I’m trying to install opensuse in my laptop. I downloaded the DVD version and burned it, but when I try to intall it, a window pops up saying
unable to create repository
valid metadata not found at specified URL
I am new to linux and have no idea what this means, could anyone possibly help me?
Thanks in advance
On 12/11/2009 09:06 AM, Isabel 03 wrote:
> I’m trying to install opensuse in my laptop. I downloaded the DVD
> version and burned it, but when I try to intall it, a window pops up
> unable to create repository
> valid metadata not found at specified URL
> I am new to linux and have no idea what this means, could anyone
> possibly help me?
> Thanks in advance
That generally means that there was an error in downloading or burning
of the DVD. In the future, you should check the md5sum on the .iso
file before burning, and always burn at the lowest speed. For this
particular case, start booting the DVD and select the “check media”
option. That will verify the contents.
You can also try the net-install or Live CD version. This is a much, much smaller download. Because of that it is also easier to verify a good copy using md5 and sha1 sums.
Asfaik, there are only 2 reasons to use the DVD version: one is a slow internet connection. The second is the idea that an internet-based installation might be insecure. The slow internet connection - well, if that is your issue, not much I can say, eh?
But, if you are concerned about security, as I was when I first installed Linux using an internet installation, you can rest easier. It isn’t such a problem. You may have already read up on it. You may find older installation guides/how-to’s/advice that tells you to close such and such ports, and turn off such and such services. The default installations today are far more secure than they were even a few years ago. Your default installation will have your ports closed, without unnecessary services running (if I remember correctly), so this isn’t an issue today.
Also, you might be concerned about hacking attacks in that small time when you are not sure you are defended. If you are behind a router or other firewall, again, don’t worry, no problem. However, as a last reassurance, if you’re paranoid like me, you can get rkhunter and chkrootkit immediately after your initial install is running (use the software installation tools and the repository). Disconnect your machine from the network, and run rkhunter and chkrootkit after the base install is done. It will take a little reading on your part, since there are a few warnings that these will turn up that are quite normal. This process is quite simple tho, and will be quickly over. Reconnect to the internet, and you’ll soon be happily playing with your new toy!