openSUSE 13.2 Notes: Be Mindful of Partitioning

Unlike previous openSUSE releases, installation for openSUSE 13.2 requires the user to be more involved in the process, particularly during partitioning and setting up the network. The openSUSE 13.2 installation DVD, for example, defaults to a btrfs partitioning scheme, which some may not prefer for their machine. 

If you are booting from a Live SD card or Live USB, avoid proceeding with just the default settings in the partitioning part of the installation process or you might find yourself with error messages that will eventually force you to Abort the setup process.

 

During the Linux Action Show's review on openSUSE 13.2, Matt complained that he had problems installing openSUSE 13.2 on his computers. I was able to recreate his problem by using the btrfs default settings. If you don't edit the partitioning scheme, setup will include the Live USB or Live SD card in the partitioning process. Installation will then not only halt and place you in a text-only screen but may render your Live USB or Live SD card unusable.

Note: If you find yourself aborting the setup process but unable to return to the openSUSE set up wizard, you may have to recreate your Live media.

 

If you still want to use btrfs and try the default layout, you can do the following steps:

1. In the Suggested Partitioning window, click Create Partition Setup.

 

2. Select your hard disk from the list. Make sure that your USB storage or SD card storage is not selected, then click Next.


3. Click Use entire disk if needed.


4. Click Edit Proposal Settings to enable Snapshots and create a separate home partition. Click OK.

 

5. Click Next and then Next again to continue with the rest of the setup process.
 

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