Installing openSUSE 12.3 Linux

Installing openSUSE 12.3

OpenSUSE 12.3 is a Linux operating system developed by the openSUSE project and sponsored by SUSE. openSUSE supports many desktops which you can choose from at installation time; these include XFCE, LXDE, Gnome and KDE. openSUSE is fast and easy to install with an excellent installation interface. openSUSE is an excellent choice of operating system for beginners to advanced users. To install openSUSE 12.3 simply follow the instructions below:

To download your iso image of openSUSE 12.3, simply follow this Link: openSUSE 12.3

Once you have downloaded your openSUSE iso image for the relevant architecture (32 bit or 64 bit), you will need to burn this to a DVD. For software that can do this, search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box located above. Your system may already have DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your "iso" image of openSUSE 12.3 to your DVD, you will need to leave the DVD in the DVD drive and reboot your system. (This example assumes you are using a x86 32bit version of the software). As your computer reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS 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 you have made this change, you can reboot your system and follow the instructions below.

openSUSE installer

To initiate your installation of openSUSE 12.3, simply highlight the installation option and then press enter. Your installation will now start.

Starting openSUSE 12.3

Initial Loading Screen

A simple progress bar is displayed while the installation starts.

openSUSE Loading Screen

Welcome Screen

At this screen you will need to select the language to be used during the installation and specify your keyboard settings. In both cases, I have selected English UK as this is my location and keyboard type.

Welcome Screen openSUSE 12.3

Select Installation Mode

From this screen I have chosen the "New Installation" option along with the "Automatic Configuration" setting.

Select Installation Mode

Select Clock and Time Zone Information

If your location and time settings have not been picked up automatically, select your region and location from the pull down menus. Click "Next" to continue your installation.

Clock and Time Zone

Desktop Selection

From this screen you can choose which desktop you would like to use with your system. Popular options for open SUSE are KDE and GNOME. However, if you are running an older machine you can choose to install a light weight desktop such as XFCE or LXDE. In this example I have gone with the "LXDE" option.

Select your desktop environment

Disk Partitioning Schemes

From this screen you must choose a disk configuration for your system. In the example, I have chosen to go with a basic setup with a separate partition for my "/home" area. You may also specify to use LVM (Logical Volume Manager) and to use the "btrfs" filesystem.

Disk partitioning schemes for openSUSE 12.3

Create User Accounts

Initially you must supply the name of a new user account to use with your system. I have also chosen to use the same password for the system administrator. As a security precaution, I would not select the automatic login as this will not prompt you for a password and allow anyone who has access to your system to view your files.

Create User Account

Installation Settings Review

The following screen is an excellent option that allows to make changes to any of the options you have already selected. You can even allow access to "ssh" through the "Firewall" settings.

openSUSE 12.3 installation overview

Confirm Installation

To continue with your openSUSE installation, you must click the "Install" button. Your previously chosen options will now be applied.

Confirm Installation Options

Performing Installation

Progress of your installation will now be displayed. A slide show presentation of your new system will be presented to you. You may also view the release notes accompanying this installation. This step may take a while depending on the speed of your system.

openSUSE installation

Boot from Hard Disk

Once your system has installed the majority of packages, the system will automatically reboot and take you to the boot screen. From this screen, select "Boot from hard Disk"

First Boot

openSUSE 12.3 boot screen

At this screen simply press enter to continue to the automatic configuration part of our installation.

Select openSUSE 12.3

Automatic Configuration

Automatic configuration will now take place. Progress is indicated by the progress bars below. Once complete, you will be taken to your login screen.

Automatic Configuration

Login Screen

At this screen you must enter the credentials you created earlier to login.

Login Screen

LXDE Desktop on openSUSE 12.3

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed openSUSE 12.3.

LXDE Login Screen