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Installing OpenSUSE 10.2 and/or 10.3

For a basic overview of the installation of openSUSE 10.3 from CD/DVDs, click here. This page is for specific information of installing openSUSE 10.3 through YaST, including installing Live CD versions.

Booting The Installation

Welcome to openSUSE! To begin your installation, insert either the DVD or CD 1 of the CDs that you download. Once the media loads correctly, you will be presented with a blue or green (10.2 - blue, 10.3 - green) screen with several options available for you. Selection "Installation" from the list of options, but if you receive any errors with the installer then try "Installation - ACPI Disabled."

Additional Boot options

The following explains the options presented to you.

Boot from Hard Disk - This will boot your hard drive in its current state, and completely ignore the installation (this will have nothing to do with OpenSUSE, and will boot your old Operating System, if present).

Installation - This is the standard option and will begin the process of installing OpenSUSE without any additional settings.

Installation - ACPI Disabled - This will disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI). If your computer encounters any problems during installation, try this setting.

Memory Test - If you encounter problems that the above option does not solve, try this option. Memory Test will test your computer's memory for any problems that would interfere with it.

Language Settings

If your integrated graphics system is somewhat new, it will be able to load a graphical installation system, and present to you a selection of languages to start you off. Here, use your mouse to select your preferred language, and select Next to move on. If you choose to change the default language, the screen will instantly change and present your chosen language to continue the installation in.

Media Check

At this step you can check your media to see if the DVD or CDs you have are working properly. We recommend checking them if you are unsure as this will prevent you from being left with a possibly useless computer, if you have no back up. This should be done if it is the first use of the media or if it is not kept in decent condition.

Customizing your Installation

From this point to installation you will be customizing how you want openSUSE to install.

Next, you are presented with a selection of new or update. If you have a previous version of openSUSE, the update option will be presented to you, otherwise select new.
On openSUSE 10.3, the option to add repositories is available. In many cases, your Ethernet many not work properly if not set up here. It is recommended that you take the time to add these.

On this next screen, you are given choices of time zones. Select yours, and if you need to change the time or date, select Change. Note: The time is presented in the 24-hour clock format.

Your next option will be to choose a Desktop Environment. If you are unsure of which to choose, you should note that both provide modern desktop solutions and perform equally well. Most of the screen shots you have seen online of openSUSE will be of the KDE version.

Installation Settings

You are now just one screen away from seeing openSUSE installing. YaST will automatically review your system, and make a layout of what and where to install your system. The default layout should be fine for a new user, but you can select change to choose other options. The following explains the options available to you.

Software - Software allows you to select certain applications that appeal to you, and prevent ones that you don't want to see from installing. You can search, or just select categories. Selecting details will allow you to select individual applications from within these categories.

Partitioning - Partitioning will allow you to create your own partitioning layout of your hard drive. By default, you must have a Swap Space, and a Root (/) partition. It is recommended that you create a Home partition as well so that your files are not combined with Root's.

Keyboard Layout - This will select the keyboard, and its settings used for installation.

Booting - Booting will let you configure the Linux Boot Loader.

Time Zone - Setting the time zone of your system if it needs to be changed, select this.

Language - Will set your language. Will probably be unused since you selected your language in the first section.

Default Runlevel - Will set the Runlevel of the system. Runlevel 5 is the default and recommended.

Reset to Defaults - Will remove your settings, and let you start over if you changed something you did not wish to.

Once these actions have completed, select next to begin the actual installation, and wait while it installs.

Post Installation

When the install process is over, the system will automatically reboot and it will continue with the final configurations for the system. First, you must select a root (System Administrator) password, and then, you have to choose a hostname and Domain Name for the system. After this, you will see a screen with Network Configurations.

Configure your network to your liking. If you don't use specifics, than just glance over it, ensure everything is read, and then continue.

Next, you can test your internet. If your internet works, you can then update it through the next screen, and add installation sources.

After this, choose a user name, a password, and continue. Read release notes and then configure your hardware. That's it! Congratulations! Click the "Finish" button and you'll be automatically logged in into your new openSUSE machine. We hope you will find openSUSE a great, useful and wonderful Linux distribution.


Graphical boot menu freezes

If the graphical boot menu doesn't show or freezes, try press and hold Shift on the keyboard when booting the installation media. This starts the text-mode boot menu instead.

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