When installing openSUSE, choose from several media available either
online or in the retail box:
One DVD containing the openSUSE distribution with open source
software (OSS) as well as non-open source software (non-OSS) for 32bit
and 64bit systems. In German retail boxes an additional second DVD
contains six hours of video-training covering openSUSE
11.1, OpenOffice and GIMP.
This installation option does not require any network access for
installation, nor do you need to set up external repositories to
install the full openSUSE. You can, however, make the contents of
the DVD available on an installation server and make them available
all across your network.
One DVD5, available via download, containing OSS and non-OSS software
either for 32bit or 64bit systems.
Choose this installation option, if you want a fully-fledged
openSUSE system. Beyond the downloading of the DVD ISO, there is
no network connection required to make use of this installation
option. Once the medium has been fully downloaded and the physical
medium created, you can go ahead with the installation. You can also
make the contents of the DVDs available on an installation server and
make them available all across your network.
The LiveCD versions, available via download, include the KDE4 or GNOME
desktops together with the most popular applications for 32-bit or
Choose this medium option for a first look at openSUSE. The
LiveCD version runs on your computer using RAM without touching your
hard drive and no installation is needed. However, you can also
install openSUSE from the running live system. There is no
network connection required beyond the mere download of the medium.
NOTE: Installing From a LiveCD
In order to install from a LiveCD, boot the live system from CD. In
the running system, launch the installation routine by clicking on
the Install icon on the desktop. Phase one of the
installation will be carried out in a window on the desktop. It is
not possible to update or repair an existing system with a LiveCD,
you can only perform a new installation with automatic configuration.
Although add-on CDs (extensions or third-party products) cannot be used
as stand-alone installation media, they can be embedded as additional
software sources during the installation. Currently
CDs with additional languages are available as add-on CDs for