After being postponed, SUSE 10.1 was finally released on the 11th of May. That day, http://www.opensuse.org was down, probably dying under the huge number of people eagerly pressing F5 on their Internet browser. However, the ISO files were present on a few mirrors and the "GM" (Gold Master) acronym in their name indicated that this was the official release.
A lot of Beta versions and release candidates had been previously made available since the previous official release. SUSE 10.1 didn't include the latest Gnome 2.14 and KDE 3.5.2, probably because they had been released after the SUSE 10.1 code freeze. For these reasons, I was expecting a high quality product, well tested and very stable.
I read some forums and found out that the default English desktop installation only required the first three CDs. I downloaded them and booted on the first one...
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