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Thread: Newbie(s) learning openSUSE 11.1

  1. #1
    Wisker_one NNTP User

    Default Newbie(s) learning openSUSE 11.1

    Greetings from L.A.! I'm a new convert from WindowsXP looking to learn openSUSE. Though I've been told that I should've started the Linux transition with ubuntu, I chose to get openSUSE down.

    So here's post 1 on where I need the most help - I've completed installing Firefox 3.0 but it will not launch! When I right click on desktop screen and click web browser it sends me to the Mozilla homepage. Again it's installed and when I try to open it nothing happens. When I try to open containing folder it sends me to tmp-file browser. When I click on the Firefox icon it shows me a screen that says firefox-3.0.5tar.bz2-Xarchiver 0.4.6. wheres their filenames. When I click on the firefox filename and click open,the next screen pops up! Open an archive. then it sends me to decompress file and prompts me extract file with options. in the end of all that I get an error and then it ask's if I want to view the command line output?

    This also happens with other programs that I've successfully downloaded.What is the correct way?

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Newbie(s) learning openSUSE 11.1

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    What do you mean you've completed installing it? It comes with 11.1 by
    default. To load it you should only need to press Alt+F2 and then type
    in firefox (it'll even auto-complete). It looks to me like you're
    trying to work really, really hard for no reason.

    Good luck.





    Wisker one wrote:
    > Greetings from L.A.! I'm a new convert from WindowsXP looking to learn
    > openSUSE. Though I've been told that I should've started the Linux
    > transition with ubuntu, I chose to get openSUSE down.
    >
    > So here's post 1 on where I need the most help - I've completed
    > installing Firefox 3.0 but it will not launch! When I right click on
    > desktop screen and click web browser it sends me to the Mozilla
    > homepage. Again it's installed and when I try to open it nothing
    > happens. When I try to open containing folder it sends me to tmp-file
    > browser. When I click on the Firefox icon it shows me a screen that says
    > firefox-3.0.5tar.bz2-Xarchiver 0.4.6. wheres their filenames. When I
    > click on the firefox filename and click open,the next screen pops up!
    > Open an archive. then it sends me to decompress file and prompts me
    > extract file with options. in the end of all that I get an error and
    > then it ask's if I want to view the command line output?
    >
    > This also happens with other programs that I've successfully
    > downloaded.What is the correct way?
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Newbie(s) learning openSUSE 11.1

    When you say you are installing programs how are you doing it? It sounds like you might be downloading the source code.

    You should either be using YaST or 1-click installs.

    Let us know how you get on...

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    Default Re: Newbie(s) learning openSUSE 11.1

    What nzlbob23 is telling you there is that with the majority of software for Suse (and most other linuxes) is that it's not like windows where you hunt out a webpage, download an installer and then run it, you use what's called a package manager

    Where exactly it is on the 11.1 menu I'm not sure as I'm still using 11, but look in Applications, System for Install Software or Yast, you run the packager manager from Yast by going Software, Software Management (it's the same as what you get if you open Install Software)

    As an example, to install firefox from the package manager just type firefox in the Search box and put a tick in the checkbox at the side of the Firefox entry in the list it finds, click Accept

    But like ab@novell.com says, you'll almost definitely see that firefox is already there (unless you previously removed it)


    The package manager works on what are called repositories, you may want to look at adding some extra ones besides those supplied by default

    Again in Yast, Software, you'll see Software Repositories, check out the Community ones after clicking the Add button, a good one to add if it's there is the packman repository

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