openSUSE is an open-source, community-supported distribution of Linux derived from the SUSE operating system created and distributed by the Novell company. It is an RPM-based OS, which means that it gets its roots from Red Hat Linux.
It is a Linux OS for your desktop computer, portable laptop or server. It can be used to surf the web, do office work, manages your photos, sends and receive emails, plays music and watches movies, and much more.
Distributed as installable-only DVDs
The system is distributed as installable DVDs, netboot CDs, rescue CDs, as well as two Live CDs with the KDE and GNOME desktop environments. All of them support both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
The version reviewed here is only for the installable DVD, which includes both KDE and GNOME desktop environments, as well as a very large collection of open source applications. On the dedicated download section, you will also find minimalistic CDs that can be used to install openSUSE over the network, as well as optional Add-On CDs with support for extra languages.
The DVD installation medium is the best choice for those who want to deploy openSUSE on desktop or server computers. It can be written on USB flash drives and it’s suitable for custom installations or upgrades.
When installing openSUSE with this DVD image, you will have complete access to a wide range of open source applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird email client, and many more.
OpenSUSE Build Service: It is the public instance of the Open Build Service (OBS) used for the development of the openSUSE distribution and to offer packages from the same source for Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise and other distributions.
YaST: YaST is the installation and configuration tool for openSUSE and the SUSE Linux Enterprise distributions. It features an easy-to-use interface and powerful configuration capabilities.
From installation to fine-tuning: YaST is both an extremely flexible installer and a powerful control center. It’s an all-purpose tool for computing.
Two full-featured interfaces: YaST offers a Qt-based graphical interface and a terminal-based interface that is perfect for remote administration.
Tweak everything: YaST includes modules to configure almost every aspect of a Linux system and provides a solid framework for further development.
Unattended installation: AutoYaST enables you to export system-configuration settings and install them on thousands of other systems automatically.
Kiwi: Create Linux images for deployment on real hardware, virtualization, and now even container systems like Docker. Kiwi is the engine that powers SUSE Studio. An appliance is ready to use the image of an operating system including a pre-configured application for a specific use case. The appliance is provided as an image file and needs to be deployed to, or activated in the target system or service. KIWI can create appliances in various forms: besides classical installation ISOs and images for virtual machines, it can also build images that boot via PXE or Vagrant boxes.In KIWI, the appliance is specified via a collection of human-readable files in a directory, also called the image description. At least one XML file config.xml or .kiwi is required. In addition, there may as well be other files like scripts or configuration data.
Another interesting feature of the openSUSE project is a tool called SUSE Studio, which allows anyone to build their own live Linux distributions based on the operating system.
Whether you like GNOME or KDE, It can deliver one of the best desktop experience based on the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM). We recommended to anyone who owns a high-end computer and wants to transform it into a modern and completely open source workstation.
openSUSE Leap 15.0 features VLC 3.0, the major upgrade to the immensely popular multimedia player. The update features a slew of improvements, including HiDPI support, Wayland support and lots more.
Vocal is a beautiful podcast manager and player that makes its openSUSE debut in Leap 15.0. It features podcast browsing and subscription from the iTunes store, automatic download of new episodes for your subscribed shows and much more.
Audio player Lollypop sees an update to version 0.9.508 featuring a new lyrics widget, improved album art fetching and display, and better queue management.
Amsynth, an analog modelling synthesizer, is brought up to version 1.8.0 with improved plugin integration and several bug fixes.
The following requirements should be met to ensure the smooth operation of openSUSE Leap:
Processor: 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)
Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
Booting from DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over the network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at PXE boot installation) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD
The GRUB bootloader co-operates with other operating systems on the same machine. openSUSE can be installed on one free harddisk partition while preserving existing installations on other partitions.