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Thanks in no small part to Bryan Lunduke’s interview with openSUSE’s chairman Richard Brown, I decided to give the distro another shot. As it turns out, just about all the issues that have kept me away from other distros in the past seem not to exist with openSUSE at all. In fact, this is my first time trying their rolling release Tumbleweed and I’m loving it. Here are some notes I’ve compiled as I make progress customizing my setup.

NVIDIA Driver Installation on openSUSE Tumbleweed (Ed. 2017-08-10: Now it’s easier.)

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Getting Steam to run on Tumbleweed

If Steam throws the following error at first start-up:

/home/username/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/ undefined symbol: xcb_send_request_with_fds

Try starting it in the manner below. That should solve the problem. Then you can just use “steam” for subsequent starts.



Logitech Unifying Receiver Support

If you have Logitech peripherals that use their Unifying Receiver you can manage pairing of those devices with Solaar. This is a link to the project page on GitHub but the utility is probably bundled in your distro so try installing it from your distro’s package manager first.


Disabling a Faulty Touch Screen

Doing this in Windows is as easy as going to Device Manager and disabling the applicable human interface device. Doing it on Linux is just as simple.

The see if the hid_multitouch module is loaded:

lsmod | grep touch

To disable the hid_multitouch module until the next reboot (or until you manually enable it during the current session):

modprobe -r hid_multitouch

To re-enable the hid_multitouch module:

modprobe hid_multitouch

To permanently disable the hid_multitouch module:
Create the file /etc/modprobe.d/hid_multitouch.conf containing the following line, then reboot:

blacklist hid_multitouch

The undo permanently disabling the hid_multitouch module:
Delete the file /etc/modprobe.d/hid_multitouch.conf.