I took a challenge of running MediaWiki with Visual Editor extension on openSUSE 13.1 x64. Task sounds maybe easy, but turned out to be little madness, so once I got this working I think it might be nice to share my steps.
Operating system has been deployed from ISO image: openSUSE-13.1-NET-x86_64.iso.
Basically Node.js package which is included in distro doesn’t work properly. For that reason first step is to add new repository for Node.js:
sudo zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/nodejs/openSUSE_13.1/ Node.js sudo zypper in nodejs nodejs-devel yast -i nodejs
Once Node.js is installed it’s not quite fully working yet and any attempt of using npm fails. Some symlinks are missing, so to fix it we can just update npm:
curl -L https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo sh
Now we can download Parsoid and make it work:
cd /srv git clone https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/p/mediawiki/services/parsoid cd parsoid npm install npm test npm start
This is quite brief description, however saves lot of time and fight with Node.js and npm on openSUSE.