To customize the software that is included as part of your SUSE Linux 10 installation, you must click the Software heading in YaST's Installation Settings panel, or click Change and select Software from the pop-up menu. Doing either of these displays the pane shown in Figure 1-15.
The left panel of the package selection screen gives a broad overview of packages and disk space used, and also indicates how much space will be required when installing all selected packages.
The Filter drop-down list box provides a powerful way to limit what packages you can select. As we stated in the Introduction, we ourselves differ on our views of a few Linux enterprise idiosyncrasies, including text, desktop environments, and also Linux on the desktop in general. SUSE Linux 10 is aware of differing views throughout the whole Linux community, and therefore using package selections enables users to specify things such as which desktop environment and editor they want to install—why waste disk space if you're not going to use something? The same is true for games, multimedia, and specific server software.
Selecting Search from the drop-down list box enables you to enter search criteria for a package and returns all results based on the Search in criteria selected. Figure 1-16 shows a search for the Blackbox window manager. As you can see, YaST returned not only the package Blackbox but also other packages that contain the word blackbox in their summary definitions, which can be seen in the Description window.
When a package is selected, your disk usage will be increased to reflect the size of the install domain.
Select Accept to add those packages you select to the install list and take you back
to the package installation summary screen.
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.
This was first published in September 2006