I’m a Linux fan and user since August 1992 and when I tried to install opensuse 11.1 x86_64 on my hp/compaq nx6325 (network install from inside our company network)
I encountered the following difficulties:
setup tries to DNS-lookup download.opensuse.org,
which is bound to fail behind a serious firewall
(i.e. on a 10.x.x.x network)
workaround: go to expert->start shell and do
an “echo 22.214.171.124 download.opensuse.org >> /etc/hosts”
I was confused to see network install to be able to
with a http proxy, but unconditionally attempt a DNS
The non-support of LILO is a pretty dumb move.
GRUB works pretty much only in the MBR of the boot disk,
while lilo works reliably and great from pretty much
everywhere, in particular in partition boot blocks
of partitions at the end of large disk
the boot manager configuration dialog seems pretty
broken, it killed the HP recovery feature in my MBR
although I DID find and disable the “overwrite MBR”
and I did check the boot device in lilo.conf to be
/dev/sda3 several times before the bootmanager install
Aborting the installation procedure halfway wedged the
installer pretty thoroughly, nagging me with
hundreds of failure popups which showed in the “details”
the reason “User aborted”. Abort simply doesn’t work
the installed kernel fails to boot, it constantly dies
with “PANIC: early exception 0e rip 10:fffff…”
Booting the Net installation CD and the installed
opensuse through the “Boot installed system from
harddisk” is the only way to run the system
When YOU is started from an interactive shell
(sudo bash, export DISPLAY=…) then exiting YOU
with cancel will immediately bring up a textual YOU
in that shell…
The HTTP-proxy that I had entered for installation
(and that did still work on second stage installation
after reboot is not written into /etc/sysconfig/proxy
right after first bootup, after i got YOU up and
finally running&connecting, I started downloading
available patches. Halfway through download and
installation, I suddenly received an network error
popup from YOU. For some reason unknown to me the
braindead NetworkManager had kicked in an killed the
default route from the original (ifup-based) network
configuration from installation (which was done with
a static IP).
Is there any projection when a bootable x86_64 kernel will become available for opensuse 11.1? (one that doesn’t die with PANIC: early exception?)
The underlying Kernel bug seems to have been fixed mid of October 2008?
PS: the decision to de-support Lilo is a pretty bad news.
GRUB is nowhere near mature.
In 1993 I used “shoelace” (in the root partition bootblock) from an extended partition of a secondary SCSI-disk off a Adaptec 1542 SCSI-controller (primary disk was IDE).
It took several years before LILO grew up to do this (while the lilo manpage&readme continued to claim that it was impossible…). Maybe when GRUB grows up it will also one day be able to do things like this, but today GRUB will hardly work anywhere else than in the MBR of your first hard disk (which is not where I want to have it).