The SUSE Manuals

Your copy of openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server comes with official documentation that which can be installed to disk and (if you wish) printed.

When installed, the manuals can be found under the directory /usr/share/doc/manual/. The packages containing the English language versions of the manuals for openSUSE are named as follows:

■ opensuse-manual_en

■ opensuse-manual_en-pdf

■ opensuse-gnomeuser_en

■ opensuse-gnomeuser_en-pdf

■ apparmor-admin_en

■ apparmor-admin_en-pdf

Versions for many other languages exist with en replaced by the relevant code for the language.

These packages provide the same materials in both PDF form and HTML.

If these packages are installed, look in the directory /usr/share/doc/manual/opensuse-manual_en-pdf/. You will find the following books in PDF form:

■ openSUSE Start-Up Guide: More than 250 pages describing installation and an introduction to Linux in 13 chapters.

■ openSUSE KDE Quick Start: 12 pages describing common desktop functions with KDE.

■ openSUSE Gnome Quick Start: The equivalent short guide for GNOME users.

■ openSUSE Reference: Over 700 pages in 42 chapters, describing system administration, the main services on Linux, security, and more.

■ openSUSE KDE User Guide: Over 300 pages describing the KDE desktop environment in more detail.

■ The AppArmor Administration Guide: Describing the use of the AppArmor security framework.

■ openSUSE Gnome User Guide: Equivalent to the openSUSE KDE User Guide, but for the GNOME environment it is installed in a separate subdirectory.

All these documents can be viewed as nicely formatted PDF files and also as HTML (navigate to the appropriate directory and start by viewing the index.html file in a browser).

The SUSE official manuals have their strengths and weaknesses. They are very well produced and beautifully formatted; and the look and feel of both the PDF and the HTML versions is elegant and easy to read. The main manual openSUSE Reference should be regarded (as its name implies) as a reference book. Its coverage of the system as a whole is remarkably good, and certain chapters provide good information that is hard to find elsewhere. The installation chapter covers most common problems and includes short sections on setting up Logical Volume Management (LVM) and software RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). The network section includes subsections on Samba, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and Network Information System (NIS), and a good introduction to setting up the Domain Name System (DNS). All of this information is somewhat pared down, as a whole book could be written on any one of the topics, but the advantage is that there is a good description of setting up these services specifically on SUSE Linux, using the YaST modules.

The Start-Up book is a good introduction to installing and using SUSE Linux, aimed mainly at the new desktop user. There is a good general description of YaST and introductions to the main features of both the KDE and GNOME desktops. The chapter entitled "Getting to Know Linux Software'' gives a useful comparison between the desktop applications available on Linux and the commonly used Windows equivalents.

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