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Install openSUSE Tumbleweed

What is openSUSE Tumbleweed?

openSUSE Tumbleweed is a rolling release version of openSUSE Linux. Tumbleweed contains all the latest versions of stable software. This distribution is aimed at users who want the latest versions of software that are not always available within the openSUSE 13.x repositories, but require stability. Newer kernel releases are used within Tumbleweed. The current version used in this installation example is "4.2.3-1-default".

openSUSE Tumbleweed comes as standard with Libre Office (Version 5), GIMP (Graphics Editing Software), Firefox Web Browser, Thunderbird email client. Tumbleweed has numerous desktop options including GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE. In the following example, I have used the XFCE desktop (version 4.12)

Installing openSUSE Tumbleweed

To try Tumbleweed, simply download the image that matches your systems processor architecture (32bit or 64bit) from the link below:

Download openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux

Once you have downloaded an iso image that matches your system architecture (32 bit or 64 bit), 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 Tumbleweed 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 the entry by using the arrow keys and then press enter to confirm your choice. Your installation will now start.

openSUSE Tumbleweed 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 Tumbleweed 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.

Tumbleweed repositories

Suggested Partitioning

Tumbleweed 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.

Tumbleweed Partitioning Guide

Clock and Time Zones

From this screen you must specify your geographical location. If you have an active internet connection, your location is normally 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 Tumbleweed 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. (see step below) To continue with the installation, click "Next".

openSUSE Tumbleweed 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.

Tumbleweed Time and Date Settings

Desktop Selection

At this screen you can choose which desktop to install onto your system. Various desktops including GNOME, KDE, XFCE and LXDE are available. In this example I have chosen the XFCE desktop. Once you have made your selection, click "Next" to continue.

openSUSE Tumbleweed 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.) By default, the system will use the traditional local "/etc/passwd" method of authentication. To change the password encryption method, select the "Change" option. Once you made your choices, click "Next" to continue.

openSUSE Tumbleweed 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, simply click on "Install" to initiate the installation process.

Tumbleweed installation settings

Confirm Settings

This is your last chance to go back and make any amendments 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.

Tumbleweed 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.

Tumbleweed 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.

Tumbleweed Booting 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