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SUSE Linux 10.1 Kick Start is a quick, task-oriented electronic guide to installing, configuring, extending and troubleshooting the hot new SUSE Linux 10.1 distribution and its most important new features -- including the awe-inspiring XGL 3D graphics for the desktop and handy NetManager utility for trouble-free wi-fi access anywhere.

Delivered in Adobe PDF format for quick and easy access, SUSE Linux 10.1 Kick Start is an electronic resource that clearly and concisely shows new SUSE 10.1 users how to get installation and configuration right the first time. No long and windy discussions of the politics of open source, no painfully slow walkthroughs of already intuitive desktop software -- just a to-the-point, ultra-accessible guide showing the steps to take to successfully install and configure SUSE Linux 10.1 for desktop computing.

Table of Contents

1 Introducing SUSE Linux 10.1

1.1 The different versions of SUSE Linux

1.2 Changes since SUSE Linux 10.0

1.3 Release information, supported architectures, and system requirements

1.4 Licensing and rights: what you can and can't do with SUSE Linux

2 Installing SUSE Linux 10.1

2.1 32-bit or 64-bit?

2.2 Upgrade tips and information

2.3 Switching from other GNU/Linux distributions

2.4 Switching from Microsoft Windows

2.5 Preinstall checklist

2.6 Booting from the installation media

2.7 Installer configuration options

2.8 Drive partitioning

2.9 Selecting software packages

2.10 Finalizing your settings

2.11 Hostname, Root Password, Networking, and Users

2.12 Release notes

2.13 Graphics, printers, and sound card configuration

2.14 First boot

3 Post-install configuration

3.1 Configuring your computer with YaST and SaX

3.2 Networking and modems

3.3 Installation sources

3.4 Staying up to date

3.5 Installing the ATI video driver

3.6 Installing the Nvidia video driver

3.7 DVD video playback for 32-bit systems

3.8 DVD video playback for 64-bit systems

3.9 Playing Windows media files

3.10 Adding more software

3.11 Enhancing your graphics with XGL and Compiz

3.12 Printing

3.13 Sound configuration

3.14 Setting up email

4 Transferring data from Microsoft Windows

4.1 Mass transfer of data and settings from Microsoft Windows

4.2 Data destinations: where to put your files

4.3 Moving old email from Windows

4.4 Moving system fonts from Windows

4.5 Using MS Office documents in SUSE 10.1

5 Where to go for help

5.1 Web links

5.2 Related books and further reading

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction: Conventions Used in This Digital Short Cut
  3. 1. Introducing SUSE Linux 10.1
    1. 1.1. How to Pronounce SUSE Linux
    2. 1.2. The Different Versions of SUSE Linux
      1. 1.2.1. For Home Computers
      2. 1.2.2. For Business Use
      3. 1.2.3. Live DVD
    3. 1.3. Changes Since SUSE Linux 10.0
    4. 1.4. Release Information, Supported Architectures, and System Requirements
    5. 1.5. Licensing and Rights: What You Can and Can’t Do with SUSE Linux
  4. 2. Installing SUSE Linux 10.1
    1. 2.1. 32-Bit or 64-Bit?
    2. 2.2. Upgrade Information
    3. 2.3. Switching from Other GNU/Linux Distributions
    4. 2.4. Making the SUSE Linux CDs or DVD
    5. 2.5. Preinstall Checklist
    6. 2.6. Booting from the Installation Media
    7. 2.7. Installer Configuration Options
      1. 2.7.1. Language and Locality
      2. 2.7.2. Testing the Installation Media
      3. 2.7.3. License Agreement
      4. 2.7.4. Installation Mode
      5. 2.7.5. Add-On Product Installation
      6. 2.7.6. Region and Time Zone
      7. 2.7.7. Choosing a Desktop Environment
    8. 2.8. Drive Partitioning
      1. 2.8.1. Installing to a Second Hard Drive
      2. 2.8.2. Dual Booting with Microsoft Windows
      3. 2.8.3. Replacing an Existing Operating System
