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    uschxc NNTP User

    Default streamlining opensuse 11.0

    i wish the installation procedure would let me choose what to install as well as having a default install-all method. anyways is there any easy or at least maybe a process to remove the majority of the extra desktops, applications, almost everything down to a plain gnome or even cmd line?

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

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    Have you tried the AutoYast stuff? You can perform an install (or just
    create a new configuration via Yast) and then get the settings you chose
    saved to an XML file that you can then specify for subsequent installs
    which will do what you did (or specified) previously. This can make an
    install take significantly less time because of the lack or decrease of
    user interaction.

    Good luck.





    uschxc wrote:
    | i wish the installation procedure would let me choose what to install as
    | well as having a default install-all method. anyways is there any easy
    | or at least maybe a process to remove the majority of the extra
    | desktops, applications, almost everything down to a plain gnome or even
    | cmd line?
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    uschxc NNTP User

    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

    as far as yast goes it led me to a package manager where i tried to start removing packages i didn't need in mass hoping that suse would work out the dependencies and uninstall all of them as well. the package manager wasn't what i was hoping for.

    i have to eventually secure and lock down this box so more basic the better. can you walk me through or point me to a guide of how to go about what you mentioned? i've never used suse before, am more of a debian-ish person.

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

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    During the install when you get to the section where you choose Software
    packages you should be on a view of "Patterns" which are basically
    packages that go together. I would start by getting there and
    unchecking EVERYTHING except the base system which should be fairly
    stripped-down (a SLES install like that is around 500-600 MB... I assume
    opensuse 11 is probably similar). Once done add in whatever you need
    (or remove more) for your minimal install. At the end of the install be
    sure you choose to create autoinst.xml file (which is placed in /root)
    and use that for subsequent installs. This XML file can be manipulated
    further as you see fit. During your next install at the Install line
    (Grub) you simply specify where this file is available (usually via
    network). Google found this for me:

    http://www.suse.com/~ug/autoyast_doc..._autoinst.html

    Good luck.





    uschxc wrote:
    | as far as yast goes it led me to a package manager where i tried to
    | start removing packages i didn't need in mass hoping that suse would
    | work out the dependencies and uninstall all of them as well. the
    | package manager wasn't what i was hoping for.
    |
    | i have to eventually secure and lock down this box so more basic the
    | better. can you walk me through or point me to a guide of how to go
    | about what you mentioned? i've never used suse before, am more of a
    | debian-ish person.
    |
    |
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    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

    > i wish the installation procedure would let me choose what to install as
    > well as having a default install-all method.


    it is there! (installing 11.0?, i've not seen that installer but on 10.3 and
    earlier for the last several years) when you get to that page where you are
    asked about partitioning possibilities, THERE somewhere on that page you can
    bypass the 'default' install everything and DESELECT what you don't won't...

    sorry, i can't be more specific..

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    uschxc NNTP User

    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

    i've done the install twice and haven't seen anything as far as package selections. go.

    our only options are suse redhat and fedora. we don't have funding to pay for redhat updates so suse and fedora are my only options where fedora is not playing well on the network level.

    i remember the pattern button but not sure if it was from the install. i'll make another post and have access to the terminal to give it a run through and see what actually comes up.

    i should be able to check this before the installer cd reboots itself to have suse start running off of the hdd correct?

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    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

    uschxc wrote:

    >
    > i've done the install twice and haven't seen anything as far as package
    > selections. go.
    >
    > our only options are suse redhat and fedora. we don't have funding to
    > pay for redhat updates so suse and fedora are my only options where
    > fedora is not playing well on the network level.
    >
    > i remember the pattern button but not sure if it was from the install.
    > i'll make another post and have access to the terminal to give it a run
    > through and see what actually comes up.
    >
    > i should be able to check this before the installer cd reboots itself
    > to have suse start running off of the hdd correct?
    >
    >


    It's in the screen where you see a summary of what the system is going to
    do.

    It says (in some order)

    Partitioning:
    BootLoader:
    Software:
    Clock/Time:

    If you click on 'Software', you can select either a default install, one of
    several 'patterns', which provide differing software preselects,
    or 'custom', which will allow you to choose whatever software packages you
    desire. (warning, it's a HUGE list, pack a lunch!)

    Loni
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    Default Re: streamlining opensuse 11.0

    > It's in the screen where you see a summary of what the system is going to
    > do.
    >
    > It says (in some order)
    >
    > Partitioning:
    > BootLoader:
    > Software:
    > Clock/Time:
    >
    > If you click on 'Software' ...


    THAT is exactly it...thanks Loni...

    uschxc, look for that and you WILL find more ability to pick and choose than you
    will believe!!

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    A Texan in Denmark

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