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openSUSE 12.3 Installation Guide

August 3, 2013

This step by step installation guide will cover the installation of openSUSE 12.3 32-bit using the default Live KDE desktop image. Installing the 64-bit version will be the same as this guide. I will try to explain certain options and provide helpful hints along the way, so rather than just following the guide, you can understand the reasoning behind the decisions.

If there are any mistakes please draw my attention to them and I will correct as needed. I have tried to make this as simple as possible, whilst covering the vast majority of scenarios users will come across whilst installing this operating system.

Step 1:
The first thing you should do is head to the openSUSE website and download the openSUSE 12.3 KDE Desktop Live ISO image from the openSUSE download page, This guide uses openSUSE-12.3-KDE-Live-i686.iso.

Step 2:
Using your disc burning software, burn the .iso you downloaded to a DVD. Those that prefer to use USB media can use the official USB preparation guide on the openSUSE website to create a bootable USB device.

Step 3:
Before you go any further, ensure all important data is backed up in case of data loss on your drives. This guide assumes you have media backups of your hard drives and you are safe to proceed.

Installing another operating system without first ensuring you have backups of your current files and operating system is a big risk. If you have no data to lose or you’ve backed up important data, you’re ready to proceed. YOU are responsible if you lose data.

For those of you using Windows, and installing Linux for the first time I recommend you either use a separate hard disk that does not contain the Windows OS, or create a partition big enough for Linux within Windows using Disk Management in the Administrative Tools menu of the control panel. 20GB of hard disk space is absolutely plenty of space for you to begin exploring openSUSE whilst at the same time having room to grow.

It goes without saying, that neither me, nor OS Guides accept any liability or responsibility for any errors or damage to your computer during, or after installing Linux. It is up to the user to ensure proper backups are made of important documents and files and this tutorial assumes these have already been done and verified.

Step 4:
Ensure you have a network cable connected, restart your computer, and boot from the DVD drive.

Step 5:
The DVD will begin to load up, and you’ll be presented with the following box:
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard select the “Installation” option and hit the enter key.

Step 6:
The installer will then load up and initialize the graphical environment and after a short while you will be presented with the following box:
Step 7:
Confirm the correct default language and the most appropriate keyboard for your location and click “next” to proceed.
Choose your location and time zone, then confirm the clock is correct for your locale. Click “next” to move to the next step.


About Lee Kaelin

I've been passionately curious about computers since receiving my first PC in 1994. I have over a decade of experience with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems and work as a Systems Administrator. I started OS Guides to share my experience.