- http://www.opensuse.org/ has a wiki with lots of information, howtos, etc.
- The openSUSE project doesn't supports any patent encumbered codec. Doesn't include packages in the official repositories and doesn't gives information about how/where to obtain packages. To obtain this kind of information you must go to http://opensuse-community.org
- The only third party repositories you need are Packman ( http://packman.links2linux.org/ ) and VideoLAN ( http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/11.0/ ). And VideoLAN is really only needed for the libdvdcss package that adds support for commercial DVDs.
- If you are searching for a package not available in your installed repositories use http://software.opensuse.org/search. It doesn't searches into Packman or VideoLAN repositories. Alternatively you can use http://packages.opensuse-community.org
- openSUSE uses libzypp based software for package management (zypper, opensuse-updater, YaST module, 1-Click) by default. But alternatively/complementarily you can use libapt (from Debian) based software (apt-get, Synaptic), yum (from Fedora) with yumex and kyum, and Smart.
Most people uses libzypp or Smart. To install Smart and have a good working configuration just follow the instructions from this post: http://dev-loki.blogspot.com/2008/06...nsuse-110.html
- Since some kernel developers think non-open sourced kernel modules violates their copyright openSUSE only includes open source drivers (the same for Suse Linux Enterprise). The most common hardware affected by this is ATI/NVIDIA graphic cards and Atheros based WiFi cards. But driver developers have created third-party repositories with their drivers packaged for openSUSE: http://madwifi.org/suse/11.0/ , http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/11.0/ and http://www2.ati.com/suse/11.0/. I include them here for Smart users, but you can install them with 1-Click links.
- You will listen a lot that openSUSE *was* a KDE based distro but since Novel bought it now is a Gnome oriented distro. The fact is that in the last survey 68,3% of openSUSE users mainly used KDE3 or KDE4, only 26,9% mainly used Gnome. So yes, Gnome now is better supported than before, and if your prefer Gnome use Gnome. But if you are a KDE user don't change because of openSUSE... there are 3 KDE users for each Gnome user (these users report bugs that are fixed) and KDE support from Novell still is so good like it was before.
- All this information is explained better in http://www.opensuse.org/ and http://opensuse-community.org . Just search it.
http://en.opensuse.org/Communicate/Mailinglists - http://en.opensuse.org/Mailinglists
http://bugzilla.novell.com/ - http://en.opensuse.org/Submitting_Bug_Reports