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?



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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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Problems finding software ? try here ‘Webpin’


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


/sbin/yast2 webpin_package_search

‘openSUSE Lizards » Webpin search in YaST for openSUSE 11.1’

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insecure. Trying to protect them without their consent just doesn’t go
with the GNU/Free Software ideals.

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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’ ( 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’ ( 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’ ( , 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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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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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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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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Here are some basic openSUSE concepts that may also help acquire
familiarity with openSUSE:
‘Concepts - openSUSE’ (


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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)’
‘Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software | Open Source
Alternative -’ (

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