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Re: [S.u.S.E. Linux] Re: EArlier problems - some solutions; still questions abound
- From: netd@xxxxxxxxxxxx (Tom Schaefer)
- Date: 4 Feb 1998 18:10:23 +0100
- Message-id: <6ba7dv$e13$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hubert Mantel wrote:
> There is no "real" reboot: Most of the
> installation process is done when linuxrc is running. YaST is executed
> directly off the CD. Because of that one cannot switch CDs whilst
> installing. After all packages from CD 1 are installed, the system
> completes its boot and starts the just installed base system. This is NO
> reboot, it's just finishing the first boot process. You can consider this
> "installing the system whilst booting it".
Ub, right ... I understand the concept - that part is fine and executes well, but I have noticed
on some of the installs I have done with 5.0 qnd 5.1 - I didn't get the prompt for the 2nd or 3rd
That part needs to be made a tad more clear to the user/installer. For example, you should mention
that with some sort of message "You have selected packages from the 2nd and 3rd CD sets, these will
not be installed initially until after the system has been brought to init x (1 or 2?) and then you
will be prompted for those CDs. Currently, the first CD is being used as a live file system and
cannot be unmounted"
> There's only one case if you
> have partitioned your harddrive.
Yes - that is good that you do a reboot here
> To be on the safe side, we require a
> reboot to make sure the kernel gets its harddisk info right. This will be
> improved in the future.
understood - BTW - the kernel selection screen needs a tad bit more information as well. I know
it's difficult to gen a series of goofproof kernels, all distributions suffer here. But I think as
long as the "canned" kernels are documented good, the user can at least get the system up and ready
to customize their own kernel.
> Why do we do it this way? Well, we are able to install on machines with
> only 4MB of RAM
Then yours and Slackware are the only ones which can meet that requirement - as far as I have heard
anyway ... good job ...
> (although our hardware requirements are 8MB due to
> problems with the kernel buffer cache code in earlier versions; but it
> does work with only 4MB of RAM). In order to install a S.u.S.E. system,
> you only need one single boot (from disk, CD or using loadlin).
excellent - I have booted from CD, as well as diskette - both work fine
> Thank you for your feedback,
No problem! I think you guys are on the right track - just a few little "annoyances" and "bugs"
overall. You guys have elevated the standard where Linux distributions are concerned. Keep up the
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