OpenSuse KDE
Desktop Training - OpenSuse

My first impression of OpenSuse with KDE was a good one. A mix of visual surprises, quick loading windows, and a sense of snappiness was all it took to get me hooked. The first thing  I noticed about OpenSuse and KDE was the ktip that was presented to me upon startup. Here i was shown a tip for using KDE and i was able to browse additional tips by clicking the Next and Previous buttons at the bottom. You may also stop tips from showing on startup by unchecking the checkbox on the bottom left.

ktip in OpenSuse 10.3

Another thing I noticed right away was the many shortcut icons made available to me both on the desktop and the toolbar.

Here are the default icons that showed up on my toolbar

OpenSuse 10.3 icons on toolbar

Here are the icons on my OpenSuse  desktop. 

OpenSuse 10.3 icons on desktop

The OpenSuse  KDE menu offers visual flare and unique accessibility. After clicking on the OpenSuse icon on the bottom left side of the OpenSuse  KDE desktop you will see the a search filed at the top of the menu and five different categories at the bottom. Between the search and category sections in the middle of the menu is where the menu items are listed. The favorites category contains Firefox, Kontact, Amarok, digiKam, the Home folder, personal settings, the KDE help center and Konsole which is a Terminal program.

OpenSuse 10.3 KDE menu with favorites selected

Clicking on Applications brings up sub categories Games, Graphics, Internet, Multimedia, Office, System, and utilities all of which are filled with applications specific to each category.

OpenSuse 10.3 KDE menu with applications selected

Under computer we can change admin settings, install new software, check system information, and we have access to system folders like Home, My Documents, and Network folders. 

OpenSuse 10.3 KDE menu with Computer selected

The History tab shows us where we've been for quick and easy access to the past. 

OpenSuse 10.3 KDE menu with history selected

If we click on the Leave tab we have access to all of the options we could want for shutting down, restarting, logging out, locking the computer, switching users, suspending the disk, placing the system on standby and more.

OpenSuse 10.3 KDE menu with leave selected