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Re: [opensuse] small installation help

'Edit partition Setup...', so should I use it ? Because I already have
Ubuntu LTS and just to replace it (only Ubuntu LTS with openSUSE) but
want to make the Windows XP remain intact, so please let me know which
files to be deleted/changed/done....., whatsoever...
The installer usually makes a good "guess" of what it is meant to do, but you should definitely check this.

You should have one FAT or NTFS partition (Windows), mounted on /windows/c, this is probably set automatically by the installer. As for your previous Ubuntu install, you will have to tell the installer what to do with that. I don't know what your partitions look like, by default openSUSE does this:

one SWAP partition
one root partition "/"
one home partition "/home/"

SWAP partition is disk space that is reserved for paging, this is a bit like allocating part of your hard disc to act as additional RAM.

If your Ubuntu install also had separate root ("/") and home ("/home/") partitions, you might want to keep the "/home" one, as this will contain your documents, saved settings etc. Or perhaps you want to wipe out everything and start from scratch: in this case, you would format (i.e., wipe) both the root and the home partition. (Also, note that the home partition is optional: if you don't make this, then "home" will simply be a subdirectory of root.)

At the end of the set-up, make sure you have the following:

one SWAP partition (a few GB will do)
one windows partition, this should be of the FAT or NTFS type, this should NOT be formatted, and it should be mounted as /windows/c
one root ("/") partition, this should be of the ext4 type, and should be formatted
optional: one "home" partition, i.e., an ext3 or ext4 partition mounted on /home/, this can either be a new partition (in which case it should be formatted), or it can be the home partition from your Ubuntu install, in which case it should NOT be formatted

Good luck!

Further the option of LVM based, what does it do? I request if someone
could really explain / elaborate/ link me to this (for explanation).

You are not likely to need this unless you are using some advanced set-up with multiple hard discs. Wikipedia has some decent enough articles on LVM; it means "logical volume management", and the basic idea is that you create "virtual" discs which can span across multiple hard discs. For example, you can combine two 1TB physical discs to create a 2TB "virtual disc". Or, you can create one 1TB "virtual disc" that is copied on two physical 1TB discs, so that if one disc is damaged you don't lose data (this is similar to software RAID, but LVM allows more flexibility, e.g., combining discs of different sizes).

Hope this helps!

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