Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I've just started using Linux — openSUSE 11.2 — after 15 years of using Windows. From Windows, I'm used to installing any software with just a few clicks. I'm confused by Linux's .tar, .rpm, &c. files; I don't even know how to download them.

How can I install browser plugins and other software, like VLC, in openSUSE 11.2/Linux?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Read through the documentation the the SuSE website here http://en.opensuse.org/Package_management and here http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_Software_Management . If you can't get a grasp on it switch to Ubuntu and read through the documentation on there wiki https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ it is one of the easiest and most widely supported distros out there right now.

I recommend switching to Ubuntu because it seems like you are trying to convert over from Windows... Ubuntu is great for that its like linux with training wheels :)

Note: Not saying SuSE isn't a good starter distro just saying Ubuntu is great mainly because of the huge community surrounding it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.