This was a problem I didnt think I would face while getting a new laptop. I got the Toshiba C580 laptop, which has quite decent specifications. It is a nifty machine, and openSUSE works more or less flawlessly. The only issue I faced was with the Wireless card. It is a Realtek device, which is usually well supported, but this particular model, the 8273AE is yet to be fully supported by the kernel. I had to dig around a lot to get this to work, but received a lot of help from the openSUSE forums, and managed to get it to work. Thanks to lwfinger for writing the patch to get it to work properly.

1.) Use YaST to install the Kernel Development, C/C++ development and Base Development patterns

2.) Download the compat-wireless package from

3.) Download the patch from

4.) Run the following commands

tar jxvf compat-wireless-2012-10-03.tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless-2012-10-03/
patch -p1 < ../rtl8723ae_master_patch
sudo make install

5.) Check if the driver is working with
sudo modprobe -v rtl8723ae

This should get the driver working properly

Source: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/wireless/477285-rtl8723ae-realtek-wirless-driver-hell-3.html