michael, right now, you are my golden god.
thank you so much
i understand things much easier now, i already knew how to set up a user, and i figured logging in as root is just plain login name:root and then the password i set for root during installation...
question though, when i so the su - and login does the xterm window just consider me as root or as a regular user?
anway, the aol rpm file is on my desktop... and when i type in rpm -i filename, it says file or directory not found...
so i type in /home/daeo/desktop/aim-1.5.286-1.i386.rpm and the same thing happens
so i add file:/ in the front...... doesnt work either???
whats the problemo
i also tried the double clicking (no files have an auto program... i have to select a program to open the file with every time.)
and it said which program would you like to use, i find yast, and it brings up a prompt about root password, i type in and then... nothing the window goes away and nothing else happens.
thank you again