Graphical boot screen on openSUSE with NVIDIA 364.x binary driver using Plymouth

With the recent 364.x releases of the NVIDIA binary drivers, KMS (Kernel-Mode-Setting) support for Linux was added. Although this doesn’t mean you get a nice high resolution console (yet), it allows you to see a graphical boot screen now. Let’s see what has to be done to make it work so the office machines show something more exciting during boot…

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GNOME 3.16 and NVIDIA binary driver ‘BadMatch’ crash with totem, gnome-maps, cheese and others

Update 03.07.15:
The crash issue has been fixed in clutter >= 1.22.4 and clutter-gtk >= 1.6.2.

I’ve planned to update my openSUSE Linux desktop running GNOME 3.14 to the recently released GNOME 3.16. Fortunately Dominique Leuenberger (DimStar) and his team already packaged GNOME 3.16 for the openSUSE Factory distribution when it was released so it was easy to start on openSUSE 13.2 support.

I’ve tested a repository with GNOME 3.16 targeting the current openSUSE 13.2 release and helped fixing it. It works well as far as the general desktop functionality concerns and I am running it now, although there are still two blocking issues before allowing users to update safely.

As the title suggests, there is one major issue if you are using the NVIDIA binary drivers.

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openSUSE 32 bit to 64 bit update fairy tale

Hell yeah, I joined the fun of the flu pandemic here in Germany. Once you start to recover a bit though, crazy ideas float your mind. For instance the idea of live upgrading or converting an openSUSE 13.2 32 bit installation to 64 bit. It is something I had waiting for me on the table for a long time. So why not? Should be straight forward, or not? Well, almost.

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