1.12 Installation Settings

On the last step before the real installation takes place, you can alter installation settings suggested by YaST and also review the settings you made so far. To modify the suggestions, either click Change and select the category to change or click on one of the headlines. After configuring any of the items presented in these dialogs, you are always returned to the Installation Settings window, which is updated accordingly.

Figure 1-9 Installation Settings

HINT: Restoring the Default Settings

You can reset all changes to the defaults by clicking Change > Reset to Defaults. YaST then shows the original proposal again.

1.12.1 Partitioning

Review and, if necessary, change the partition setup you configured earlier. Modifying the partition setup opens the Expert Partitioner described in Section 2.1, Using the YaST Partitioner, (↑ Reference ).

1.12.2 Booting

YaST proposes a boot configuration for your system. Other operating systems found on your computer, such as Microsoft Windows or other Linux installations, will automatically be detected and added to the boot loader. However, openSUSE will be booted by default. Normally, you can leave these settings unchanged. If you need a custom setup, modify the proposal for your system. For information, see Section 17.2, Configuring the Boot Loader with YaST, (↑ Reference ). The boot method should only be changed by experienced users.

1.12.3 Software

openSUSE contains a number of software patterns for various application purposes. Click Software to start the pattern selection and modify the installation scope according to your needs. Select your pattern from the list and see a pattern description in the right part of the window. Each pattern contains a number of software packages needed for specific functions (e.g. Multimedia or Office software). For a more detailed selection based on software packages to install, select Details to switch to the YaST Software Manager.

You can also install additional software packages or remove software packages from your system at any later time with the YaST Software Manager. For more information, refer to Section 3.0, Installing or Removing Software, (↑ Reference ).

Figure 1-10 Software Selection and System Tasks

1.12.4 Locale Settings

Here you can change the system Language and Keyboard Layout you defined in the first step of the installation. It is also possible to add additional languages. To adjust the system language settings, select Language. Select a language from the list. The primary language is used as the system language. You can also adapt keyboard layout and time zone to the primary language if the current settings differ. Details lets you modify language settings for the user root, set UTF-8 support, or further specify the language (e.g. select South African English).

Choose secondary languages to be able to switch to one of these languages at any time without having to install additional packages. For more information, see Section 9.0, Changing Language and Country Settings with YaST, (↑ Reference ).

To change the keyboard layout, select Keyboard Layout. By default, the layout corresponds to the language chosen for installation. Select the keyboard layout from the list. Use the Test field at the bottom of the dialog to check if you can enter special characters of that layout correctly. Options to fine-tune various settings are available under Expert Mode. When finished, click Accept to return to the installation summary.

1.12.5 Time Zone

Adjust time zone and clock settings here. Provided a network is configured, you can also set up a Network Time Protocol (NTP) client that automatically synchronizes your computer with a time server. This is the same configuration as shown earlier in Section 1.8, Clock and Time Zone.

1.12.6 User Settings

Change the current User settings and change or set the Root Password here. This is the same configuration as shown earlier in Section 1.11, Create New User.

1.12.7 Default Runlevel

openSUSE can boot to different runlevels. Normally, there should be no need to change anything here, but if necessary set the default runlevel with this dialog. Refer to Section 16.2.3, Configuring System Services (Runlevel) with YaST, (↑ Reference ) for more information about runlevel configuration.

1.12.8 System

This dialog presents all the hardware information YaST could obtain about your computer. When called, the hardware detection routine is started. Depending on your system, this may take some time. Select any item in the list and click Details to see detailed information about the selected item. Use Save to File to save a detailed list to either the local file system or a floppy. Advanced users can also change the PCI ID setup and Kernel Settings by choosing Kernel Settings.

1.12.9 Installation from Images

Installing from images considerably speeds up the installation. Images contain compressed snapshots of installed systems matching your selection of patterns. Packages not contained in the images deployed will be installed conventionally.

Unless your custom software selection does not match any of the available images, this feature is Enabled by default. In case of problems, Disable it for debugging purposes.

1.12.10 Firewall

By default SuSEfirewall2 is enabled on all configured network interfaces. To globally disable the firewall for this computer, click on Disable. If the firewall is enabled, you may Open the SSH port in order to allow remote connections via secure shell.