Gnome Recipes goes to OpenSuSe

I’ve been using OpenSuSe. There was no chance at sight of changing it for Fedora, so I carried on with the system I had at hand.  This gave me some interesting chances to test and try different things.


Tea, biscuits & icecream

Some background

I succesfully used Gnome Recipes in Fedora for some weeks.  Well, since I learnt about the project  (that is still in beta).  Using it for my recipes and helping with testing and ideas.  This was on Fedora 25 Workstation.  And then, I had to switch hard disks. Without any Fedora media I had to install OpenSuSE.  And start over.

But it’s almost the same, right?

Not at all.  Fedora has the last yet tested software, particularly when Gnome is concerned. But OpenSuSe Leap it’s not meant to be brand-new-fresh stuff but a distro to be used in offices and corporative environments.  So many packages are missing or old compared to Fedora.  And given this is not a RPM package but Flatpak anything may happen while trying to install and use it.



Installing Recipes

First of all we need to install Flatpak, that is unavailable in OpenSuSe official repositories.  According to their website you have two choices:  AdrianSuSE repository and JParvela repository.  The first one is so old that it doesn’t even work.  Therefore you have to install from the second one.  You do this by clicking on  “Show unstable packages”  and then  “1-Click install”  as you can see in this link.

Once this is done, we install Gnome Platform 3.22, and after that Recipes.  But beware! You will need xdg-desktop-portal and xdg-desktop-portal-gtk, and they are not available for OpenSuSe, not even from third parties or Tumbleweed  (developers’ version).  This means you won’t be able to import recipes from GUI (only from terminal), add pictures to recipes or do anything related to file management.

In any case, the command to install Gnome Platform and Recipes is the following:

flatpak install --from

Now you’re ready to go.

Using Recipes

As mentioned above, the missing xdg packages will make Recipes to work with lesser features.  So far, the Import function can be used by commandline typing the following:

flatpak run org.gnome.Recipes  <your file>



State of the Art

After few weeks working and struggling I came to the conclusion that OpenSuSe lacks too many basic features and packages to be a usable system; particularly for technical users  (in its wider sense).  Recipes works perfect but given the broken dependencies, it’s became useless (under OpenSuSe).


Maybe one day I try OpenSuSe again and find it suitable to my needs.  By now, I swiped both devices  (netbook & laptop)  and installed other systems instead:  Fedora Workstation on laptop, Debian Testing on netbook.  And Gnome Recipes on them.

Note:  This article was written before the Debian ones, but for different reasons got published now.  Thanks for reading and excuse the confusion.







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