openSUSE, formerly known as SuSE Linux professional or SUSE Linux, is a Linux distribution that is sponsored by SUSE Linux GmbH and other companies. Across the world, this Linux distribution is being used extensively.
The focus of this development system is to create usable, open-source tools for system administrators and software developers, along with providing a feature-rich server environment and user-friendly desktop environment.
Here we have installed, patched and uploaded to the cloud storage where you can download the openSUSE LEAP 15.1 VirtualBox image as VDI.
This distribution system is based on the rolling development code base, which is known as Factory. Other applications and tools that are associated with the openSUSE project are:
- Open build service
Downloading and Installing OpenSUSE:
The latest release of this Linux distribution is openSUSE Leap 15.1 that is meant for rolling edition and regular release. This distro is impressive and delightful for experienced users. And, even for the Linux newbies, it will be an ease.
You can find options for a 3.78 GB DVD that comprises an extensive collection of desktop software or server use. You can also go with an 125MB network version that helps to download and install the system from an online repository for the regular release version.
As far as the installation is concerned, you can easily make a bootable USB with popular image writer on Linux or Windows. However, Rufus on Windows can also work flawlessly. Unfortunately, this one does not have a Live CD, so you would either have to use a virtual machine or install it on a disk. Either way, the installation is going to be painless.
While installing, you can select a preferred desktop environment, be it KDE or GNOME, XFCE Text Mode, or LXDE Minimal X Window. The installation settings help you select software packages that you would like to install on your system.
You can easily find heaps of options available to provide you control over almost everything related to this distribution. If you want, you can even disable or enable secure boots as per the requirements of your system.
You can also choose to install all or any of the desktop environments. However, while installing, make sure that you always double-check the target disks if you are dual booting with any other operating system, especially Windows.
But with this pre-installed image, you can easily attach the VDI file to Oracle VirtualBox and have VM almost instantly. Take a snapshot of VM once you have executed it the first time. So, that can be your restore point if anything goes wrong on the VM later.
openSUSE is not a Linux Mint out of the box, but it is surely a considerable alternative to Ubuntu. openSUSE 15.1 is quite a capable multipurpose distribution that comes with a rolling release (Tumbleweed) and a stable release (openSUSE Leap 15.1) for the ones who like to have cutting-edge packages of software.
For most of the desktop environments, you can have a lot of options. Not just a perfect operating system for your desktop, but openSUSE has the potential to serve the requirements related to a server as well.
If you are working in the field of education, you may want to choose openSUSE-EDU. However, if you just want to serve your Linux requirements, openSUSE will be a perfect fit for all of your needs.