      4. 2.8.4. Dual Booting with Another GNU/Linux Distribution
      5. 2.8.5. Other Partitioning Options
    9. 2.9. Selecting Software Packages
      1. 2.9.1. Disk Space Requirements
      2. 2.9.2. Navigating Software Groups
      3. 2.9.3. Choosing Packages
    10. 2.10. Finalizing Your Settings
    11. 2.11. Hostname, Root Password, Networking, and Users
      1. 2.11.1. Hostname and Domain Name
      2. 2.11.2. Setting the Root Password
      3. 2.11.3. Network Configuration
      4. 2.11.4. DSL Connections
      5. 2.11.5. Dial-Up Internet Connections
      6. 2.11.6. Testing Your Internet Connection
      7. 2.11.7. Adding User Accounts
    12. 2.12. Release Notes
    13. 2.13. Graphics, Printers, and Sound Card Configuration
      1. 2.13.1. Graphics Settings
      2. 2.13.2. CRT Monitor Selection
      3. 2.13.3. LCD and Laptop Monitor Selection
      4. 2.13.4. Screen Size and Aspect Ratio
      5. 2.13.5. Changing the Display Resolution
      6. 2.13.6. Color Depth
      7. 2.13.7. 3D Acceleration
      8. 2.13.8. Testing Your Display Settings
      9. 2.13.9. Printer Setup
      10. 2.13.10. Sound Setup
      11. 2.13.11. TV Cards and Bluetooth
      12. 2.13.12. Finalizing Your Settings
    14. 2.14. First Boot
      1. 2.14.1. Distorted or Badly Proportioned Graphics
      2. 2.14.2. Finding the Printer Again
      3. 2.14.3. The Welcome Screen
      4. 2.14.4. KTip
      5. 2.14.5. Bad Monitor Geometry
      6. 2.14.6. Explore!
  5. 3. Post-Install Configuration
    1. 3.1. Configuring Your Computer with YaST and SaX
    2. 3.2. Networking and Modems
      1. 3.2.1. Atheros Driver Installation
      2. 3.2.2. Using NDISwrapper for Unsupported Wireless Network Cards
      3. 3.2.3. Configuring a Wireless Network
      4. 3.2.4. Dial-Up Modem Configuration
    3. 3.3. Installation Sources
    4. 3.4. Staying Up to Date
      1. 3.4.1. Adding an Update Server Address
      2. 3.4.2. The ZENworks Update Notification Icon
    5. 3.5. Installing the ATI Video Driver
    6. 3.6. Installing the NVIDIA Video Driver
    7. 3.7. Playing Windows Media Files and Enabling xine
    8. 3.8. DVD Video Playback for 32-Bit Systems
    9. 3.9. DVD Video Playback for 64-Bit Systems
    10. 3.10. Adding More Software
    11. 3.11. Enhancing Your Graphics with XGL and Compiz
      1. 3.11.1. Hardware Requirements
      2. 3.11.2. Required Packages
    12. 3.12. Printing
      1. 3.12.1. Installing a New Printer
      2. 3.12.2. USB Printers
      3. 3.12.3. Parallel Printers
    13. 3.13. Sound Configuration
      1. 3.13.1. For KDE
      2. 3.13.2. For GNOME
    14. 3.14. Setting Up Email
      1. 3.14.1. Configuring Evolution
      2. 3.14.2. Configuring KMail/Kontact
      3. 3.14.3. Configuring Thunderbird
      4. 3.14.4. Changing the Default Email Client and Web Browser
        1. 3.14.4.1. For KDE
        2. 3.14.4.2. For GNOME
    15. 3.15. Laptop-Specific Configuration
    16. 3.16. PDA Synchronization
      1. 3.16.1. Palm
      2. 3.16.2. Pocket PC
    17. 3.17. Customizing the Interface
      1. 3.17.1. Changing the Background and Screensaver
      2. 3.17.2. Adding/Removing Menu Bar Items
      3. 3.17.3. Selecting a Different Theme
    18. 3.18. Switching Desktop Environments
    19. 3.19. For Advanced Users: AppArmor and XEN
  6. 4. Transferring Data from Microsoft Windows
    1. 4.1. Mass Transfer of Data and Settings from Microsoft Windows
    2. 4.2. Data Destinations: Where to Put Your Files
    3. 4.3. Moving Old Email from Windows
      1. 4.3.1. Importing into Evolution
      2. 4.3.2. Importing into KMail
      3. 4.3.3. Importing into Thunderbird
    4. 4.4. Moving System Fonts from Windows
    5. 4.5. Using MS Office Documents in SUSE 10.1
  7. 5. Where to Go for Help
    1. 5.1. Web Links
    2. 5.2. Related Books and Further Reading