This manual will see you through your initial contact with openSUSE®. Check out the various parts of this manual to learn how to install, use and enjoy your system.

Installation and Setup

Guides you through the installation process and the basic configuration of your system. Introduces YaST, the central tool for installation and configuration of your system. Learn how to set up or modify key components of your system: hardware components such as monitors or printers and network connections such as Internet access. Find how to install or remove software, how to administer users and groups, and how to make use of the various system languages available with openSUSE.


This part mainly addresses to users changing to Linux from other operating systems. It introduces basic Linux concepts such as the user concept, the structure of the file system and access permissions for files and directories. An introduction to the shell is also provided, although you hardly ever need the command line to interact with your system nowadays.


Get an overview of the features openSUSE offers to support mobile working with laptops, mobile storage devices such as external hard disks and PDAs or cellular phones. Learn how to use NetworkManager to easily integrate your machine into different network environments or different types of networks. Find advice on how to exchange files between different systems, be it on different partitions of one computer (Linux/Windows*), or from one computer to another (Linux/Linux, Linux/Windows).

Help and Troubleshooting

Provides an overview of where to find help and additional documentation in case you need more information or want to perform specific tasks with your system. Also find a compilation of the most frequent problems and annoyances and learn how to solve these problems on your own.