I was just about there. Almost pulled the trigger. Was at the partitioning screen during install, all set to delete windows partitions and use the whole disc for openSUSE. Then I stopped. Two main questions linger in my mind.
First… Wireless support for my laptop Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG card. While using the LIVE CD version I noticed that nothing I did seemed to get the network up. Does the LIVE CD support wireless? I would hate to wipe windows only to find i have no internet access to my wireless modem.
Second… The recommended partition scheme gave 2gB to swap, 20gB to /, and the remaining space 178gB to /home. Now, I’ve read much in the past about special schemes. I think I saw /etc, /www, etc. I will be using the laptop mainly for internet browsing, working with OOo docs, and developing a personal website that I will be hosting on a windows box on my network. I expect to be adding a good amount of astronomy software which could get quite large. What is the default location in openSUSE for installing software? Is it /etc like some other distros? Would that justify a partition, for example?
thanks for the replies… as far as partitioning, does it not matter in Linux where progs get installed? Is 20gB enough to install MANY programs. My current c:/ drive on winblows is over 80gB. The only thing there is the OS and progs. I have “My Docs” folder on D:/ partition by itself. Would I be wasting space by defining an etc/ partition of about 80-100gB?