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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:33 am 
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Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:41 am

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Subject says most of the storry :-)

For the official announcement, please take a look at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-anno ... 00004.html

Grab it while it's hot!

I'm installing it on my Pegasos right now. First experiences:

Network configuration at the beginning of installation is pretty much broken (due to missing curl binary).

gnash (the GNU flash player mentioned in another topic) is not included on the DVD. For that you will need to use factory, or download it from factory and install on your alpha release.

XFCE is not included on the DVD, so those who want to install EFIKA need to fine another light weight window manager (there are numerous others, like fvwm, etc.)

Did not test Alpha5 with EFIKA yet, but factory got a lot more easy to to install:
- improved speed
- swap file creation
- better (but still not complete) hardware detection

One more note: the installer has pata_via as default for the Pegasos IDE controller, which is broken. Please use:
Code:
brokenmodules=pata_via

as boot parameter to work around this and load the old IDE driver automagically.

Have a lot of fun!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:51 am 
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Tested, and Alpha5 also works fine on EFIKA.

Some hints, if one has an empty HDD and wants to install openSUSE on it. As the installer needs (a lot) more than the available 128MB of RAM, a swap partition or file is needed. The easiest to achieve it is to use an USB stick and create a swap file on it. It needs an additional boot parameter:
Code:
insmod=usb_storage

to load necessary kernel support. Even if the USB stick is not seen from the firmware prompt (in which case one needs to boot from TFTP), it can be used once Linux is booted. Creating the swap file takes a lot of time...

As I have yet to find an USB CD / DVD, which is recognized by OF, the easiest way of installation is through the network. Setting up apache with YaST is just a few clicks of the mouse. Loop mount the DVD somewhere, where apache can find it, or make it available where it is. Then the full boot parameter (until hw detection on EFIKA is completely solved) is:
Code:
boot inst32 insmod=pata_mpc52xx insmod=usb_storage textmode=1 install=http://server/directory/

This assumes, that DHCP available on the network. 'textmode=1' is there to save sam RAM and speed up installation by less swapping, as the text mode installer uses considerably less memory as the shiny graphical one.


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