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    Default Beginner questions

    Hopefully nobody has posted this recently because I didn't see it . Anyways, I am a beginner at opensuse, linux in general really, and I need some help.

    1). How do I find a package I installed? For example, I installed Pearl Audio Converter and Wine but I cannot seem to find them. I found them in the terminal but do they have a GUI format somewhere? Do you have to run all programs through the terminal?

    2). Codecs are my second question. I have downloaded all Win32 codecs ,however banshee still refuses to play AAC format.

    Any help is appreciated. Again, sorry if there is already a thread discussing these issues.

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    Default Re: Beginner questions

    Your "Start" menu has a built-in search feature. When you install an app, you can look for it there.

    I don't have any AAC files, nor do I use Banshee. I'm all about Amarok on KDE, so I can't help you there. However a quick Google search shows that Amarok with Xine should play them fine, where as other people couldn't get Banshee to play them.

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    If i were to use Amarok would I have to switch my desktop from GNOME to KDE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pezhead View Post
    If i were to use Amarok would I have to switch my desktop from GNOME to KDE?
    Nope. You can use GTK apps in KDE, and QT apps in Gnome just fine.

    Personally, I think the KDE 3 desktop is nicer than Gnome, but to each their own.

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    I also found this online. This is in relation to 10.1, so it may be old info, but maybe not:

    "Behind the scenes, Banshee uses Gstreamer play, encode, and decode Ogg Vorbis, MP3s, and most of it other supported audio formats. The major exception is Apple's AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format. To play those, Banshee relies on RealNetworks Helix media framework to do the AAC decoding.

    Since the AAC is a proprietary format, Helix includes a license for it. Because of this, you'll need to agree to install this non-open-source based software. The relevant files are banshee-engine-helix-0.10.9-21.i586.rpm and helix-dbus-server-0.2.2-6.i586.rpm, which are available on SUSE 10.1 with the distribution's useful Add-On, Non-OSS CD."

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    On the search not I tried that and wine does not show up anywhere nor does PACPL. But when I look in terminal for them they are there.

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    You need to make shortcuts for each wine app, such as a shortcut to launch Photoshop with wine. Wine doesn't have an icon by default.

    There may be a YaST module for Wine, but I don't use it, so I'm not sure.

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    If I were interested in switching to KDE to check it out would I have to re-install opensuse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pezhead View Post
    If I were interested in switching to KDE to check it out would I have to re-install opensuse?
    Nope. You can have KDE 3, KDE 4, and Gnome all installed at once if you wanted.

    Open up "Install Software". Next, select "Patterns" and then KDE 3 Desktop. Install.

    Log out, and there is an option for "Session" and select the KDE 3 session. Log into that and check it out. You can install some KDE 3 apps and check them out as well. Amarok is pretty incredible. I love k3b as well.

    Log out, and you can log back into Gnome. Decide which you prefer.

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    Sorry to keep bugging you. I went to install software but no pattern section.

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