Nov 042008

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 is now relased and available for download as Live CDs for KDE4 and GNOME Desktops. The DVD is available only via Bit Torrtents. Lets get started with installing openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 with KDE4 deaktop environment. The installation is from the Live CD downloadable from here. I’ve choosen to use a 32-bit CD for the installation.

Once downloaded, write the ISO image onto a CD and we should be ready to go. If you are installing on a VMWare or VirtualBox or any infact any other Virtual system, ensure that you allow atleast 512MB for the virtual system for smooth installation.

Insert the CD and start the system with your openSUSE 11.0 Live CD. Select openSUSE 11.1 from the boot menu. This should start the live CD and take you straight into the desktop.

Live CD boot menu

Logins as default user Live CD desktop

Here you can have a quick preview without having to install openSUSE 11.1. Once, you are ready, click “Install” icon on the desktop. This should start the YaST installer.

Language and Keyboard layout selection

Select your Language and Keyboard layout and place a check mark against “I Agree to the License Terms” and click Next.

Regional settings and License agreement

Timezone setup

Set your Time zone and then if you do not want to have the clock to set to UTC, untick the box for it and click Next.

Timezone and clock settings

Paritioning setup

Select the disk layout and choose if you want Parition based setup or Logical Volume Management (LVM). Here you can also modify the default partitioning by clicking “Edit Partition Setup”. When settings are choosen, click Next

Disk Paritioning

Setup new user

Create a user by entering the user details, username password etc. Select the checkbox “Use this password for system administration” if you want the root password to be the same as this users (not recommended) and if you want toreceive system emails select “Receive system email” and finally “Automatic Logon” if you want to logon automatically at the boot time (without having to enter the password). Once you have entered the details click Next

New User creation

Now go through the installation summary and if you are all happy, click Install on the confirmation window.

Installation confirmation Installation confirmation

This should start the installation beginning with paritioning, create file systems and start installing.

Installation in progress... Disk partitioning Finishing installation


Once the installation is complete, click OK on the message box to reboot the computer. While it restarts ensure that the CD is removed from the drive. This should restart and run the autoconfiguration wizard.

Post install auto configuration Probing devices

Once complete, you should be let into your newly installed openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 with GNOME desktop environment.

Login with new user created

Now, configure the Updater and the repositories.

Configure updater Repositories

Your new glossy GNOME desktop on openSUSE 11.1 Beta4

Your openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 GNOME desktop

Enjoy!!! As you would note, openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 is still in Beta use it for tests only and report any bugs to the development team here