After I set up Evolution I can no longer access any web-site with Firefox 3 and can no longer receive any mail.
I’m using OpenSuSE 11 with Gnome on a Pentium 4 Dell computer.
I’ve been running OpenSuSE 11 with Firefox 3 since Sunday without any problems of web-site access. Having been satisfied with the stability and performance I decided to start using Evolution Email as part of my migration to Linux. I set up my first Email account and received a message from the Alsa-Project. I was also able to return a confirmation to them.
Things looked good so I decided to go beyond my (very local) boundaries of expertise: I tried to setup Evolution to get News as well. There didn’t seem to be the same sort of support for News as I experience in Thunderbird under Windows.
At that time I realised that Firefox could not access this forum web-site - not any other, like my home page. I get an ‘Address Not Found’ message with a yellow warning triangle in the address bar and further text telling me that the site I am trying to access does not exist.
I can no longer receive Email.
I am also getting other errors (which may be parasitic, I understand), for example:
Package Kit Error: An Internal System error has occurred.
[More details] http://opensuse-education.org/download/repo/1.0/11.0/download/repo/1.0/11.0 Valid Metadata not found at specified URL(s)
I find that I am now unable to ‘see’ any of the Windows based machines on my home network. The Windows Network icon shows 0 items. This was working fine yesterday.
(Perhaps I should also say that prior to setting up Evolution I had been following a trouble shooting guide, found through the OpenSuSE SDB, which required me to download and run a couple of scripts that would tell me more about the codec in the soundcard which I am (currently) unable to use.)
My Linux PC is essentially unusable now. I didn’t realise that OpenSuSE and important supporting applications were so terribly fragile, such that a (most likely) mistake by an end-user can break the PC. I expected that a lot more integration testing than this would have been done.
This sort of vulnerability disqualifies OpenSuSE from being used by non-technical end-users like myself.
It seems to me that I have no option but to re-install the whole thing and start again - or is there some technical guru out there who can take me through an effective PSI process?