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    by Published on 08-Mar-2013 09:36     Number of Views: 15428 
    1. User Type:
    2. 1-Beginner,
    3. 2-Intermediate

    GUI is great, but sometimes you just need to get down to the command line. For new users trying out Linux for the first time or others that just don't know Unix/Linux much and need a quick reference. This Linux cheat sheet runs you through common and helpful commands you'll need to know as you get comfortable with the command line.

    # cheat_sheet.org
    # (C) William Hackmore, 2010
    # The contents of this file are released under the GNU General Public License. Feel free to reuse the contents of this work, as long as the resultant works give proper attribution and are made publicly available under the GNU General Public License.
    # Last updated 8/14/2012
    # Best viewed in emacs org-mode.
    * Command Reference:
    ** Basics:
    *** Getting help:
    # View the manual for target command
    man [command]
    # Get help with a target command (probably the same as above, but not always):
    [command] -h
    # In case you forget the name of a command, print possible commands relating to [guess]:
    apropos [guess]
    # View index of help pages:
    *** Command Line Utilities:
    **** Basic File and Directory Operations:
    # Print current working directory:
    # Show files in current directory:
    # Show maximum information about all files, including hidden:
    ls -a
    # Recurse into subdirectories and list those as well:
    ls -r
    # Move/rename a file or directory (be careful that you don't move the source over a destination with the same name):
    mv [source] [destination]
    # Delete target forever (be very careful), use -r recursive flag for directories:
    rm [target]
    # Copy file or directory:
    cp [source] [destination]
    # Mount filesytem:
    mount /dev/[device name] /media/[device name]
    # Unmount:
    umount /media/[device name]
    # Forensically clone filesystems and do other low-level operations on files. Very dangerous:
    # Work with filesystems and partitions. (Easier, still quite dangerous):
    **** System Administration:
    # Execute command as an administrator (dangerous, but necessary for system administration tasks):
    sudo [command]
    # Become system administrator:
    sudo -s
    # Quit system administration:
    # Check distro repositories for software updates:
    sudo apt-get update
    # Download and install updates (update first):
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    # Search for package in the repositories:
    apt-cache search [keyword]
    # Get more detail on one specific package:
    apt-cache show [package name]
    # Download and install a package:
    sudo apt-get install [package name]
    # View the output of a command in a more convenient format:
    [command] | less
    **** Working With Files:
    # Print a file in terminal:
    by Published on 02-Jun-2011 05:28  Number of Views: 7591 
    1. User Type:
    2. 1-Beginner

    This article series is for New openSUSE users (ie newbies to openSUSE) to provide basic guidance in burning your installation CD/DVD and installing openSUSE. This is for simple, and not complex setups.

    This first article is the first of a series of posts in this thread, which will hopefully provide helpful hints on how to install openSUSE.

    Note: openSUSE releases are scheduled in advance. Please wait until the release date, and then proceed to download your CD / DVD. [Before then you will get the last openSUSE version]. You may also find things somewhat slow the first day or so, as the masses all try to download at once.

    1. Where to find the openSUSE installation ISO file

    Note, typically you go to openSUSE web site, and download an ".iso" file. Software.openSUSE.org

    You then burn that to a CD or DVD (dependent on whether you downloaded CD or DVD version) the installation CD/DVD. This first post has some important hints on that.

    Please note, if you decide to download openSUSE, pay very close attention to the MD5 checksum.

    2. Checking MD5 ...
    by Published on 01-Jun-2011 10:58  Number of Views: 3616 
    1. User Type:
    2. 1-Beginner

    Important information for users planning to install openSUSE 11.4 Note: openSUSE-11.4 was released 10-March-2011

    The VERY first thing to do is read our "general" openSUSE stickie here:
    NEW Users - openSuse Pre-install (general) PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums

    Again, note you MUST read that link above. The majority of the information you need for a smooth installation/use of openSUSE is located there!

    Now after you have read that, please continue for openSUSE-11.4 specific information (note some links may still point to 11.3) ...

    New Users - Additional Important Links you should know about

    Here are some more important ...
    by Published on 01-Jun-2011 06:23  Number of Views: 3039 
    1. User Type:
    2. 1-Beginner
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    We are going to attempt to explain the new packman repository layout. Some things you should know:

    • Packman is a complete source of multimedia (except libdvdcss)
    • It can now be divided in 4 sections or more typically added as one complete repo
      • The divisions if you want to use Packman that way, are:
        • Essentials
        • Extra
        • Games
        • Multimedia

    • Packman is mirrored in different locations. You can see more about that here:

    Additional package repositories - openSUSE

    Multimedia Playback
    There are established practices and accompanying guides for setting up Multimedia Playback. Here: ...