I finally have SUSE 9.1 installed. I got a copy of the DVD from a friend. Somewhere next week I will get by Upgrade box All in all most of it runs smoothly, as far as I can see. I even have the impression it is running better then 9.0. In this evaluation there will be screen shots. Just click on them and you will get a pop up.
Installation was pretty painless. I just changed the bios to let the PC boot from DVD. The screen that comes up lets you make different choices. Boot from hard disk, installation in several different ways and a memory test.
With the [F3] key one can also choose to select where the instillation has to be done from. Among the choices are DVD, FTP, NFS and hard disk. The first I yast-screen-shotsneed to do is to enable the possibilaty to make screen shots, so you can all see them on this site. I went to terminal mode with [CTRL][ALT][F2]. I then made a directory named 'yast-screen-shots' in '/root'. I then mounted the floppy there with 'mount /dev/fd0 /root/yast-screen-shots'. Halfway the instalation there is a reboot. Rememeber to get a second floppy and do the above again.
More info on this can be found on this page.
The rest of the evaluation can be found below. Enjoy.The first screen you get when you just choose instalation is the place where you choose your language. I choose English even if I am not native English speaking. The reason is that way I will have the same language all over and not have one or more languages for different programs.
three comments, already:
People, please be careful with the partitioning tool during the install. It left me with a non-bootable Win2K partition that would not even respond to FIXMBR or FIXBOOT with the emergency repair disk under the Win2K recovery console. I was able to move all my data from Win2K to another drive using the installed Suse and then fix the disk with the IBM Drive Fitness utility. I then tried different install scenarios that ended in failure any time the Suse install changed the partition table. The only thing that worked for me was to set up the hard drive with Partition Magic and allow it to create all the partitions, NTFS and EXT3 and swap. Then I installed Win2K first to the front of the drive, hid the partition using PM, installed Suse, activated the Win2K partition, and then reconfigured GRUB to include Win2K in the menu. What a pain, and this was on a machine that had previously had no issues with dual booting Win2K and any of the following experiments Suse 8.2, Suse 9.0, Knoppix, Mepis, and Debian Woody.
ouz - 19 May '04 - 04:47
Valid point. It goes without saying that you always should make a backuip of any and if possible all data on a PC if you are installing a new OD to it. Wether this is an upgrade, dualboot or whatever is not importand. The main issue is backup.
houghi () (link) - 19 May '04 - 09:37
Why do I continue to see people reporting problems with boot loader?
The best option is to install boot loader on the installed root partition (ie hda3 or whatever)
Then edit c:boot.ini add line c:suse.mdk=Suse 9.1
In Linux terminal (You can use install disk rescue image) do
dd if=/dev/hda3 bs-512 count=1 of=./suse.mdk then copy suse.mdk to c:
WORKS EVERY TIME I HAVE A TOTAL OF 5 OPTIONS
John - 14 September '04 - 04:59