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[Duel Boot] Installing Open SUSE Distro


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OpenSUSE is one of the popular distro of RPM based OS. I love openSUSE because it look beautiful and has more customization as well as stable too. There are two releases, Tumbleweed and Leap version of OpenSUSE.

Leap or Tumbleweed
According to official site it is stated that "The maker's choice for sysadmins, developers and desktop users", so choosing between Tumbleweed and Leap is at you.
Tumbleweed is especially for developers and sysadmins because tumbleweed will have the newest packages that include, this is designed for power users, software developers and openSUSE contributors. If you require the latest software stacks and Integrated Development Environment or stable platform closest to bleeding edge Linux then this will be the best choice for you.
so I've no right to select your choice what you need.
Leap is stabilized and most usable Linux distribution with regular release. This is good for desktop users as this version receives the major stable release only. So, I myself choose leap as my desktop OS for my laptop.

Requirements and Downloads
  • Processor : Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended)
  • Main memory: 1 GB physical RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space for a minimal install, 5 GB available for a graphical desktop (more recommended, I assign 60 GB)
  • Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • Booting Method : DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at PXE boot installation) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD.
OpenSUSE is an open source and free to download, You can download it from here (official link). I use OpenSUSE Leap 15.0 KDE Desktop, once your download is complete you need to make it bootable USB by following this guide.

Make a free space of 60GB(recommended as per my thoughts because later on you may need to install extra tools and software) on your hard drive, You just need to shrink the size from available free space from HDD. This can be done from Windows using Disk Manager , similarly you can resize volume from Mac OS using Disk Utility and Gparted from Linux operating system. Then make a bootable USB using Etcher program, Download links are attached below. Select the downloaded OpenSuse Image from Etcher and select the USB dive and click Flash. (Doing this will erase all data on USB). Once this is done, reboot your laptop and press F12 (Dell laptop) and ESC (ASUS and more) continuously until a boot option appears on screen. Select OpenSUSE from menu (Note : You may see two boot entries one on UEFI and one on Legacy USB as boot entry please select the correct one which you system is booted earlier otherwise you may get problem booting openSUSE after installation is complete). Follow on screen option and by default the software, GUI, multimedia installation are selected by default. You can go through default installation if you're unsure about it, otherwise you can configure the software to install as your needs. Just click next and install SUSE, by default SUSE will be installed on Free space creating the required partition on it, so no need to do extra for Duel boot. While installing, you may feel at some point the installation is stuck but keep patience and It'll finishes and popup for reboot the openSUSE. Click on reboot.
Note : Don't unplug the USB until your laptop/Desktop is completely off, you need to take off USB when your system is completely off.

Download Etcher

Turn on your system, now you'll see the openSUSE Grub at boot screen (with Windows), I have submitted the installation video to Admin, hope it'll be available soon.
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