downloading and installing Suse Linux

Posted on 2002-04-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
i have been to the ftp mirrors for suse and downloaded the full directory for suse 7.3 . i would like to know how i would go about doing an installation using this directory. i know that i cannot make a bootable cd. what are the disk sets that i need to create and can i specify that directory as the installation source.

All my partitions are set up and would only have to be formatted during reinstallation.

i am currently running a dual boot with xp and mandrake 8.2 using lilo and that is working fine.
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ID: 6951420
Install the demo CD (which is downloadable).  Then, run Yast under the demo version, and use Yast to install a full system to your hard drive.  Yast will let you specify a source for the install, which can be your hard drive (or can also be an ftp site!!!).  This is the method I have used for years to get around the CD install problem, though I have not yet tried it with 7.3 so YMMV.  In fact, SuSE used to recommend this method to people who complained about their no-ISO policy but they have since stopped mentioning it.  Also, ther eis now a live-eval version of SuSE 8.0 you may want to get for the most uptodate SuSE.

You may also simply be able to use boot floppies (get them from /pub/suse/i386/7.3/disks, then use rawrite under windows to create the images).  Again, once yast starts, you simply change the installation medium to reference your hard drive.  But I am not sure if this latter method will work having never tried it.

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ID: 6951743
FYI, look at this link for instructions on how to install/upgrade via FTP from bootdisks.  It is pretty much as I described... create bootdisks, and select FTP installation source.

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ID: 6953982
where is the demo cd available? i have checked the mirrors...didnt see it there. i'm guessing that you aren't talking about the live-eval...cos i dont really want that...
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jsnorman earned 50 total points
ID: 6954382
Yes, I meant the live-eval (which for 8.0 will be available 4/22).  You can use that instead of boot disks to run Yast and install a full SuSE (not eval) system via FTP.  However, I think using the boot disks is and FTP is easier.  I just tried this last night to make sure that FTP install works from boot floppies, and it does.  Just pull off and create the three boot disks:  bootdisk, modules, and modules2 (you will need the latter if you are going to do an FTP install).  You will then have two options:  FTP install, or hard disk install.

FTP Install:  You must load the network module for your card using the load module function.  This is why you will need the second modules floppy.  You should be able to select DHCP, or manually configure your network settings, and you will then have a live internet connection for downloading.  Select Start Installation, and Yast will give you another menu with the option to select the Source for the install.  Choose FTP, and then (or another mirror).  It will pause for a few minutes while Yast downloads the directory listings and structure and then you proceed to install SuSE normally.

Hard Disk Install:  Go straight to Start Installation once Yast starts up (unless you need to load a module for you hard disk controller/scsi card).  Select hard disk as the installation source and enter the device/drive where you have your mirror.  I believe this must be an ext2 formatted drive but I haven't tried using FAT so that may work too.  The rest is standard installation.

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ID: 6954588
Thanks...I appreciate the help :)

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ID: 6954619
No problem.  Let me know how it works out.  I am waiting for 8.0 personally and then will give it a shot.

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ID: 6954913
i have one question abt the location of the source for the hard disk install. you are saying all of the source has to be on an ext2 partition initially?? or can i have it in a folder on my windows partition?

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