What happens next, depends on how you started installing SUSE Linux 10.1.
If you burned the five CDs, and booted from CD1, then you can sit back and relax for about two minutes, until you reach a graphical screen asking you which language to use during installation.
If you don't have CD1 in your drive, you will be first presented with some questions before reaching the same stage of the installation. These are required to find the installation sources.
First a blue screen appears, still in text mode. It will stay like this, until all information is gathered, and the installation software can be loaded.
There very first request is to put CD1 in your drive. This is not an error, the default installation mode is to use your CD/DVD drive. It is possible to choose other installation sources as boot parameters, but it's more convinient (less typing, and less documentation reading) to choose installation sources using a curses based menu system.
Here we can't spare any work: if we hit 'enter' on 'OK', then we are presented with an error message and use 'enter' again to continue. Other way we use the right arrow or tab to get to 'back', and with 'enter' we get to the same screen as the other way.
Here we can select a language for installation. All languages use their own character sets, some more exotic ones can not be read at all, so for those English or other language with 'Latin' type characters is suggested. This can be changed on the graphical installation screen. I use 'Magyar' (Hungarian) most of the time, but now stick with English :) So, instead of using up/down arrows to choose another language, I just hit 'enter' for English. This brings us to the main menu of this tool.
If we use a network installation, we need to visit 'Kernel Modules (Hardware Drivers)' first. As we have already seen, the menu works with up and down arrows and Enter/Escape. So enter the 'Kernel Modules' menu, and choose 'Load ppc Modules'.
The gigabit ethernet driver is still broken
in SUSE Linux (it works, but extremely slow), so choose 'via-rhine' from the list. Hit 'enter' three times, and you are back to the menu. You don't need any other modules to be able to install SUSE Linux on an ODW over the network. So get back to the main menu.
To get started, choose 'Start Installation or System'. This brings to another menu. We will use the first one now, but need to mention the others as well.
'Start Installation or Update' starts a new installation
'Boot installed system' allows to boot an already installed system. It's needed in the second stage of installation, when the computer first reboots.
'Start Rescue System' starts a mini Linux with lot's of handy tools. Need for partitioning as well, if you need to change an Amiga partition table (the default on ODW)
We go on with installation now, whcih brings us to another menu.
CD-ROM: we would not be here, if we wanted to use it...
Hard Disk: from a partiton
You can just put in CD1 in your drive and use it, but then there is no point using anything else for booting the installation system.
If you choose 'Hard Disk', you are presented with a list of partitions on the system. First, you have to choose the partition, and then enter the path to the installation sources on that partion. For example, if you copied the installation CDs to your /home partition in directory beta2, and /home is /dev/hda5, then choose /dev/hda5 as partition and /beta2/CD1/ as source directory. The rest of the directories will be use automagically.
From the network install, FTP has the most questions, so I will show that one. If you forgot to load a kernel module for networking, you will be presented with a big, red warning message. Other way, you are asked, if you want to use DHCP for network configuration. If not, be prepared to answer some questions about your network. The first is: the IP address of your machine. Netmask fallows (with a default for a class C network filled id), IP of the gateway machine, IP of the name server, and finally IP of the ftp server (you can use a name here, if there is a proper DNS entry for that machine). Then choose, if you need a username to reach the ftp site, or a HTTP proxy. At the end, you have to specify a source directory, including CD1 in the name, if you set up the installation source yourself from CDs, or 'inst-source', if you use the 'factory' distribution.
Now you can sit back and relax, you will get to the graphical screen mentined above in a few seconds or minutes, depending on your network speed.
To be continued ;)