I’ve gotten 13.1 up and running, quite nicely, thanks to all the great help here in the forums.
A quick question about installation choices, though – looking ahead a bit. I got my clean install – which is what I wanted – in a sort of roundabout way. In installed Kubuntu, changed my mind; then I got the option I wanted for opensuse 13.1 – a clean installation, where I would be starting from scratch with a single, new home partition.
The 3-choice menu was a little confusing. There was no “take over entire hard disk” choice. What I saw was: (1) Create LVM Based Proposal (with option to encrypt volume group), (2) Propose Separate Home Partition, and (3) Use Btrfs as Default File System. Option #2, the default, apparently examines your hard disk and tries to preserve the data in your home partition and much of the software also. Admirable, though what I wanted was a clean installation of the home partition. I did, and I prefer, to have my home partition backed up and squirreled away on a couple of devices, then reload all the data later and reinstall the software anew from the repositories myself.
Back to the “quick” question: So which option would be best for a clean, simple, take-over-the-entire-hard-drive installation?
> Back to the “quick” question: So which option would be best for a clean,
> simple, take-over-the-entire-hard-drive installation?
In installation mode, unselect “automatic”.
When you get to the partitioning dialogs, press “create partition
setup”. Then select the disk you want to use (not custom partitioning).
You arrive to a list of partitions that you can select or not with
tickboxes: for instance, just tick sda3, 4, 5, and 6, and click next.
You will have a new proposal that erases just those partitions, and will
leave alone the rest. Or click “all” to take over the entire disk.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 12.3 x86_64 “Dartmouth” at Telcontar)