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Setting and locking Firefox preferences in SLED

mikewillis

January 16, 2014 12:40 pm

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Setting and locking preferences in Firefox is something that Mozilla provides documentation for but unfortunately the methods described don’t work for Firefox as it is packaged by SUSE for SLED. Here’s my guide to how I handle the setting of default preferences and the locking of Firefox preferences in SLED.

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Additional multimedia codec support for SLED 11 SP3

mikewillis

July 17, 2013 11:01 am

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As with most Linux distributions, SLED’s out of the box multimedia capability is somewhat limited in terms of codec support. It has support for MP3, the OGG family and some others, but it doesn’t have support for commonly used codecs such as H264 and AAC and those required for DVD playback. There are packages available …

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Relocating non-persistent parts of Firefox profile.

mikewillis

December 13, 2011 10:15 am

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About a year ago I wrote up a Cool Solution for moving Firefox’s urlclassifer3.sqlite file out of a user’s home directory. This Cool Solution describes a better method of doing this which also redirects the Cache and other parts of the profile that don’t need to be persistent.

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Additional multimedia codec support for SLED 11 SP1

mikewillis

July 25, 2011 12:00 pm

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This Cool Solution describes how to enhance SLED 11′s multimedia support to handle DVD playback, H264, AAC and more without replacing any packages provided by Novell.

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Relocating Firefox’s urlclassifier3.sqlite file

mikewillis

November 16, 2010 5:35 pm

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Firefox’s urlclassifier3.sqlite can grow quite large which can be problematic where users have quotas applied to their home directories. Unfortunately Firefox provides no method to relocate the file, but it is possible to relocate on Linux using a wrapper script.

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Building Simple RPMs of Arbitrary Files

mikewillis

August 6, 2010 2:07 pm

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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 that out as an update. This is something I do quite a lot but it took me quite a bit of reading before I was able to work out how to do it. Taking my previous Cool Solutions submission “Easy Running of Scripts at Boot and Shutdown” as a basis, here’s how I do it.

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Easy Running of Scripts at Boot and Shutdown

mikewillis

May 27, 2010 2:46 pm

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In a previous Cool Solutions submission I made reference to running scripts during shutdown and boot. This is something I do on all the machines I manage. I use such scripts to perform maintenance tasks and make sure various custom configurations are in place. Here’s how I do it.

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Allow a user to log in when their home directory is missing

mikewillis

December 3, 2009 3:24 pm

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If you administer Linux machines where the home directories are mounted from remote servers then you may have experienced the annoying situation where one of those servers goes down for some reason and as a result some people can’t log in to the Linux machines with a full GNOME session.

This guide explains how to configure machines running SLED 11 to allow a user to log in with a full GNOME session even when their home directory cannot be mounted from the remote sever.

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Hacking on the Slab

mikewillis

September 22, 2009 3:09 pm

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The Slab, aka GNOME Main Menu, (http://en.opensuse.org/GNOME/Slab) and its associated [no-glossary]Application Browser[/no-glossary] and Control Centre have some good points and some bad points. This article describes tips for customisation, the aspects I dislike and what I have done about them. It is largely written with a view to a scenario where the users of a SLED 11 machine do not have root.

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How to Make GNOME Desktop Effects Disabled by Default

mikewillis

June 11, 2009 2:14 pm

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By default, SLED 11 will enable Desktop Effects in GNOME if it considers the hardware to be capable of supporting them. This article describes how to prevent GNOME from enabling Desktop Effects by default, whilst still allowing users to enable them if they wish to do so.

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