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Notes on using Novell SLES
 
 
Installation
Boot the CDrom, choose,
F3 > Text-mode
(note it's F2 on SLES9 and F3 on SLES10)
and add boot option,
vga=791
or
vga=773
 
 
Otherwise the KDE install process will bload the RAM and will slow down the installation.
It's really much faster in text mode.
 
In the package selection menu try,
Filters > Patterns
and unselect (-) all, then Ok.
 
To check what you're installing,
Filters > Install Summary
 
Note. aaa_base is the base mandatory package
 
To apply the dependencies,
Etc. > Dependencies
 
To select and unselect packages there's also the Action menu,
Action > ...
Check,
All listed packages
and,
Do not install any
 
 
Remote install
Create the install tree : http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/15522.html
 
 
Criticism
Problems with Novell SLES,
- starts bloated install GUI by default (much slower if only 1GB of RAM)
- text-mode install UI sucks at 80x25 unlike slackware, netbsd and freebsd.
- base system needs CD1 (284pkgs), CD2 (6pkgs), CD3 (6pkgs) and CD4 (5pkgs)
couldn't one put the base packages on CD1 ?
- the package update system is slow and bloated
- YaST install sucks, the package selection stuff is unusable
- YaST deeply sucks. Although it becomes better in SLES10, it has always been a pain : ugly and bugged, while providing almost 0 usability advantage : you have to write the configuration options anyways ! For example the samba configuration tool. It's just than you got to click in some textboxes instead editing a text file... great...
- as a novell partner you get lots of commercial & marketing crap by mail. Partner rewards points, etc. Looks like they got more marketing guys (not architects) than engineers (just like MS has probably more lawers than engineers).
- they're spammers ! I receive 5 to 10 emails per month about commercial crap about reward points and so on. Incredibly stressing. And as I can't stand their website, much to complicated, I won't even unsubscribe from partnernet.
 

(obsolete, see the new doc)