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Today i have tried to install SUSE 10.1 on my test machine and i want to share my installlation experience here.I have downloaded opensuse version 10.1 iso's from here and burn cd's.
Once you created the CD iso's you need to insert your first cd in to your server and boot from it.
Once it starts booting from cd you should see the following screen and press enter[thumb:500:c:l=p]
Next option select boot from hard disk and press enter[thumb:499:c:l=p]
and you should see the following screen[thumb:501:c:l=p]
here you need to Select the language and i have selected english(uk) and click next[thumb:502:c:l=p]
Now it will starts checking installation media in this you need to click on start check[thumb:503:c:l=p]
You need to agree License Agreement and click next[thumb:504:c:l=p]
Here you need to select the installation mode option as new installation and click next[thumb:505:c:l=p]
Now you need to select time zone and i have selected as europe region and UK time zone and click next[thumb:506:c:l=p]
Next option is you need to select Desktop Selection and i have selected GNOME and click next.You can choose between GNOME and KDE.[thumb:507:c:l=p]
This will show you all the installation settings(Keyboad,Partitioning,software, booting,system etc) and you can change these settings by selecting available headlines.[thumb:508:c:l=p]
Next screen you can see the suggested partitions and you can change all these using the available options and once you setup your settings click next[thumb:509:c:l=p]
finally you need to confirm the installation settings and click on install[thumb:510:c:l=p]
Next it starts formating your hard disk[thumb:511:c:l=p]
Now it will starts the installation and click next[thumb:512:c:l=p]
It will start installation and this time it will prompt for installation cd2 and cd3[thumb:513:c:l=p] [thumb:514:c:l=p]
Here you need to enter the hostname and domain name for youe machine.[thumb:515:c:l=p]
Enter your root password here and click next
Next option is configuring network options and here you can select and change your network settings and click next[thumb:517:c:l=p]
Saving your network configuration[thumb:518:c:l=p]
If you want to test your internet connection you can do so or you can skip this test i have selected test my internet connection and click next[thumb:519:c:l=p]
You can see the following screen my internet connection test success and click next
If you want to configure online update setting you can do here or you can skip this and i have selected to configure online updates and click next
The following screen shows online configuration success and click next[thumb:522:c:l=p]
Now if you want to run online update now you can choose or you can skip i have selected run updates now and click next[thumb:523:c:l=p]
you can see the packages and click on accept[thumb:524:c:l=p]
it will starts installation of the selected packages[thumb:525:c:l=p]
The below screen is showing complete the updates installation
Now you need to configure user authentication i have selected local option if you have NIS,LDAP or Windows AD you can configure here and click next[thumb:527:c:l=p]
Enter the username and password of your choice and click next[thumb:528:c:l=p]
Next screen showing writing your configuration[thumb:529:c:l=p]
Now it will show you the SUSE release notes and click next[thumb:530:c:l=p]
Next option is you can select and configure the hardware configuration (Graphics Cards,Sound,TVs,Printers,Bluetooth etc)[thumb:531:c:l=p]
Now you can see the SUSE 10.1 Installation completed Screen and you need to
click on finish to reboot your machine with your new SUSE 10.1 installation.