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openSUSE on RaspberryPi with ownCloud

This morning during a cup of coffee I wanted to do something adventurous. I put the raspberry which I bought recently (without having very much played with it because of my light apt-* allergy) on the table and thought I will try to install the openSUSE distribution.

I remembered awesome Bernhard was blogging about that topic recently. On that page one can find this link where raspberrypi images can be found. Oh, surprise, there is even a file from november 10th, so I downloaded that. People always recommend the latest stuff.

Following this Howto I quickly had the RaspberryPi running in my home network, surprisingly enough identifying itself as powered by openSUSE 13.1 ­čÖé

Well, that was easy and far away from adventure which I was looking for. So I remembered that the cool kids on the block have an ownCloud server running on the RaspberryPi. Would that be as easy? There are no official packages for the Pi yet, so what could I do?

Well, ownCloud is noarch, because it is plain PHP. So I downloaded the two ownCloud server packages owncloud and owncloud-3rdparty from our ownCloud nightly build repository on OBS and installed them with

zypper in owncloud owncloud-3rdparty

I was (adventure!) ignoring all the warnings and stuff, what you should never do! Just for a test, before the coffee is cold.

After having started apache, what should I say? It simply worked. No need for antihistamine, all nice green around, and ownCloud running after having finished it’s setup page.

That really pushed me for the day! It was such a smart experience having that running within a couple of minutes, with absolutely no fiddling around. This is cool stuff! Thanks to Bernhard and all the other openSUSE guys for doing that!

My congrats for the 13.1 release! I really hope that people will understand (again) how awesome the openSUSE distribution and the project is, especially for the more nerdy folks! Really, you wanna run the Geeko these days.

Enough praise, now, maybe there is somebody who will help me in OBS to provide proper ownCloud packages for ARM? I am sure there is not much missing.

And if you want to run ownCloud on your “normal” PC, this is the repository of the latest stable version which we actively maintain…

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  1. November 19, 2013 at 19:20

    Great to hear it was that easy! Maybe I should buy a Pi to realize my vision of synching my data between my devices via an ownCloud server on my local network soon ­čÖé

  2. Jos
    November 20, 2013 at 09:49

    Did you try ownCloud Documents on it too?

    • dragotin
      November 20, 2013 at 09:56

      Yes, I did briefly, and it worked.

      Well, it’s a bit slow, but the whole ownCloud offers room for improvement here. I would not recommend the RaspberryPi installation for serious every-day use yet. But I think we can get there.

  3. November 20, 2013 at 14:16

    If I am not mistaken, oC generates thumbnails for all the images? How (and when) is that done? If I never use the webinterface, I don’t need thumbnails, and I can imagine that this alone drags the CPU of the pi down. Or am I looking into the wrong direction?

    • dragotin
      November 20, 2013 at 14:21

      Well, this particular problem is identified and is worked on. But well, if you proceed code, you need CPU, and if you proceed much code, you need fat CPUs. So I don’t think it there is the one golden reason why stuff feels a bit slow. For the given power of the Pi it feels actually ok’ish to me.

      Of course one can optimize, and I personally would start to play a bit with the apache configuration for example.

  4. November 20, 2013 at 15:41

    I imagine resizing images (especially large ones) takes a few orders of magnitude more time than all the rest of the PHP code. I never use or see these previews, so they just take up space and CPU power, up to a point where I can make the pi choke just by uploading pictures. Being able to disable the preview feature would probably make a huge difference already.

  5. Michel Vilain
    November 27, 2013 at 09:05

    Thanks to this post, I found the OpenSUSE 13.1 image for Raspberry
    I downloaded the November 10th image and decompressed it to my 8GB card.
    I booted Raspberry with it and the boot seemed to work.

    However, I end up with a very minimal IceWM desktop with no apps installed (except XTerm). Not even a background (just the stippled X-Windows root window) There is a OpenSUSE/Configuration/Add-Remove software menu entry but this puts up a small window for a fraction of a second and does nothing. (too fast to read any error mesage that might be printed) Any ideas as to what went wrong? where I can turn to? What forum to post this in (no dedicated OpenSUSE Raspberry forum yetÔÇŽ)

    • dragotin
      November 27, 2013 at 09:09

      Well, I was able to install software using zypper install, the common software management tool for openSUSE. Not sure about DE’s however.

      For questions like that you should join the opensuse-arm mailinglist maybe, see http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-arm

      • Michel Vilain
        November 27, 2013 at 12:00

        Blast!! I entered my website when I identified myself and I’ve gotten abbout 10 spam mails on my feedback form! Probably too late now, but could you please remove my details? Sorry for the off-topic message….

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