Chapter 1. Installation with YaST

Contents

1.1. System Start-Up for Installation
1.2. The Boot Screen
1.3. Language Selection
1.4. License Agreement
1.5. System Analysis
1.6. Time Zone
1.7. Desktop Selection
1.8. Installation Summary
1.9. Configuration
1.10. Graphical Login

Abstract

The installation of a SUSE Linux system is performed by the system assistant YaST. Adjust the default settings as described here to install a system that meets your needs. Background information is provided where appropriate.


1.1. System Start-Up for Installation

Insert the first SUSE Linux CD or the DVD into the drive. Then reboot the computer to start the installation program from the medium in the drive.

1.1.1. Selecting the Source of the Installation Data

You can install from a local installation source, such as the SUSE Linux CDs or DVD or get the installation sources from an FTP, HTTP, or NFS server. Any of these approaches require physical access to the system to install and user interaction during the installation. The installation procedure is basically the same, no matter which installation source or method you prefer.

1.1.1.1. Installing from the SUSE Linux Media

Install from physical boot media (your SUSE Linux media kit) as follows:

  1. Insert the media into your CD or DVD drive.

  2. Reboot the system.

  3. At the boot screen, select Installation and follow the instructions given in Section 1.2, “The Boot Screen” and the following sections.

1.1.1.2. Installing from a Network Server Using SLP

If your network setup supports OpenSLP and your network installation source has been configured to announce itself via OpenSLP (see Section 1.2, “Setting Up the Server Holding the Installation Sources” (↑Reference)), proceed as follows to install SUSE Linux.

  1. Set up an installation server as described in Section 1.2, “Setting Up the Server Holding the Installation Sources” (↑Reference).

  2. Insert the first CD of the media kit into the CD-ROM drive an reboot the machine.

  3. At the boot screen, select Installation, press F4 then select SLP.

    The installation program retrieves the location of the network installation source using OpenSLP and configures the network connection with DHCP. If the DHCP network configuration fails, you are prompted to enter the appropriate parameters manually. The installation then proceeds normally.

  4. Finish the installation as if you had chosen to install from physical media.

1.1.1.3. Installing from a Network Server

To perform a manual installation using a network installation source, proceed as follows:

  1. Set up an installation server as described in Section 1.2, “Setting Up the Server Holding the Installation Sources” (↑Reference).

  2. Insert the first CD or DVD of the media kit into the corresponding drive then reboot the machine.

  3. At the boot screen, select Installation and use the boot options prompt to pass additional information, such as:

    • Location of the installation server:

      install=protocol:inst_source

      Replace protocol with the protocol prefix for the service used by the installation server (nfs, http, or ftp). Replace inst_source with the IP address of the installation server.

    • Network configuration parameters if your setup does not support DHCP configuration (see Section 1.4.3, “Using Custom Boot Options” (↑Reference) for reference).

  4. Press Enter to boot for installation. If no network parameters have been specified at the boot options prompt, the installation routines try to set up the network using DHCP. If this fails, you are prompted for these parameters. After you have provided them, the installation proceeds.

  5. Finish the installation as if you had chosen to install from the physical media.