Installing openSUSE 13.1 Linux

Installing openSUSE 13.1

OpenSUSE 13.1 is the latest Linux operating system developed by the openSUSE project and sponsored by SUSE. openSUSE 13.1 now is supported for a life cycle of 3 years (Evergreen Support). openSUSE supports numerous desktops which can be chosen at installation time; these include the XFCE, LXDE, Gnome and KDE desktop environments. openSUSE is a fast and easy to install operating system with a simple installation interface. openSUSE is an excellent choice of operating system for beginners to advanced users. To install openSUSE 13.1 simply follow the installation guide below:

To download your iso image of openSUSE 13.1, follow the Link: openSUSE 13.1

Once you have downloaded your openSUSE iso image for the relevant architecture (32 bit or 64 bit), this image will need to be burned 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 the necessary CD/DVD burning software installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have successfully burned your "iso" image of openSUSE 13.1 to your DVD, you will need to place the DVD into the DVD drive bay of your target system 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 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.

Installation - openSUSE installer

To start your installation of openSUSE 13.1, simply highlight the installation option and then press enter. Your installation should now start.

openSUSE 13.1 installer

Initial Loading Screen - Progress Bar

An initial loading progress bar is displayed whilst the installation process initialises.

openSUSE 13.1 Initial Loading Screen

Welcome Screen

At the Welcome Screen 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 the example, I have chosen English UK as this is my current location and keyboard type.

Welcome Screen openSUSE 13.1

Select Installation Mode

From the following screen I have chosen the "New Installation" option along with the "Automatic Configuration" setting. You may also select add-on products and other repositories. These can be selected by simply placing a tick in the relevant box.

Select Installation Mode openSUSE 13.1

Select Clock and Time Zone

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 selection screen

Select your Desktop

From this screen you can choose which desktop configuration 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 lighter weight desktop such as XFCE or LXDE. In this example I have gone with the "LXDE" option.

Desktop Selection openSUSE 13.1

Suggested 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 13.1

Create New User

Initially you must supply the name of a new user to be used with your system. I have also chosen to use the same password for the system administrator. As a security precaution, you should always choose NOT to have 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 allows you to review your chosen options and change any if necessary. You can also allow access to "ssh" through the "Firewall" by simply clicking on the enable option. Only enable this if you are going to be using ssh. ssh can be enabled at a later time if necessary.

openSUSE 13.1 installation overview

Confirm your Installation

To continue with your openSUSE 13.1 installation, you must click the "Install" button. Your previously chosen options will now be applied.

Confirm Installation

Perform Installation

Progress of your installation will now be displayed. A slide show presentation of your new system will be presented to you indicating some of the features available within openSUSE 13.1. For a more detailed view of the installation process, you can click on the "Details" tab. There you will see the system packages being installed You may also view the release notes accompanying this installation by clicking on the "Release Notes" tab. The installation step may take a while depending on the speed and configuration of your system.

Performing installation with openSUSE 13.1

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". This should normally be selected by default.

First Boot

openSUSE 13.1 boot screen

At this screen simply press enter to continue to the automatic configuration part of our installation. System will automatically select this entry.

Select openSUSE 13.1

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 Screen

Login Screen

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

openSUSE 13.1 Login Screen

LXDE Desktop on openSUSE 13.1

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed openSUSE 13.1.

openSUSE 13.1 LXDE Login Screen