Getting up close and personal with openSUSE 42.2

Nadezhda Riakhovskaia, 123RF.com

Lizards & Pi

openSUSE is a Linux based, free and open source operating system sponsored by SUSE, the oldest Linux company in existence. You can now run openSUSE on your Pi. In this article you’ll learn how.

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OpenSUSE [1] comes in two versions: one is Tumbleweed [2], which is a stable and fully tested rolling release distribution. Tumbleweed updates itself automatically, eliminating the need for reinstalls and upgrades seen in other regular Operating Systems. The second version of openSUSE is Leap [3]. It's a very stable distribution that comes with fully tested, albeit a bit older, packages.

openSUSE targets developers and maker communities. The openSUSE community has created many tools and projects that help developers build, package, test and distribute their product to a larger Linux community. Some of those projects included Open Build Service (OBS) [4] which helps developers automatically build packages and OpenQA [5], a fully automated package testing tool.

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