Archive for the ‘Linux’ Category

Firefox 3 crash on Linux with Flash

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Since I installed the latest Firefox version on my openSuSE 11 box, it started to crash constantly on some websites, e.g. Jon Stewarts Full Episode player or the German news channel of Tagesschau. A lot of Google research did not reveal anything useful. Some users reported advance when de-installing AdBlock. That didn’t work, though.

At some forum I read that there are conflicts with pulseaudio installation together with flashplayer. So I deinstalled all pulseaudio packages. I had to restart my Gnome Desktop Manager (gdm). But finally it worked out. All flash videos now play perfectly, Jon Stewart as well as Tagesschau.

So you might want to give that a trial.

VMWare with USB devices on Linux

Friday, June 27th, 2008

VMWare Server depends on USBFS information to recognize USB devices and forward its communication to the virtual machine. OpenSuse switched off this feature by default. In order to re-enable it, you just need to make a slight change in your /etc/fstab file:

usbdevfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto 0 0

Usually the line already exists with noauto. Just change it as displayed above. This will mount the filesystem automatically at system start. If you don’t wanna reboot, you can mount the filesystem immediately with:

mount usbfs

PS: This will propably work on every Linux distribution. A detailed description on this topic can be found at old openSuse’s Wiki.

Laptop Touchpad Configuration

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I am usually annoyed by the tap mechanism of my Lenovo Thinkpad. Luckily, there is a solution to switch that feature off. All you need is described here: