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I am trying to download, burn to DVD, and install openSuSE 13.1. I will explain my situation. I have a dual boot Windows Vista/openSuSE 12.1 system. I don't have internet at home. I have had consistent trouble connecting to the internet using SuSE 12.1. The only place I have been able to connect to the internet with SuSE 12.1 is on an unsecure wlan in the local library. The download speed is 5Mbs, so is impossible to download a 4G file at that speed.
I temporarily had access to a cable modem and downloaded the openSuSE 13.1 iso, using my Windows Vista OS. I think I checked the "BitTorrent" option before I downloaded the ISO. I then transferred the ISO to my 12.1 openSuSE OS via a memory stick. My two questions are:
1. Can I follow the Linux instructions for burning the ISO (the ISO was downloaded in Windows, using BitTorrent)? I started issuing gpg commands (according to the suse instructions) to verify the signature, but I got errors.
2. If you transfer an ISO between computers, will it corrupt the ISO image?
~> gpg --recv-keys 3DBDC284
gpg: requesting key 3DBDC284 from hkp server keys.gnupg.net
gpgkeys: HTTP fetch error 7: Failed to connect to 2a01:4f8:150:7142::2: Network is unreachable
gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
gpg: Total number processed: 0
~> md5sum -c openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso (terminal hangs up until you <CTRL> C, then the following output):
md5sum: openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso: no properly formatted MD5 checksum lines found.
~> gpg --fingerprint "openSUSE Project Signing Key <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
gpg: error reading key: No public key
~> gpg -a openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso.asc
gpg: can't open `openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso.asc'
You might download the Network installation version of openSUSE 13.1 and see if it is better at making an Internet connection than your older version of SUSE. A Network installation needs only to download and install those packages that are chosen for your installation, not the full range of packages that are in the large installation DVD, so downloading SUSE as you install it might be better for you, and the Network CD itself is only 284MB to download.
If download capacity is a problem and you still need to download the installation DVD, I may remind you that after you start a torrent you can shut down your system at any time without corrupting the file. Torrent traffic resumes after turn you computer back on unless you remove the torrent. This might allow you to take those 4.7GB of data in chunks of time and bandwidth as they are available to you.
Were I to consider anyone having problems of hardware configuration, or with installing devices or making connections, my first thought would always be to suggest installing the latest version of the distribution of ones choice. Progress is made and with linux, time is on our side; it gets better and better.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 12-07-2013 at 08:36 PM.
The openSUSE 13.1 box set is too expensive for my tastes, but the Internet will tell you where to buy a DVD of the same content that you find as free download on the SUSE website, that is if you can't get hold of it any another way.
I don't quite understand; do you have the downloaded ISO file or did you merely download the torrent seed file that opened when you clicked download on the SUSE web page? If you were using your SUSE and not Vista, you should have been prompted with an offer to open the seed file with a client program. For SUSE with KDE, it is "ktorrent".
When I downloaded openSUSE 13.1, I, for some reason, couldn't get a downloaded DVD ISO file that, after burning, completed a Media Check when booted. I had no similar problem with the Network version or with a download of the DVD of the new Linux Mint, but didn't bother to run an md5sum to find out if the DVD was in fact good enough. Good Luck.
Many thanks for taking the time to respond. I will try and answer your questions.
1. As of now, I have the downloaded openSuSE 13.1 ISO file (openSUSE-13.1-DVD-x86_64.iso) in the folder /home/mark/Downloads in my openSuSE 12.1 OS. The size of the file is 4.7G.
2. I initially downloaded this ISO from the openSuSE site while using my Windows Vista OS.
3. The way I downloaded it was I went to this site http://software.opensuse.org/131/en and I think I selected BitTorrent, but I could have selected Directlink (does this matter though, if I now have the ISO file in the folder /home/mark/Downloads?). I didn’t see any files with “.iso.torrent” suffixes.
4. The reason I did not download it in the OpenSuSE 12.1 OS is that I have trouble connecting to the internet in OpenSuSE 12.1 on every network I have tried, with the exception of the wireless unsecured network at my local library. The download speed at the library is only 5Mbs, so it would be impossible to download the 4.7G file there.
5. After downloading the ISO in Windows Vista, I copied it to a memory stick, rebooted my computer, opened openSuSE 12.1, and copied the ISO file into the folder /home/mark/Downloads.
6. Now the md5sum and gpg commands are not working, so I am trying to figure those out before I figure out how to burn the ISO (see my posts above).
7. @thorkelljar “You might download the Network installation version of openSUSE 13.1 and see if it is better at making an Internet connection than your older version of SUSE. A Network installation needs only to download and install those packages that are chosen for your installation, not the full range of packages that are in the large installation DVD, so downloading SUSE as you install it might be better for you, and the Network CD itself is only 284MB to download.” Good advice, I will investigate this.
8. Other things that I have done is purchase the OpenSuSE 13.1 DVD through osdisk.com, and PuppyLinux to try out. These DVDs’ are about 7 or 8 dollars a piece. I am waiting for these to come in the mail.
9. I love playing with Linux, but the internet connection with OpenSuSE is so confounding. I literally spend hours, days, and weeks reconfiguring, pinging, changing encryption types, etc. I will get so frustrated that I will literally not mess with Linux for a year because of it. It was a major achievement just to get on the internet at the library in my town. I am looking for a distro where I don’t have to play with internet connectivity so much.
Last edited by aristocratic; 12-08-2013 at 07:44 AM.
Progress! Yesterday I decided to download a Puppy Lucid ISO at the local library (recall the slow download speed mentioned in my above posting). I used the wget command to download the ISO image. Well I did not figure out how to read the md5 checksum, but I burned the image to a CD this morning using the utility in the openSuSE 12.1 GENOME.
I rebooted and guess what? The OS loaded flawlessly, and I was on the internet within minutes!!! I am surfing the web from a Puppy Linux OS at a wireless hotspot that I was never able to connect to in openSuSE 12.1!!! Man, I am happy! Thanks to all the folks who answered my questions and helped me to work through this.
Now I am checking out Puppy Lucid. It is fast, just like they said it is!