openSUSE 13.2

Installing openSUSE 13.2

Installing openSUSE 13.2


openSUSE 13.2 is the latest release developed by the openSUSE project and sponsored by SUSE. openSUSE now offers the "btrfs" filesystem as standard with the ability to offer "snapshots" from the "snapper" application. Boot time is now faster and even more desktop options are available. The following desktops are now available to choose from:

MATE (1.8.1), providing a traditional desktop experience. XFCE (4.10), LXDE (0.55), Enlightenment 19 (0.19.0) and Awesome (3.4.15).

The new openSUSE 13.2 installer is now even easier to use, with many automatic smarter proposals.

Included Software (dependant on desktop chosen): GIMP (Image manipulation software), Libre Office (Office Suite), Email Client, Firefox Web Browser, Media Player, Disk Burning software and the "Yast" system administration tool.

openSUSE 13.2 can be download from the following location: Download openSUSE 13.2



To install openSUSE 13.2 simply follow the steps below:

Once you have downloaded your chosen version of openSUSE that matches your requirements/architecture. You will need to be burn this image to a DVD. Software that can do this task can be found by searching for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have successfully burned your "iso" image of openSUSE 13.2 to your DVD, you will need to place the DVD into the DVD drive of your target system and reboot your system. As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS configuration settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display the a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below. If you are using virtualization software to try openSUSE, then place the iso image in the relevant folder.



Installation - openSUSE 13.2 Installer Menu


To start your installation of openSUSE 13.2, simply highlight the Installation option and then press enter. Your installation will now start.


openSUSE 13.2 installer

Language, Keyboard and License Settings


At this screen you will need to select the language that is to be used during this installation. You must also specify the keyboard settings to be used. In this example, English (UK) has been chosen. Click "Next" to continue once you have made your selections.


Language and Keyboard Settings in openSUSE 13.2

Installation Options


If you have any additional media/repositories that you would like to be installed, check the relevant boxes. If you have no additional components, simply click "Next".


openSUSE 13.2 Additional installation options

Suggested Partitioning Scheme


At this screen you can choose to accept the proposed partitioning scheme or you can choose one of the other available options to manually configure your partition layout. Click "Next" to continue with the installation.


openSUSE 13.2 Automatic partitioning scheme

Clock and Time Zone Settings


From this screen you can choose to set your time zone. If you have an active internet connection, your location will be automatically chosen. This option can be manually changed by clicking on the "Region" and "Time Zone" options. Once you have made your choice, you can click on the option "Other Settings" to change the date and time settings or "Next" to continue with the installation.


openSUSE 13.2 Clock and Time Zone Settings

Other Settings


From this screen you can change the time and date settings. You may also specify a NTP server for the synchronisation of your clock time. Click "Accept" to return to previous screen.


openSUSE 13.2 Specify Date and Time

Desktop Selection


At this screen you can select which desktop environment to install. Once you have made your selection, click "Next" to continue.


Desktop Selection Screen openSUSE 13.2

Create New User


At this screen you must specify the name of a new user. You may also choose for this account to used as a System Administration account. You may also uncheck the option of "Automatic Login". This will then make your system request a password for access. Click "Next" to continue.


openSUSE 13.2 Create first user

Installation Settings


The installation setting screen will display the options that are going to be installed. You may click on the headings to amend any option. If you wish to enable ssh, this option can be enabled by scrolling down (see next step). If you are happy with these settings, click "Next" to continue.


Confirm Installation Settings

Firewall and SSH Settings


Firewall and ssh settings can easily be enabled by toggling the enable/disable/block settings.


openSUSE 13.2 enabling firewall and ssh settings

Confirm Installation


By clicking on the "install" button, you are confirming that you are happy for the installation to continue with your chosen options. Your installation will now start. Progress is displayed at the bottom of the screen by a progress bar. While your chosen options/configurations are applied, a slide show presentation will be displayed. Shortly after your system will automatically reboot.


openSUSE 13.2 Confirm Installation

Boot from Hard Disk


Once your system has installed your chosen options, the system will automatically reboot and take you to the boot screen. From this screen, select "Boot from hard Disk". Your new operating system will now load.


First Boot

Login Screen


At this screen you must enter the credentials you created earlier to login. Click on the displayed userid/name and then enter your password.


openSUSE 13.2 Login Screen

Desktop on openSUSE 13.2


Congratulations, you have now successfully installed openSUSE 13.2. Your chosen desktop will now be visible. In this example "KDE" has been chosen. You may now remove any installation media from your system.


openSUSE 13.2 LXDE Login Screen