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Old 11-07-2009, 06:47 AM   #1
davidhs
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Migrating from Mandriva 2008.1 to openSUSE 11.1


I'm trying to migrate from Mandriva to openSUSE, so i popped my openSUSE 11.1 DVD an select the update option, and when it's installing packages, it caused many conflicts but i choose to ignore it, and when the installation finished, the installer can't set up grub, so i try to install it again, by choosing new installation option, it boots, but can't start X and the shell still displays "Mandriva 2008.1". So what should i do? I don't want to format the whole partition because i have self-compiled applications in /usr/local.

EDIT: changed the openSUSE version, made a typo.

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Old 11-07-2009, 07:09 AM   #2
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I'm trying to migrate from Mandriva to openSUSE, so i popped my openSUSE 11.0 DVD an select the update option, and when it's installing packages, it caused many conflicts but i choose to ignore it, and when the installation finished, the installer can't set up grub, so i try to install it again, by choosing new installation option, it boots, but can't start X and the shell still displays "Mandriva 2008.1". So what should i do? I don't want to format the whole partition because i have self-compiled applications in /usr/local.
If you have first mandriva installed than in my opinion you can not update to opensuse.
You have to do a fresh install.
Why not backup first you're /usr/local/ and than do a fresh install.
BTW we are now at opensuse 11,1 and opensuse 11,2 is arriving in a few days.
So if there is no special needs to use opensuse 11.0 , my suggestion wait fore opensuse 11.2
 
Old 11-07-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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I think i've made a typo in the version, should be openSUSE 11.1..

But can I do the installation by clearing the /bin, /usr/bin, /etc, and any "non-important folders" and install openSUSE?
 
Old 11-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #4
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I think i've made a typo in the version, should be openSUSE 11.1..

But can I do the installation by clearing the /bin, /usr/bin, /etc, and any "non-important folders" and install openSUSE?
If we install opensuse in the standaard way opensuse created 3 partition
/ boot partition
/ linux native
/ home partition.
If you can not backup you're data on a separate media than may you can divide you're drive in two partition .
1) The partition where you install opensuse
2) The backup part.
During install you need to tell opensuse with part she may us.
To do this you make use of the customize or expert option during the install process
Opensuse always come with install option
You should overrule this option and use the expert or customize option to tell opensuse where to install
With for instance geparted you can schrink partition and create new partitions
Geparted is a live CD and it is freeware

good luck
 
Old 11-07-2009, 10:36 PM   #5
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If we install opensuse in the standaard way opensuse created 3 partition
/ boot partition
/ linux native
/ home partition.
If you can not backup you're data on a separate media than may you can divide you're drive in two partition .
1) The partition where you install opensuse
2) The backup part.
During install you need to tell opensuse with part she may us.
To do this you make use of the customize or expert option during the install process
Opensuse always come with install option
You should overrule this option and use the expert or customize option to tell opensuse where to install
With for instance geparted you can schrink partition and create new partitions
Geparted is a live CD and it is freeware

good luck
thanks for the info, but what I meant here is to clear the folders manually using a rescue system and do the installation, is it possible? Or do I have to do your steps? Make a partition of the backup and format the other partition? I don't want to format any partition...

Last edited by davidhs; 11-07-2009 at 10:37 PM. Reason: add more detail
 
Old 11-07-2009, 11:25 PM   #6
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In my opinion installing means formatting .
 
  


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