openSUSE Leap

Install openSUSE Leap

What is openSUSE Leap?

openSUSE Leap is a hybrid Linux distribution using source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), which gives Leap a level of stability unmatched by other Linux distributions, and combines that with community developments to give users, developers and sysadmins the best stable Linux experience available.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 is the latest version available and comes with a choice of desktops (GNOME, KDE Plasma, XFCE). Leap is built around a 64 bit architecture so will not run on older hardware that doesn't support a 64bit architecture.

By default openSUSE Leap 42.2 comes with the following pre-installed software: Firefox Web Browser, Libre Office Suite, GIMP, Thunderbird, Brasero, Sound Juicer and Pragha Music Player - Manager. The supplied kernel version is 4.4.62-18.6.

Installing openSUSE Leap

To try Leap, simply download the iso image from the link below:

Download openSUSE Leap 42.2

Once you have downloaded your 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 "iso" image 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 Instructions below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software.


Once your system has booted, you will be greeted with a screen similar to the one below. At this screen you need to select the "Installation" option. Highlight this entry by using the arrow keys and then press enter to make your choice. Your installation will now begin.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Installation Menu

Language, Keyboard and Licensing

At this screen, you need to select the language to be used throughout your installation. You also need to select your keyboard type. You may test your keyboard settings by typing into the "Keyboard Test" area. In this example, I have chosen "English (UK)". A copy of the license agreement is displayed. To continue with the installation and accept the license agreement, click "Next".

openSUSE Leap 42.2 language and Keyboard settings.

Installation Options

This next screen gives you the option of adding any additional repositories from online resources or from local media. In this example I have not selected any additional options. Click "Next" to continue with the installation.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 repositories

Suggested Partitioning

openSUSE Leap by default will automatically configure your partitions as per the displayed output. Several options are available that will allow you to edit or create your own partitioning schemes. In this example I have gone with the default automatic configuration option. Click "Next" to continue.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Partitioning Screen

Clock and Time Zones

At this screen you must specify your geographical location. If you have an active internet connection, your location should be found automatically for you. This location setting will also be used for your system's time zone settings. If your location was not automatically found, or you wish to change the currently displayed location, simply select your location from the pull down menus. By default Leap will use NTP for time synchronisation. These settings can be modified by clicking on the option "Other Settings". You may specify your own NTP server or any other valid NTP server here. (see step below) To continue with the installation, click "Next".

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Geographic Location

Date and Time

At this screen you can amend the date/time and configure your NTP settings. If you make any changes, you will need to click on the option "Accept" or "Cancel" to go back to previous screen.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Time and Date Settings

Desktop Selection

At this screen you can choose which desktop to install onto your system. Various desktops including the "KDE Plasma Desktop, "GNOME", "XFCE" are available. If you are creating a server and do not require a Graphical Desktop, you can select the option "Server (Text Mode)". In this example I have chosen the "XFCE desktop". Once you have made your selection, click "Next" to continue.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Desktop Selection

Create New User

At this screen you will need to define a user. Simply fill in the relevant fields for username and password. The option to use the specified password for the system administrator has also been chosen. The option "Automatic Login" has not been chosen as I wish to use a password for accessing the system. (This option is recommended for security.) Once you made your choices, click "Next" to continue.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Create a New User

Installation Settings

The next screen gives you an overview of the current configuration settings and options that are going to be applied to your installation. Some options have a link that can be clicked allowing you to change the settings. In this example, I have clicked on the "Firewall and SSH" options to allow connectivity via SSH. Once you are happy with all the settings, click on "Install" to start the installation process.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 installation settings

Confirm Installation

This is your last chance to go back and make any changes to your system. If you are happy with all your chosen options, then click "Install" to confirm. Your installation will start immediately after install has been clicked.

Confirm Installation

Performing Installation

At this stage of the installation, a Slide show will be displayed indicating some of the new features and software that can be found within this installation. No further action is required at this stage. You may also click on the "Details" tab to view the operations that are currently taking place.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Slide Show

Reboot Now

Once the installation has completed, you will see a message indicating the system will reboot. Remember to remove any installation media from your drives.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Installation Complete

Boot From Hard Disk

Your system should now start to load the operating system. The option "Boot from Hard Disk" is selected automatically.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Boot from Hard Disk

Login Screen - XFCE

If you chose the option to specify a password for login, then you will need to provide those details here. Once you have entered your details, click on the "Log in" button in the lower right hand corner.

XFCE Login Screen

XFCE Desktop

Congratulations, your system is now ready to use. Your applications and settings can be found by clicking the "openSUSE" icon in the lower left hand corner.

XFCE Desktop