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    Default Re: Considering switching to Opensuse

    On 2014-10-18 16:36, nrickert wrote:
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    > SJLPHI;2670082 Wrote:
    >> I only found Gnome and KDE from the big installation DVD.iso though.

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    > XFCE is there.
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    > Early in the install, you are asked to choose KDE or Gnome or Other.
    > Choose "Other" at that point. Then, later in the install, click the
    > "software" heading, and look for the XFCE and XFCE base patterns to
    > select.


    Yep.

    XFCE is what I use, but be aware that it is rather simplistic compared
    to kde 4 or gnome 3. It is somewhat similar to gnome 2. I prefer a
    desktop that doesn't "intrude" too much, leaving the main role to the
    applications.

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    At University I teach many students who ask which distribution to choose. My answer is your time is much better spent doing the work rather wasting time tinkering with different distros. GNU/Linux is GNU/Linux. It's much better to learn how to use one distribution properly rather than continuously distro hop and never learn anything thoroughly. My suspicions in your case is that Linux Mint Qianna LTS KDE will do more for you than you will ever need but openSUSE 13.1 KDE will serve you equally well. Use what works and stick with it.

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    Default Re: Considering switching to Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    XFCE is there.

    Early in the install, you are asked to choose KDE or Gnome or Other. Choose "Other" at that point. Then, later in the install, click the "software" heading, and look for the XFCE and XFCE base patterns to select.
    I thought when you clicked 'other'
    It reveals the other options with radio selectors
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    Default Re: Considering switching to Opensuse

    Well I think I will still give KDE a full go starting next weekend. I still need a familiar laptop throughout the week.

    Just curious so should I be doing sentenv and set to replace "export" just in case?
    Also, should I be using .bashrc or .tcshrc?

    thank you all for the support. I look forward for hopefully my last jump

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I thought when you clicked 'other'
    It reveals the other options with radio selectors
    You might be right about that. I last did that with opensuse 11.3, so I'm a bit rusty on the details.
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    Default Re: Considering switching to Opensuse

    Unless you have a very good reason and know what you are doing stick to bash. Note that you can use more then one but you should at least get comfortable with the distro before doing major surgery. You will have to install c-shell if you need it which can and should be done after the install. Just keep bash as the default for the moment at least and do not uninstall bash the distro requires it. You can start up any shell you have from the GUI and run any scripts there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJLPHI View Post
    My knowledge in Linux is limited to jumping from distro to distro (mainly staying with Linux Mint) for slightly over 4 months.
    Obviously I'm a big openSUSE fan, having been continuously using openSUSE (and earlier variants of SuSE-Pro) since 2001 (and a moderator and participant in an earlier SuSE forum since 2005).

    Most the GNU/Linux versions you noted are pretty good IMHO.

    I find the best approach, if one has the patience for it, is to pick one distribution and then stick with it (trying not to distro hop), so as to learn its ins and outs, where that approach ultimately allows one to re-tune one's install, and in many respects remove aspects (put in by the developers/packagers) one does not like, and add aspects that the developers/packagers did not put in place. I find sticking with one distribution, and politely using the various comms channels for support, allows one to do such. By various comms support channels I mean the mailing lists, IRC chat, and of course this forum. One can read up more on that for openSUSE here: https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Communication_channels

    Note the forum is staffed by unpaid volunteers from around the world and not by paid employees of SUSE-GmbH. But we have a good group here on the forums with some very knowledgeable and friendly members.

    Good luck and best wishes in your GNU/Linux experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJLPHI View Post
    Well I think I will still give KDE a full go starting next weekend. I still need a familiar laptop throughout the week.

    Just curious so should I be doing sentenv and set to replace "export" just in case?
    Also, should I be using .bashrc or .tcshrc?

    thank you all for the support. I look forward for hopefully my last jump
    You can create different users with different log-in shells but as what have been pointed to you use bash as the default during the installation and do not tinker/uninstall with the default shell. Now if you have to compile your own shell for one reason or another, you have to add its absolute path in the file

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    On 2014-10-19 05:46, gogalthorp wrote:
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    > Unless you have a very good reason and know what you are doing stick to
    > bash. Note that you can use more then one but you should at least get
    > comfortable with the distro before doing major surgery. You will have to
    > install c-shell if you need it which can and should be done after the
    > install. Just keep bash as the default for the moment at least and do
    > not uninstall bash the distro requires it. You can start up any shell
    > you have from the GUI and run any scripts there.


    If you have scripts that want c-shell, they will say so at the shebang,
    so you only need to have it installed and they should work, even if you
    use bash yourself.

    It may be possible to change the shell used by a single terminal, but I
    have not experimented with this in many years. Either by calling up the
    shell name, or perhaps with an appropriate desktop file :-?

    Code:
    cer@Telcontar:~> ksh
    cer@Telcontar:/home/cer>      (typed ^D here)
    cer@Telcontar:~>
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    Default Re: Considering switching to Opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    You will have to install c-shell if you need it which can and should be done after the install.
    That's not exactly true.

    My experience is that "csh" (really "tcsh") is part of a standard install using either the DVD installer or the NET installer. However, if you install from live media (live KDE or live Gnome) you may need to install "tcsh".
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