Try either the Live KDE or Live GNOME first to see how well it works on your machine without installing anything to disk.
PS: Don’t expect to be able to “switch” totally to Linux at first go, unless all you do with the machine is surf the web. Usually many people find that there are still some things they need to do on Windows at first.
When I go to the software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 11.3 there are 5 options I can download, the full dvd,live kde, live gnome etc.
Which one do I need to download to install suse 11.3 as my main operating system on my laptop?
Hello vdwray, welcome to the openSUSE forums.
You can download the full DVD either for a 32bit install or 64bit install. The option is yours. Which one to choose was recently discussed on this forum. The DVD contains all packages for a basic install. This means that you get a working system without internet access. The downside is that the iso file for burning the DVD is much bigger.
You can also install from one of the Live CD’s. I prefer KDE, but this is my personal preference. Then a lot of stuff must be downloaded on the fly but it’s probably less than for the full DVD, because normally one does not install everything available on the DVD.
Provided that you have a good connection or enough patience I would recommend to burn the DVD.
Then if you want, you should download the OpenSuse 11.3 LiveCD of your choice, boot it to verify it works as expected on your laptop before installing to your HD.
You can install from the LiveCDs but I prefer to install from the DVD because it has all the initial packages and libraries needed. Plus it has all Desktop (KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XCFE) options.
After install you can or will update the packages.
On 2010-10-01 18:06, vdwray wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> This might be a dumb question but I am currently running vista and want
> to switch to the new 11.3 suse.
> When I go to the ‘software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 11.3’
> (http://software.opensuse.org/113/en) there are 5 options I can
> download, the full dvd,live kde, live gnome etc.
> Which one do I need to download to install suse 11.3 as my main
> operating system on my laptop???
I think you should try first one of the live cds, or both if you can. Without installing. See if it
works and if you like it.
Then you can install. Ask here if you want recommendations. Do not erase windows unless you are
completely sure. Look: I’ve been long time in linux, since 1998, but I still keep windows, there are
things for which I need it. I may not boot it in months, then I need it to update some machine I
bought that only has windows software. Or for taxes.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)
I am still fine tuning the FAQ’s, I do not want to be very technical but at the same time not too vague. Each FAQ makes the assumption you have read the relevant Overview section which is not yet available to view.
A 64-bit operating system will generally make my PC faster.
Compatibility with 64-bit is lacking.
Bearing in mind the above, if you have…
It seems to me, with this formatting, “Bearing in mind…” is in danger of being read as a ‘myth’. Maybe bullet-pointing the ‘myths’, or using a different font, would make it clearer that you have finished discussing myths and are on to discussing consequences.