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openSUSE Leap 42.1 - desktop

Published by Ron Terry
Based on openSUSE Leap 42.1 64-bit x86

This is a great Linux Desktop based on openSUSE Leap and GNOME. It contains extra GNOME Shell extensions that make the UI more comfortable to use and feel similar to a Mac. If GNOME is a bit heavy for you, XFCE is also installed and configured to look and feel the same as the GNOME desktop environment in the appliance. It uses Google Chrome as the default web browser, LibreOffice as the default office suite, has VLC installed for multimedia playback and has a number of cloud storage clients such as Dropbox, Insync (for Google drive) and ownCloud built right in.

This software appliance is used as the recommended lab machine image for all new SUSE training courses and therefor has virtualization platforms like Libvirt/KVM and VitrualBox built in as well as graphical remote access clients and servers such as VNC and X2Go pre-installed and configured to run as a non-root user. The sudo utility is also configured by default to allow all members of the users group to sudo without a password. When used in a classroom lab environment, the image is designed be used as a student lab machine image but there are also scripts that help you easily configure the installed image to be a classroom server if needed (

It’s use is not just limited to class room student lab machines. The appliance is designed to be installed to disk from a Live DVD but can also be run as a live image. There is a script that helps you easily create a bootable Live USB disk (, which runs great on fast USB3 flash drives. There are also scripts that help you configure and mount another USB disk as the home directory drive (, This allows you to run the image without having to install it to disk and still maintain your customizations. All of these custom scripts are located in /user/local/bin/ and many can be can be run with no elevated privileges or via sudo, depending on what they do.


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Use this format if you want to burn your appliance on CD or DVD. This is the easiest way to prepare bootable media. Simply download the .iso file and burn it to disk via any existing OS.

Release notes

Updated packages and some new scripts in /usr/local/bin that help clean up the lab machine.


6 dependencies removed
355 dependencies updated
2 files removed
3 files updated
40 new dependencies
7 new files
13 new software selections
1 software selection removed
Build configuration updated
General configuration updated
Script configuration updated


Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: America/Denver
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: network_manager
Firewall: enabled


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