Ok I'm really new to Linux, (but very interested.) Ok so I've now I've got some Ubuntu, and Suse running on 2 separate boxes. I first installed Suse 9.1 on one box, had some really big problems i thought were too serious for me to handle (In retrospect had i left it alone i would been ok, as i figured out the problem was with the SonicWall One to One nat I set up so i could receive help via ssh from a friend). So I formatted and reinstalled those partitions (yes i'm dual booting), and when i reinstalled the second time it came up with 4 errors one of which was a problem with Yast2. When I go through the install It doesn't ask for a username, but I can log in as root after install. Upon logging in the first time it starts detecting all this hardware that it detected during the install I loaded the first time. Ok those problems aside, when I log in as root the only thing i can do is work with a Konsole. There are no applicatoins of any kind available. It is probably possible to run all applications from Konsole, but I think there are problems that need to be addressed either way (And if you ask me I think it might be sort of a "safe mode", but again i'm new to linux and don't even know if there is a safe mode).
So seeing all these problems occur made me want to install a new os on that system, thats when i put Ubuntu on that box and started installing Suse on a different box. I just finished installing Suse and it came up with the same 4 errors on a completely different machine. I get the same exact set of problems as well. No programs, No alternate user, no nothin. And I cannot run adduser in Konsole.
I imagine once I figure out what the problem is I'll look back in shame at how much of a n00b I am
But hey, the first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem right?