The best part about installing your drivers is that may, or most for that matter, use a “1-Click Install.” A 1-click installer simply requires you to download the package and YaST will walk you through the process, and basically do all the work for you. OpenSUSE, with some exceptions, also has a package or application to replace most Windows programs, and for free. But, by far the best thing about OpenSUSE 11.0 and OpenSUSE in general is the community support. Between the technical support of the Forums, and the bug reporting of Bugzilla, there is a great deal of community support and advice that comes along with OpenSUSE 11.0. If you need a installation guide, you can find the official tutorial by clicking here. I’ve also written a tutorial on installation (found here) if you need any further help with the installation process and the follow-up to that process.
How hard will the transition be from windows to linux?
It depends…on your willingness to overcome some hurdles, on your willingness to get frustrated, willingness to solve problems, and willingness to learn.
Do you recomend dual bool?
Multi-booting (dual/triple/hex/whatever) is a good idea. You can also install “virtualbox” and run WindowsXP/Vista in a Small window in your SUSE desktop (or whatever GNU distribution you choose).
Is there any emulation for windows?
Search for WINE (Wine.Is.Not.an.Emulator haha)
What is the true advantage of running linux over windows? No such thing. What’s the true advantage to having a pair of sandals over shoes? Personal choice. Windows is good. I just like GNU better. I like ssh, openoffice, gimp, firefox, security, regular updates, built into my operating system right outta the box. Take care asking others (and asking your self) this question, as there is no “true” answer to it. It is largely a matter of opinion.
Ubuntu is an ‘ok’ distro. Slackware I dislike. SUSE is my favourite. Fedora is also quite good. Trying multi-booting Windows + SUSE 11 and get ready for a ride!! Stay tuned to the forums for lots of help.
If you have a paid for copy of MS-Windows, I recommend a dual boot. My reasons are:
a. it can be useful to have a bootable independent OS to help determine if problems are OS related? software related? or hardware related,
b. if you need to upgrade your BIOS, many manufacturers no longer use DOS boot floppies, and many also do not use USB sticks, but instead many manufacturers of motherboards now require one have MS-Windows. I don’t know if virtual box windows client will support a BIOS upgrade
Oh s***ht. And I was going to recommend removing your important hard disks (disconnect them) before tinkering around. I say take out that hard drive before you REALLY f*****ck it up royally (I’m not saying you will or even that you have already, but just in case). Just get the smallest HDD you can get, and just run SUSE on it 100%.
> TRAGEDY HAPPNEDD
> i have or had 2 HDDS one with windows and the other one with ALL MY
> MP3s, pictures etc… and i installed linux there and now everything is
> what can i do to recover it
As swerdna said, don’t panic (yet). I note you deleted the XP (system)
partition before installation, so it may just be that your MP3 partition
is not mounted at boot (swerdna’s suggestions should help determine
that). You should also be able to check the partition with your backup
software, Ghost, TrueImage or BartPE (if you have any of them) or even
using another computer.
Asus M2NPV-VM, AMD 64X2 3800+, openSuSE 10.3 x86-64/XP Home dual boot
Asus M2V-MX SE, AMD LE1640, openSuSE 11.0 x86-64/XP Home dual boot
reinstall winxp on the drive that your deleted it.
then copy your data on a cd dvd or usb drive.
you have 2 hdd,
keep winxp and unplug it (if its sata its easy) if not, get a hdd drawer.
with the other one, install opensuse and get the hang of it and when you will be at ease (and i mean read all the info published on it) then and only then… scrap your winxp.
the reason: when you will be frustrated with linux (and it will append) you go back to winxp you do yours things and then your try again suse and again and again.
its is worth it. that is what i did and it worked fine with me. no more windows…
Great ! Did you mount them with “NTFS” driver or with “NTFS-3G” driver? [NTFS-3G means NTFS 3rd Generation driver]
If you wish to have read/write, you are best to use the NTFS-3G driver: NTFS - openSUSE
The standard “default” openSUSE convention is to have Windows drives mounted as /windows/C and /windows/D
But you could change the mount to /home/your-user-name/C
Its always best to install windows 1st, and Linux 2nd. If you install Windows after Linux, windows will overwrite your MBR (master boot record) during the windows install. Hence then you have to use the Installation CD/DVD to do a repair of the MBR.