The aim of this chapter has been to prepare both you and your computer for the installation of SUSE Linux. We've
It's now time to install Linux. This chapter details how to install SUSE Linux, as supplied with this book. SUSE uses its own YaST2 program for this purpose.
Installing Linux is a surprisingly quick task to complete and shouldn't take more than 30 minutes on a modern PC. It's also
However, you should examine all of the options you're
Installing SUSE Linux requires little of the
You can proceed through the installation by clicking the Next button at the bottom right of each page of choices. Wherever a series of options needs to be confirmed, you should click the Accept button if you're happy with the selections. If not, make your changes, and then click Accept.
No changes will be made to your system until you confirm your choices later on, just prior to starting to copy the files onto your hard disk. This means that you can experiment with different partition combinations, for example, without worrying about
The installation procedure works through a handful of stages in order to install Linux. First, just after it starts, it will probe your system to discover the nature of your current PC setup, such as whether you already have Windows installed.
At this stage, you will be shown the hard disk partitioning choices and also the selection of software packages that are to be installed. After this, you'll be asked to confirm that you're satisfied with the installation options, and then the installation program will actually partition the disk and copy the Linux files from the DVD.
At the end of this procedure, your PC will reboot, and the postinstallation phase will begin, whereby your hardware will be probed and configured (usually automatically, with negligible user input). This is the stage at which you'll be invited to create users and enter various passwords. After this, setup is complete, and your new system will then be
In most cases, the installation of SUSE Linux will run smoothly. If you run into any problems, see Chapter 6, which addresses many of the most common issues and provides solutions.
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