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openSUSE Linux
openSUSE 15.2 with KDE Plasma 5
DeveloperopenSUSE Project
OS familyUnix-like (based on SUSE Linux)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseDecember 2006 (2006-12)
Latest release15.1 / May 22, 2019 (2019-05-22)
Marketing targetConsumer, Small Business, Development, Developers
Available inEnglish, German, Russian, Italian, many others[1]
Update methodZYpp (YaST)
Package managerRPM Package Manager
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
KDE Plasma 5[2]
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)

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 January 2016 the current stable release is openSUSE Leap 42.1[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, upper limit of 64 GB on 32-bit version
  • 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. Download openSUSE 12.2
  2. Ryan Paul (2009-08-21). "openSUSE community konfesses love for KDE, makes it default". Condé Nast Digital. Ars technica.
  3. "Sponsors/AMD". Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  4. "Novell Completes Acquisition of SUSE LINUX". Novell Press Release. January 13, 2004. Retrieved 2006-01-13.
  5. Tina Gasperson (August 3, 2005). "Novell frees SUSE Professional under new branding". NewsForge. Archived from the original on 2005-08-09. Retrieved 2006-01-13.
  6. "Release Notes | openSUSE Leap 42.1". openSUSE Release Notes. openSUSE. 2016-01-07. Archived from the original on 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  7. OpenSUSE 11.1: Hardware Requirements
  8., "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 Archived 2014-02-12 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-6-7.