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About OpenSUSE

Novell openSUSE (previously known as SUSE Linux) is a community based desktop Linux operating environment with thousands of desktop software packages. It has a long history of being regarded as a popular distributions in terms of features, comprehensive selection of software, good hard support, extensive user support, and high quality printed documentation. It has a user-friendly installation procedure and it will work on virtually any desktop or laptop computer.

Originally SuSE Linux was owned by a German company with the same name.   In January 2004, the firm was purchased by Novell, which has continued to further enhance and add more SuSE specific features..

The openSUSE project has three main goals: make openSUSE the easiest Linux for anyone to obtain and the most widely used Linux distribution; leverage open source collaboration to make openSUSE the world's most usable Linux distribution and desktop environment for new and experienced Linux users; dramatically simplify and open the development and packaging processes to make openSUSE the platform of choice for Linux developers and software vendors.

The openSUSE CDs come with thousands of packages, but there are many more available in the online repository, and in the OpenSUSE Build Service. The openSUSE Build Service is an open and complete distribution development platform that provides infrastructure for the development of future openSUSE-based distributions. It provides software developers with a tool to compile, release, and publish their software for the broad user audience, including creation of their own Linux distribution based on openSUSE for various hardware architectures.

The minimum specification for installing OpenSuSE Linux is a Pentium class processor with at least 256 MB RAM and plenty of disk space. Kickoff is the new usability and productivity-centric KDE Menu designed by openSUSE. It comes as the result of extensive start menu research, examining work-flow, functionality, and simplicity.

OpenSUSE 11 Key Facts

Sponsored by Novell
Free to download
19 June 2008
Installation Media:
DVD (1), Metalink, BitTorrent
Architectures supported:
x86, x86_64, PPC
Package Management:
openSUSE Software Management suite (lightweight package management system) or ZMD
Official Website:

Kernel (single kernel for SMP and non SMP machines)
GNOME 2.22.0
KDE 4.0.4
XOrg 7.3
Xfce 4.4.2
Firefox 2.9.95
Gimp 2.4.5
Python 2.5.2
Apache 2.2.8
PostgreSQL 8.3.1
GNU Compiler Collection 4.3


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gnuman, eWEEK, tuxmachines, Linux Forums, Mad Penguin, Software in Review, The Weekly Rant, techgage, (French), Pro-Linux (German)

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
SuSE Wiki, OpenSuSE Documentation
Planet SUSE
openSUSE-Community, SuSELinuxSupport, SUSE RPMs,, SuSE root, APT for SuSE HOWTOFast OnlineUpdate for SuSESuSE Linux Unofficial FAQKameleon-Facile (French), (Brazilian), (Dutch), (Italian), (Lithuanian), OpenSuSE Poland (Polish), (Polish), FOROSuSE (Spanish), SuSE Linux Turkiye (Turkish)

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