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    colonelcrayon NNTP User

    Cool minimal install?

    I'm looking for a new distro to sit next to Slackware on my HD, and I'm interested in OpenSUSE. Zypper is looking good enough to make this distro a real option for me. Which brings me to the question: Is there any way to perform an OpenSUSE minimal (command-line only) install? I'd rather not burn the whole CD filled with stuff I don't want. Could the network install be used for this purpose?

    Thanks!

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    If you have a network source you can burn a mini-ISO (30-40 MB) but if
    you have a DVD burner it's probably just about as fast to download that
    ISO and have something that will work in case you are ever away from a
    network install source. Network install sources can be created as shown
    in documentation... usually via an already-installed SUSE box, though
    that's not required (access via HTTP, NFS, FTP, etc.).

    Good luck.





    colonelcrayon wrote:
    | I'm looking for a new distro to sit next to Slackware on my HD, and I'm
    | interested in OpenSUSE. Zypper is looking good enough to make this
    | distro a real option for me. Which brings me to the question: Is there
    | any way to perform an OpenSUSE minimal (command-line only) install? I'd
    | rather not burn the whole CD filled with stuff I don't want. Could the
    | network install be used for this purpose?
    |
    | Thanks!
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    colonelcrayon NNTP User

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    I don't want to download the DVD because I don't want everything on the DVD. I want to build up an OpenSUSE system from scratch.

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    What you download and what you install are completely different things.
    ~ The installation should prompt you for packages to be installed. While
    I must admit the vast majority of my experience is with SLED and SLES
    (version 10 at that) the section where you choose software to install is
    as granular as you would like it and, once you install the first, you
    can choose to create an AutoYast file so you can install a million other
    boxes just like it without user interaction.

    Good luck.





    colonelcrayon wrote:
    | I don't want to download the DVD because I don't want everything on the
    | DVD. I want to build up an OpenSUSE system from scratch.
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    colonelcrayon NNTP User

    Default Re: minimal install?

    Downloading a ton of packages that I won't install sounds like a waste of time and bandwidth.

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    Agreed, though you will waste more time trying to figure out how to
    rework the installation media unless you happen to have a way to get a
    network installation source. I don't personally know if there are
    public network installation sources available for opensuse (there are
    not for SLE, which is where I do most of my stuff but I have my own
    install sources for it as well) but it is not meant to be distributed
    like opensuse is. If you can find a network install source for free
    online then use the smallest bootable SUSE CD you can find and go from
    there. If not, get the first few CDs or the DVD and use that. The
    actual installation will be whatever you add to it. To save on
    bandwidth you can purchase a CD or get one from a friend. If you're in
    the SLC Utah area send me an e-mail and I'll give you mine.

    Good luck.






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    | of time and bandwidth.
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    Default Re: minimal install?

    The network iso will work for that purpose. Having the DVD is a convenience, but not necessary.

    Zypper is phenomenally improved. And if you're looking to use a terminal-environment instead of GUI-based, Yast still offers the same functionality for configuration etc. via ncurses. Or even CLI options.

    Go for it...

    Cheers,
    KV

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    Default Re: minimal install?

    colonelcrayon wrote:

    > I'm looking for a new distro to sit next to Slackware on my HD, and I'm
    > interested in OpenSUSE. Zypper is looking good enough to make this
    > distro a real option for me. Which brings me to the question: Is there
    > any way to perform an OpenSUSE minimal (command-line only) install? I'd
    > rather not burn the whole CD filled with stuff I don't want. Could the
    > network install be used for this purpose?
    >
    > Thanks!


    http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.0/iso/cd/
    and choose which one you want.

    When you boot from NET CD you can select which type installation you want.
    The text mode only, Xfce etc. are available under button "Other" below
    GNOME, KDE4, KDE3 options.

    If you want to use GNOME or KDE4 than choose Live CD with your choice in the
    name. It contains almost all for particular desktop and you can install the
    system using icon on the desktop of running Live CD system.

    Right now if your option is NET installation, than wait day or two until
    mirrors catch a breath after initial release rush hour.

    There is much more collected in:
    http://en.opensuse.org/Installation

    --
    Regards, Rajko
    http://en.opensuse.org/Portal needs helpful hands.

  9. #9
    colonelcrayon NNTP User

    Default Re: minimal install?

    Thanks for all your help. I'll give the network install a try some rainy day on my spare box rescued from the trash.

    Arch 64-bit has progressed enough that it works nicely beside Slackware on my main box

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