SUSE Linux 10 installation software

The SUSE Linux 10 software that is automatically selected as part of a default SUSE installation provides you with nearly every type of software required for day-to-day work.

The software that is automatically selected as part of a default SUSE Linux 10 installation provides you with nearly every type of software required for day-to-day work. This section offers additional details about the other types of installations provided by the SUSE installer to provide a full and thorough SUSE Linux 10 learning experience.

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.

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. The amount of disk space required to install your system can be reduced or enhanced by selecting specific packages. We will keep the default package selection as chosen by SUSE Linux 10 and add a new package that is not installed by default.

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.

Figure 1-16

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

 Home: Introduction
 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

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