Decided to squeeze these ‘Subjects‘ into Part 2 here since I have ran into a few problems, and can’t seem to just toss openSUSE Leap 15.4 into the failed 40 Yard Linux Distro Dumpster. 😉 Adding Nvidia drivers to Linux OSes isn’t ‘Rocket Science‘ anymore, so I don’t understand why openSUSE makes it so difficult. One of the Top 3 ‘Big Dogs‘: major Linux distributors – Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE should’ve come up wid an easy to find ‘n a reliably simple method to add Nvidia drivers.

Problem One

Instead, I get this when I log into the openSUSE Leap 15.4 desktop:

Doesn’t openSUSE have a graphics driver installed already?! Like maybe a Nouveau driver? Long story wid more on that later…

  • Does openSUSE not want Linux Newbies or “normal people” trying out their OS?

Have lost track of how many installations I have done wid openSUSE so far (Ditto on the ‘more on that later‘)…anyway, here’s the ‘Rose‘ Linux test computer wid the same portable openSUSE Leap 15.4 USB installation before Nvidia driver gets added:

No Nvidia GPU in ‘Rose’ – just the Intel UHD Graphics 630. No annoying notification telling me to “Check your video drivers” either.

  • OK…Problem One is still being worked on. 😉

Problem Two

Clonezilla ‘n Linux Swap partitions simply do not get along…period!

I use Clonezilla to create images of my favorite Linux OSes, and also use it when testing a problematic Linux OS. When testing for problems, I can save an image soon after the installation, then add a possible ‘Problem Causer‘ to see if it is the problem. If not, I make another image, and proceed to the next problem possibility. If I find a problem like openSUSE and Nvidia drivers, I can delete that attempt ‘n restore the good image, and then try another method to install the Nvidia driver. A good image can save me lots of time when problems show up during tests. Clonezilla can quickly restore a saved image, and I can get back to the testing w/o having to reinstall.

The Swap partition is causing problems when restoring the openSUSE image, and breaking ‘Thangs even if the image gets restored.

The installers default “proposed” Guided Setup partitioning of the Target device, with the dropdown menu option at the bottom – then selecting “Start with Current Proposal” creates a Swap partition automatically. See Part 1 for more info…

I have eliminated the automatically created Swap partition by using the “Expert Partitioner” & “Existing Partitions,” and openSUSE still works without the swap. I am going to add pics of that method in this post…later. 😉

Problem Three

openSUSE has some really slooooooooow servers. 1) why is YaST2 slow. 2) why is YaST2 slow.

Add their long time slow server problems to my ISP Verizon working on ‘Something‘ and it has been a pain when not even Clonezilla is working right wid Swap partitions. 😉

OK…those are out of the way, for now, and I will get back to Nvidia problem in a later post after this post ‘n further testing of the new partitioning method. BTW, adding Cinnamon DE has been no problem, and will have a post on that later…

“Expert Partitioner” & “Existing Partitions”

The openSUSE default partitioning method creates a Swap partition, and Clonezilla has issues wid swap partitions.

In Part 1 I used the “proposed” method ‘n selected “Start with Current Proposal” from the dropdown menu at the bottom.

This time, I start wid any formatted Target disk, and select “Start with Existing Partitions” instead of the “Start with Current Proposal” option. Went back to old reliable Microsoft Hyper-V for these new pics – hence the “Msft-Msft Virtual Disk” being shown in this next pic:

My actual Target disk is the same 32 GB Samsung FIT Plus 3.1 USB mentioned in Part 1. AcceptOOPS! Should click “Add Partition” (at bottom) to the 127.00 GiB sda Target disk.

Next is:

We’re creating a new 512 MiB Fat partition (Note – I entered the “MiB”) which converts to 0.50 GiB partition later.

Next is:

We assign the “Role” of EFI Boot Partition to it.

Next is:

That is a the default double check of what we have created so far.

Next is:

We are going to add a new partition to /dev/sda – click “Add Partition” at bottom left.

Next is:

I used the remaining space as the “Custom Size” since there will be no swap partition.

Next is:

Assign “Role” of “Operating System” to the partition.

Next is:

Wid the previous entries for Size ‘n Role its default format is Btrsf and a Mount Point of / – I accepted the defaults and moved on.

Next is:

The double check looks good…Accept.

Next is:

A double check for the Expert Partitioner…looks good wid *NO* Swap Partition!

Here’s the GParted view of the actual Target disk after partitioning w/o a swap partition, and wid 15.4 installed.

  • That method worked. Now, I have a Clonezilla image w/o a Swap partition, wid Cinnamon DE & a few apps installed so I can get back to trying to resolve the…

  • …issue ‘n try to get a Nvidia driver that works. 😉

To be continued…