How to Install openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on Desktop/Laptop Computer with Bootable USB Stick

In this article, we will examine how to set up and configure openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) using a bootable USB flash drive on a desktop or laptop computer.

How to Install openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on Desktop/Laptop Computer with Bootable USB Stick

How to Set Up openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) on a PC

Another Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, and Linux Mint is openSUSE, a community-based project sported by the SUSE company.

openSUSE Linux is available in two variants, Leap and Tumbleweed. The Leap version is Stable, while Tumbleweed is a type that gets fast updates and carries a risk in terms of system stability and is adapted to the latest technology.

The version number of Tumbleweed does not change like other distributions after system development or optimization such as Leap. Once you have installed this version on your computer, you can keep your system up-to-date by constantly getting new updates.

If you want to install a stable and consistent distribution on your computer or server, you should choose the Leap version. Therefore, if you want to test new software developments or the projects you are working on, the Tumbleweed version will be suitable for you.

How to Download openSUSE Leap ISO and Prepare USB Installation Media

The latest version of SUSE (Leap 15.4) was released on June 8, 2022. Version 15.4 includes Xfce 4.16, KDE Plasma 5.24, MATE 1.26, Deepin 20.3, and GNOME 41 current desktop environments and includes many new features such as the new Linux Kernel. You can visit the webpage to review all the innovations and features of Leap 15.4.

   Step 1

We recommend that you download the openSUSE Leap 15.4 ISO file from the official website, as image files downloaded via other websites may not be safe and consistent. Visit to download the latest Leap image file.

You will see both variants on the SUSE homepage, here in the Leap section click the “Install Leap” button.

Visiting the SUSE Webpage

   Step 2

On the download website, click the Download button in the Offline Image section under the “Intel or AMD 64-bit desktops, laptops, and servers (x86_64)” heading.

Downloading the openSUSE Leap 15.4 ISO File

   Step 3

To prepare a bootable flash drive, download, and open Rufus. After clicking the SELECT button, select the openSUSE ISO file you downloaded to your PC and add it.

Additionally, you can choose MBR or GPT installation type from Partition Scheme.

Burning Leap ISO File to USB Flash Drive Using Rufus

   Step 4

After adding the ISO file, click the START button and then confirm the use of Image Mode in the pop-ups and confirm the deletion of all content on your USB disk and the burning of new files.

Starting ISO Burn

   Step 5

When the USB installation media you prepared with Rufus is ready, remove your USB from your PC and plug it into the PC you will install.

USB Installation Media Created Successfully

How to Run and Build openSUSE

After downloading the ISO file and preparing the bootable USB installation media, you can now start installing the SUSE Linux distribution on your computer.

   Step 1

After burning the openSUSE image file to your USB, open the Boot screen according to the brand and model of the computer you are using. Then, boot your system from your flash memory and press Enter in the Installation option on the SUSE boot screen that opens.

Booting PC with USB

   Step 2

Wait while the basic drivers of the SUSE system are loaded.

Installing Basic Drivers

   Step 3

On the Language, Keyboard, and License Agreement screen, after the network settings, device configuration, and current hardware information are automatically determined by the setup wizard, click Next.

Configuring the System Language, Keyboard Layout, and License Agreement

   Step 4

Select the system display language in which you want to use the SUSE system, select your PC’s current keyboard layout, and then click Next after reading the license terms.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 5

After the installation wizard delves into your system, it will ask if you want to edit Online Repositories addresses before launching the software manager. If you have an internet connection, click Yes to add the online repo addresses and continue.

Adding Online Repository

   Step 6

Check and edit the online repository addresses of openSUSE, then click Next.

Editing Online Repositories

   Step 7

Wait while the SUSE repo addresses are being written to your system.

Adding Repository Addresses

   Step 8

During installation, you need to choose one of the desktop environments KDE Plasma, GNOME, or Xfce. You can choose one of the listed desktop types based on your personal opinion and experience.

Choosing the GNOME Desktop Environment

   Step 9

If you are installing from scratch on your PC, you can leave the disk partition settings at default. If you have advanced Linux knowledge, you can view the settings by clicking Expert Partitioner.

Confirming Disk Partition

   Step 10

Configure the time settings of your Linux system according to the location where you live and select the country where you live for the time zone.

Selecting the Clock and Time Zone

   Step 11

Type your full name for the Local User account and set the Username to log in to the system and create a simple or strong system password.

If you create a simple user password, a window will open like the image below and you will need to confirm the use of the simple password.

Creating Local User and Setting Password

   Step 12

Review the installation settings and if there is something you want to do, you can go back and make changes. After completing all the settings, click the Install button to start the system installation and confirm the operation.

Checking and Confirming Installation Settings

   Step 13

Wait while openSUSE is installed on your computer and this may take time depending on your PC’s performance.

Copying System Files

   Step 14

After installing openSUSE on your Desktop PC and Laptop, reboot to log in to your system.

System Reboot

   Step 15

When your SUSE system restarts, press Enter in the first option in the boot menu.

Choosing Leap in Boot Menu

   Step 16

When openSUSE Leap opens, you will be greeted with the GNOME desktop environment. In the Welcome window, you can quickly access resources related to the Linux distribution or choose to close this window at the next boot.

SUSE GNOME Desktop Environment


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