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.