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    Default NO: wireless, video, tumbleweed

    I've just installed SUSE for the first time, and I'm having a dickens of a time getting wireless and video working. I've read that wireless, at least, works better with some of the changes available in tumbleweed, but when I try getting tumbleweed working, that fails too.

    Wireless: I have a usb Ralink rt2571w, and have installed the driver. I can run ifconfig and iwconfig wlan0, and see that it's connected. But when I try to connect with Firefox, I can't find a server.

    Video; I saw flashplayer installed with the first updates via yast, but no video when I try Youtube. SUSE isn't the only distro I've had that happen in, as Slackware, Arch, Sabayon and several others are having the same problem. Only Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora seem to know the secret to unlocking video, and I hope Adobe and Google figure this out soon!

    Tumbleweed: Tried using the Tumbleweed wiki, and copying and pasting the commands into bash. Bash says (for the first entry):
    sudo zypper ar --refresh \ Index of /repositories/openSUSE:/Tumbleweed/standard \ Tumbleweed
    Specified local path does not exist or is not accessible.

    So I've been at this for a while, trying to dig my way out of this mess. I'm frustrated at the difficulty associated with getting SUSE working, and at the same time realizing that SUSE seems to be coming at things from a different angle than other operating systems, and maybe I need to see what the developers had in mind before hosing it down the operating system drain and installing something else. But it sure does take some getting used to, as the learning curve, for me at least, seems to be a little long.

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    I forgot to mention that I'm suing SUSE 12.2, KDE, and that even though I've seen several "wireless" files included in the updates, I don't see anything like a Network Manager applet in my package tray. As far as I can tell, there is no way to see network/wireless functions from the tool bar anywhere.

    Bash seems to have a hard time finding my usb wireless. I unplugged my ehternet cable and rebooted, and still no wireless. I checked that the usb was pushed in, and rebooted. No wireless, but when I checked lsusb, it didn't show. That's a problem I'll have to work out for myself, but it hasn't happened on other distros I've installed, not sure what to make of that.

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    Default Re: NO: wireless, video, tumbleweed

    That is not the correct URL it i a local address which would not exist. Not sure where you got that.

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    Need to set it up in Yast

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    Default Re: NO: wireless, video, tumbleweed

    In Yast > Network Settings
    Make sure you are set to use network manager
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/Al...ager_yast2.png

    reboot

    You may need to add the network widget if it doesn't show on reboot
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    Default Re: NO: wireless, video, tumbleweed

    First, there is a difference between SUSE and openSUSE. Google is your friend if you want to find out exactly.
    Next, bash is a shell, nothing more than that. It does not handle networkconnections or what so ever.

    What happenned re. Tumbleweed is that you copied the text displayed for the URL, not the URL itself. The forums software shortens the displayed text to avoid these endless unreadable URL's.

    Some advice: use Yast to configure the system, it's -IMHO- one of the best things openSUSE offers.
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    Alright, I've fiddled a little with this, and I'll try to respond to what I've been told. I have openSUSE, it just seemed like a few too many extra keystrokes to type every time. But if I needs to, then I needs to, I guess.

    Same goes for su, yes I did that, but just copied and pasted the command I ran. Point appreciated, though.

    Now for the real problem. No applet (or doohickey. Whatever..) in the package tray. No icon showing any wireless or ethernet connection, period. Not sure how to get it, but probably where I'm stuck at. If I can see my network, I could probably connect. At least I could report that I'd gotten that far, and go from there.

    BTW, my bash 'knowledge" (assumption!!!) comes from something that I just saw the other day, thanks to a post on Reddit, from AT&T's original information on it's "new" computer system they called "UNIX." It gave a graphic that showed the kernel as a "nugget" that was surrounded by "something called a shell," that acted as a bridge that was used by the operating system (shown as a larger object, with the shell contained inside it) to communicate commands between the operating system and the kernel. Maybe old news to everyone else, but it was the first time I'd seen it presented that way, and it was something that painted a clearer picture for me than what I had before. Beside some neat footage of Ritchie and Thompson, it said that programs communicated with each other through the shell, and that the programs themselves were unaware of anything, and that all communication was as if each program were outputting to a terminal, and that the shell handled everything from there.

    While that may have been true only at the beginning of what we now call Linux, I thought it was pure genius. And anything that makes something simpler for me is a God-send! I'm baffled by automatic doors at grocery stores.

    I just ran zypper dup, and it added a lot to my system, still no wireless. I have " User controlled with Network Manager" selected in Network Settings.

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    OK, looks like adding network manager widget makes wireless work! Also followed a guide for additional codecs, that got packman working and installed a ton of video codecs, but still no Firefox/Youtube video. I checked into Youtube's html5 video, so I can watch whatever exists in html5, but there are only so many of that format available on Youtube so far.

    Still, wireless now works OK.

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    Default Re: NO: wireless, video, tumbleweed

    Youtube works here in Firefox, Chromium, Opera, Konqueror, Seamonkey, and Chrome (though this has it's own flash)

    Code:
    rpm -qa | grep flash
    
    flash-player-kde4-11.2.202.258-1.14.1.x86_64
    flash-player-11.2.202.258-1.14.1.x86_64
    pullin-flash-player-12.1-6.5.1.x86_64
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