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Old 01-21-2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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hi all i've decided to dig out my suse 10.1 disks as i have given up on vista and kicked it in to touch.I'm still running xp and i also want to run suse as well,i have a spare sata HD would this be the best place to install it.I've noticed theres a suse 10.3 would the 10.1 update when i connect to the internet,also will i need an anti virus.
thanks for any help,regards paul
Old 01-22-2008, 09:17 AM   #2
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I think installing linux to separate HD is always a good option.

I'm not that familiar with SuSE but I think your able to update it to 10.3 with from the 10.1 by using the YaST tool.

You won't need a anti-virus program for Linux but if you share files between Linux and Windows it won't harm you by scanning the files on Linux.
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A given version of opensuse is only supported for two years from the date of release. IIRC suse 10.1 was released in the spring of 2006 so it's rapidly approaching its end of life. You would be much better off downloading and installing the most recent offering from suse, 10.3. The newer version will have much better hardware support as well. Note, updating 10.1 will not give you the same system as a fresh install of 10.3 and come this spring, 10.1 will no longer get security or bugfix updates.

You do not need any antivirus software when running linux. Viruses on linux are practically nonexistent. You are more likely to win the lottery than get a virus infection on a home linux desktop setup. There are antivirus applications for linux but they are primarily used on linux file servers and email servers and they are there to protect the windows boxes that access these servers.

Linux can install on pretty much any type of hard drive or hard drive partition. Your spare sata drive should be fine for suse 10.3. You could possibly run into problems with suse 10.1 as sata hard drives were not nearly as common back in 2006 and the kernel used in 10.1 may not have support for your sata controller.

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Old 01-23-2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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hi guys thanks for the replys i now have ubuntu 7.10 installed at the moment.well i say its installed but i can't find the os as it still only starts up in windows do i make it a dual-boot xp for the wife and linux for
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I would think you can boot from the Ubuntu installation CD then use one of the rescue options go install/configure/fix the grub bootloader.


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