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Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC - PCSTATS
Abstract: We'll look at SUSE Personal 9.1 and explore the process of installing Linux onto your hard drive as a full operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 18 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Customizing SUSE: Locating your options

If you are an experienced Windows user, familiar with using the control panel, computer and device manager windows to configure your system, you'll probably want to know where the equivalents are in SUSE Linux.

Let's break it down into sections. For configuring desktop settings and software, you'll want to go to the Control Center. This can be accessed through the 'start' menu button, and contains just about every desktop and peripheral option you're likely to be looking for. It's the broad equivalent of the control panel in Windows XP.

If you want to configure your video card, monitor and other video settings, you need to enter the SaX2 configuration application, as we detailed above. This screen can also be accessed through ''start' menu\system\configuration\SaX2'.

To configure system hardware, network connection settings, DSL dialup settings, users and groups, firewalls, system security, printers and a host of other important settings, use the YaST configuration tool. This is the same versatile application used during the installation process, and it contains all the same options, plus others. If you wish to change any of your installation settings, this is the place to go. To open YaST, go to ''start' button\system\YaST.

While you are here, you should run the update tool ('software\online update') to get your SUSE box completely up to date. If you are using an nVidia-based video card, the patch available from here will enable 3D support on your card.

Finally, for a quick look at your installed hardware, a la 'device manager' in Windows, click the 'SUSE hardware tool' icon in the taskbar. This will open a little device manager window which is a subapp of YaST.

Next up, we'll tackle using some programs in SUSE like Open Office and KMail.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
 Pg 2.  Booting and Partitioning
 Pg 3.  Viewing and modifying partition information
 Pg 4.  Customizing software packages
 Pg 5.  Network Configuration
 Pg 6.  Downloading and Patching
 Pg 7.  Creating User Accounts
 Pg 8.  Part 2: Getting your Linux 'legs'
 Pg 9.  System administration with root password
 Pg 10.  Configuring the Desktop and Internet
 Pg 11.  Shared files and folders over a network
 Pg 12.  — Customizing SUSE: Locating your options
 Pg 13.  Open Office and other Applications

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