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What is openSUSE?

openSUSE is one of the oldest and most successful GNU/Linux distributions, being initially released in 1994 under the SUSE Linux brand name. It is currently a fully open source and community driven project that is supported by Novell who acquired SUSE in 2003. The particular operating system can be characterized as Linux's “Jack of all trades” as its developers like to combine and implement almost every open source tool and technology that is available at the time of a release. This makes openSUSE powerful and very versatile as an operating system, but also makes it suitable for new Linux users who want to get a full taste of Linux and open source software at once.


Why choose openSUSE?

openSUSE is all about choice and although you may hear a lot of complaints about this exact thing in the world of Linux, the factor of choice never came into play in a better way than the way it comes with openSUSE. You can have whatever desktop environment at its latest stable version, whatever tools and utilities you want, whatever language you need and whatever combination of the above in one single system running without a hinge. This may hinder the coherence of your system, but it will allow you to explore free software in a way that isn't possible through any other distribution.

Speaking about choices, openSUSE can be run pointing at stable and tested software repositories and be upgraded at will, or can be set at “Tumbleweed” that basically transforms the system into a rolling release one that receives constant updates of more edgy package versions and never needs to be upgraded. Moreover, openSUSE can be built from scratch with users choosing the packages that they want and then generate a custom installation CD/DVD through the openSUSE studio web tool!

On the exclusive software side, openSUSE boasts a highly advanced central administration tool called YaST. The YaST serves as a control panel, an RPM package manager, a hard disk partitioning tool, a firewall configurator, user administrator and bluetooth manager. This tool is a true Swiss army knife that can help users perform administrative tasks, maintain their system and secure their data using the same piece of software.

Last, if you are a KDE lover then openSUSE would be a wise choice to go with as it features one of the best implementations of the popular desktop environment. It is often the case that KDE developers run openSUSE for testing and debugging of their work.


HowToForge and openSUSE

HowToForge is actively helping openSUSE users unroll and utilize the advanced features of their system through easy to understand tutorials. Learn how to install VNC servers, set up owncloud, perform virtual hosting and configure your Samba server on openSUSE, by reading our tutorials. For more on openSUSE and its endless and exciting possibilities, you can visit our forums and enrich or share your knowledge on the green Gecko.