Customizing Your Installation

Clicking any heading in the Installation Settings screen enables you to modify that aspect of your installation. Similarly, selecting the Change button displays a pop-up menu from which you can select any of the headings on this screen to change or examine the relevant aspects of the installation to guarantee that they meet your requirements.

■ Partitioning: If you are unhappy about the partitioning scheme that is displayed here, you can go to the partitioning dialog (maybe for the second time) and make changes. If the disk contains partitions from a previous installation or another operating system that you want to keep, you should check carefully that the partition settings are what you want.

■ Booting: YaST's proposal for the bootloader type and its location are displayed here. In most cases the proposal will work fine.

■ Software: A listing of the software selections that have been chosen for you based on your earlier choice of a desktop environment. You can add additional software patterns or select individual packages by clicking on this heading.

■ Locale settings (Keyboard layout): If you wish to change the language settings you selected earlier, you can do it here.

■ Time zone: The time zone selection you made earlier is displayed here. Again, if you wish to change it, you have another chance now.

■ User settings: Shows the name of the user that you set up earlier and notes that the root password has been set.

■ Default Runlevel: The default for a system with a graphical desktop environment installed is "5: Full multiuser with network and display manager.'' If you change this to 2 or 3, the system will boot without starting the graphical environment, and only a text login will be available when the system starts up. Runlevels are discussed in Chapter 4.

■ System: This is primarily for information only, displaying the hardware that YaST has discovered on your system. There is an option to save this information to a file. The System Settings button allows for some advanced kernel and driver choices.

■ Installation from Images: The openSUSE 11.0 release pioneered the use of compressed system images on the installation media, corresponding to the main software patterns. This method speeds up the installation process considerably over the older method of installing each software package individually. There is no particular reason to disable this feature.

Throughout the remainder of the installation, we talk in more detail about what these settings do to your system and we also discuss the ways in which you can change these settings.

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