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  1. #1
    yachuwey NNTP User

    Default Finding Apps


    Fairly new to Linux. I tried ubuntu, but the wife didn't like it.
    OpenSuse 11.1 is working well so far, but finding apps seems to be much
    harder than on ubuntu. The 'Install Software' is not as easy to find
    apps as Synaptic.

    1. Is there an easy way to find apps?
    2. Is there a list of highly recommended or 'must have' apps?

    Thanks


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    caf4926 NNTP User

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    I'm guessing you use Gnome.

    In Yast - Software - Software Management
    Filter by Package Groups

    That should help.

    If you already have your graphics and multi-media working properly,
    then you probably have the important stuff.

    The Packman repository holds a huge selection of apps. And the above
    mentioned method should help you find stuff to install.


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    deltaflyer44 NNTP User

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    Problems finding software ? try here 'Webpin'
    (http://packages.opensuse-community.org/)

    Andy


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  4. #4
    ram88 NNTP User

    Default Re: Finding Apps


    You can also use the YaST Webpin interface with this command:

    Code:
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    /sbin/yast2 webpin_package_search

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    'openSUSE Lizards Webpin search in YaST for openSUSE 11.1'
    (http://tinyurl.com/6txvom)


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    oldcpu NNTP User

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    Further to what caf4926 noted, the Packman repository of 3rd party
    packaged rpms is great, and it has a superb search function.

    Go here: 'PackMan :: website' (http://packman.links2linux.de/) and take
    a look at the "search" tab on that page (there are a home, updates,
    package, search, help, sponsors tab). If you select the "search" you
    can select "package name and description" and type in a key word for the
    description, and often find some neat applications.

    Another thing to do is go to Linux Softpedia 'Latest Linux Downloads -
    Softpedia' (http://linux.softpedia.com/) They have many application
    categories for Linux listed on the left. Once you find an application
    that you like, then it can be useful to see if someone has been kind
    enough to package it for openSUSE. So make a note of the "linux" name,
    and then take that name and go to the webpin site that deltaflyer44
    refered you to 'Webpin' (http://packages.opensuse-community.org/) , do a
    search under webpin, and often some user will have packaged that
    application already.

    If not, then many times it is a simple matter to custom compile
    (although one needs to expand their Linux knowledge to that of an
    average user to do such compilation).


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    yachuwey NNTP User

    Default Re: Finding Apps


    Thanks. I'll try it out. I am using KDE because my wife didn't like
    ubuntu. I thought that she might like KDE better. Will the procedures be
    the same?


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    oldcpu NNTP User

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    yachuwey;1941433 Wrote:
    > Thanks. I'll try it out. I am using KDE because my wife didn't like
    > ubuntu. I thought that she might like KDE better. Will the procedures be
    > the same?I'm using KDE-3.5.10 on openSUSE-11.1 and thats the methodology I follow

    for finding applications.


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    pilotgi NNTP User

    Default Re: Finding Apps


    If you're using KDE, you can click on the kickoff icon (lower left gecko
    icon) and you'll see all the applications and utilities broken down in
    sections. You can also type a search query into the search field at the
    top of the kickoff menu.


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  9. #9
    oldcpu NNTP User

    Default Re: Finding Apps


    Here are some basic openSUSE concepts that may also help acquire
    familiarity with openSUSE:
    'Concepts - openSUSE' (http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts)


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    chesterpeng NNTP User

    Default Re: Finding Apps


    The following 2 are also helpful in the case that one wants to migrate
    from M$-win to Linux.
    Currently, the only time that I have to run win is video chatting with
    my friends using MSN messenger.
    Have fun with Linux.

    'The table of equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software
    in Linux. (Official site of the table)'
    (http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html)
    'Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software | Open Source
    Alternative - osalt.com' (http://www.osalt.com)


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