Updated: 4 November, 2014
The purpose of this guide is to provide new users with everything they need to know to get started using openSUSE as a home user/small office desktop operating system - quickly and easily.
Reading this guide should save you a lot
of time in the long run. The appendix at the end is targetted at particularly enthusiastic readers.
Note that this guide is not officially related to the openSUSE project
nor SUSE LINUX Products GmbH
nor the Attachmate Group.
Have a lot of fun!
1.1 About openSUSE
openSUSE is a PC operating system based on GNU and Linux. It's a free/open source and gratis alternative to e.g. Microsoft Windows with many advantages. openSUSE is suitable for laptops, desktops, netbooks, servers and multimedia center PCs at home or in small offices.
openSUSE is among the leading GNU/Linux distributions and is also one of the oldest existing ones. New versions of openSUSE are released every 8 months, supporting many languages - each release is provided with security updates for a period of 18 months.
For experienced and adventurous GNU/Linux users who want to take risks with their operating system and live on the bleeding edge, there is also a rolling release version of openSUSE available called openSUSE Tumbleweed
openSUSE is developed openly and transparently by community volunteers working together with SUSE employees, and it forms the base for the enterprise products SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
1.2 This Guide in Other Languages (Derivative Works)
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