On all the opensuse mirrors(i.e. ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/opensuse
) is an opensuse mirror, there is a file called '/opensuse/distribution/SL-10.1/inst-sources/boot/boot.iso.
This is a network install disk. You burn it to a CD, boot with it, install by http, because the CD doesn't work with ftp, and feed it:
If it doesn't work, try it with a little different punctuation. It is super fussy about exact punctuation. Like play with that last '/' in the directory path if it gives you problems with the server or path.
Just follow the screens. Make a custom partition setup with / as the first primary partition. Make it about 12 GB. Make an extended partition for /home and swap. Within the extended partition, make /home a logical drive, using all but about 1 GB of disk. Make the last 1 GB swap. In the partitioning program you specify mount points, so make sure the first partition is '/'. Now, every time you reinstall you only need to redo /, not /home or swap. So, you keep all your stuff even if you reformat / because /home is in a different partition.
Plan on about two hours to select what software you want and let her rip.
Everything installed will be the absolute newest version because it is downloading everything from an http mirror. Those mirrors are current. You don't neeed to do an update afterwards, so don't. If anything goes wrong, bless your computer, and yourself, In The Name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit, AMEN, by making a little cross motion with you thumb, on the computer, and on your forehead. Then say, "God, please let this work. If You teach me linux I'll never do anything bad with software again. Then, God will make it all go smooth. If you read The Holy Bible every day, for 1/2 hour, nothing will ever go wrong with your machine, and if it does, you pray and God fixes it. But, if you pray, you have to back it up with something. So, stay free from sin and everything will work out the way you want.