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Re: [opensuse] Can I ask something...?
Linux Tyro wrote:
On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 11:49 PM, James Knott<james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

One thing I like to do, is keep the ISO file on that computer and use it as
a repository. Of course, if you're running a network with several
computers, you can keep it on just one.
.iso file could be placed as a repository, means that in off line
mode, we can install the software from it? Here you are saying for
.iso DVD in which many softwares are there?? (which could be placed as
a repositories) on the desktop, even for a single PC....?

That's exactly what I mean. I place the .ISO file in a suitable directory and then add it as a repository. Another possibility is to loop back mount the ISO file. It then appears as a regular directory that can be shared over the network for use by other computers. I've done that several times so that I could do a net install, without having to go out to the Internet. This comes in handy if you're setting up several computers, such as in a business. You place the ISO file on a server, loop back mount it and then share via NFS, Samba etc. Then you use the net install CD, which connects to that server for all the install files. After the installation, that server should automagically appear in the list of repositories.

One thing you learn, after running Linux for a while, is how much Windows ties your hands when you want to do something. Linux (and Unix) is extremely flexible and, for most people, all the software is free. I recently bought a ThinkPad E520. It came with Windows 7 and I installed openSUSE 12.1 beta RC1 on it. Other than an issue getting the WiFi going, it's been very easy to work with (though I don't care for KDE4, compared to KDE3). On the other hand, W7 is irritating because it so often gets in the way of trying to do something.

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