openSUSE 11.0 Installation

Today, I give a quick breakdown of an openSUSE 11.0 installation. Recall that openSUSE is the publicly available version of the popular SUSE Linux distribution.

I downloaded the 32-bit ftp-installer ISO image file (less than 200 MB) and began the installation. For the most part, the installation was automatic requiring very little intervention.

Again, in my typical style, images with detailed comments will be posted. I give the readers a very basic and simple installation with all of the easy options employed.

Left: Initial installation screen allowing multiple boot and/or testing options. Right: A clean and simple bootsplash screen.

Left: Language selections are made along with keyboard layout choice. The user also agrees to the user license for openSUSE. Right: SUSE probes for hardware and downloads any necessary packages from an online repository.

Left: Several options are presented for the installation. The user may perform a new installation of openSUSE, update an older release, or simply bulk up current installations Right: A very nice global map helps the user choose the proper timezone. I chose EST.

Left: The user is now faced with the task of choosing either the latest and (perhaps not the) greatest Gnome and/or KDE 4.0 versions. The user is also given the task of choosing the venerable KDE 3.5. I chose the last. Right: The partitioning scheme is examined. I chose one large “/” partition as opposed to the LVM option.

Left: The user is now asked to define user accounts by giving full names, user names, and passwords. Administrative privileges may now be given to any user whose account is set up. Right: A final summary of the installation procedure is listed before actually writing partition tables and installing software.

Left: The hard disk is partitioned. Right: The software installation from repository begins. There are three main views for the installation process using the graphical installer. The first, pictured here, is the slideshow mode basically describing openSUSE.

Left: If the user clicks on the “Details” tab, a clearly laid-out downloads page is presented. This page details what is being downloaded, the rate of download and a handy guage estimating a remaining amount of time on the installation. Right: A third tab relates the release notes of the installation version.

Left: This installation took . I decided to go to bed while the installation was completing. A package failure resulted in prompting the user (who was sleeping :-)) to skip, retry, or abort the download. Consequently, my resumption of installation began early in the morning. Due to the nature of the openSUSE ideal, many packages were installed making this distribution very usable for most any demands immediately after installation. Right: Whenever the package downloads completed, the installer immediately went to completion and final setup modes with no user confirmation or initiation needed.

Left: After a quick startup process, openSUSE booted to a clean login screen with all necessary session options. Right: Upon login, the user is prompted with some basic information concerning the many attributes of openSUSE.

Left: Although, KDE 3.5, the engineers at SUSE have taken some heavy notes from KDE 4.0 including a redesigned “K” menu which many veteran KDE fans may not yet appreciate. Right: The user immediately notices an update icon in the lower right-hand corner. Upon double-clicking, the user is prompted whether he/she wants to check for updates.

Left: The user is immediately prompted for the configuration of the YaST package manager. Right: The list of online repositories is presented to the user for their choosing.

Left: Immediately, the user is presented with the notice that the updater itself needs updating. After this is resolved, the user is right presented with the notice of updates to installed software packages.

Left: While software is being updated, the user is prompted with tiny pop-ups in the lower right-hand corner concerning the updates but the system is fully usable. Right: I was then prompted to reboot the machine due to dependencies of other software packages.

Left: Upon a reboot, the user is prompted with the tried-and-true KDE desktop in SUSE regalia. Note that Beagle and KPowersave are running the taskbar by default along with Klipper and the automatic update software. Right: Version 11.0 of this well-known distribution comes complete with software for any office activity. The suite openoffice.org, version 2.4.0, is included and more than capable for even the most demanding office situations.

Left: A quick start of Mozilla Firefox reveals that SUSE has included version 3.0 of Firefox for many browsing enhancements. Right: KPowersave is the fully-featured power management package included in KDE. This software enables the user to fully customize the activities of the computer (desktop or laptop) using the Powersave daemon.

Left: Again, this version of KDE 3.5 sports a highly modified “K Menu” which strongly mimics that of KDE 4.0. Although some of the features (especially the application search bar) will be found useful, some users may find the interface initially cumbersome. Right: Finally, SUSE has a highly refined GUI for many administrative tasks. Users migrating from MS Windows will find this very nice.

In conclusion, openSUSE 11.0 is a highly developed Linux and should be touted as such. For those who favor RPM-based distributions, this Linux seems to be a flavor which could be strongly recommended for new users. Again, users favoring more command-line tools may choose to simplify the interface heavily.

(Double-posted by Jon at distrostop.org.)

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