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Is KDE Plasma 5 Wayland-ready?

I try KDE with Wayland from time to time. I think I’ve even blogged about it, maybe? This morning I wasn’t feeling good and a guy on Reddit was looking for some help troubleshooting a Plasma Shell crash on Wayland, so I decided to take a break and help him. Rebooted, switched over to KDE […]

Scanning with an HP Printer in Linux

If you have the hplip package installed for HP Printer support in Linux, you can also use your printer’s scanner. I’m using openSUSE Tumbleweed, so the instructions are specific to openSUSE, but should work with any Linux distro beyond the printer installation. I have an HP Envy 6400 series printer with a built-in scanner. First […]

Mesa VA-API Support with Packman Package...

openSUSE recently disabled the VA-API codecs’ support in their Mesa package. This is was precautionary decision, based on advice from the SUSE legal team. It is actually easy to use the Packman Mesa package instead, which has the codecs enabled still. Just run this: This will replace your openSUSE repo packages for Mesa with the […]

DVD Playback in openSUSE

One of the few issues I’ve ran into over the years using openSUSE Tumbleweed is with codecs and media. I like to backup my DVDs to files so I can store them and play them over my network. Discs don’t last forever, so it’s nice to have a backup. It’s also nice to be able […]

Zypper Download Packages Only

openSUSE Tumbleweed is a great rolling release. Unfortunately, upgrading with Zypper can be slow and there can be hundreds of packages to download. Oftentimes, it’s more convenient to download the packages to be installed later. This is possible using the –download-only flag: Running Zypper like this will appear as a normal distro-update command, but will […]