YaST, a good friend in OpenSUSE

Some time ago I commented that, due to a 'bad maneuver' call also take the shortest way, it had broken the boot of my PC and I could only start my partition from Windows.

You guys gave me tons of solutions but after trying several, the GRUB happy he was still firm with error 13 (and depending on what he did with the SuperGrubDisc, varied to errors 15, 17 and 21).

Finally, I came to the conclusion that the installation problem was not my PC, it was not Windows, not even the partitioning or other issues: the problem was the CD with OpenSUSE 11.0 with which he tried, over and over again, to restore the GRUB.

Luckily, this was solved yesterday with the smooth and flat reinstallation of the distro de Linux, Changing KDE by GNOME. I just had to boot after installing to get everything to work on rails.

I think I had also commented to them that, after having used Kubuntu, then Ubuntu, Linux Mint and now SUSE, I have a predilection for the KDE graphical environment (it is truly a personal matter, for many people GNOME environments are more intuitive and similar to Windows).

So now I must start a task not so long nor so arduous to install the graphical environment, the applications and configure, as I like, the desktop.

Imagine if this same task had to be carried out in Windows. Should:
* Install the applications that I want (and hope that they are functional);
* Uninstall the ones that I no longer want (if possible ... after IE we already know that some Windows applications should be left in place);
* Customize the desktop;
* Of course, you will need to restart your computer as many times as necessary :)

How long do you think all of this would take? Yes… quite.

But in OpenSUSE I have a good friend: called YaST. Let's go to the wiki:

YaST (acronym for Yet another Setup Tool, roughly translated as " Yet Another Setup Tool " ) is an application for the openSUSE Linux distribution, as well as the commercial versions of SUSE Linux, which facilitates system administration and software installation. . Its history dates back to the beginning of distribution. YaST, along with SaX, is among the most powerful and user-friendly tools for Linux system administration
In its early days, YaST was closed source but after Novell's purchase of SuSE Linux AG it was released under the GNU GPL license.

Its functions include:

* Administration of super server services (inetd and xinetd)
* Apache web server administration
* Postfix mail server configuration
* User and group management
* Security politics
* Install / uninstall software
* Generic hardware configuration (sound cards, mice, joysticks, video capture cards, disk management, printers, scanners, Bluetooth, network cards, WiFi ...)
* Generate boot disks
* Load manufacturer's driver disks (reads most windows .inf files)
* Advanced system management (sysconfig)

What does this mean? That all the modifications, installations, uninstallations, the handling of package updates and others I will be able to handle in a way centralized using this tool.

Of course, admin or root to make modifications using the YaST (to avoid problems, always remember: when you use Linux, you are fully responsible for the correct or incorrect use of your PC).

Finally, just by logging into YaST as administrator and installing the patterns: KDE4 desktop environment and KDE4 base system, I already have all the applications I need installed IN ONE TIME.

I think I am not wrong in saying that YaST is a strong candidate to become a good friend of mine: razz:. And if not, we can always turn to the console.

And you, What good friend do you have on your Linux distro?

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  1.   I am said

    I swear I feel like you are speaking advanced Chinese

  2.   I am said

    Congratulations Nitsuga for your blog.

  3.   Morpheus said

    Synaptic, the compiz fusion scale plugin, firefox, rhythmbox, liferea, the console, evolution (and its calendar) and a few other programs that make my life easier.

    A greeting!

  4.   nitsuga said

    I tell you how long it takes in windows:
    1) Download WindowsBlinds (to change theme) (~ 40MB): 30 minutes
    2) Search for crack: 2 hours
    3) Search and download topic: 15 minutes
    4) Download BootXP: (~ 5MB): 10 minutes
    5) Search and download topic: 15 minutes
    6) Make it work: 30 minutes
    7) Find and download LogonLoader: about 15 minutes
    8) Configure it
    9) Search and download topic: 15 minutes

    I think in total it took me about 8 hours to customize windows, and there are no such things as gfxboot ( http://aprendiendolinux.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/grub-tipo-suse-en-linux/ ) that would be about 2 more reboots ...

