You must install mc (midnight commander) with yast. It look like the old norton commander on dos. The navigation on the console is much easier with it and it can do much more.
You can use apt-get at the place of yast.
The advantage of apt-get is at you will get other sources as the SuSE ones. Suse have a broken multimedia support because of legal consideration. At least up to suse 9.3, i don't know for open suse because I am still using 9.3 and switching to debian-DeMuDi at the same time.
You want install Synaptic too, it is a good frontend for apt-get.