Hello I am a new user of Linux and to be honest I haven’t been having a good time because I know nothing about it. I switched to Linux from windows because someone told me it was far more secure and thus far it is.
I don’t know any of the lingo, I don’t know what any of the verbiage means, nothing. I barely know how to use Yast, and I don’t know how to do anything I want to do on this OS. One of the things I want to do is change my I.P. address. Don’t ask why, I just want to and I don’t know how.
I have heard of using something called a proxy (I don’t know what that is either) to mask your real I,P. but that is not what I am looking to do. I want to actually change the I,P, address and I need someone to tell me how to do it step-by-step in the simplest terms possible. I know nothing of coding and using the terminal, I don’t know the language, and I’ve never been a big brain in this field so this is probably going to be a challenge for whosoever embarks on this journey with me.
I know that in Windows there was a relatively easy way to do it, still don’t know how that was done, but I need it broken down for me very detailed and well explained. Please help, I suck at life, lol.
Also I apologize but I forget to mention which distro I am using, I have Opensuse 11.2 I was told it was the most user friendly and closest to Windows so it should be easy for me to use, but it has been anything but that.
If you are subscribed to a home broadband account, you usually have no choice in the matter and have to use whatever IP address your ISP gives you (automatically in most cases). Perhaps you should explain why you think you need to change your IP address.
Why? Because I was banned from a forum basically for not sharing the same views as some of the folks in power and I expressed those views open and candidly. If I just re-register my same I.P. will show up and lead to another ban. So, I figured if I can change my I.P. and register with an alternative email account I can re join undetected. I have been apart of that forum for a few years now and really enjoyed posting on different topics and so on, and I didn’t feel it was very nice of them to just kick me out because “They don’t like me” and would like to get back to posting as I was. In order to do that though without just being banned again I need to change I.P., if I try to just use a proxy to mask my I.P. they will be able to find that out rather easily so that isn’t an option, nor is defeat. So since you wanted to know, now you know.
If you get a dynamic address from your ISP, it generally suffices to turn off your modem/router for a few minutes and next time you turn it on you will get a different dynamic address. Works best in busy periods when there is a lot of IP address recycling.
I totally agree with DenverD here - it doesn’t really matter whether the forum admins were “right” about banning you or not. It’s their forum, it’s up to them to decide who’s in and who not, they set up the rules - and you obviously do not fit into those rules (again: whether they were right about it or not…). It’s just not okay to sneak back in.
> Opensuse 11.2 I was told it was the most user friendly and closest to
-=welcome=- to openSUSE and these fora…
most folks i know say that Ubuntu or Mint is the easiest Linux distro
to begin with…that may or may not be the case, having never used
either i have no idea…
but, if you want to stick with openSUSE you are probably going to have
to, sooner or later, do some self study because it is just not
possible to ignore all of the available documentation already
available and expect folks to provide another step-by-step just like
the ones already available in other forum posts, the wiki, the how-tos
The way to do it in Yast is not much different from the one in Windows. Please explain how you connect: directly to your modem, or do you have a router and do you want the specific PC to have for example 192.168.1.100 as it’s IP.
To let us know, please open a terminal window ( Programs - System - Terminal - konsole ) and do:
The commands will return some output, please copy and paste it here.