Re: Re: Newbie needs help with SUSE 9.1
From: In2Blues (in2blues_at_bluesjam.com)
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:31:37 -0400
On Tue, 27 Jul 2004 13:38:59 -0600, Kevin Nathan
>On Tue, 27 Jul 2004 01:25:11 -0400
>In2Blues <email@example.com> wrote:
>> It kind of worked. XMMS wasn't
>> listed as such, but instead as "Audio Player". I finally
>> got it to work and play my CD's, though.
>I think there is a setting in KDE Control Center somewhere that let's
>you set the menu to 'Program name', 'Category name' or both. But I
>*might* be confusing it with Mandrake because I can't seem to find that
>setting here on 8.2 . . .
I'm printing this message so I can try your suggestions. I
did see that option somewhere, I'll have to check again.
>> I must say that Linux isn't as easy to use as Windows,
>Yes, it takes a little more involvement on the user's part but it is
>well worth it -- and, after awhile, you will find Windows *more*
>frustrating because there are some really nice features in Linux. :-)
I like many of the features I've checked out so far.
>> although I know it's much more stable. But while I'm
>> testing things out, I thought I'd install some tools that I
>> use regularly, such as virus scanner, FTP prog, zip utility,
>To get you started, you *don't* need a virus scanner until you start
>serving Windows boxes from your Linux box. For the other programs, fire
>up YaST Control Center -> Install & remove software and search for the
>items that interest you. Load several of each and try them all out to
>see which ones 'fit' you best.
Wow. I didn't know that there was actually a bunch of stuff
there that I could just install and use. I thought I had to
get programs from somewhere else. I'll definitely look
>> I find that it's not enough to know I have SUSE 9.1
>> installed, I need to know kernel info, KDE vs GNU, etc.
>> Very confusing.
>Open a terminal window and do the following for the various aspects.
> uname -a
> cat /etc/*release
> rpm -qa | grep kdebase
>If you need any other info that you can't seem to find, just holler!
This info is a great help. This is gonna be fun.
>> And what's this with having to compile
>> programs before I can install and use them?
>This is pretty much a rarity, most everything you need is on the CDs/DVD
>or can be downloaded from SUSE's FTP site. If you absolutely *must* have
>the bleeding edge version of some program then, yes, you may need to
>compile it. But it's usually a pretty simple process:
> (enter root password)
>(More details later, if you ever need help with it.)
The compile stuff made me very wary, but now that I know
most programs come compiled, it has put my mind at ease :-).
My experience with Windows has taught me never to try
something unless I'm absolutely sure what it will do (and
NEVER try MS beta products!).
>> I haven't even begun to see what (if any) Windows programs
>> will actually run through Linux!
>Make sure 'wine' is installed and then try running the Windows program
> wine nameOfWinProg
>It's amazing how many programs *will* run that way . . . :-)
Another great suggestion I'm going to try.
>> I'm running Windows XP
>> Home right now. It's better than previous versions, but
>> that's like saying that mud is cleaner than sand :-)
>I haven't used Windows at home for four years now and don't miss it.
>But I *did* try to get Borland C++ Builder 4 to run this weekend to see
>if I could help a friend with some old legacy code he has. Wine actually
>installed it and I could do everything in BCB except linking. Oh, well,
>time to convert him over to Linux! :-)
Ever since I first heard about Linux, I have practically
dreamed of the day when I could rid myself of the virus
>> Obviously, I have a lot to read up on. Unfortunately, I
>> won't be able to make the transition from Windows to Linux
>> as quickly as I thought :-(
>As baskitcaise said, you could read from now to eternity. Just pick
>something you want to do and then read up on just that aspect. If you
>have the boxed set of SUSE, go through their books. Read our FAQ:
>for some more good links. And above all else, keep having fun! :-D
I'll check this info out and take it slow. Thanks again for
all your help. I'm looking forward to the Linux experience.