Just tried to use the SuSE 64-bit ISO for the first time, downloaded by way of Torrent.
Installation proceeds to where Software packages are to be installed, then a fatal error occurs trying to read package information… something about a “Sash broken.”
Because of how Torrent works(every piece and the final file is automatically checksummed), and the additional fact that the downloaded file is compressed (tar.gz), it’s virtually impossible for the ISO to be damaged in transit… the file has to be corrupt at the source.
The .iso image may be fine, but there are still a couple of steps between that and the hard disk. Your DVD may be faulty, there’s a media check you should do, which also covers the possibility of a dodgy DVD reader. Finally it may not be the media, but a machine fault like memory problems killing the installer.
You’re right. I just checked the TORRENT file on the OpenSuSE website just now and it’s an uncompressed ISO. Don’t know how I somehow got the other file (maybe it was initially served within the first few hours, then switched?).
In any case, it’s likely the TORRENT file available NOW is likely different than the one causing me problems so may not be a problem for anyone else.