IN THIS CHAPTER
Partitioning your disks
Configuring your network
Creating a user
Setting up X
The most important part of getting Linux up and running is installing the system. Some aspects of the Linux installation process may seem unfamiliar and slightly alien when you see them for the first time. This chapter demystifies the process by helping you through the installation, explaining the general principles, pointing out any stumbling blocks that you may hit upon, and offering suggestions for resolving them.
The program used to install SUSE Linux is known as YaST, which stands for Yet another Setup Tool. (The "Yet another..." is common in Unix/Linux, and is intended to reflect humorously on the number of similar tools that different people and companies have developed to do specific tasks in their favorite, customized fashion.) YaST provides a framework that supports independent modules that perform a variety of administrative tasks, including modules for installation, all system administration and configuration tasks, and subsequent system updates. The YaST interface that you use for installation is therefore very similar to the interfaces that you will use for system configuration and administrative tasks when you have completed your SUSE Linux installation. Powerful and well designed, YaST will quickly become your friend.
There are minor differences in detail in the installation process among the different versions of openSUSE, SLES, ...