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Using openSUSE is incredibly easy, when you know how – but figuring everything out by yourself with no prior knowledge of GNU/Linux is no small task. In fact, I’m sure that a very high percentage of the people who try to migrate fail and quit, and often the showstoppers are really very basic issues. Therefore I’ve written and maintained a beginner’s guide to openSUSE in Danish for every release since SUSE Linux 9.3, documenting the basics needed to getting started using openSUSE as a home desktop OS. For openSUSE 11.2 I’ve decided to maintain the guide in English instead. You’ll find it here:
http://opensuse-guide.org (Thanks to the board for granting permission to use a *opensuse* domain name)
Some people may wonder why I don’t just use the wiki. Which is a good question, but:
- I want to control the direction and vision for my work
- I’m considering putting ads on it at some point
- Using the wiki can be limiting technically and possibly even legally
- The guide is GFDL’ed with no invariant sections, so you can fork it if I get hit by a bus or don’t do a good job.
I’m very interested in feedback of course and will continue to update and incrementally improve the guide.
The “Installing Software” chapter has an embedded screencast using the
<video> element – more and better screencasts are planned – only works with Firefox 3.5/Seamonkey 2.0 of course (I’d appreciate it, if someone could tell me whether it works with recent Google Chrome on MS Windows or not, doesn’t seem to want to work with Chromium).