You mention that you setup SUSE Linux in a Virtual Machine within VMware.
Can you ping google.com?
type "ping www.google.com
Did you give your Linux Virtual Machine a "NAT" network connection?
If not, you're not going to get very far.
I'm curious, you want a Command-Line flavor of Linux, why not Slackware? Is SUSE used at work/school?
(Yes, I'm shamelessly plugging my favorite distribution. Nega-Rep's gladly accepted)
I just saw your reply to Repo's post. That's *awesome* it works for you, now!
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