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encrypted root file system on LVM

March 18th, 2009 by

openSUSE 11.1 doesn’t officially support an encrypted root file
system which also means YaST doesn’t allow to create such a setup.

By manually creating an encrypted partition and putting LVM into the
encrypted container it’s however possible to trick YaST into
accepting that as root file system.
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Conditional features aka “use flags”

September 12th, 2008 by

In a coordinated effort with Manfred Tremmel, the xine maintainer at Packman, we’ve reworked the xine spec file. Most of it can now be shared between Packman and openSUSE Factory so packaging work doesn’t need to be duplicated. The spec file now makes heavy use of conditional build macros to enable or disable certain features. (more…)

Install openSUSE without burning CDs

June 20th, 2008 by

You run Linux already but want to install 11.0? DVD image takes too long to download? Don’t want to waste a CD for the mini iso? A router connects you to the internet?

Check out setupgrubfornfsinstall. It’s a dialog based shell script to prepare remote network installations. It was primarily made for use in LANs but now also supports direct installation from opensuse.org. Just run the script, select 11.0 and it will download the kernel and initrd used for installation. After that it adds an entry to your boot loaders’ config file with proper parameters. Reboot, select the new entry and the installation starts.