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Old 03-22-2005, 01:17 PM   #1
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Suse Newb: Not Linux Newb

First of all. I have been a rabid Linux fan/user for about 3 years. I love what it can do and I am trying to explore every end of the spectrum of Linux Flavors. Long story short, started with Red Hat, currently use Gentoo, trying to switch to Suse.

I have some questions which I am having trouble gettings answered. All are related to getting the ball rolling with Suse.

1) To install a program, for instance Firefox, what is the order of operation. I can see an instance of FF in the YAST listing. When I try to do an autoinstall (or whatever) I get a message that says I need to insert the installation cd. I installed the OS from an ISO. Which cd is it asking for (It doesn't seem to be the ISO).

When this doesn't work, I get the 'executable' from firefox's site and I run into some errors that google thinks are suse specific.

1a) What is the "Typical" way of getting things installed? I am typically accustomed to Gentoo's "emerge" and I hear that apt-get may be a similar concept (End user wise). Is this true? Is this something I need to look into?

2ish) I hear a lot of talk about setting the ftp location for updates. Could someone point me in the direction of where this is documented?

So, I assume there is a document somewhere that points me in this direction or is entitled "Getting started with Suse (post-installation)". A simple RTFM reply would be fine for this as long as a link is supplied.

Thanks guys, hate to sound like a total newb but I feel like I am missing a key document. Also I appreciate anyone's help!


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Old 03-22-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
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Check out this link -

Be sure to add packman and Suse guru as repositories.

Welcome to suse and good luck.
Old 03-22-2005, 01:44 PM   #3
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Yeah baby.

Forgive me, I am not at my home machine now so I can't get this happening RIGHT NOW!

Let me get this straight though.
Ok so I can put these into YAST and I will be able to get the information that these sites provide? This sounds too good to be true. I think I remember seeing where I can input the FTP sites. I will definitely give this thing a shot though.

Thanks a billion.
Old 03-22-2005, 01:45 PM   #4
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1. Have you updated (refreshed) your sources in Yast ? If you installed using one cd, then that cd should be the only one it is aware of until you add the YOU ftp lines and repositories in youngtom's post.

1a. Under SuSE, the 'typical' way is to use Yast - check the manual that will have been installed by default, or just play with it until you get the hang of it.

2. See above post, and google for SuSE mirrors. Read the Rute Users Guide from cover to cover...


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Once you update your repositories then Yast will show you packages in blue located in one of your repositories that are newer than you have installed. red packages are older than what you have installed. Read this link for an overview with screen shots of the process of updating - then read the rest of the yast sticky for the various repositories available. Suse has a few supplementary repositories + packman + the Suse guru sites that you can use with yast that should take care of most of your needs. If you want bleeding edge stuff then you can go out and manually install rpms. In any event, read that sticky carefully as it has lots of important info.

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Old 03-22-2005, 07:32 PM   #6
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Do what I did and Go out and BUY a complete suse 9.2 and load it, It works!
Old 03-23-2005, 01:31 AM   #7
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rodericij - don't worry about goosehunter. the rest of us are looking forward to hearing how it all turns out.
Old 03-23-2005, 05:39 AM   #8
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Here are some instructions

OK, here is something that should help you. We can load realplayer as an example:

1. Go to
2. Download the RPM package.
3. Go into Yast: Startbar (KDE), System, Yast
4. Click on Software
5. Click on "Change Source of installation"
6. Click "Add", "Local Directory"
7. Close that out.
8. Click "Install and Remove software"
9. Click the search box, and search for "real"
10. Check the box next to real and click the "Install" button.
11. Real will automatically be installed and found under the Multimedia group on KDE.

This same procedure works if you add an FTP site like one of the people mentioned above, then you will have a whole installation directory. I hope a real live example helps.


Old 03-23-2005, 12:22 PM   #9
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Or just download the RPM, view it in Konqueror.

Click on the little box that says Install using YaST.
Old 03-25-2005, 10:03 AM   #10
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This is all really really great stuff.

I went home and I tried the FTP thing. I originally put about 5 of the ftp sites in as my directories. When I started YAST to get the new package lists, it pretty much pooped out.

I tried again only using 1 of the ftp sites and it worked just fine. That is a pretty sweet system.

I did have a problem with firefox though. It seems that my local display is not an acceptable env variable. That is a whole different story. This is good stuff guys. Thanks a million. I dig this YAST thing.

Anyone know if mythtv has an RPM?

Edit: Sorry I can't be specific about which sites did and didn't work...again...I am at work!


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