First of all I thought no one had replied. And then I couldn’t find the post (I’ve just taken a more in depth look at the search function)
Thank you for your replies, let me see if I can answer all questions.
First of all, a brief explaination as to how I got to this point:
I have played around with Fedora previously, but not on any serious scale. I run an IT business and want to offer my clients alternatives to expensive microsoft operating systems. When I heard from a friend that Suse could run windows apps I thought it was worth a look at. When I started looking I saw openSuse had a 64-bit version (that really got my attention).
My thoughts at the time were: “If there is an OS that can run windows apps with no problem and has an easy GUI that is not difficult to become familiar with then I might just work.” Unfortunately people who have worked on MS Office and have other Windows based software do not want to change from MS Windows. So an alternative would have to fulfil the requirements (i.e. easy to familiarize themselves with and can run at least office.)
But, in order to offer this choice to my clients I would have to learn how to use (and fix) Linux myself.
Then I install openSuse 11.1 on my pc, (which I thought came with wine already installed) and started playing around. The first two days I got nothing right. Eventually I found out I could download and install wine with Yast, but I wanted to install the version I already downloaded before installed openSuse. After many hours of battling and fighting I eventually gave in and installed with Yast.
As a side note after a further 3 days and much searching on the net I finally got the installer for my motherboard drivers to start up. I felt like throwing a party. Unfortunately something about the kernel did not allow me to install the drivers, but it was a start.
I cam accross the term bash but did not that that point start reading up into it. At this point, one week later I now have a rough idea of how much I must actually learn. It does not help that I still have a Windows mentality.
As a last note on that very long exaplaination as to how I got here: I have been in the IT business for over 5 years and know how to fix computers (hardware) and sort out software issues on Windows XP and Vista.
Thank you for reply. I’ll get my hands on some media about bash commands
Thank you for the links to the wine help pages and the wine repositories. It might actually help if I can get into the wine configuration menu (I looked everywhere for it but could not find it) Now I can.
To Yosuf Mossad Mohammed Vitriolus:
Thank you very much for all the links. Your effort is appreciated. To be honest I have been very busy these past few months (with the economy hurting business badly) I have not had the time to sit for a fe hours and look through the forums. The little time I was able to sit and look I did not find posts to help me.
Now I have a basic starting point to work from. I start reading everything you guys linked to and then hopefully I’ll be able to sort out the problems I currently have.
But there is one question I’ll ask right now. Through a miss click I have lost the section on my start bar that shows which windows I have open at the moment. So the only way I can see or navigate through my windows is though alt+tab. I have tried every single widget I can by right clicking on the start bar and adding widgets but that didn’t work. Does anyone know how I can put that section back?
Thanks again for all your help. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to a point to be a real contributer one day.