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Re: [opensuse] Basic learning tutorials query
  • From: Linux Tyro <opensuse.bkn1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 13:20:09 -0400
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On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Anton Aylward <opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The tools did not exist prior to then being developed by the various
distributors.  The distributors existed first and they actually defined
the packaging.

Oh yeah.

I look forward to hearing that you have the system installed and running

I have the system installed and running but facing some initial tasks,
would soon be asking after seeing the greek desktop :)-

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Anton Aylward <opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If you made a mistake it is not that; you are better off with a stable
version like 11.4 than a bleeding edge version like 12.0

Oh really, well I have installed it (11.4).

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Ken Schneider - openSUSE
<suse-list3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Actually it was Redhat that created RPM, Redhat Package Manager. And I may
be wrong here but I think it was one of the first package managers created
that helped make linux easier to use.

Oh I see.

To the OP, just install openSuSE and then start asking your many help
question that you _will_ have.

Sure, I am going to ask something basics, yes I am facing issues,
installed the openSUSE 114, looks good only booting is a slow bit..,
but that doesn't really matter.

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM, LLLActive@xxxxxxx <LLLActive@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I started "playing" Linux when SlackWare came out in the 1990's, then
dropped it because of work load. Early 2004 I started with SuSE Linux 9.x as
I was working in a German company at the time. I guessed using a German
distro would provide good German documentation, which was actually good for
beginners then. It was a steep learning curve coming from Win2K. I used it
at work and at home, spending unending hours figuring out what to do. This
way is for the enthusiast and power user. This list is excellent for that.

I have a more basic problem.

I have converted a few friend's systems to Ubuntu at first, because of it's
usability for ex-Win users, and some good support by their community for
migrates from Win. The converts are all quite happy using the openOffice and
Internet tools, because they do not use games and some win locked products.
Then new users wanted Netbooks with Linux. I managed to put an Ubuntu
Desktop on top of an openSUSE 10.x. But since then I only use openSUSE, and
depending on the user use either Gnome or KDE. I looked around and found
little in the line of basic books for beginners to use e.g. openSUSE 11.x
with KDE 4 and Gnome Desktops. The basics of how to use programmes and so
on. The book "Running Linux" suggested here is far too advanced for novice
users. They want to read how to write documents, save them where, send
e-mails and watch DVD's on the system etc. I have seen some magazine type of
booklets when a new version of a distro comes out in Germany, but does
anyone know of good absolute beginner desktop users 'booklets'? Best would
be PDF's that could be printed and maybe also being available in print. I
could teach them all how to use openSUSE Desktops on Linux, but I do not
have the time for that. Can anyone recommend a publisher or series that
regularly issue such basic books in English, and maybe translations in
German and Dutch?

I have tried suggestions to use the LDP (, but most say
that is too much and overwhelming. They want a users manual like the one thy
get with their TV and DVD to use the remote etc. It must also address the
specific distro's exact desktop they see before them. They are also mainly
graphically oriented, i.e. they want a picture-by-picture type of
presentation. It is the only way to get openSUSE and Linux desktop usable in
the PC market. I have done some basic tutorials with screen shots about
Thunderbird and and such apps, but a community project could be one way to
do it for a whole distro. Are there such attempts yet?

You also have nice Linux experience.

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Especially since you're new, stick to 11.4 for a few months. People have
experience with it. You can ask questions and get knowledgeable answers.

When 12.1 comes out in a couple weeks, few people will have the answers, and
there will be a number of new bugs. As a new user, you definitely don't
want to be part of that process.

As an example, those of us that run servers typically wait many months
before updating to a new release. So I for one won't be putting 12.1 on a
server until March or later.

The reality is my servers are still on 11.3 and it is now time for me to
move them to 11.4 since it has been out for 7 or so months and the initial
release bugs have been mostly fixed.

I have one server stuck on 10.3 because it relies on a very old version of
Ruby on Rails which is not available on newer installs.

That's really nice and yes I have just installed 11.4 only.

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM, Ricardo Chung <ricardo.a.chung@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

In case you are interested is
a SUSE & openSUSE specific book that made me to understand our distro
idiosyncracies. It's not updated to the new releases but can give you SUSE
unique concepts.

Ah, try and search for its download.

There are not many SUSE or openSUSE specific covering the whole aspects you
could be interested in. Another basic book is SUSE and openSUSE Bible.

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:30 PM, Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Or you could download only the tiny net install CD iso of 12.1RC1, install
that via HTTP, then update to the final version in a few weeks, also via the
internet of only the software packages you actually need. I've yet to even
install any torrent app, much less download anything that way.

I see that, but first let me see this 11.4, I am absolutely new after all.

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