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openSUSE for Raspberry Pi4

Many thanks for this openSUSE-Tumbleweed distro! It's really working great and satisfactorily unlike the previous distros for the Pi3.

My goal is a desktop computer running openSUSE with MATE desktop environment. I prefer openSUSE because of YaST, but I prefer MATE rather than KDE because it is not overloaded with all this plasma stuff I don't know what it is helpful for. And the desktop is much easier to configure.

But there were some problems to manage during the installation procedure:

1. There is no image with MATE, so I started with KDE. Unfortunately this has no login GUI. You have to login on a command line and then run startx. That's not suitable for a common desktop user. Furthermore I don't know how to change DE's during login.

2. So I tried the image with GNOME. And to my surprise, it has a login GUI. With YaST I installed the MATE package and changed to it during login. Fine.

3. Using the MATE desktop there is no way to configure any printer. Again with YaST I installed the KDE package, changed to it during login and found out that the menu function for printers has moved from YaST to "System Settings". The application "System Settings" is only shown in the KDE main menu. Using MATE one can call it with the command "systemsettings5". It would be helpful to add a menu function for printers into the "control center" of MATE.

So I warmly recommend an image with MATE that has a login GUI and a printer configuration function in the control center menu.


No Sound

Is it planned to add sound to tmbleweed? Hardware information doesn't show a SOUND entry! So its useless to add any snd-kernel-module. Raspberry has a jack connector and a hdmi connector for audio output.

I don't know to help myself.


About your builds for Raspberry Pi 4.
They all work very well, but without the possibility to
make SOUND work they are quite useless.

Best regards
Arne Exton

grub2-install fails

It is not possible to upgrade the kernel because grub2-install fails. How to reproduce: make a new memory card with JEOS, boot, login, start grub2-install, it will fail like this:

# grub2-install 
Installing for arm64-efi platform.
Use signed file in /usr/share/grub2/arm64-efi/grub.efi for installation.
Could not prepare Boot variable: Invalid argument
grub2-install: error: efibootmgr failed to register the boot entry: Input/output error.

This keeps me from customizing my rpi4, because I fear that once the problem is fixed in a future JEOS image, I will maybe redo all the customization...

Regards, Ralf

I retried it with the newest image (with kernel 5.6.8), still the same. There seems to be a functionality missing...

# strace -f grub2-install -v
[pid 21266] openat(AT_FDCWD, "/sys/firmware/efi/efivars/Boot0000-8be4df61-93ca-11d2-aa0d-00e098032b8c", O_WRONLY) = 7
[pid 21266] fstat(7, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
[pid 21266] write(7, "\7\0\0\0\1\0\0\0h\0o\0p\0e\0n\0s\0u\0s\0e\0\0\0\4\1*\0"..., 132) = -1 EINVAL (Invalid argument)
[pid 21266] ioctl(-1, FS_IOC_SETFLAGS, 0xffffd1022d38) = -1 EBADF (Bad file descriptor)
[pid 21266] close(7)                    = 0
[pid 21266] close(3)                    = 0
[pid 21266] write(2, "Could not prepare Boot variable", 31Could not prepare Boot variable) = 31
[pid 21266] write(2, ": Invalid argument\n", 19: Invalid argument