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Old 01-01-2006, 08:03 PM   #1
Pg2k3
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I have begun to try out Linux to try it and see if I like it or not. So far I already know a few linux terminologies and how to do certain commands at the command console. I currently have a dual boot system between Windows XP Pro and a free distro of SUSE 10.0. One thing that discourages me from using Linux is the lack of knowledge on how to install a Linux program correctly so it will install in the memu properly. and how to program or compile scripts/sources. Can anybody suggest some good Linux websites to where I can learn and become proficient like I am with the NT/9x platform?
 
Old 01-01-2006, 08:15 PM   #2
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* The Linux Documentation Project: www.tldp.org
* Rute Linux Tutorial: rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
* Linux Newbie Guide: linux-newbie.sunsite.dk

You can google for more.

I hope this helps
--Ian
 
Old 01-02-2006, 01:03 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Pg2k3
I have begun to try out Linux to try it and see if I like it or not. So far I already know a few linux terminologies and how to do certain commands at the command console. I currently have a dual boot system between Windows XP Pro and a free distro of SUSE 10.0. One thing that discourages me from using Linux is the lack of knowledge on how to install a Linux program correctly so it will install in the memu properly. and how to program or compile scripts/sources. Can anybody suggest some good Linux websites to where I can learn and become proficient like I am with the NT/9x platform?
If you installed the documentation resources, then there should be quite a lot of stuff already on your system. For stuff too read ? Well theres some here at LQ in the distributions forum (for SuSE or Mandriva if you decide to switch back).

Plus SuSE have their own forums/community site - theres a fair bit too read. Or if you decided to switch to mandriva, google for mandrivausers.org (unofficial) theres a fair bit there or the actual community section of the mandriva site.

Theres some links in my sig that might be of use. It depends entirely on what you want to do.

You've made a good choice by dual booting anyway. It gives you the convenience of using something you're familiar with, but also access to linux for the learning curve - and no, I certainly won't deny it, the learning curve can be quite steep.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 05:00 AM   #4
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Pick one topic at a time and search forums, Google, etc. This will (hopefully) produce the answer to the question, plus an absolute *mountain* of more general data.

Do you have any of the introductory texts? I would start with "Linux in a Nutshell", published by O'Reilly. Any respectable bookstore will have it.
 
Old 01-02-2006, 06:39 AM   #5
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@for more links on suse: http://bookmarks.linuxquestions.org/?like=suse

the easiest way to install things in suse is via YasT. Goto start -> system -> control center (Yast)
put in your root password and goto software -> software management
Here you can search for things to install (or are installed already) and install them by checking them.

If you find programs that are not available in YasT most people add more sources to YasT
howto: Hacking OpenSUSE

Keep your system up to date with software -> online update.
There are many other ways of installing stuff.

One is searching for the right .rpm and installing them with YasT by right-clicking.
RPM Package Manager can also do it in a konsole:
what is already installed with rpms or through yast2:
rpm -qa

is xmms installed:
rpm -q xmms
rpm -qa | grep xmms

The next simplest command is to uninstall a package:
rpm -e foobar

installing a package:
rpm -i package

If you want to verify your entire system and see what might be missing, you would do:
rpm -Va

Let's say you run across a file that you don't recognize. To find out which package owns it, you would do:
rpm -qf /usr/X11R6/bin/xjewel

You find a new koules RPM, but you don't know what it is. To find out some information on it, do:
rpm -qpi koules-1.2-2.i386.rpm

Now you want to see what files the koules RPM installs. You would do:
rpm -qpl koules-1.2-2.i386.rpm

Last edited by muha; 01-02-2006 at 06:50 AM.
 
  


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