12.0 Help and Documentation
openSUSE® comes with various sources of information and
documentation, many of which are already integrated in your installed
- Desktop Help Centers
The help centers of both the KDE desktop (KDE help center) and the GNOME desktop
(Yelp) provide central access to the most important documentation
resources on your system in searchable form. These resources include
online help for installed applications, man pages, info pages, and the
Novell/SUSE manuals delivered with your product.
Learn more about your desktop's help center in
Section 12.1, Using the KDE Help Center and
Section 12.2, Using GNOME Yelp.
- Separate Help Packages for Some Applications
When installing new software with YaST, the software documentation is
installed automatically in most cases and usually appears in the help
center of your desktop. However, some applications, such as The GIMP,
may have different online help packages that can be installed
separately with YaST and do not integrate into the help centers.
- Documentation in /usr/share/doc
This traditional help directory holds various documentation files and
the release notes for your system. Find more detailed information in
Documentation Directory, (↑ Reference ).
- Man Pages and Info Pages for Shell Commands
When working with the shell, you do not need to know the options of the
commands by heart. Traditionally, the shell provides integrated help by
means of man pages and info pages. Read more in
Man Pages, (↑ Reference ) and
Info Pages, (↑ Reference ).