I recently downloaded the latest version of SuSe via the stickied link at the top of this forum. I installed it to my storage harddrive which actually had just been cleaned so didn't need to format.
Anyway, it was my first ever linux install and that pretty much went well and I'm actually writing this from the Konqueror browser heh. But, have no idea what UNIX is, or how to use it. I have -some- experience using shell commands but that's from window's cmd function and it's mainly changing directories, and copying files. Not executing them or modifying permissions, etc.
So far, though, the main problems I seem to be having are the following:
1. I don't know how to install programs... I've sorta figured out .tar.gz but not .run
2. For some reason, my sound isn't working at all, though I believe my sound card was detected.
3. My mouse's forward and back thumb buttons aren't working in Firefox or Konqueror (Logitech mx518)
The first program I attempted to install was AIM. I clicked on the download link for SuSe and it gave me an .rpm file which opened with real player which I don't think it was supposed to. I opened up the shell and tried messing around with exec and other 'run' functions but had no luck. I then downloaded the .tar.gz version of AIM and that had an instruction on what to type in the console though I had to log out and log in as root to execute the command. That installed okay, and I managed to get that working but I can't close the console once I start AIM because it will shut AIM off too... intended?
My next problem, however, is trying to install drivers for my graphics card (Radeon x800 XT PE) and trying to fix my soundcard (Creative Audigy 2 ZS Gamer) and mouse button issues. Turns out creative doesn't even have linux drivers, though the ALSA(sp?) package that came with SuSe is supposed to support my card. And there are no 3D drivers for my card (fglrx i believe is the name or something OpenGL related). Back on topic, these drivers and other programs seem to come in formats with the .run extension. I cannot seem to get these to install. They download, but then open with a word processor and I see a bunch of binary/commands inside of it. I saved to disk one time and tried using the exec command in the shell but that failed and I don't believe the SuSe help guide includes a UNIX guide
Is there anything you guys could do to help me out?