Application Guide

This manual introduces you to a variety of applications shipped with openSUSE®. It guides you through the use of these applications and helps you perform key tasks. It is intended mainly for end users.

The manual is divided into the following parts: Novell Edition

Introduces the suite, including Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Draw, and Math. Learn which additional features are included in the Novell edition of

Information Management

Get to know the e-mailing and calendaring software provided by your product. Learn how to use protected information transfer by signing and encrypting your documents or mails. Make use of note-taking applications to collect and sort information and to organize your ideas.

Communication and Collaboration

Stay in contact with others and communicate via network connections using Instant Messaging or Voice over IP.


Search for information on the Web with browsers combining the latest browsing and security technologies. Make use of file transfers client to transfer data from the Internet.


Get to know GIMP, an image manipulation program that meets the needs of both amateurs and professionals. Learn how to download digital photographs from your camera and how to manage your image collection by creating albums or exporting them to image galleries on the Web.


Get introduced to your desktop's applications for playing music and movies. Learn how to create data or audio CDs and DVDs for archiving your data.

Many chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation resources. These include additional documentation that is available on the system, as well as documentation available on the Internet.

For an overview of the documentation available for your product and the latest documentation updates, refer to or to the following section.