Useful Links for openSUSE installers new to Linux

Thinking of installing openSUSE? Good :slight_smile: It’s not difficult and there is plenty of information out there to help you. It’s not feasible to give comprehensive advice in one post, but to save you having to dig around or in case you’re concerned you’ve missed somsething, I’d thought it might be helpful to list useful links in one place. This is intended to supplement the information detailed in the installation section of the Unoffical Guide to openSUSE
4. Installation - Howto Install openSUSE on Your Computer .
Before you begin**

Hardware requirements - openSUSE - minimum hardware requirements. You will see that they are modest, but you might want the reassurance of seeing them if you’re thinking of reviving on old laptop that’s now a doorstop.

Portal:Installation - openSUSE - this is the official openSUSE installation portal that with links from where your choice of openSUSE installation can be transferred to your preferred media. The conventional way is to download an ISO image and burn the image to DVD, which is easily done within Windows or Linux. If you use Windows 7, you may find the advice from Burn a CD or DVD from an ISO file useful.

Dual-Booting Windows and openSUSE - it might be slightly out of date but the information provided here represents a rather Windows-centric guide to dualbooting that you may be more comfortable with.

SDB:Live USB stick - openSUSE - this may be helpful if want to try out a live installation of openSUSE without making any changes to your hard drive using a bootable USB stick instead. When you eventually do a definitive install on your hard drive you will be asked at some point to choose between at least two different desktop environments (called KDE and GNOME). Using the Live USB installations, you can try out both and decide which you prefer, which is very a matter of personal taste. Try not the gauge the performance of openSUSE using the live install because the USB-dependence will make it a lot slower than a definitive installation on your hard drive.

Thinking of dual-booting with Windows?

Create a system repair disc - you shouldn’t need it! The chances however are that your computer came pre-installed with Windows with little consideration to the possibility that you may want to install another operating system. If you don’t have the Windows installation DVD, then you really should make a recovery disk anyway whether or not you wish to install openSUSE!

Defragment Windows 7 - How to defragment a Windows 7 computer - you might not know what defragmentation is, but if you want to install openSUSE on the same hard drive as a Windows install, you will want to optimise the regions of contiguous empty space on the hard drive since this will maximise your choices when it comes to creating Linux partitions for openSUSE.

How to Fix Windows 7 When It Fails to Boot - during installation, openSUSE will detect your Windows and subsequently allow you to boot into Windows from its boot-loader menu. If however you decide to `tweak’ the bootloader program and you do something wrong, you might be worried about not being to boot into Windows. Linux has its own suite of options to handle bootup problems, but you may feel reassured by knowing that Windows has the same at least as long as you created that recovery disk!


SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE - if you’re new to Linux, the chances are that you have a very Windows-based perception of how drives and directories are organised. So if you ask a Linux-only person “Where’s my C drive?”, they’ll stare at you blankly. I tend to find installation guides merely gloss' over the often-not-so-straightforward issue of partitining, but it would really help you if you read the information on this webpage at least once, even if you don't understand most of it - at least knowing the correct vocabury will help (e.g. you're C drive’, which isn’t a drive but a partition, might be called `sda3’).

4. Installation - Howto Install openSUSE on Your Computer - toward the bottom of this page (Section 4.2) you will find a number of screens that show you the DVD Installation. It’s all fairly self-explanatory. Depending on your hardware, it’s possible that your computer will freeze after the second screen and before getting to the third screen. If it does, you need to hard-restart and at second screen hit F5 and change the kernel setting to `Safe-Mode’. - for those with UEFI motherboards, the boot setup might have to be a little different for you. - once you’ve installed openSUSE, get online and click on this and on the top-right of this webpage, click `Register/Login’ then tell everyone about your experience. Let us know if you need help with anything, or otherwise have a lot of fun!

Great post, thanks for sharing. IMHO it misses one suggestion: Read what the installer’s telling you. I coached some people doing an install, as soon as they see a green button appearing they click it, hence skipping partitionig details etc. All 6 of them.

Thanks Knurpht. I still can’t find a link (the post is about links after all!) that drives that point home!

But I also noticed that Point 3 under Before you begin' really should come under Thinking of dual booting with Windows?’ - guess it’s too late to edit now :'(!