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    OpenSUSE 12.3 mount point?

    Alright, I'm installing OpenSUSE on a 2006 Dell Dimension E521 and I'm wondering what mount point I should use for the partition OpenSUSE will be installed on (NOT THE SWAP PARTITION!). On Ubuntu it is / but I don't see / in the options instead I see:

    /home
    /var
    /opt
    /boot
    /srv
    /tmp
    /usr/local

    I know it's not tmp as I assume that means temporary and /home is the home folder.

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    The mount points are arbitrarily assigned by each system to the devices you have prepared (/dev/sda1, etc). You don't want to mix them between operating systems. Each system should definitely use separate root, /usr, /bin, /etc and so on. You might be able to share swap, /tmp and maybe /home between systems but everything else should be separate. So pay attention to device names and write them down if you need to.

    Also, if you're looking for an RPM-based distro you might turn to Fedora. Suse arrangements with MS have not been the wisest. Nothing has changed for the better since the big exodus back in 2006. Even Jeremy Allison wrote his own piece, too. CentOS is also quite popular as an alternative. Mageia might be an even better choice, since is it a good community distro. Myself, I prefer the APT-based distros.

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    Re: OpenSUSE 12.3 mount point?

    ^ I'm not dual booting systems, Im over writing a old Windows XP installation which is on /dev/sda2 I want to make a main partition formatted as ext4 and a swap partition (I already know how to set that up) so / is ok? I can type points in I just want to make sure I don't end up with a unbootable system. Also, I don't want to use Fedora as it is a test bed and can be unstable at times. Also my mom will still be using this computer for printing things out so I don't want her coming into a black screen.
    Last edited by 3mutts; June 10th, 2013 at 07:37 PM.

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    If you're replacing the Linux system, then you can just steamroll over the old partitions. However, be very sure to mark them for formatting -- except for maybe /home.

    Another way to do it, is when editing the partitions erase all the Linux partitions and then create new ones. Just be sure to leave the other system's partitions alone.

    Again, if Fedora is too experimental, you might look at Mageia. By the way, Groklaw has dozens of articles on the Suse problem, like this one: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...40&mode=nested
    And it's been covered elsewhere like in Techrights.

    What about Kubuntu or Lubuntu instead of an RPM-based distro?

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    Re: OpenSUSE 12.3 mount point?

    If this is currently a windows only machine you will definitely need to format everything including any /home partition you make, in spite of Lars Nooden's comment above; /home can not be on a windows filesystem type, such as ntfs, as that will not enable the Linux permissions needed for /home. A data partition can be ntfs if you wish, but not /home.
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    /home

    /home would already be in ext3 or ext4 format if it came from another Linux system. So there would be no need to format it if there is a desire to keep the contents. That would save restoring from backup.

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    Re: /home

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    /home would already be in ext3 or ext4 format if it came from another Linux system. So there would be no need to format it if there is a desire to keep the contents. That would save restoring from backup.
    Agreed, but I assumed, maybe wrongly, that the machine was Win XP only, therefore all ntfs, or maybe fat32 partitions.
    @OP: Sorry if that confused you.
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    Re: /home

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Agreed, but I assumed, maybe wrongly, that the machine was Win XP only, therefore all ntfs, or maybe fat32 partitions.
    @OP: Sorry if that confused you.
    This machine is XP only. I know to reformat the Windows XP partition (/dev/sda2) and shrink the partition by 2GiB to make a SWAP partition, I'm just wondering what mount point the main install should be.
    Last edited by 3mutts; June 10th, 2013 at 10:05 PM.

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    Re: OpenSUSE 12.3 mount point?

    Yeah, you need to decide on what partition you want for OpenSuse root -- maybe /dev/sda2 in your case if you're replacing XP. During the graphical install process you get to propose mount points for each part of the OpenSuse installation. The menu you mention, where it lists /home, /var, /tmp etc... should be fine to click inside and overtype. As with every linux install, you must have the new root partition as '/'. So select a partition and type '/' in to the mount point. Watch this video for one person going through it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroOMYPaY-c

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    Re: OpenSUSE 12.3 mount point?

    Alright, posting from the LiveCD. Anyways does this look ok to you guys?


    Original Set Up



    New Set Up

    Also, after install, can I get rid of the two Dell partitions (I assume they are recovery partitions for Windows XP) and combine them with the new install?
    Last edited by 3mutts; June 10th, 2013 at 11:46 PM.

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