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Old 10-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
Susie0101
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A student with 3 weeks of Linux under my belt


Hi to all you wonderful Linux users.
As you might guess I am brand spanking new to Linux and I want to install a version of open SUSe11.0 on my home laptop so I can practice the command lines and actually pass a test with confidence. In class we use open SUSe 11.0. Does any one have any recommendations and how to, and where to go for a free download?

Many many thanks in advance.
a student who really wants to learn and understand command lines.

Susie0101
 
Old 10-26-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.

Many universities and others have "mirrors" for downloads of various open source projects including Linux distributions so often it is best to find the list of mirrors from the maker then determine which is closest to you for fastest download.

The mirrors list for OpenSuse is:
http://mirrors.opensuse.org/list/all.html

This site (LQ) actually has various distributions available as well including OpenSuse at:
http://iso.linuxquestions.org/suse/

Also if you can find your local LUG (Linux Users' Group) often they'll be happy to burn you a copy if you can't burn one yourself.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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Maybe at http://www.opensuse.org/en/ ?

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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Cool Welcome!

Hello and welcome to linuxquestions.org!

How about this:
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/opensuse-download.html#dl

Regards, Heraton
 
Old 10-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #5
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Hi and welcome to LinuxQuestions!

You can freely download the last releases of the majority of Linux distributions. Enterprise editions make an exception: despite the source code is under the GPL license, you basically pay for support and maintenance. By the way Linux is usually free.

If you are looking for that exact release of OpenSuSE, you will not find it in the main repository since it has been discontinued for a long time. However you can still download it from some EOL (End Of Life) mirrors, for example http://ftp5.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/discontinued/.

Take in mind that downloading the latest release (now 12.2) is always advisable, since it supports recent hardware, offers updates and is more reliable from a security point of view. Moreover, if your requirement is to learn and practice the command line for now, you will not find many difference with the older release (especially if working with the shell at a beginners level). Have fun!
 
Old 10-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #6
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Hello back,
My school in a technical school. We do not have a mirror download option. I have asked the instructor for assistance but i feel that at times he fluffs me of. (I could be just old age sensitive (55))
colucix, the 11.0 is what we are using in school. But it would make sense to go with the latest version available.
My current system is a HP Pavilion dv6 notebook,
64-bit operating system
2.00 GB (1.75 GB use)
AMD Athlon iiDual-core 320 2.10 GHz

Will this support the new version of Suse ?

Thanks
Susie0101
 
Old 10-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #7
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That machine should be adequate to run OpenSuSE. You have not indicated how muxh free drive space you have, however.

All you need is an internet connection to download OpenSuSE (preferably a high speed connection). It doesn't matter if your school has its own mirror or not. If you are using them for your internet connection, you should be able to access the addresses above, so long as they do not block them (I don't know why they would).

You download the iso and then must burn it to a disk (or USB stick). Being new to Linux, you'll likely need help installing it, especially with partitioning. You might want to try using it within VirtualBox, especially if you are going to be doing command line stuff. It might be helpful to get more RAM though, if running within a virtual machine, as provided by VirtualBox.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:40 AM   #8
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If it is just for a relatively small amount of practice, and getting used to the command line, you might find that the Live CD (or better, DVD) is an acceptable option. It will be slower (mainly noticeable in time to start up) and you won't be able to make the permanent changes to appearance (eg, desktop wallpapers, etc), but you won't have to do any messing about with partitions and installing in order to try something out.

It won't be a good solution if you get more advanced, so it depends a bit on your course and how comfortable you feel with shuffling partitions and making permanent changes (back up first!).

Err, Have fun!
 
Old 10-27-2012, 07:01 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Susie0101 View Post
My school in a technical school. We do not have a mirror download option. I have asked the instructor for assistance but i feel that at times he fluffs me of. (I could be just old age sensitive (55))
colucix, the 11.0 is what we are using in school.
How any technical school can be using a end of life, out of support version of an OS is beyond me.

I've seen similar things before, like out of support versions of ubuntu being used to instruct students. It shouldnt happen, and any technical school that does this sort of thing is at least lazy...and IMO its incomptent.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Susie0101 View Post
My current system is a HP Pavilion dv6 notebook,
64-bit operating system
2.00 GB (1.75 GB use)
AMD Athlon iiDual-core 320 2.10 GHz

Will this support the new version of Suse ?
Yes. OpenSUSE minimum requirements are listed here-

http://en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements
 
Old 10-27-2012, 07:20 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Susie0101 View Post
Hello back,
....
My current system is a HP Pavilion dv6 notebook,
64-bit operating system
2.00 GB (1.75 GB use)
AMD Athlon iiDual-core 320 2.10 GHz

Will this support the new version of Suse ?

Thanks
Susie0101
Lets see: http://en.opensuse.org/Hardware_requirements

Regards
 
  


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