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Partitioning SUSE Linux 10 disks

YaST initially chooses a partitioning scheme based on your disk layout. It is very likely that the installation default will be fine for a first-time user.

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.

Figure 1-9

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 want to accept the default partition layout selected by YaST, select Accept proposal as-is, click Next, and skip ahead to the section of this chapter entitled "Selecting Software for Installation."
  • If you are an experienced Linux user, or you just want to specify your own customized partitioning scheme, select Create custom partition setup and click Next. Then, select the Custom partitioning - for experts option, and click Next (see Figure 1-10). This presents you with the option to create and delete partitions, as well as other advanced options such as software RAID and cryptographic filesystems.

    Figure 1-10

    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

     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.

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