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What is the application? It might be that they supply different binaries for different OS-es. A .exe certainly is a windows and not a linux executable, but they might be able to help you. Otherwise, yes, you might be able to run it under WINE. Quick google and it looks like a SUSE user might start here ( ) for background and further info about running windows apps under WINE. If you can find a linux binary for your application, though, that would be the happier/easier/better way to go, but WINE is pretty nifty.

For your network problems, let me be sure I have this right ( because wireless is a whole nuther kettle of fish ): you have an ethernet card and the system recognizes it, but you can't actually get on the network?

If so,

-- can you post the error messages ( if any ) that you get? You can also try this:
- become root
- /bin/grep eth /var/log/messages

-- open an shell ( xterm ) window and type this: /sbin/ifconfig

This will tell you information about your network interfaces. You should have at least one listed ( probably eth0 ) besides the loopback address. Be sure that it has an ip address, netmask and broadcast that all look sane. e.g.:

[dan@localhost ~]$ /sbin/ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:11:11:CA:56:14
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::211:11ff:feca:5614/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:9125176 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:5378830 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:2464272260 (2.2 GiB) TX bytes:1041396825 (993.1 MiB)

If the problem is that you don't have an ip address, the it depends a bit on how you have configured your networking. If you want to use a static address, then be sure that you've specified on for that interface in your network setup. Else, if you want to use DHCP, be sure that you you've configured your network to use dhcp and that it is actually working. The system logs in step one above will make it pretty plain if dhcp is failing for some reason. You could also just try ( as root ) calling dhclient on eth0 and see what happens.

As for basic working knowledge, o'reilly has a bunch of books for users new to linux, as do other publishers. Some are heavily skewed to specific GUI appliactions that exist only on certain distributions. Others explain things in terms of the native system commands and the native configuration files. Go for the latter. It is easier to find a tool that you like to simplify administration once you know how things really work than it is to figure out how to survive w/out a tool that isn't doing what you need it to do. That said, I'd be shocked if SUSE didn't provide you with configuration tools to cover the basics. Haven't run SUSE for years and years, so I don't really know what is there currently....
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