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Selecting a SUSE Linux 10 installation method: A step-by-step guide

You can install SUSE Linux 10 in numerous ways. Different installation methods are useful in different circumstances. The most common and recommended installation method is to use the installation media provided with the boxed SUSE Linux product. This book focuses on installing SUSE Linux 10 through the CDs provided with the SUSE Linux product. Installing SUSE Linux using the DVD that is also provided in the boxed SUSE product follows essentially the same process, but with the added bonus of not having to switch CDs.

Different SUSE Linux 10 installation sources

This chapter focuses on installing SUSE Linux 10 from the DVD that was packaged with this book or from the installation discs you have purchased. However, your installation discs and the installation DVD that is packaged with this book (like all SUSE installation media) also support a number of other installation sources. If you want to make sure that you get the latest SUSE installation on your system, you may want to select Manual Installation from the initial menu of the boot DVD, select the Start Installation option, and then select the Network source medium. This enables you to select from a variety of different installation sources, including FTP installation, which enables you to install SUSE from a network source, such as one of SUSE's up-to-date repositories. (Other network installation mechanisms include HTTP, NFS, SMB, and TFTP, although FTP is the most common.) To install SUSE from a network

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source, you must have used the installer's Network Modules screen first to install the drivers for the network card in your computer, and the computer on which you are installing SUSE must also be connected to the Internet. Although this requires some knowledge about your computer system's hardware, it is a great way to get the latest and greatest version of SUSE Linux 10. As noted earlier, the DVD packaged with this book provides the most recent version of SUSE Linux Professional Edition available at the time that this book was written.

You can install SUSE Linux 10 in the following ways:

  • Compact disc: The easiest and most common form of installation, because almost every modern computer system includes a CD drive. This is the standard way to perform a fresh installation of SUSE Linux on a computer system.

  • DVD: A popular form of installation that saves you from having to swap out multiple CDs, but the computer system on which you are installing SUSE must contain a DVD drive. Because of the amount of storage available on a DVD, the SUSE Linux 10 DVD also includes some packages that are not available on the CD installation set.

  • Manual installation: Manual installation requires that you boot from a SUSE Linux 10 CD but provides more control over the source of the packages used when installing SUSE Linux 10. For example, this installation method enables you to install SUSE from a centralized network repository where the SUSE Linux packages are located, using network protocols such as FTP (File Transfer Protocol), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), NFS (Network File System), SMB (Server Message Block, the Windows file sharing protocol), and even TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol). This is a common installation method when you want to install SUSE Linux enterprise on a large number of networked computer systems. Manual installation also enables you to install SUSE from an existing hard drive partition where the SUSE packages are installed. You can use Manual installation to install SUSE Linux enterprise from a portable, external hard drive.

  • AutoYaST: AutoYaST is an advanced installation method that enables a system administrator to create a profile file that can be used to automate installing SUSE Linux on any number of identically configured systems. As you can see, each installation method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and some are specifically targeted toward technically sophisticated users or system administrators who are installing SUSE into existing networked environments. The remainder of this chapter focuses on installing from CD or DVD, but also provides an overview of using SUSE's network-based installation.


    Selecting a SUSE Linux 10 installation method

     Home: Introduction
     Step 1: Starting your SUSE Linux 10 installation
     Step 2: Selecting boot options
     Step 3: Configuring language settings
     Step 4: Media check

    The above tip is excerpted from from Chapter 1, "Installing SUSE 10" our original excerpt of The SUSE Linux 10 Bible by Justin Davies, courtesy of Wiley Publishing. This chapter explains how to successfully install SUSE 10 on your box. Find it helpful? Buy it on Amazon.

    This was first published in October 2006

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