    IN linux all that takes me, at most, 1 hour.

  5.   kernel said

    Well, I use dreamlinux and the DreamlinuxControlPanel despite being quite simple is quite useful, here I leave a link to an image of it

    At one point I got to try PC Linux OS and the only thing I liked was the drakeconf, inherited from mandriva


    If it wasn't because it was KDE and it worked with .rpm packages, I would have stayed with PCLOS ... but testing is the only way to get what you want.

    I do not want to sound very stall, I stay in his moments of radicalization, but, although at some point I liked and used Suse, Yast being the reason why I made such a decision, it would be good (if you want Naty) to try another distro ... which is not be from Novell ...

    I am not going to hijack the line of this post, but in order not to give a blank statement and leave everything in the air, whoever is interested a little about Novell can read (in English: p) http://boycottnovell.com/

  6.   LJMarín said

    Synaptic, which is in both Debian and PCLOS, Krusader, Ktorrent, Akregator, Konqueror and a long ect.

    With Debian (netinstall) you can do what you say to install everything at ease, a minimal installation and then you can install the graphical environment you want from the console, or you can download a copy over the network either KDE or GNOME.

    Debian install it that way, a minimal installation then by console install KDE, already with Synaptic I have been installing what I need, it costs a little more to set it up but you make sure you have only what you need.

    Now for easy PCLOS xD

    I'm used to typing in the apt-get terminal 'plis-plas' as you say is a personal matter of taste.

  7.   nitsuga said

    @esty: There is no "Advanced Chinese", only "Traditional Chinese" and "Basic Chinese".
    And we are not speaking in Chinese, but in Romanian, as N @ ty said (thank goodness we did not reach the "dead language")

    PS: In case nobody noticed, now you can click on my nick

  8.   f sources said

    I love "apt-get", I'm so ubiquitous that when I got to SuSE one day I got "stuck" and took it off my hard drive

  9.   nitsuga said

    @esty: thank you very much! ahh! and leaving comments does not cause impotence ehh!

  10.   N @ ty said

    How good nitsuga congratulations !!

  11.   amash@home said

    I used debian for a long time, and apt-get was one of my best friends ... like synaptic, but for those who have just started from scratch with linux, as it happens with some other friends, SUSE is something really simple ...
    Then curiosity leads you to try other distros, now I have SlackWare installed for example and that makes me dizzy xD!
    I'm still new to this ^^

    Greetingsss !!!

  12.   bachi.tux said

    In my case, I went through the two extremes: from Ubuntu to OpenSUSE.

    In the distros that use aptitude as the installation and package manager, the speed and efficiency of the manager they use is really admirable, in addition to its easy configuration through the sources.list. It's what I miss the most about Ubuntu.

    But when I "definitively" moved to OpenSUSE, YaST2 was almost on its heels. It is not AS slow as some say, you just have to keep in mind that they are two different work engines. What if it is slow or it has seemed to me is the management of zypper in console in SUSE. It is not compared to aptitude, but YaST2 visually is not very slow.

    Maybe you don't care about the speed of the package manager. OpenSUSE thanks to Dio I got rid of the acute "versionitis" that tormented me.

    Now I use quiet, and when there are updates, I cheek and install.

    The important thing to recommend that there is always in a Linux Distro another one behind, a Mother Distro, from which speed, performance, handling and configuration will be inherited. Taking this into account, it can be deduced "how it works" our selected Distro.

  13.   javobqcol said

    Well, the one who believes that the yast tool is ONLY a package manager. yes, but well lost .. yast is the most complete control panel that currently can be found in a linux distribution, package management, but also device configuration, kernel settings, backup, boot loader, LM, partitioner, profile manager, system services, date and time, network devices, Configuration of services such as apache, mail, LDAP, NIS, nfs, iscsi, sshd, samba, FTP, TFTP, squid, DNS, DHCP, apparmor, common server certificates, management of certificate authorities, firewalls, users, and the list goes on and on, the closest thing to yast is suddenly webmin .. but following yast from afar

  14.   John Montoya said

    hey dog, and how do you install?