In this article, we will setup and run Cisco Packet Tracer to prepare for Routing, Switching exams on a great Linux distribution, SUSE Linux.
How to Setup Cisco Packet Tracer on openSUSE
openSUSE Linux is an open-source continuation of the SUSE distribution launched by a group of German university students in the 1990s. There are two versions, Leap and Tumbleweed. Leap follows a fixed release model with different discrete versions of its distribution, while Tumbleweed follows a cylinder release model. In a release version model, even the most updates are released whenever possible, rather than waiting for a new version of the distribution.
The Leap 15 version of openSUSE was released on May 28, 2018. You can take a look at this article to install this version on a virtual machine.
Packet Tracer is a free simulator software developed and published by Networking Academy. Version 7.2.2 of this software was released on September 11, 2019.
After installing openSUSE, you can create and experience various network projects by installing the Cisco network simulator on your system. First of all, download the network simulator to your Linux computer from here and then follow the steps below in order for a step-by-step installation.
Run the wizard by double-clicking on the .Run extension PT file you downloaded.
In the Installation Folder window, continue directly because installing the simulator software in the selected location by default will prevent complexity in the future.
Read and accept the license agreement of Packet Tracer.
Now, click Install to install Packet Tracer on your SUSE computer.
Type the password for your root account to continue the installation and click OK to continue.
After confirming the root password, the installation will be completed in about 1 minute.
In order to use the Cisco simulator software in Linux distributions, you will need to install some additional dependent packages. In openSUSE Linux, this is the same and therefore use the following command on the terminal to download Libpng, the most important package for this software.