OpenSuSE and ATI Drivers

I had a user need a new desktop installed with OpenSuSE 11.2 and get his ATI FirePro 2260 video card.

I am not a fan of SuSE, don’t use it. Too many oddities. For example:

admin@Sodium:~> ifconfig
Absolute path to 'ifconfig' is '/sbin/ifconfig', so running it may require superuser privileges (eg. root).

A command like ifconfig should always be in the regular PATH. I could fix it, but I shouldn’t have to.

admin@Sodium:~> sudo -s
We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

root's password:
What good is sudo if its going to ask for root’s password? Defeats the purpose of sudo. I am sure there may be a good reason. But not good enough.

But on to the original reason for this post. The proprietary river from ATI (currently distributed as is broken. Running the installer script detects the OS and stuff but fails with a glibc error: double free or corruption or something similar. Turns out the script isn’t smart enough to know gcc, make or the kernel headers aren’t installed. Hey ATI! Try a simple trick: try the which command! Once those are installed with

zypper install make gcc

and all is good. (May need the headers and source, but I believe headers are installed by default.)


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