SUSE YaST tools

The YaST administrative interface is one of the strongest features of SUSE Linux. From a SUSE desktop, open the YaST Control Center by selecting YaST from the Computer menu. Figure 10-2 shows an example of the YaST Control Center that appears.

FIGURE 10-2

Use the YaST Control Center to administer SUSE systems.

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YaST has some useful tools in its Hardware section that enable you to probe your computer hardware. Selecting Hardware Information on my system, for example, enabled me to see that the CD-ROM drive that YaST detected was available through device /dev/cdrom and that it supported CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD media. I could also see detailed information about my CPU, network card, PCI devices, sound card, and various storage media.

YaST also offers interfaces for configuring and starting network devices, as well as a variety of services to run on those devices. In addition, you can use YaST to configure your computer as a client for file sharing (Samba and NFS), mail transfer agent (sendmail), and a variety of network services.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server comes with a wider range of configuration tools that are specifically geared toward server setup, including tools for configuring a mail server, VPN tunnels, and full Samba 3. Although other distributions may include proprietary tools, YaST is in a class of its own.

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