Adding openSUSE Leap 42.1 to upgraded Windows 10 desktop

posted Dec 14, 2015, 10:17 AM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 1:21 PM ]
The addition of openSUSE Leap 42.1 to our system with Windows 10 was a breeze, except, that during the first attempt we choose the Btrfs file system for the root drive. This seemed to break all our desktop icons to start programs. Hence after a few minutes we decided to re-install using the old ext4 file system on the root partition. There is properly an easy fix for the problems we encountered, but it was easier to just use the familiar file system. Especially since we have yet to read any convincing information about why we should have chosen Btrfs.

After startup the fonts used by our Java application simply used ugly. It had been so long since our upgrade to openSUSE 13.2, that we forgot to install the Microsoft fonts using the fetchmstffonts package available in the repositories. Beside this minor problem we only have one remaining issue, which is that we usually configure each virtual desktop independently, i.e. one is just icons, another groups, and a third search.

We are using a SpikerOak unlimited account to store an offsite copy of all our data. Since SpikerOak don't have a openSUSE repository any longer YaST complained about the integrity of the SpikerOakOne package, and we had to ignore the message to install the package. SpikerOakOne is working fine in Leap 42.1.

The picture to the left is our desktop before changing the default background. We really like the large pop-up icons from the task bar.