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OpenSuSE 11.1 Quick Start Guide
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1.7 Installation Mode

After a system analysis where YaST probes for storage devices and tries to find other installed systems on your machine, the installation modes available are displayed. This step is skipped when installing from a LiveCD, since this medium only supports a new installation with automatic configuration.

New installation

Select this option to start a new installation from scratch.


Select this option to update to a newer version. For more information about system updates, see Section 12.0, Updating the System and System Changes, (↑ Reference ).

Repair Installed System

Choose this option to repair a damaged system that is already installed. More information is available in Section 13.6.3, Recovering a Corrupted System.

Figure 1-3 Installation Mode

By default, the Automatic Configuration is used when performing a new installation. In this mode the system automatically configures your hardware and the network, so the installation is performed with minimal user interaction. If necessary, you can change every configuration that is set up later in the installed system using YaST. In repair mode the automatic configuration attempts to fix errors automatically. Uncheck Use Automatic Configuration if you prefer a manual configuration during the installation or to start the system reparation in expert mode.

This screen also offers to include add-on products during the installation. To include such products, check Install Add-On Products from Separate Media. An add-on product can include extensions, third-party products or additional software for your system such as support for additional languages.

Click Next to proceed. If you selected to include an add-on product, proceed with Section 1.7.1, Add-On Products, otherwise skip the next section and advance to Section 1.8, Clock and Time Zone.

1.7.1 Add-On Products

Add-on products can be installed either from a local source (CD, DVD, or directory) or from a network source (HTTP, FTP, NFS, CIFS,...). When installing from a network source, you need to configure the network first—unless you are performing a network installation anyway. Choose Yes, Run the Network Setup and proceed as described in Network Setup. If the add-on product is available locally, select No, Skip the Network Setup.

Click Next and specify the product source. Source types available are CD, DVD, Hard Disk, USB Stick or Disk, a Local Directory or a Local ISO Image, if no network was configured. If the add-on product is available on removable media, the system automatically mounts the media and reads it's contents. If the add-on product is available on hard disk, choose Hard Disk to install from an unmounted hard drive, or Local Directory/Local ISO Image if it is located in the file system. Add-on products may be delivered as a repository or as a set of rpm files. In the latter case, check Plain RPM Directory. While a network is available, you can chooses from additional remote sources such as HTTP, SLP, FTP and others. It is also possible to specify a URL directly.

Check Download Repository Description Files to download the files describing the repository now. If unchecked, they will be downloaded once the installation starts. Proceed with Next and insert a CD or DVD if required. Depending on the product's content it may be necessary to accept additional license agreements.

It is also possible to configure add-on products at any time in the installed systems. Using add-on products in the installed system is described in Section 6.0, Installing Add-On Products, (↑ Reference ).

Network Setup

When invoking the network setup, YaST scans for available network cards. If more than one network card is found, you have to choose the card to configure from the list.

If an ethernet network adapter is not already connected, a warning will open. Make sure the network cable is plugged in and choose Yes, Use It. In the following dialog the actual network configuration is done. If your network is equipped with a DHCP server, choose Automatic Address Setup (via DHCP). To manually set up the network choose Static Address Setup and specify IP Address, Netmask, Default Gateway IP, and the DNS Server IP.

Some networks require the use of a proxy server to access the Internet. Tick the check box Use Proxy for Accessing the Internet and enter the appropriate specifications. Click Accept to perform the network setup. The installation procedure will continue with the add-on products or repositories setup as described in Section 1.7.1, Add-On Products.

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