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openSUSE Linux
Opensuse-12.2-en-kde-desktop.png
openSUSE 12.2 with KDE 4.8.4
Company / developer openSUSE Project
OS family Unix-like (based on SUSE Linux)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release December 2006 (2006-12)
Latest stable release 13.1 / November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)
Marketing target Consumer, Small Business, Development, Developers
Available language(s) English, German, Russian, Italian, many others[1]
Update method ZYpp (YaST)
Package manager RPM Package Manager
Supported platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Default user interface KDE Plasma Desktop[2]
License Free software licenses
(mainly GNU GPL)
Official website www.opensuse.org

openSUSE, (pronounced /ˌoʊpɛnˈsuːzə/), is a community project, sponsored by Novell and AMD,[3] to develop and maintain a general purpose Linux distribution. After taking over SUSE Linux in January 2004,[4] Novell decided to release the SUSE Linux Professional product as a 100% open source project, involving the community in the development process.[5] The initial release was a beta version of SUSE Linux 10.0, and as of October 2007 the current stable release is openSUSE 11.0.[6]

System requirements[change | change source]

OpenSUSE 11.1 has full support for 32-bit i586 and 64-bit x86-64 PC hardware, as well as PowerPC (PPC) processors. The basic requirements for non-PPC hardware is as follows:[7]

  • CPU: Intel—Pentium 1-4 or Xeon; AMD—Duron, Athlon, Athlon XP, Athlon MP, Athlon 64, Sempron or Opteron
  • RAM: 256 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
  • Hard drive: 500 MB for minimal system; 3 GB recommended for standard system

Older processors that still belong to the i586 family can be used, for example the AMD K6/2. When extra language/translation files and documentation are removed and X is not needed, decent console-based router systems can be made using 300 MB disk space. Most console workloads also cope with 128 MB of RAM at the cost of increased swap activity in tight situations.

Package[change | change source]

OpenSUSE's official software package repository[8] includes, for example, UNetbootin.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 12.2
  2. Ryan Paul (2009-08-21). "openSUSE community konfesses love for KDE, makes it default". Ars technica. Condé Nast Digital. http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/08/opensuse-community-konfesses-love-for-kde-makes-it-default.ars.
  3. "Sponsors/AMD". opensuse.org. http://en.opensuse.org/Sponsors/AMD. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  4. "Novell Completes Acquisition of SUSE LINUX". Novell Press Release. January 13, 2004. http://www.novell.com/news/press/item.jsp?id=24&locale=en_US. Retrieved 2006-01-13.
  5. Tina Gasperson (August 3, 2005). "Novell frees SUSE Professional under new branding". NewsForge. http://os.newsforge.com/os/05/08/03/1246236.shtml. Retrieved 2006-01-13.
  6. Michael Loeffler (October 4, 2007). "Release of openSUSE 10.3". opensuse-announce mailing list. http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-announce/2007-10/msg00002.html. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
  7. OpenSUSE 11.1: Hardware Requirements
  8. ArchLinux.org, "Official repositories," excerpt, "A software repository is a storage location from which software packages may be retrieved and installed on a computer"; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  9. openSUSE, Package unetbootin; retrieved 2012-6-7.