Thursday, March 13, 2008

Installing openSUSE 10.3 in Virtual PC 2007 - Part 2 of 4

Step 3 - Start the Installation
Select "Installation" from the boot menu. On the line at the bottom, enter "i8042.noloop". This parameter will fix a bug that does not allow you to use the mouse. The "vesa" in the image is used to fix video driver problems commonly found in Linux distributions but is not actually needed in openSUSE. Install 01
Step 4 - Wait a Bit
Get used to waiting. You'll be doing it frequently. Install 02
Step 5 - Pick a Language
¿Hablas espaƱol? Install 03
Step 6 - Media Check
If you feel like dragging this out, you can go ahead and verify your media. The nice thing about Virtual PC is that if the media is bad and the install hoses up the hard drive, you can just delete it and try again. If you think I'm an idiot and are still trying to install from a mounted ISO image, I dare you to run a media check on it. What's that? It failed? I may be an idiot, but I'm not a liar. Install 04
Step 7 - Accept License Agreement
You read the whole thing, right? Install 05
Step 8 - Start New Installation
Wait a bit while the installer performs a system analysis. Once complete, select "New Installation" and move forward. Install 06
Step 9 - Build Repository
Wait a while for the repository to build. If you're still confident that I'm an idiot and skipped the media check on your mounted ISO image, you should find that the repository does not properly build. If you got this to work, let me know just how you did that.
Step 10 - Select Time Zone
Pick your appropriate time zone. The hardware clock is set to local time, not UTC. Like other Linux distros, openSUSE seems to have clock problems inside Virtual PC. We'll talk more about that after the install completes. Install 07
Step 11 - Select Desktop
It's really up to you whether you want to use GNOME or KDE as your desktop engine (or some other one, for that matter). I recommend GNOME because (1) it's pretty and (2) it will make your screen look a lot like my screenshots. Install 08
Step 12 - Select Software Installation
You can go with the defaults for software installation if you'd like. openSUSE's administrative tools make it easy to add or remove components after the install, if you even need to. Install 09
Step 13 - Accept License Agreements
As always, make sure you read every last letter of each software license agreement. If you went with GNOME and the default installation, you should have to agree to licenses for "AdobeCCProfiles", "agfa-fonts", "flash-player", "java-1_5_0-sun" and "java-1_5_0-sun-plugin". Install 10
Step 14 - Confirm Installation
Are you sure you want to install? If you don't, you've already wasted a bunch of time. Install 11
Step 15 - Wait
This is not an exaggeration: prepare to wait three full hours for the installation to complete. Go get lunch. Then eat it. Then play Spider Solitaire for an hour. Then check your e-mail. Still not finished? Start writing a tutorial on how to do this install... Install 12

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