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Old 12-11-2005, 10:40 AM   #1
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Newbie Intro

I am new to the Linux OS but not to computers. My first one was an Apple II-e running simple DOS long before Windows came about.

I run three Windows 2000 machines on a small home peer-to-peer hard-wired LAN and make a living doing so. Windows 2000 is my last Microsoft OS and I will not upgrade Office 2000. They are just too expensive and intrusive now. Hopefully, I will be able, with your help, to make the transition to Open Source before I die of old age.

When I upgraded my main work machine, I dedicated my old AMD K7-750 machine to Linux. I installed SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional with no problem. I am using it right now. It detected all my hardware (including a SCSI CD, LAN and Cable internet access) and loaded drivers for most of it (I'm still checking that).

For newbies like me it is nice to have a system that does most things automatically on the first boot.

YaST seems fairly intuitive for configuration and setup although I am just now going through the manual on it to see what is there.

I did set up some User accounts and have a question - When the system boots, there is not Log In screen where i can select which profile to enter. It always enters the first User account I set up. How do I fix this so I can log in as root or any other user during startup? I don't want it to just start without someone having to supply a correct password.

I was able to set up the Network Time Client to syncronize system time with the gov Time Server in Colorado with no problem.

I like the KDE desktop and OpenOffice seems OK for word processing so far.

The selection of software that comes with this package blows my mind.

Expect me to be a pest here as I get further into it.

Old 12-11-2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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Hi & welcome,

Enter Yast.

Go to > security & users then open > user and group administration select your user and pick > expert options then > login settings. Inthere you should be able to turn off autologin.

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Old 12-11-2005, 01:42 PM   #3
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Note that displaying a login screen (vice automatically logging in a default user) and allowing the root user to login from the login screen are not necessarily the same thing. As antiloaded indicates, most distros have a login settings control panel where you enable/disable auto login, and identify the user account for which you want auto login to occur. There may also be a separate control for whether root is allowed to login via the login screen. Ubuntu is one example where this is the case.
Old 12-11-2005, 06:37 PM   #4
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Thank You

Thank you for the prompt replies. antiloaded's concise instructions worked. I would not have changed the Expert Options without specific instructions from somewhere.

So far, I am just going through the hard copy User Guide trying to get a big picture view of how Linux works. I have just opened YaST and the KDE control panel, looked at the options and menus and changed very little. I want to have some idea of what can be done before I change the default setup very much. Someone smarter than I am thought the default was the place to start.

The number of options and applications is overwhelming, but really wonderful. It is like installing Windows, all of Microsoft Office, Photoshop and a hundred other applications in one day and then tying to learn them all at once. Wow!!! - But can't be done with my aging feeble mind.

Kmail came pre-loaded and set up as the default email handler and I successfully set up an email account in it. It seems analogous to Outlook Express. I think I want to use Kontact (which looks like Outlook) for its' PIM functions. Does the Kmail setup automatically become part of the Kontact setup or do I need to set up the email account again?

I am not a big chat messaging fan, but my grandkids are. Also, I notice some of the help sites are offering chat as an alternative to a phone call or email support. I like that. Kopete seems to be the default chat application for the KDE desktop. Is it a good choice? How would I test it? As you can see I don't know much about chatting.

Old 12-12-2005, 10:23 AM   #5
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i use kopete to chat with family;it works well. one thing to consider is that kopete is limited in its range. I have not been able to see and or recieve files on it or use voice functions.


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