SLED10: Installation

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This document contains the basic steps for installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED). For additional information, refer to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Installation Quick Start.

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 installation procedure is divided into three phases:

1. Preparation

2. Installation

3. Configuration


1. Insert your installation DVD and restart your computer. The Installation menu appears.

Installation Menu

2. Select Installation to start the install process.

Language Menu

3. Select your language, then click Next.

The language you choose determines the language used in the interface and the default keyboard layout.

End User License Agreement

4. Read the license agreement, select Yes, I Agree to the License Agreement, then click Next.

If you do not agree to the license agreement, you cannot install SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

Installation Mode

5. Select New Installation, then click Next.

New Installation deletes any existing operating system and data, then installs SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Update updates an old SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop installation to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

Clock and Time Zone Dialog

6. Select your region and time zone, then click Next.

This determines the time zone used for your system clock. You can also use this dialog to specify your hardware clock setting (most people prefer to set this to Local Time) and to adjust the time and date.


After completing the preparation phase the system analyzes your installation settings, which can take a few seconds, then continues with the Installation phase. The Installation Settings page appears.

Installation Settings

1. Review your installation settings and make any changes.

1a. In this tutorial you want to install the kernel development tools, which are not listed in the current installation settings. Click Software.

Software Selection and System Tasks

1b. Click Kernel Development. Notice that C/C++ Compiler and Tools is automatically selected when you click Kernel Development. This happens because the Kernel Development module requires the compiler and tools.

1c. When you have finished selecting the options you want, click Accept. The system checks dependencies and continues.

Adobe ICC Profiles

2. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 includes Adobe ICC color management profiles. To use these profiles, you must accept the Adobe ICC Profiles license agreement. Click I Agree to accept the license agreement.

Macromedia Flash Plug-in

3. Likewise, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 includes the Macromedia Flash Plug-in, which requires that you accept the Macromedia Flash Plug-Ins license agreement. Click I Agree to accept this license agreement.

After accepting the license agreements, the Installation Settings screen appears again, showing your changes.

Installation Settings

This screen gives you a final opportunity to change your installation settings before the software is installed.

4. Click Accept to approve these settings.

Confirm Installation

When you start the install, your hard disk is formatted and repartitioned, removing any data that is currently stored on the disk. When the data is deleted, you cannot recover it, so make sure you want to do this before proceeding.

5. Click Install to start the installation.

Installation Settings

The system prepares your hard disk, then starts copying files.

Copying Files

Copying and installing files takes quite a bit of time. The amount of time depends on how much you are installing, the speed of your system and installation media, and other factors. If you are installing from CDs, you will be prompted to swap CDs at the appropriate times.


After the software is installed, the system restarts and the Configuration phase begins with the Hostname and Domain Name screen.

Hostname and Domain Name

1. For this tutorial, leave the hostname and domain name as they are, and make sure that the option to change the hostname via DHCP is selected. Click Next.

Root Password

2. Type the password for the root user, confirm it by typing it again, then click Next.

The root user is the administrative user on this system. The root password is required for performing many system-level operations. Make sure you choose a secure password that you will not forget.

Network Configuration

The Network Configuration screen shows the networking features and options on your system.

3. To change any of the options, click the heading above the option you want to change. For this tutorial, accept the defaults for your system by clicking Next.

The Saving Network Configuration screen appears and shows the progress as the system writes the configuration to several configuration files. After the network configuration is saved, the Test Internet Connection screen appears.

Test Internet Connection

4. If you are connected to the Internet, select Yes, Test Connection to the Internet via 'device name'.

If you want to test a different device, click Change Device and select the device you want to test.

If you are not connected to the Internet or want to skip the test, click No, Skip This Test.

4a. Click Next to proceed. If you are testing the connection, the system attempts to download the latest SLED 10 release notes.

Successful Test

4b. Click Next to continue.

The Novell Customer Center Configuration screen appears.

Novell Customer Center Configuration

5. Use the instructions below to set your desired Novell Customer Center Configuration settings.

If you do not want to configure this option or do not have an Internet connection, select Configure Later, then click Next

The Novell Customer Center provides technical support and product updates.

5a. For this tutorial, accept the default options by clicking Next if you have an Internet connection. There is a short delay while the Novell Customer Center server is contacted.

5b. After the server is contacted, click Continue to open a browser and continue the configuration.

5c. In the browser window, type your e-mail address and click Submit, then click Continue Install in the next screen. There is another pause while your information is sent to the server.

5d. While the online update support is being configured, if any messages appear saying that one or more files have failed their signature check, click Yes.

5e. When the Novell Customer Center configuration process is complete, click OK, then select Run Update and click Next.

5f. After any updated packages are downloaded and installed, click Next to continue.

Depending on which software is updated, the system might restart during this process.

After the update is complete, the Authentication Method screen appears, providing several options for how you want users to authenticate to the system.

Authentication Method

6. For this tutorial, select Local, then click Next.

New Local User

7. Enter the information for a local user, then click Next.

The system configuration is written to disk.

Release Notes

8. Read through the release notes, then click Next.

The system analyzes your hardware and proposes a hardware configuration.

Hardware Configuration

9. Review the proposed hardware configuration, then click Next.

If you want to make any changes, click the heading above the items you want to change before clicking Next.

Installation Completed

10. Click Finish to complete the installation.

You might receive messages about failed signature checks. If you do, click Yes on each message.

The system restarts, after which you can log in to your new SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.