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    Default Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Hi all,
    I'm brand new to Linux and I have a couple simple questions. I'm using openSUSE 12.3 and KDE.
    When I minimize any window, YaST, Firefox, etc., the window disappears. I would expect programs to minimize to the task bar (sorry, I don't know the proper name for it...).

    Also, I've set the clock/date more than once now but it keeps changing. Am I doing something wrong?

    And finally, after unsuccessfully searching, is there a tutorial for absolute beginners? As in, how to install software, how to set the clock...

    And, I watched a video from the urban penguin where he advises against using the desktop while logged in as root, but he doesn't specify how to tell whether you're logged in as root, and if you are, how do you change that?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Vince

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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Well firstly yes we can call the bottom bar the taskbar (well task manager but close enough methinks
    In any case are you not seeing minimized windows?
    Strange unless you accidentally removed the task manager.
    KDE is very much like windows so you should not have too much difficulty there fding where minimized windows.
    Perhaps a screenshot?

    Secondly I have had the clock issue on openSUSE myself, do you dual boot?

    As for installing software its quite easy, YAST is your main tool for that and we can help guide you in using it.

    And as for root, you should not be logged in as root by default, your settings should be standard user.
    Only root can access root and you really should not enter root unless its needed.

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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Madman,
    Thanks for the reply.
    So, this is actually the second reply to you: the first disappeared when I tried to minimize this window to get a screen cap...
    So far the only program that minimizes to the task manager is VLC player. Anything else disappears. Several times now I've had Firefox open with several tabs open and I made the mistake of minimizing the window...
    A screen shot is something I'd prefer not to address in this particular response.
    I do not dual boot. I've recently had my last run-in with windblows...
    Regarding using YaST to install software, I've actually done it. Not ten minutes ago I installed VLC player, only to find it doesn't recognize any of the thousands of FLV files I have. Any idea how to fix that?
    Regarding being logged in as root or not, how does one tell?
    Thanks again,
    Vince

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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by partsabuser View Post
    Not ten minutes ago I installed VLC player, only to find it doesn't recognize any of the thousands of FLV files I have. Any idea how to fix that?
    install vlc-codecs
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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    vaz,

    What is a live session?
    Though I'm not positive, I'm pretty sure I'm using KDE. It seems to match KDE Plasma that is depicted in the user manual.
    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
    Pressing the left window button does nothing.
    Vince

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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by partsabuser View Post
    What is a live session?
    you can *run* Linux without actually installing onto a machine. This is called a *Live* boot.
    Quote Originally Posted by partsabuser View Post
    Though I'm not positive, I'm pretty sure I'm using KDE. It seems to match KDE Plasma that is depicted in the user manual.
    Then it is good
    Quote Originally Posted by partsabuser View Post
    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
    you should read through both of them
    Also this out for playing audio and videos on Linux
    https://forums.opensuse.org/blogs/ca...ion-guide-126/
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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Well, I can't help but think my install is not right in the head. Problem is, I've never used a Linux machine before so I have no idea what is normal and what isn't. What I DO know is that I didn't skimp on hardware but there is something going on with the graphics; there are weird quirks where different geometric shapes are appearing and then disappearing from different places on the screen. Happens mostly during video play, as in Youtube.

    So, per vaz's instructions, I downloaded the VLC codecs but the program still won't play/recognize FLV files...

    Edited to say that, no, it is not a live boot. I specifically didn't want to do that. I wanted a full install.
    Thanks,
    Vince

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    Quote Originally Posted by partsabuser View Post
    So, per vaz's instructions, I downloaded the VLC codecs but the program still won't play/recognize FLV files...
    So you downloaded them, but did you also install them? And where did you download from?

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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    So you downloaded them, but did you also install them? And where did you download from?
    This is pretty much the first thing I asked my mom/sister when she got her first computer.
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    Default Re: Help a newbie out with the desktop

    Hi, initially I though that minimized windows disappeared too, then I accidentally found that you can see them all just passing the cursor on the left top corner of your desktop. Then just click on the window of interest to see it entirely and/or resizing it.

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