Install openSUSE Leap

How to install opensuse Leap 15.2

openSUSE Leap is a LTS style distribution (Long Term Support) that shares its code base with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). openSUSE Leap is basically a non-commercial version of its enterprise grade operating system. As openSUSE Leap is based around the Enterprise edition, it offers stability. If you want a more cutting edge version of openSUSE, then a version called Tumbleweed is available which is a rolling release version.

Installing openSUSE Leap 15.2

To try openSUSE Leap, click on the link below and follow the Download Instructions: Download openSUSE Leap

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image of openSUSE Leap, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Leap to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and reboot your system. As your computer system 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 a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's 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 now reboot your system and follow the installation guide below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the downloaded "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software. If you are installing onto a computer that does not have an optical drive (CD/DVD), then you will need to copy the "iso" image to a USB stick and choose the option to boot from USB device.

Start Installer

Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with an installer screen. At this screen highlight the option "Installation" and then press "Enter".

openSUSE Leap Start Installation

Network Auto Setup

The next screen will automatically configure your network. Progress will be indicated on the screen.

openSUSE Leap Auto Configure Network

Language and Keyboard

At this screen you can select your installation language and keyboard settings. In the example, I have chosen "English (UK)". To test your keyboard settings, you can type into the box provided.

openSUSE Leap Language and Keyboard

System Probing

This screen will asks you if you wish to activate the online repositories. In this example, I have chosen "Yes".

openSUSE Leap Probing System

List of Online repositories

At this screen you can select any repositories or additional repositories you wish to add to your system. In the example, I have gone with the default options.

openSUSE Leap online repositories

System Role

From this screen you have an opportunity to select which desktop environment you wish to install on your system. The options available are: "KDE Plasma", "GNOME", "Generic Desktop", "Server" or "Transactional Server". In this example, I am going to install the "GNOME" desktop.

openSUSE Desktop Selection

Suggested partitioning

The following screen gives you the option of accepting the default partition layout or you can select to manually configure your partition layout by clicking on the options "Guided Setup" or "Expert Partitioner". In this example, I am going with the default layout.

openSUSE Leap Partitioning

Clock and Time

At this screen you can select your geographic location. Normally this option will be populated based on your current location. To change to another location, use the pull down boxes provided.

openSUSE Leap Clock and Time

Local User

This screen is used to create a local user account on your system. Fill out the relevant name fields and provide a password. If you want to use the same password for the system administrator, then select the box "Use this password for system administrator".

openSUSE Leap Create an Account

Installation Settings

From this screen you can get an overview of your current system settings. If you wish to make any changes to your system, then you can click on the highlighted underlined section title. If you are happy with the displayed settings, click "Install" to start the installation process.

openSUSE Leap Summary Page

Confirm Installation

At this screen you have to click "Install" to initiate the installation.

openSUSE Leap Start Installation

Performing Installation

The following screen will give you an overview of your installation process. The times provided are only estimated and will change depending on the speed of your network. At this point, there is no further action to take.

openSUSE Leap Performing Installation

System Reboots

Once the installation is completed, you will see a message similar to the one below indicating that your system is now going to reboot.

openSUSE Leap Reboot

Login Screen

To login to your new system, click on the user name you created earlier and enter the password.

openSUSE Leap Login Screen


Congratulations, you can now start using your system. To access your software, click on the "Activities menu located in the upper left hand corner.

openSUSE Leap Gnome Desktop