Please disregard everything that says "Deprecated" as it refers to older versions.

Default Passwords

The default passwords are blank.

Connmand not working

In the event that connmand does not appear to be working, well you won't be able to get here to read this, but I'll put it here anyway.
I have found systemd rather inconsistent and this happens randomly once in a while.

open a terminal, as root issue:
systemctl start connmand.service

Also, to re-enable connmand in general, issue:
systemctl enable connmand.service

Wireless Firmware

Assuming your wireless card does not work out of the box, chances are you need to install some firmware.
Start by browsing to and search for the firmware you want.

For wireless, you will probably find the rpms here

Change Elementary Theme

Copy the theme to /usr/share/elementary/themes (you will most likely need to do this as root) and ensure it is readable by user.

sudo cp petite-cerium-elm.edj /usr/share/elementary/themes
sudo chmod +r /usr/share/elementary/themes/petite-cerium-elm.edj

hit "alt+esc", type "elementary" and enter elementary configuration, use the theme tab.

Update your system and/or petite

Please use regular update methods (i.e. packagekit)

Hit the "run command" key combo i.e. alt+esc
Type "update" and you should see the "yast live installer (you)" and "Petite Update"
Select the "yast live installer" and hit "enter" if you want the latest openSuse software updates
Select the "Petite Update" and hit "enter" if you want to get the latest scripts and files specific to Petite Linux (i.e. newer e17, potential bug fixes etc).

Note: It appears that the yast online installer only installs certain "patches" and does not update all installed packages.
To update all installed packages:
Open a terminal
login as root with: su -
refresh your repositories with: zypper ref
update packages with: zypper up

Write in a different language

Please use the enlightenment keyboard module

SCIM is installed by default. All you have to do to type in a foreign language is:
Hit: ctrl + space
This toggles scim. 
 * Note that it only works if you are in an area where you can type.
 * Note also that the ctrl + space combo does not work if you have caps lock on.
The first time you use it, you will have to select your language. Simply click on "English" on the popup interface in the bottom right corner of your screen.
To install spell checking, install the aspell package of your language using regular install methods.

Install nvidia / ati proprietary drivers

Please see the "nvidia howto" (unless if you don't use compositing).

Please use the community repos (alt+esc, repo) or build from source using the standard linux methods.
NOTE: (alt+esc, sysconfig editor) -> System -> Kernel -> NO_KMS_IN_INITRD -> yes to disable nouveau

Note: opensource alternative drivers are available, preinstalled and fully functional (and pretty good too).
However if you want to get the most out of your graphics card, it it probably best to install these drivers.

Go to the opensuse additional repositories page :
Copy the link of the repository you want, i.e. for nvidia
Open the Software Repositories tool, i.e. hit alt+esc, type repos
Click Add, Specify URL, name it nvidia and paste the link in the "url" field
Open the Install/Remove software tool, i.e. hit alt+esc, type install
In the search field type nvidia.

Install a Printer

Please use the yast printer setup tool (alt+esc, printer)

Start the Install/Remove software tool.
Install cups and cups-drivers
NOTE: As of Petite Linux 11.4 the drivers packages have changed. See
Launch a terminal i.e. gnome-terminal
Login as root i.e. type: su -
Start cups service i.e. type: service cups start
Open your web browser and go to the following address: http://localhost:631
Hit the "Administration" tab.
Enter "root" and root password
Hit the "Add Printer" button
Follow the instructions
Print test page

Open a firewall port

Default open ports (11.4) are tcp/22 (ssh) and tcp/80 (web)

Petite uses standard iptables. The iptables rules file is /etc/sysconfig/iptables
Easiest way to add a port to firewall is using the command line.
i.e. to open port 80 (http port)
iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport=80 -j ACCEPT
To save the rule so it will apply on boot:
iptables-save > /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Disable the firewall completely

To temporarily disable the firewall, login as root and issue the following:
service iptables stop
To start it again, simply issue
service iptables start
To disable it permanently (so it won't start on boot)
login as root and issue the following:
chkconfig --del iptables

Live USB