Hi there, first impressions of the new forum… hmm not too sure to be honest. Seems a bit “all over the place”.
Anyway my questions.
Im havine a couple of problems with suse10.3.
Problem number 1.
I have configured most things i want configuring now but i am still not able to install updates. The update comes up that is available for me to download but when i type my password in it just doesnt install and it restarts the process again of me having to type my password in to install it and then it does it again and again. So in basic. I cant install updates.
Problem Number 2.
How do i log in as an administrator? How do i set this account up etc?
Problem number 3.
How do i set up a user to be an administrator so they can do absolutely everything to my system.
for example. I have been trying to install Java for Limewire to run properly. I download the correct file from the Java website but when following the installation guide on it i have to create a directory called Java for it to install. It wont let me create this folder as i dont have the permission to do this. I want to be able to do this.
Problem number 4
Im also looking at getting my system to do other neat little tricks such as commpiz fusion? I believe. Is there lots of neat little things you can add to the desktop. for example on Vista there is the side bar. Is there something like this for Linux?
Typically the user “root” is the administrator by an openSUSE PC. This is setup as part of the installation.
The policy is to NEVER log in as root, but rather when logged in as a regular user, one types “su” or "sudo < some command > " in a terminal/xterm/konsole (looks like a DOS window on Windows) and enters the root password, and then can do things with “administrator permissions”.
This is not a good idea. If you wish to open the door for users with my knowledge to have a better possibility to hack into your system, then apply those sorts of permissions to a user. Its simply not safe when there are more advanced Linux users around (and I’m not that advanced).
Also, its not safe for yourself. Newbies can make mistakes as an administrator that cripples their system, causing weird (or even blocking) side affects, that destroys their Linux experience.
Even the most advanced guru’s do not operate with administrator permissions. They have learned over the years that it is not wise.
Please, in case you are new to this, it might be worth your while to brush up on some Linux concepts/philosophy per this openSUSE concepts Link: Concepts - openSUSE
Welcome to our forum, and I hope you enjoy your openSUSE Linux experience.