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    Default Questions about yast equivalent for CLI, remote desktop

    I am running opensuse 13.2 desktop and have a few questions:

    1. Is there a way to boot (or reconfigure and boot) the system without launching the GUI? If so, how? (I am using KDE)
    2. YAST seems to be the preferred way to install new apps/reconfigure existing apps. Is there a command line equivalent? Can it be used in a terminal session with the GUI running?
    3. What is the recommended way to make the equivalent of a remote desktop connection in OpenSUSE? Back in the day, I used to use x-windows but was often cumberson to set up and somewhat slow due to Xs overhead. I assume that option is still available but would rather use something easier to deal with.

    pointers appreciated.
    Thanks
    J

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    Default Re: Questions about yast equivalent for CLI, remote desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by three_jeeps View Post
    Is there a way to boot (or reconfigure and boot) the system without launching the GUI? If so, how? (I am using KDE)
    Yes: YaST->System->Services Manager, set the default boot target to multi-user.target, or run:
    Code:
    sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target
    YAST seems to be the preferred way to install new apps/reconfigure existing apps. Is there a command line equivalent?
    Yes, YaST. It has a text mode interface as well.

    Of course you can do everything without YaST on the command line as well, but there's no general answer to that then.
    For installing applications, you can use zypper e.g.

    Can it be used in a terminal session with the GUI running?
    Yes.

    What is the recommended way to make the equivalent of a remote desktop connection in OpenSUSE? Back in the day, I used to use x-windows but was often cumberson to set up and somewhat slow due to Xs overhead. I assume that option is still available but would rather use something easier to deal with.
    X windows (Xorg) is needed for a graphical system, even local. What you probably mean is VNC or XDCMP, both are still available.

    You can remote connect via ssh too though, you may need to enable the sshd service for that (and open the corresponding port in the firewall). That opens a text mode session, but if you run Xorg on the client, you can even start GUI applications (running on the server, opening the window on the client, that's called "X forwarding").
    Last edited by wolfi323; 06-Apr-2016 at 09:19.

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