YaST initially chooses a partitioning scheme based on your disk layout. It is very likely that the installation default will be fine (see Figure 1-9) for a first-time user. For other users, YaST enables you to control the layout of partitions on the disk, the type of filesystems that are used on those partitions, and any options that will be used when mounting them.
One key thing to know when defining and experimenting with disk partitioning is that none of the changes that you are defining are actually performed until you explicitly tell YaST to proceed with the installation. You can make as many changes or experiment with different partitioning schemes as much as you want without actually committing those changes. Aborting the SUSE Linux installation at any time before this point will leave your system's disk exactly as it was when you started the installation process.
What you do next depends on your requirements:
If you are creating your own partitioning scheme and do not already have an operating system on your computer that you want to preserve, skip to the section "Primary and Extended Partitions."
Customizing your SUSE LINUX 10 installation
Step 1: Partitioning Your Disks
Step 2: Resizing Existing Operating Systems Partitions
Step 3: Primary and Extended Partitions
Step 4: Defining Filesystems
Step 5: The root partition
Step 6: Data Partitions
Step 7: Selecting Software for Installation
Step 8: Selecting a Boot Loader
Step 9: Changing the Default Runlevel
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 LINUX 10 on your box. Find it helpful? Buy it on Amazon.