3, 2013 1:06 am


How to create a custom virtual machine running SUSE Linux Enterprise by using Azure Management Portal

In this article you will learn how to create a custom virtual machine From Gallery in the Management Portal. This method provides more options for configuring the virtual machine when you create it, such as the connected resources, the DNS name and network connectivity if needed. Sign into the Windows Azure Management Portal. On the […]

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By: ataschner

December 8, 2010 4:18 pm


Creating add-on products with YaST

SUSE Linux Enterprise ships with an "Add-On Creator" YaST module, which allows you to create and maintain custom defined products to be installed on SLE. To ensure system integrity, the product and packages must be signed with a GPG key. In case this key does not already exist a the target machine, it needs […]

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By: mikewillis

November 16, 2010 5:35 pm


Relocating Firefox's urlclassifier3.sqlite file

urlclassifier3.sqlite is the file that Firefox (as of version 3) uses to store information about websites that are known to host Phishing and/or malware. The data is regularly updated from Google. As typing 'urlclassifier3.sqlite' in to Google and spending a few minutes looking through the results will show, It can be something of […]

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By: mikewillis

August 6, 2010 2:07 pm


Building Simple RPMs of Arbitrary Files

Something I've found very useful when managing machines running SLED is building my own rpms. If I want to put scripts on to the machines I package them as an rpm and then if I need to update them, I can put the new versions in to the rpm, increase the version number and push […]

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By: mikewillis

September 22, 2009 3:09 pm


Hacking on the Slab

SUSE distros ship with three GNOME menus, the Slab being the default. In my opinion none of the menus get everything right. They either have too little customisation for my needs or they suffer from slightly clunky, even outright annoying, behaviour. I've looked at all three and ended up back with the Slab. What puts […]

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By: ab

September 8, 2009 1:54 pm


LJDT: Workspaces

For a while now I have taken for granted the marvelous functionality commonly referred-to as "workspaces" in the X window system. Anybody using a graphical interface with X already probably has this functionality present by default and in many distributions the feature of multiple workspaces is even enabled by default The idea behind this […]

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By: mikewillis

June 11, 2009 2:14 pm


How to Make GNOME Desktop Effects Disabled by Default

Two things made me think that Desktop Effects should be disabled by default. Firstly, I have discovered that Desktop Effects get disabled when Mathematica 6 or 7 is run. if Mathematica causes problems, so potentially may other applications. Secondly, on a couple of occasions I've seen Desktop Effects get disabled during a session for no […]

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