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    Default Help a newbe out?

    Hello

    I'm new to the world of Linux, well not that new as I've had a little play with other distros for a few weeks but that's about it.

    I've just installed suse 11.0 onto my laptop and I must say that it is exceptionally pleasing on the eye however the learning curve is not so much a curve as a cliff edge.

    I would be most grateful if somebody could post me a few links or offer me advice/guidance that will help me with my first faltering steps?

    Some of my sticking points are watching DVD's and how to even find the repositories so that I can hunt stuff down.

    Idiot questions I know, but as I say I'm new to all this and as such I don't have much experience apart from solving how to use my wireless connection.

    Little steps.

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    for most of your multimedia woes have a look here Restricted Formats/11.0 - openSUSE-Community
    as for wireless, have a look at the stickies in that section,if you are still stuck, post the problem in the wireless section & one of the wireless Guru's will help

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    maybe this guide helps as well:

    The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME) | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

    it is still at Opensuse 10.3 but I think they will update it and besides most of the stuff is valid for 11 too (just not for KDE4).

    there are also a lot of general linux guides explaining the internals of linux on the web, just google for linux guide or something

    stefan
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltaflyer44 View Post
    as for wireless, have a look at the stickies in that section,

    Andy

    I've managed to get the wireless up and running so at least I'm a little further on the path. :-)


    All I have to do now is learn how to find and use the repositories.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan1975 View Post
    it is still at Opensuse 10.3 but I think they will update it and besides most of the stuff is valid for 11 too (just not for KDE4).


    stefan


    I've installed KDE4. Is that a good thing for somebody so green behind the ears?

    Or would you recommend playing safe and go with gnome?

    Either way its not to much of a hardship to put the DVD back in and reinstall the gnome setup.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    KDE3 is recommended,as 4 is not as stable. you can run them side by side. it will be in the patterns section if software install. nice to see you have wireless working

    Andy
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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    i think KDE4.0 is not ready for prime time yet, for veterans or newbies. KDE4.1 will be better and maybe KDE4.2 will be finished. For now I'd say stick with gnome which is great, easy, friendly and stable, personally I never did much care for KDE3.5

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    Ah yes,

    The eagerness, the fascination, the willingness to learn; nurture it, grow, and enjoy. For the flashier stuff (dvd codecs, multimedia, etc.) go to

    1-click-collection - openSUSE-Community and the 1-click files will add repositories and software to your system. Repositories, or repos, are folders on web sites that contain both the software and accompanying files that make the yast/repo system work. You never have to see neither the actual files nor the software, so don't worry about where they went (hey, I don't know!) 1-click is automated. Vlc is a dvd player and the 1click includes the files to make it play standard, store-bought dvd's so make sure and use that one.

    For Wireless see

    HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless - openSUSE)

    And the good folk at opensuse.org.

    For console commands:

    Linux bash commands - MAN Pages

    Linux Command Directory: Index

    LinuxCommand.org: Learn the Linux command line. Write shell scripts.

    tuXfiles - Linux command line tutorials for newbies

    Also, keep in mind that Linux is not MS-Windows and it is not the desktop, it's the dark place, the system running at the command line. So if you can't get to the desktop, your Linux is not dead the way 'XP or some Redmond system would be. You do, however , have tools like the vi editor and the command prompt or shell, typically bash. Get Learning the vi Editor and Learning the bash Shell from O'Reilly books. Also, make use of the man (manual) command for the manual of commands that come with Linux and the apropos command.

    The command man ls (without quotes) entered at the command line (open a console/terminal or boot into failsafe mode) will display the manual page for the ls, or list command, and apropos is more like a thesaurus showing terms related to a command.

    Read, try, take notes, bookmark/print out pages that help.

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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    You don't have to re-install... that is if you have some space left

    You can add GNOME using YaST > Software Management , select the pattern view and add the GNOME Desktop.
    That should install all you need.

    When you've installed log out and hit the 'sessions' button to select GNOME to log into the GNOME desktop.

    This way you get to play with both

    Cheers,
    Wj
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    Default Re: Help a newbe out?

    Quote Originally Posted by esotericus View Post
    Ah yes,

    The eagerness, the fascination, the willingness to learn; nurture it, grow, and enjoy. For the flashier stuff (dvd codecs, multimedia, etc.) go to

    1-click-collection - openSUSE-Community and the 1-click files will add repositories and software to your system.
    I tried to follow your guidance anc clicked on the mltimedia codecs for gnome and got the following error message

    An error occurred while initialising the software repository details:

    Main Repository (NON-OSS):Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
    History:
    - System management is locked by the application with pid 4309. Please close this application before trying again.

    After pressing NO about four times I then got the following error message



    Software installation
    The installation has failed. For more information, see the log file at /var/log/YaST2/y2log. Failure stage was: Adding Repositories
    Error Message
    An error occurred while attempting to subscribe to the required repositories. Review the yast2 logs for more information.
    The following repositories could not be added
    Index of /distribution/11.0/repo/non-oss/suse
    Index of /distribution/11.0/repo/oss
    Index of /pub/videolan/vlc/SuSE/11.0/
    Index of /pub/packman/suse/11.0



    I would have printed the YaST2 log but I can't because I don't know how to. something to do with being in Root.

    Any ideas where I'm going wrong?

    Cheers

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