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Old 05-16-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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get linux with all its packages from a machine to another

is it possible to take opensuse from a machine and make it work on mine !! like an iso and setup it on my machine ?!!?!?

with all its packages and installed programs !!?
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Clonezilla is a nifty little free open source utility that allows you to make an image of a disk or partition and clone it to another disk or partition. You download the iso, burn it to CD, then boot from the CD. Just make an image of the OpenSuse partition you want, then restore the image to the computer you want to put it on.
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Hi, it should be no problem, just do a copy of the partition opensuse is installed on, plug it into your machine and run.
I suggest you do this with the dd command (dd if=/original/partition of=/destination/partition) and don't forget the /boot partition if there is one.
Some device specific settings may need to be modified accordingly; partitions in /etc/fstab or network configuration comes to mind.
You WILL need to install a bootloader (GRUB) by hand though, and might need to force a kernel ramdisk rebuild (that would be necessary on Arch, I don't know how opensuse manages the kernel at boot).

However, I don't recommend this unless you are ready for some console work/strange issue working out; the freely available install CDs exist for a reason...


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