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Old 09-08-2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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Help! opensuse 10.2


This is my delema , Im brand new to linux opensuse 10.2 and I have no idea how to install anything. But for the time being all I want to install is the newest version of firefox , I have tried downloading RPM files? But i dont even know what rpm is , any help would be great for this brand new user , Thanks
 
Old 09-08-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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There is a system management tool in suse called YAST(Yet Another Setup Tool). You can install/update all software through its 'software management' interface. This site will help you out.

http://en.opensuse.org/Documentation is a good place to start for all your future SUSE needs . Why didn't you download opensuse 11.0?
 
Old 06-12-2010, 03:45 AM   #3
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11.2 is available from http://software.opensuse.org/112/en
11.3 is sheduled in July 2010 -> http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap
Cheers
 
Old 06-12-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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Im brand new to linux opensuse 10.2 and I have no idea how to install anything.
But 10.2 is pretty old. I think 11.2 and 11.1 are still supported and maybe 11.0. Anything older than that will give you update problems, because, at some point, 'new stuff' (which is really only bug fixes for the older versions) stops making its way through to repositories.

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...all I want to install is the newest version of firefox , I have tried downloading RPM files? But i dont even know what rpm is , any help would be great for this brand new user , Thanks
An rpm file is a package manager file. The package manager is the 'installer' for your system; the low level package management utility (rpm...I know, I know) is capable of unpacking files and placing them on your system, but doesn't have the 'smarts' to go and find libraries needed for your application. A higher level utility (yast, zypper, in this case) can do this dependency resolution, and it will be easier to use one of these, at least in the first instance.

However, it needs to be hooked up to the appropriate repositories (repositories = collections of stuff) to do its magic, and 11.1 forwards would give you a better chance of hooking up to live repositories, at this point.

for, eg, OS 11.1, a selection of the versions available are (version/repo):
MozillaFirefox-3.6.3-1.2 - mozilla/openSUSE_11.1
MozillaFirefox-3.5.9-2.4 - mozilla:legacy/openSUSE_11.1
MozillaFirefox-3.6.4-6.1 - mozilla:alpha/openSUSE_11.1 *
MozillaFirefox-3.0.4-4.7 - openSUSE:11.1/standard


* an alpha; you don't want this, if you just want it to work

3.0.xxxx was probably what 11.1 was originally shipped with; this may be that version or a simple bugfix of that version. You'd probably want 3.5.9 or 3.6.3 as a more recent version than originally shipped, but not as potentially troublesome as that alpha version.

How to do it?
  • Go here, select your OS version and look for the repo that contains the version of Mozillafirefox that you want to install
  • temporarily add that repo to your repos configuration in yast
  • click update
  • allow the update to happen
  • disable the repo in yast.

(You could, more simply, use the 'one click install' from the web page I quoted earlier, but if you do this lots, eventually your repo list will get too long and involved to keep your system well maintained. for this reason, it is not a good idea.)
 
Old 06-13-2010, 06:07 AM   #5
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But 10.2 is pretty old.
About as old as the OP's post.
 
Old 06-14-2010, 05:39 AM   #6
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About as old as the OP's post.
Note to self: read the date of the original post and not just the date of the previous post
 
Old 06-14-2010, 08:24 AM   #7
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i dont even know what rpm is
A package (RPM is Red Hat's package format, but there are many others) is basically an archive of files and where they should go in your directory tree. Most packages also contain scripts to run before/after installation/uninstallation, and extra information like:
  • What other packages they depend on to run
  • Packages they optionally depend on (they aren't essential for the package to work, but they add extra functionality)
  • Packages they are known to conflict with
  • Packages they replace.

As mentioned, RPM is Red Hat's package format.
Another common one is DEB, whick was designed for Debian.
The distro I use, Arch, has it's own custom format.
 
  


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