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This is a guide on installing openSUSE 11.3 from a single Live CD. This is a basic overview of the installation steps for most users. For more information, please refer to the Installation page on how to install openSUSE on specific platforms, and to the Installation help page for more information.

Tested on openSUSE


  • in installing of 11.3
  • with small differences also of 11.2 and All

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There are pictures from earlier distribution installs at the pages linked from Installation and these may be helpful.

Installation in Live Desktop

Place your openSUSE disc in the drive, and reboot your computer. Upon rebooting, you should encounter the boot screen.

To see what it will be like choose openSUSE 11.3 and wait for the openSUSE 11.3 desktop to load. This is the default option and does not alter your computer.

If you choose the install option you will go directly to Step 1.

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The live CD boots into a fully-functional openSUSE desktop. There will be some limitations that protect your data. Feel free to explore the desktop, and when you're ready to install, double-click the Live Install icon. This will start YaST, the openSUSE installation and configuration program.

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Step 1: Welcome screen

On top of the page you can set your language and keyboard layout. When the language is set, YaST will choose the applicable keyboard layout for you. However, if this is not correct, you can rectify this with the keyboard layout pull-down menu.

Under the settings the end user license agreement (eula) is shown To see the license agreement in other languages, click License Translation. If you accept the license, click Next.

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Step 2: Set the time

Here, you'll need to set your time zone which is displayed in the map of the world. First, select you global region in the left pull-down menu.

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Choose your exact location in the right pull-down menu.

OS 11.3 live install 4.png Below the time zones the current set time is displayed. If this is not correct, or you want to set up a time server, click Change. Now you can either change the time manualy or select Synchronize with NTP server, if you would like to use a time server.. You can choose a time server from the pull-down menu. Time will automatic be synchronized when clicking Accept
You must have a working internet connection to set a time server

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Step 3: Setting up your disk

Choose the hard disk you want to use for installation. If you have another operating system installed on the same hard disk (for example, Microsoft Windows or another Linux), YaST will resize that operating system so that it still on your computer, but has enough room to install openSUSE 11.3.

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Now you will see the proposed configuration from YaST. If you want to edit the proposed settings, click Edit Partition Setup.... If you'd like to redo the entire setup for your own settings, click Create Partition Setup.... If you want to keep the proposed settings, click Next.

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Step 4: Create the primary user

Enter your full name, an username will be automatically chosen. If you wish you can change this username to your liking. Specify a new password twice, for verification. By default, the system is set to use this password for the system administrator (also known as root). Also, automatic login is turned on by default. However, if you wish to have a more secure system and/or multiple users, uncheck this options.

YaST makes a check if your new set password is secure enough. You will get prompted if it is to insecure. You can then choose to change your password or to continue and ignore this warning.

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Step 5: Installation overview

This is a summary of what YaST is planning on doing to your system. Read over the list and if you would like to change an option, click the title of the section. Consult the help text in YaST and in the documentation for what to do in these screens. If you agree with this proposel, Click install. You will be promted to confirm I you really want to proceed. Click Install again to confirm.


Step 6: Installation

YaST is now installing your new openSUSE system. Once finished, you'll be directed to restart the computer. Restart the computer, and remove the openSUSE Live CD.


Step 7: Finishing the Installation

On the first boot YaST will automatically configure your system's hardware and network settings.

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Completion of Installation

openSUSE 11.3 is now installed! Once you login, you'll be greeted by the openSUSE Greeter with all sorts of information about openSUSE on it. Updates should have been configured automatically, and probably the first update messages will appear, if you are connected to the internet. You might want to check configuration to get yourself started!

Note on installation to large partitions

Many users will be upgrading from previous dual boot windows-linux distributions. YaST will detect empty ext3 partitions, say on a second hard disk and offer to convert them to ext4. For example if there are two empty ext3 partitions it will create an root ext4 partition and data ext4 partition, with the larger partition being assigned to data (/home) by default. On modern systems the scary warning in the Boot section just before commitment during installation, that GRUB will place the bootloader above 125 GBytes and the user is risking that the bootloader will not be found can be disregarded (of course with a certain risk). A check is possible before commitment if you cancel the install at this stage before you lose a useful MBR. Without a valid MBR a disk will not be accessible anymore and steps must be taken to recover all the data on that disk You can do this in an old linux distro that uses GRUB by copying your old linux root partition to the partition that you will use, and adding a new entry to GRUB menu.1st with as root partition this test root partition. If a boot test goes well you can then delete the contents of the temporary test root partition and the SUSE installer may well use it as its default root ext4 partition.

What next?

There is plenty of documentation available on this wiki.

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