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    Palo Alto, CA
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    Howto: Install Opensuse Without A Cd

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    What This Does

    It's an installer for Windows or Linux users that lets you install OpenSuse 10.3 or the Factory version without a CD. The way it works is that a small (8 MB) installer places the PXE (netboot) version of the OpenSuse installer on your hard drive, and configures your boot loader, either NTLDR if using Windows, or GRUB if using Linux, to boot from the PXE installer, and downloads and installs OpenSuse from the net.


    You will need to either have a Windows (95-Vista) or Linux (any distro that uses GRUB) install already on your hard drive. You'll also need an internet connection. Apart from that, the requirements are the same as the standard OpenSuse 10.3 requirements.


    Download the appropriate installer package for openSUSE 10.3 or Factory from

    If using Windows, download the .exe file, if using OpenSuse, Fedora, or another rpm-based distro, download the .rpm file, if using Ubuntu, Debian, or another deb-based distro, download the .deb file, and if using a distro that doesn't support rpm or deb, download the sh file.

    Then, install the package, and reboot. A menu entry should appear in the boot menu, titled "UNetbootin". Select that entry, and boot.

    If installing openSUSE, after rebooting, ignore any error messages and select back if prompted for a CD, then go to the main menu, select the "Start Installation" option, choose "Network" as the source, choose "HTTP" as the protocol, and for the server, specify:

    and for the folder, if installing openSUSE 10.3, specify:

    Or, if installing openSUSE-Factory, specify:

    Then, the main installer will start, and wait as OpenSuse is downloaded and installed.


    UNetbootin also supports Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, Arch Linux, and Debian. Post a reply if you need any help, new features, or another supported distro. The website is located at
    Last edited by tuxcantfly; January 4th, 2008 at 02:39 AM.


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