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How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed

How to install OpenSuse Tumbleweed - KDE Plasma desktop: logging in

openSUSE is the successor to SUSE Linux Professional and it has a long history, like many other Linux distributions out there. “With more than 50,000 registered users, the openSUSE project is a SUSE-sponsored community initiative that promotes the use and development of Linux everywhere.” (Source)

openSUSE homepage

openSUSE homepage

The openSUSE Tumbleweed distribution is focused on providing users up-to-date free software by being a “rolling release” distribution. Even though this particular distribution was created with a focus on advanced Linux users (developers, admins, etc.), the installation process is a very easy one.

openSUSE Tumbleweed system requirements

  • Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended);
  • Main memory: 1 GB physical RAM (2 GB recommended);
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space for a minimal install, 5 GB available for a graphical desktop (more recommended).

Below, how to easily install openSUSE Tumbleweed.

  1. Boot openSUSE Tumbleweed

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - booting

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – booting

  2. Choose your desired keyboard, language.

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - keyboard, language

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – keyboard, language

  3. Activate online repositories.

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - activate online repositories

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – activate online repositories

  4. Select online repositories.

    Linux beginners can just leave the default selected repositories (“Main Update Repository”, “Main Repository (OSS)”, “Main Repository (NON-OSS)”).

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - select online repositories

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – select from available online repositories

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - adding online repositories

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – adding online repositories

  5. Choose your system’s role.
    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - choose system's role and desktop environment

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – choose system’s role and desktop environment

    At this point, OpenSuse wants to know what will be this installation’s purpose. Will you use it as a desktop or as a server? And, if you’re using it as a desktop, what desktop should you choose? Below, I’ve summarized each desktop GUI (Graphic User Interface) and system role in order to help you with your decision.

    • Desktop with KDE Plasma

      A powerful desktop environment with a complete PIM suite (mail, calendar, tasks, notes, and feeds), widgets running on the desktop and many more features. If you are familiar with Windows, KDE is the recommended choice.

    • Desktop with Gnome

      A desktop environment offering an alternative, innovative user experience. GNOME was designed with usability and productivity in mind.

    • Desktop with Xfce
      The Xfce GUI is particularly intended to have a very simple and yet powerful interface. It’s recommended for users who use old hardware since Xfce requires a lot less hardware resources compared to the rest of GUIs.
    • Generic desktop
    • Server

      If setting up a server, you probably do not need a graphical user interface and desktop applications such as an office suite. This option gives you a reduced set of packages suitable for servers.

    • Transactional server

      Similar to the server role, but with a read-only root partition and transactional updates. This selection also is a prerequisite for setting up openSUSE Kubic.

  6. Partitioning.

    OpenSuse has a pretty good, standard and default partitioning system. For Linux beginners, it is recommended that you use the default partitioning suggestion.

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - partitioning

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – partitioning

  7. Set the clock and time zone.

    Choosing the right country will help have your system’s clock and date correct. It will also help you when receiving future system updates and if you’ve chosen the closest country to your location, the system will deliver those updates in a fast and secure way.

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - clock and time zone

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – clock and time zone

  8. Create user.

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - create user

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – create user

  9. Review settings, confirm and then start the installation.
    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - review installation settings

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – review installation settings

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - confirming settings

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – confirming settings

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - installing

    How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – installing

  10. Installation finished. Login, desktop, locked screen.
    • openSUSE Tumbleweed – generic desktop
      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - login screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – generic desktop: login screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - generic desktop

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – generic desktop

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - locked screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – generic desktop: locked screen

    • openSUSE Tumbleweed – KDE Plasma desktop
      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - KDE Plasma desktop login screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – KDE Plasma desktop: login screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - KDE Plasma desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – KDE Plasma desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - KDE Plasma desktop: startup message

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – KDE Plasma desktop: startup message

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - KDE Plasma desktop: start menu

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – KDE Plasma desktop: start menu

    • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Gnome desktop
      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - Gnome desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Gnome desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Gnome desktop: startup message and activities

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - Gnome desktop: all applications

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Gnome desktop: all applications

    • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Xfce desktop
      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - Xfce desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Xfce desktop: logging in

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - Xfce desktop: start menu

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Xfce desktop: start menu

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed - Xfce desktop: locked screen

      How to install openSUSE Tumbleweed – Xfce desktop: locked screen

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