I installed the latest OpenSUSE Leap distribution to a notebook. The installation tooks about half an hour and the new KDE Plasma desktop looks very well. It’s always easy and fast to install a new Linux distro these days. If I would have tried to do the same with a current MS Windows on the same machine, I wouldn’t have finished yet (but not sure, if the machine would be able to run a current version).
I added a new repository for backports to my fresh installed Debian Stretch on my old netbook and installed LibreOffice 5.4.4 from this backports. The netbook is running the current stable LibreOffice yet.
I installed the Debian stretch release on my old Medion netbook from 2008. I choosed the desktop Xfce, because it is much smaller than KDE or Gnome. I used an USB Blue ray player and the netinstall cd for the installation and got further packages from a mirror. The default installation contains LibreOffice version 5.2.7.
I upgradet my notebook to openSuSE Leap 42.3 with zypper dup and everything went well. It took only a relatively short time in comparison with an upgrade of MS Windows and I had not to restart my box several times.
The upgrade needed only some edits to the software repositories that I used for the notebook. Nearly all of them needed only a change of the version number in the URL Form 42.2 to 42.3. The LibreOffice Factory repository (needed especially for building) needed a different tweek. There is no sub-repo for 42.3 yet. This I had to change to the sub-repo ‘openSUSE_Factory’ instead. That was all I had to do before I run the zypper dup command.
Really easy to update the Linux distribution. And I had not to reedit my user configuration etc. Everything works AS before.
I tried to get the scanner of a Brother MFC 7320 into work with openSuSE Leap 42.1. I could install the software with a script ‚linux-brprinter-installer-2.0.0-1‘ downloaded from the support page of the vendor. But there was an issue with the conection to the scanner via USB-Port. Although the model is not new the scanner was not listed in /etc/udev/rules.d/55-libsane.rules. I looked with scanimage -L out for the scanner and it was listed. Then I run lsusb and got the vendor-id and the device-id. I added a new entry to the libsane.rules file:
# Brother MFC-7320 ATTR(idVendor)==“04f9″, ATTR(idProduct)==“01eb“, MODE=“0664″, GROUP=“lp“, ENV(libsane_matched)=“yes“
Then I had to add the user to the group ‚lp‘ and after a restart the scanner works.
Xsane got the scanner and I could also use the automatic scanner utility to scan more than one page at once. There is a special mode for this in xsane for this (drop down menu on the top right). I had to count the pages of the multipage scan and put the number in the field on the top left. There is a pop up window where I had to create a multipage project. Then everything was done by xsane and its toolbox.