openSUSE installation without CD

This article describes the process of adding openSUSE to a server that already has Ubuntu 10.4 LTS installed without using a CD.

First, download the Network installation file from the SUSE website.  After extracting file to a location on hard drive, I install to a flash drive.

Flash drive was previously used with UNetbootin, so it is set to bootable.  Comes up normally during boot process but requires manual location of initrd and kernel.  Installation fails out and starts manual installation process.  Use network install with http protocol and

  • directory=/distribution/12.3/repo/oss/
  • server ip=

Installation runs normally using free hard drive and existing swap partitions.

With this installation, /boot/grub/grub.cfg points to /etc/grub.d/40_custom as the appropriate place to add new entries, and /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig as the file which will generate a good grub menu once all editing has taken place.

Add the following lines to 40_custom and generate grub menu:

  • title openSUSE installation
  • kernel (hd1,1)/boot/x86_64/loader/linux initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/rd/3 acpi=on vga=791 splash=verbose fstab=rw,auto
  • initrd (hd1,1)/boot/x86_64/loader/initrd.gz

Installation completes and boots, without going to level 3.  Unable to determine cause for now.

Install complete 11.4 version dvd to flash drive and reinstall.  Installation proceeds much quicker, reboots without prompting.  Grub balks several times before continuing.  Automatic setup appears to operate properly except unable to locate installation media.  Login screen appears…babooom!  Green striped desktop.  Touchdown for the good guys.

With working desktop, login facilities, etc.  network unreachable.  Set-up firewall via GUI, network interfaces.  Run yast.  Bunch of stuff to update.  Processor load is much MUCH lower.  yay!

Uninstalled tracker because it ate up most of my memory.

processor load

Next goals:

  • set-up netbook
  • gather personal files to flash drives
  • transfer my program to open drive
  • maximize harvesting
  • clarify link reaping and summarize



beta 3-9

George was on leave from his normal job as a high school teacher and was taking the opportunity to explore cultures around the galaxy. It was interesting to him how many societies had ceremonies dealing with the discarding of left-overs after a large feast. Because of his wife’s involvement in the intergalactic populace nutritional council, he had a tendency to evaluate groups of people based on a ratio of their value generated vs resources consumed and the colony of mineral traders that resided in orbit around Beta 3-9 in the Arnufo system were no exception.

Because their machinery was manufactured to require very little maintenance they were able to produce large quanities of boxite and other important minerals without a large work-force of repair robots and their prerequisite wrench monkeys. They lived simply because they didn’t have time outside of their work, and the people who lived there didn’t join for the level of entertainment that is provided. People who moved to Beta 3-9 outpost were generally looking for a better way of life and were willing to sacrifice some of their creature comforts for the security that the stable interplanetary mineral markets were able to provide for their servants.

Occassionaly mineral markets would fluctuate based on some large increase in demand whenever a new colony was being developed or when some planet-shifter class ship began construction back home, and these occassions were marked by a huge celebration known as ‘fiesta’. All workers recieved some kind of bonus if the demand was marked by an increase in production, so the times around fiesta were always blustery and full of activity. Even the children played with a greater fervor and the animals danced about in the contagious excitement that was everywhere on these occassions. Job queues always ended the shift with an empty board and meal times were shortened by %50 without complaint.

All hands geared towards that bonus check and Beta 3-9 always exceeded the payout quota on minerals that were common on the planet’s surface. It was a planet with a large concentration of salts in the atmosphere that reduced anionic oxidation of metalic compounds and caused a natural galvanizing action whenever excess electrons discharged through the ionosphere. As a result, the landscape was covered by a dull metalic sheen and the occassional, naturally occuring crystaline structures stood out against the greyish metal rock with various shades of red and pink, glowing brightly in the perpetual sunset.