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Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC - PCSTATS
Abstract: We'll look at SUSE Personal 9.1 and explore the process of installing Linux onto your hard drive as a full operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 18 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Customizing software packages

The next thing we should look at is the 'software' tab. This section determines the various software 'packages' that will be added to SUSE Linux during the installation process. The default screen shows only the packages that are currently selected and will be added. To change this, switch the 'filter' dropdown box to 'package groups'. This shows you the various types of software available on the SUSE Personal CD. Anything with a checkmark will be installed. You can browse through, using the windows on the right side to get details about particular software.

We're going to stick with the defaults here for now, though you might wish to add the Firefox web browser if you are attached to it in the Windows world. To do this, expand 'productivity' then 'networking' and place a check next to 'MozillaFirefox'.

The only other thing you might want to consider adding is PCMCIA support if you are installing SUSE on a laptop computer, since it is not present by default. This can be found at 'hardware\other\PCMCIA'. Click 'accept' to get back to the main installer window.

Setting the correct time and date

This is an easy one. Click on 'time zone' and choose the correct time zone, time and date settings, then 'accept'.

Beginning the installation

From the main installation window, click 'accept' to begin the next stage of the process.

The system files will begin copying to your hard drive(s). Sit back and relax, or get a cup of coffee. Once the file copying process finishes, your system will reboot and you'll be treated to your first glimpse of the boot loader. This screen will come up each time you boot your machine, and allow you to choose between Linux and the various other operating systems you may have installed on your computer.

Allow Linux to load, and the installation process will continue.

Once your system has rebooted, you will find yourself back in the YaST environment, and being prompted for a root password. 'Root' is the system administrator account on any Linux system, so this can be considered the same as setting the 'administrator' password in Windows XP.

DO NOT forget what you enter here.

Next up is the network configuration, so let's proceed...

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
 Pg 2.  Booting and Partitioning
 Pg 3.  Viewing and modifying partition information
 Pg 4.  — Customizing software packages
 Pg 5.  Network Configuration
 Pg 6.  Downloading and Patching
 Pg 7.  Creating User Accounts
 Pg 8.  Part 2: Getting your Linux 'legs'
 Pg 9.  System administration with root password
 Pg 10.  Configuring the Desktop and Internet
 Pg 11.  Shared files and folders over a network
 Pg 12.  Customizing SUSE: Locating your options
 Pg 13.  Open Office and other Applications

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