I used Microsoft Hyper-V to create the installation pics for openSUSE Leap 15.4 because I felt Leap 15.4 was ‘n is that good, i.e. good enough that I started a second installation just for pics. Have never taken a really close look at openSUSE, i.e. never given it the respect it deserves as a member of SUSE, one of the Top 3 ‘Big Dogs‘: major Linux distributors – Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE.

None of the major Linux distributors – Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE – are really all that interested in supporting the Linux desktop. They all have them, but they’re focused on servers, containers, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s, after all, is where the money is.

True, the broad strokes of the Linux desktop are painted primarily by Canonical and Red Hat, but the desktop is far from their top priority. Instead, much of the nuts and bolts of the current generation of the Linux desktop is set by vendor-related communities: Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE’s openSUSE, and Canonical’s Ubuntu.

As most of my readers know, I have dumped Ubuntu ‘n most Ubuntu-based OSes from any of my rankings and/or recommendations for ‘Desktop Duty‘ OSes as I have moved towards Linux ‘Passwordless OSes. However, there is no doubt about the *HUGE* contribution that Canonical’s Ubuntu has made to Linux ‘n its History.

Installing openSUSE Leap 15.4

I’ve made several test installations, and one final installation to a 32 GB Samsung FIT Plus 3.1 USB.

  • NOTE: Following pics were taken whilst using Hyper-V since pics are not easy to obtain during a standard installation; however, the written steps are of the final installation to a USB.

Downloaded the: openSUSE-Leap-15.4-DVD-x86_64-Build243.2-Media.iso @ 3.80 GB & used balenaEtcher to create the bootable ‘Live‘ USB installer.

Installer starts – select Installation:

  • I have omitted minor obvious steps at times, but user should be able to follow the steps here.

Activate the Online Repositories:

I have usually found openSUSE servers to be slow; however, Verizon has apparently been working on some upgrades, and for the past week my surfing speeds have stayed in the kbps range so am not sure if openSUSE was also slow this time. This wasn’t a fast installation, but well worth the effort, IMHO.

There are 3 default Desktop choices, but I wanted the Cinnamon DE ‘n more control over the other software selection choices…Cinnamon DE can be obtained also from the defaults KDE Plasma, GNOME & Xfce choices. Generic Desktop:

The “Generic” DE turned out to be the IceWM – ‘stacking window manager for the X Window System graphical infrastructure‘ which suks, but I would only need to use it in order to install the Cinnamon DE ‘n just the other software I wanted.

Suggested Partitioning:

I liked their “proposed” Guided Setup partitioning of the Target device, so went to the dropdown menu at the bottom ‘n selected “Start with Current Proposal.”

Looked good in their double-check so selected – Accept:

Next was just the Clock & Time Zone choices…no pic for that.

Create a ‘Password Dependent‘ user? *NOPE*!!! 😉 Gotta love openSUSE Leap 15.4 for its “Skip User Creation” option! \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/

I hate annoying “Authenticate” popups or other pestering Pesky Passwords demands, i.e. I am a Fulltime Linux Root User on my own computers! Ditto on the \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/

  • Don’t believe I have ever seen the “Skip User Creation” option. OK, what’s next…

Authentication for System Administrator “root” – Dats me:

OK, installer does a double-check wid me to see if everything looks good:

Yes it does so let’s click Install.

It starts installing:

I walked away, and it automatically rebooted before I got back.

At the Welcome Screen Login Window – I entered root ‘n my password.

To be continued…