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    Hello

    I have been using this forum in the past using the username 'Ullrich'.

    I have not been posting a question for more than 10 months.

    Today I tried in vain to login.

    So I made a new login name: Gold 123

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    I am using open SuSE 10.2 for about 18 months. It works fine. However, I downloaded the latest open SuSE 11.0.

    Do you suggest that I upgrade or make a complete new installation?

    If I just upgrade, I hope all the data will be intact.

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    I have been using this forum in the past using the username 'Ullrich'.
    I have not been posting a question for more than 10 months.
    I suspect you are talking about one of the older forums that were merged to make up this new forum. Unfortunately, user IDs were not migrated. However, we're glad you made it here! Sorry for the inconvenience. As for your installation, I'll let someone qualified (not me!) answer that part of your question.
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    Default Re: Your opinion

    The best solution is generally a clean install, though there are instructions to upgrade. Because of the big shift in RPM's, upgrading isn't that simple going to 11.0, but 11.0 really is much nicer than 10.2 and 10.3

    Ideally, I recommend that people keep a seperate /home partition for their data and settings. When you do a clean install, you wipe your / and /boot partitions, and keep your /home partition intact.

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    Thread moved to Install/Boot/Login
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    Last edited by kastorff; 23-Jul-2008 at 09:15.
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    Thanks Enderandrew for the valuable information.

    The system recognize my hard drive as /dev/hda and it is 186.3 GB.

    The partition /dev/hda1 is for Windows XP.

    Then I have an extended partition of 138.00 GB.
    So /dev/hda2 is the extended partition.

    The partition /dev/hda5 is the root partition. It is 25.0GB. The file type is Linux native.


    The partition /dev/hda6 is the home partition. It is 25.0 GB. The file type is Linux is native.

    The partition /dev/hda7 is the swap partition. It is 3.0 GB. The file type is Linux swap.

    Finally I have created a special folder for the purpose of downloading and storing. I did this deliberately because I want to keep all the downloads lands direct on this partition as well as save files.

    It is /dev/hda8. It is 85.0 GB. The file type is Linux native. The system recognize this special partition as mnt/hda8. I probably hooked it on to the mnt folder.

    I did the open SuSE 10.2 installation almost 18 months ago. It works beautifully. I use it everyday and even now I am writing to you using open SuSE 10.2.

    I want to keep the home partition [/dev/hda6], the special [/dev/hda8] and the tiny swap partition intact.

    Is this possible?


    I think when I insert the open SuSE 11.0 DVD, it will erase everything and make a clean installation of open SuSE 11.0 installation.

    I would like to hear from you all again.

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    Default Re: Your opinion

    With the tiny swap partition, I'm not sure exactly how to mount that properly, so I will let someone with more experience in that field help you with that. On the other hand, I can help you with the /home partition mount. When you go through the installation, there is a section (found on the left column) called Disk. This is where all of your partition information can be found and the changes can be made for your mounting. Once you get to this section, press the Edit Partition Setup... button. This will bring you up to a new section called the Expert Partitioner where all the changes can be made. In this window, you should see all the partitions and all the suggested settings YaST has provided. If there is an F next to your /home partition, then press the Edit button and specify that the partition should not be formatted with the radio buttons (the circular ones) provided. Once you do that, then you can mount the partition, and then save the information. Once you do that, then you can finish the installation.

    If you need a visual reference before hand, here are some screenshots I have.




    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks unseen

    You made some excellent comments. I printed out your post. It is worth to read when I embark on this task.

    However, I am waiting more comments from others.

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    [I forgot tell you that GRUB helps to select the operating system.My default operating system is open SuSE 10.2. I know some people use LILO.
    I used LILO some 10 years ago when I worked with SuSE Linux 6.2.]

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    I am waiting for more comments from our friends before embarking on the installation of open SuSE 11.0

    Some of you have good experiences installation related matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold123 View Post
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    I want to keep the home partition [/dev/hda6], the special [/dev/hda8] and the tiny swap partition intact.

    Is this possible?
    If this where me, during the setup & at the time you get a partition proposed, that's where I would select to create you're own partition layout. (Button ' Create Partition Setup ' and go for expert mode).
    There you will get a detailed screen with your drive's layout.

    An example of the screen when using the LiveCD, the install DVD look similar : Image:OS11.0-live-inst-4.jpg - openSUSE
    I would recommend installing using the DVD installer as you have more options at your fingertips.

    You can then select and edit the following partitions:
    1) /dev/hda5 - select to *format* with the chosen file system , my favorite for laptops/desktops is still reiserfs, and set the mount point to ' / '
    2) /dev/hda6 - DO NOT SELECT FORMAT :) , set the mount point to /home
    3) /dev/hda7 - select to *format* , filesystem type swap (mount point not needed)
    4) /dev/hda8 - DO NOT SELECT FORMAT :) , set the mount point to /data (?)

    You can leave the other partitions alone so they won't be touched.

    When finished with this double check the actions the partitioner will take in the summary screen, and if content proceed!

    A note for reiserfs on openSUSE 11.0. There have been reported random freezes when using resierfs that seem to be fixed with the latest kernel updates. So apply the updates & if you still run into a freeze give that some attention first...

    As for your swap size... that is not tiny at all! The swap in Linux works differently than the swap in Windows.
    Generally you don't need more than 2 GB of swap space.


    Wishing you good luck & a good ride!!

    Cheers,
    Wj

    P.s. As for the boot loader.. go for GRUB! More advanced options and much simpler to troubleshoot than LILO in my experience.
    Have a lot of fun!

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