openSUSE is a Linux distribution sponsored by SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH and other companies. It is widely used throughout the world. The focus of its development is creating usable open-source tools for software developers and system administrators, while providing a user-friendly desktop and feature-rich server environment.
What versions of openSUSE are available?¶
|openSUSE Leap 15.3
|November 30, 2022
|openSUSE Leap 15.2
|November 30, 2021
openSUSE uses the
zypper package manager to install software and updates. You can install software using the
zypper install command. For example, to install the Apache web server, you would run the following command:
zypper install apache2
You must run the
zypper command as
root or with
You can also install multiple packages at once by separating them with a space. For example, to install Apache and PHP, you would run the following command:
zypper install apache2 php7
To update your system, you can use the
zypper update command. For example, to update all packages on your system, you would run the following command:
openSUSE uses the
systemctl command to manage services. To start a service, you would run the following command:
systemctl start apache2
To stop a service, you would run the following command:
systemctl stop apache2
To restart a service, you would run the following command:
systemctl restart apache2
To enable a service to start on boot, you would run the following command:
systemctl enable apache2
openSUSE Leap vs Tumbleweed¶
openSUSE Leap is a regular-release version of openSUSE containing well-tested packages that are integrated into the system. It is a stable release that is updated with maintenance updates and security fixes throughout its lifetime.
openSUSE Tumbleweed is a rolling-release version of openSUSE containing the latest packages that are not yet integrated into the system. It is a development release that is updated with the latest packages as they are released.
openSUSE vs SUSE Linux Enterprise¶
openSUSE is a community-developed version of SUSE Linux Enterprise. It is a free and open-source distribution that is supported by the community.
SUSE Linux Enterprise is a commercial version of openSUSE. It is a paid distribution that is supported by SUSE.