Anyway, I've now completed a working installation using OpenSuse 11.2 on my new Acer Aspire 5332 laptop which I'm very pleased with. I've also found that there are no good guides on-line on how to get Eclipse / Android SDK / OpenSUSE 11.2 to all work together, so if you (like me) have been struggling with this, read on!
Firstly, here's a screenshot of what we're striving for:
- I used OpenSUSE 11.2 64 bit DVD for my installation. I assume these instructions also work fine for the 32 bit version. First step then, download the OpenSUSE 11.2 DVD from here: http://software.opensuse.org/112/en
- I installed the system using mainly the default settings. Once complete, I got the laptop on-line and installed all updates, ready to begin the Eclipse / Android SDK installation.
- Using Yast's Software Manager, I selected 'Patterns' from the 'View' drop-down, and then installed the following three patterns: Base Development; Linux Kernel Development; Java Development.
- Next to install Eclipse. I found the version in Suse's repository to be problematic, so instead I download the latest version straight from the Eclipse Project web site. The following link is a useful reference to help you do this: http://developer.android.com/sdk/1.5_r3/installing.html
- Firstly, download the 64 bit Linux version of Eclipse Classic 3.5.1 from here: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
- Next, download the Android SDK from here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
- Assuming the two files you just downloaded are in your Downloads folder, follow these steps in a terminal to unpack and install them:
tar -xvf eclipse-SDK-3.5.1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz
tar -xvf android-sdk_r04-linux_86.tgz
mv eclipse /usr/local/bin
mv android-sdk-linux_86/ /usr/local/bin
chown -R root:root /usr/local/bin/eclipse #Do not do this for the android-sdk-linux_86 directory, otherwise you won't be able to install the SDK later!
- Then we create a custom start-up script to launch Eclipse to work-around a known GTK bug (see http://mou.me.uk/2009/10/31/fixing-eclipse-in-ubuntu-9-10-karmic-koala/ for more details):
- and make it look like this:
- Save this, then make it executable:
chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/eclipse/eclipse.sh
- Next, create a new Start Menu item for Eclipse by right-clicking on the Suse KDE Start Button and selecting 'Menu Editor'. Then add the following to the 'Integrated Environment' section of the start menu:
Description: Java IDE
- Start Eclipse, select the default workbench location.
- Then select Help -> Check for updates.
- Click 'Available Software sites'.
- Next set-up the following software sources:
The Eclipse Project Updates
- Install all updates then restart Eclipse. Then
- Help > Install new software....
- Select the Location:
- If you have trouble aqcuiring the plugin, try using "http" in the Location URL, instead of "https" (https is preferred for security reasons).
- Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Install...
- On the subsequent Install window, "Android DDMS" and "Android Development Tools"
- should both be checked. Click Next.
- Read and accept the license agreement, then click Finish.
- Restart Eclipse.
- Now modify your Eclipse preferences to point to the Android SDK directory:
- Select Window > Preferences... to open the Preferences panel.
- Select Android from the left panel.
- For the SDK Location in the main panel, enter: /usr/local/bin/android-sdk-linux_86
- Click Apply, then OK.
- Disable useage stats.
- Finally download the SDK packages using Window -> Android SDK and AVD manager.
Done! You should now be able to develop Android apps on your smart and secure new OpenSUSE 11.2 installation.
If you get stuck post a comment and I'll try to help. And if it works, post a comment and I'll just feel good!
Thanks for reading, Nick.