Selecting Software for Installation

The software that is automatically selected as part of a default SUSE installation provides you with nearly every type of tool required for day-to-day work. This section offers additional details about the other types of installations provided by the SUSE installer to provide a full and thorough SUSE learning experience.

To customize the software that is included as part of your SUSE installation, you must click the Software heading in YaST's Installation Settings panel, or click Change and select Software from the pop-up menu. Doing either of these displays the pane shown in Figure 1-17.

FIGURE 1-17

Using the YaST package manager

FIGURE 1-17

Using the YaST package manager

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The main screen that you see here shows you the software patterns that are available to you; these are broad groups of software packages that you can select based on the general purposes for which you want to use the computer. So, for example, the categories "Office Software'' and "Web and LAMP Server'' are available here. To drill down to the level of individual packages, you can click the Details button, and you will see the view in Figure 1-18. Now you can choose to search for specific packages or add to the packages suggested in each of the main categories.

You are also given an indication of the total disk space that will be used by your package selections.

Package management (detailed view)

Package management (detailed view)

The Filter drop-down list box provides a powerful way to limit what packages you can select. Linux is all about choice: Linux users have differing opinions about the best desktop environment, the best text editor, and so on. Here you have complete control over what software you want to select.

As an example, we will keep the default package selection as chosen by SUSE and add a new package that is not installed by default.

Selecting Search from the drop-down list box enables you to enter search criteria for a package and returns all results based on the Search criteria selected. Figure 1-19 shows a search for the WindowMaker window manager. As you can see, YaST returned not only the package Window-Maker but also other packages that contain YaST in their summary definitions, which can be seen in the Description window.

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Searching for individual packages

Searching for individual packages

When a package is selected, your disk usage will be increased to reflect the size of the install domain.

Select Accept to add those packages you select to the install list and take you back to the installation summary screen. The packages that you have selected might require certain other packages to be added as dependencies. If so, a list of these additional packages will be displayed. You should agree to the addition of these packages and continue.

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