Novell & Open Source
charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Tue Feb 22 18:51:13 MST 2005
On Tue, Feb 22, 2005 at 05:32:50PM -0700, Eric Jensen wrote:
> In Suse 9.2 when going to normal install mode it searches for an install
> disk. If no disk is found then a quick message pops up saying it is
> switching to manual mode. Not to say it wont detect some NICs, but I've
> always had to specify mine.
> I just spent the last 5 and a half hours babysitting a Suse install and
> I didn't even make it to the partitioning portion of the install. For
> some reason it would crank for 30+ minutes after every single dialog
> box. This is installing from a USB drive as well as HTTP. My NIC/HD
> lights are always active so it is doing something, just not very well
> apparantly. I've ran through the install process about 5 times today.
> Did a quick Slackware install from CD-ROM in less then an hour. Having
> a hard time convincing myself that Suse's install procedure isn't a
> smoldering cauldron of liquid garbage right now. Sounds like they have
> an impressive distro, sure wish they would let me install it. I'll
> probably have to bring in my own DVD-ROM drive tomorrow and give the DVD
> ISO a try that way. Also bringing in Ubuntu and FC3 as back-up. The
> hardware detection and dual monitor lovin' that Suse claims to have is
> the only thing keeping my interest right now. Ability to install is a
> pretty neat feature as well though, so we'll see.
Five hours without getting to partitioning is a bit much.
By way of comparison, I'm testing some installation software for a
client on Red Hat 9. (I know, I know. Never mind, that's what the
client wants.) The product goes on top of a minimal installation. I
have a kickstart file and CD-ROM images on an NFS server.
I reset the computer and insert the CD-ROM. When the CD-ROM boots, I
type in "linux ks". A few seconds later, I pull the CD-ROM, and walk
away. 7 minutes after hitting CTL-ALT-DEL, I can log in over SSH and
start my test installation.
And a two year old Anaconda detected all the hardware on the same box
the first time.
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