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Old 12-12-2002, 01:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy I need help with SuSE 8.1 Installation

Hello, I am just getting started with Linux OS. I really donít know a thing about this so I need a little help. I just got SuSE 8.1 PRO and when I really need help with the installation. SuSE comes with seven CDs and I really want to install them all at once and not go through a lot. The installation process starts fine but it only last until the end of the first CD and never even gets to the second CD. Then I end up with a basic OS which is fine but nothing much. What can I do in order install everything at once?
Old 12-12-2002, 02:26 PM   #2
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If the system works, why not open YaST2 (presuming it's still on 8.1) and select "Install/Remove Software" - then you can have a look at the packages available on the CDs. You can select what you want rather than loading millions of things that you don't want.

Which software/applications are you looking for? What do you want to do? Maybe LQ can tell you what to look for.
Old 12-12-2002, 02:27 PM   #3
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Ummm... I am not very familiar with SuSE (last time I tried it it was in version 6, and I didn't like it that much to tell you the truth), but let me tell you the following:
  • Using any kind of "pro" distribution as a newbie can be a pain in the ass, because they are usually geared towards advanced users and for enterprise-level server applications, which is probably not what you want or need.
  • Maybe the installer for SuSE isn't even designed to ask for all those extra CDs? Maybe you have to run YaST or something to install all those extra packages?
  • Any CD labelled as a "source" CD doesn't contain executable programs, just their source code. Therefore, unless you're a UNIX developer, you would probably be not interested in installing packages off those discs. In fact, whenever I download a Linux distro, I never download the source CDs. It's pretty much pointless, because I can get the latest version of the source code off the Internet anytime...
  • Note that UNIX (and hence Linux) started out as an OS for developers, mainly. Therefore I bet that the majority of the packages you'll be installing are some sort of development tools. If you're not a programmer, I wouldnt bother using them, because most of them are not your typical Visual Basic program; in fact, most of them are really old-fashioned, text-based tools.
Hopefully this will steer you in the right direction...

Anyway, to install extra packages, you need to use a Package Manager program. I don't know how SuSE is now, but if it still uses the RedHat Package Manager system (RPM), then you can try the following:
  • Try looking for a setup utility in SuSE. It's quite probable that it'll have a built-in Package Manager. Last time I checked, SuSE has a setup utility called YaST, but like I said, maybe it has a package manager, and maybe it doesn't...
  • There are other GUI (graphical) package managers available as well, the most popular ones being KPackage (for KDE) and GNoRPM (for GNOME).
  • You can also use the RPM system directly. I would suggest that you read the documentation for the rpm command. It's a console (text-based) command. Basically, to install a package, you type (as root) rpm -ivh packagefilename.rpm.
Hope this helps!
Old 12-12-2002, 02:43 PM   #4
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the default "three click install" doesn't put a whole lot software on, just the base system+kde. there is a section of the install where you can select package groups and individual packages, but it's installed now, so all you neeed to do is start yast and select ->software->install and remove software then select your packages from there, click accept and off you go.
Old 12-18-2002, 12:17 PM   #5
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Installing 8.1 Pro

When you go to finalize the base installation from the 1st CD it asks to reboot. REMOVE the 1st disk before you reboot. Once it reboots it will ask for the second. I originally just hit ok and it rebooted with the disk in the drive and I had the same problem. Even if you go to detailed packages during installation and select everything it will not ask for all the CDs. I selected everything but the Webserver tools and GNOME and it only asked for 1 and 2.


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