Newbie's guide to installing SuSE 6.4
Product: SuSE 6.4 ( Evaluation Copy )
Test Machine Specs: HP Brio PIII 500MHz 64MB SDRAM Matrox MGA G200 8MB
Total Installation Time: 43 mins.
Number of reboots: 1
New Features: USB support, Crystal Fusion Sound Card Support, ReiserFS.
"A piece of cake" that's how easy installation of an Operating System should
be. Try reading this installation guide, after that, installing SuSE might
be like eating chocolate cake.
Booting via CD
Insert the SuSE CD in your CD-Drive and start the computer. The entire OS
installation is divided into 8 parts, each part characterized by its own
setup. Be sure that you have the boot sequence reading Boot via CD selected in
the system BIOS. The first initializing screen tells you about the SuSE web
site and their phone numbers. You can jot down these and call them if you need
any further information about their products. Shortly a Graphical Interface,
similar to that of Windows appears. The page is divided into two columns. The
left column gives a summary of the step that you are currently at and the
right one, a brief description of what you need to do.
Selecting a language: The default language selected is English(US). The next
screen requests you to select the Keyboard Layout and the Time Zone. You are
then required to select either a complete New Installation or update an
existing SuSE installation. In this case a "New Installation" was selected.
Partitioning the Hard Disk: This is one of the key steps for installing Linux.
If this is the first time that you are installing Linux, then you need to
repartition your hard disk using fdisk or Partition Magic. Make sure that you
have 2 partitions dedicated only to Linux. This is because, unlike Windows
which makes use of a swap file, Linux requires an entire partition dedicated
to it. The size of the Swap Partition should ideally be double the amount
of RAM on your system. If you are going to use the machine with SuSE as
your sole OS then click on the first option, else choose any of the remaining
options. You can use the entire Hard Disk for installing SuSE or like the
common option, choose Custom Partitioning.
Creating/Modifying the Partition Table:
Thanks to the GUI partitioning tool, things are a lot easier than the
not so friendly fdisk. Two options were asked while creating the partition for
SuSE 6.4 .