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Old 09-23-2004, 03:57 AM   #1
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Question regarding suse installation


hi,

Im complete newbie who has decided to jump into the wonderful world of linux. i want to install suse in my 2 gb partition and clueless how to do it

should i install suse personal or professional?. if its suse personal, can one add additional softwares later?( i want to use flux box ).
where to download the .iso s ? which .iso s i should download( i dont want
documentation)?. how to do the swap partition or whatever it is(there is win 98 in the other partition)?. where to download the drivers?.

thanks in advance

-mannis
 
Old 09-23-2004, 03:59 AM   #2
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The personal edition is very incomplete, you'll want professional. Anyways, you can either buy a boxed set, buy from a cheap linux cd retailer suchas linux.org, or install via ftp. Post back if you need instructions
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:06 AM   #3
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hi rm6990,

thanks for your reply
can you give the FTP address to download the .iso s for suse professional?
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:09 AM   #4
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You will need at least 4 gb to install and use Suse, or any other linux, to any degree . Average linux install is 2 GB of space or so.

Suse has some cd's donwloadable from their site, last time i checked it was possible to get FTP install cd (which is tiny) and start off with it and then it will download everything you'll need during installation phase.

Good luck. Remember, there is a reason these forums are so active...
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:13 AM   #5
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Here's a good, LEGAL, start with Suse:
http://www.suse.com/us/private/downl...nux/index.html
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:43 AM   #6
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The FTP install is LEGAL. I very highly doubt SUSE would offer a free ftp install and then turn around and sue people for downloading it.

Alright, boot from the CD and start the installation, load your network card module (is simpler than it sounds, just pick your network card out of a list) then choose installation then network then ftp.

It will ask for an IP address give it this one

140.211.166.134

Then it will ask for a directory, which I believe is

/pub/suse/suse/i386/9.1/

just doublechecked, it is

Then it will start YAST and start installing.

Also, you will find the small iso you need to burn right here.

ftp://ftp.oregonstate.edu/pub/suse/s.../boot/boot.iso

This is the CD you boot from
 
Old 09-23-2004, 06:13 AM   #7
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hi rm6990,

thanks again for the reply . all i have in that partition is 2 GB ..is it possible
to install suse professional there?
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:39 PM   #8
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Yes, but not everything that comes with it. Make sure you only install about 1.5 GB worth of stuff, there will be bad consequeences if you fill it right to the brim. So, only install KDE or Gnome, not both, and only one Office Suite, etc. Do you have more room to shrink your Windows partition more to give Linux more room?
 
Old 09-24-2004, 01:05 AM   #9
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thanks.
will do that. correct me if iam wrong, i read that YAST downloads 3.3GB of files before installing?.
I have a problem with FTP install. it connects to FTP server, loads files to RAM disk but later it says that it cant detect keyboard and YAST fails to start. Please help
 
Old 09-24-2004, 01:56 AM   #10
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You are wrong . YaST downloads approx. 55 MB of files before starting the install. That's strange, what kind of keyboard do you have? Please provide your full PC specs, or as much as you know. Don't give up yet, things like this normally have an easy and stupid solution.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 02:43 AM   #11
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ok .
its a hp vectra vli8

network:3com etherlinkxl 10/100 pci tx nic(3c905b-tx)
video :matrox graphics mga-g200 agp
sound:crystal soundfusion
logitech mouse ps2
cherry keyboard (windows keyboard with german layout)
pIII 450 mhz
128 MB RAm.

it detects keyboard initially. but later it says it cant find the keyboard
 
Old 09-24-2004, 04:55 AM   #12
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Do you have a standard US PS/2 keyboard laying around anywhere. You should try that until SUSE is installed and then look on the net as to how to get that Cherry working with Linux. Also, don't know if you know this, but Cherry is releasing or has released a Linux keyboard, I think the first one ever. Anyways, just though I would point that out. Anyways, yea, try to find a standard ps2 keyboard laying around somewhere and unplug the cherry and install it that wa.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 06:36 AM   #13
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thanks. I could not find an english keyboard. I tried another german keyboard and the result
is the same. I tried to trick the installer by mapping it as an english keyboard and that didnt work either. what can i do
This might be a stupid question, im downloading the isos, ALL 5 CDs are required to install
suse?. I suspect the 5th CD contains documentation...
 
Old 09-24-2004, 06:54 AM   #14
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Stop downloading. You are 1, breaking the law and 2, probably downloading CDs with trojans in them. SUSE doesn't offer free iso's for Professional, so those are third party iso's so I wouldn't recommend using them. Maybe you should try something like Mandrake??? Maybe you will have more luck with it. Or else maybe someone else has a better solution for the whole keyboard thing.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 07:02 AM   #15
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hmm. i installed vector linux but that didnt work.
im looking for a linux distro with internet, word processing, media player for music and movies , webserver(for writng and testing PHP), and p2p filesharing that takes less than 2 GB of hard disk space. can mandrake do the trick?
 
  


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