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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 for Raspberry Pi

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 for the Raspberry Pi is a distribution of the highly reliable, scalable and secure SUSE Linux Enterprise server operating system packaged specifically for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

With more than 10 million Raspberry Pis have shipped, it is the most successful educational computer ever released. The most recent Raspberry Pi, the 3 Model B, uses a four core 1.2 GHz 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 System-on-a-Chip ARM Cortex-A53 processor, capable of running 64-bit instructions.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the Raspberry Pi is a specially packaged version of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM product, tailored specifically for the Raspberry Pi. Like all SUSE Linux Enterprise Server products, it is derived from a common source code base that is used for all SLES architectures.

Key features:

  • 64-bit operating system
  • Packaged as an image that is ready to be copied to an SD Card
  • Includes GCC and popular development tools
  • Uses the btrfs filesystem for simplified administration
  • Boots to an easy-to-use graphical user interface
  • Enabled for built-in I/O including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Ethernet, and GPIO
  • Comes with a free, one-year self-service subscription for updates and fixes
  • Question and answer via forums at forum.php

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the Raspberry Pi is intended to introduce SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to developers and administrators who may not be familiar with SUSE Linux products or with systems based on 64-bit ARM processors.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server provides market-leading usability, and seamless interoperability with existing IT systems.

System Requirements

Minimum Linux server system requirements for installation

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • SD Card with at least 8Gb capacity
  • USB keyboard, mouse
  • HDMI cable and monitor
  • Power supply with at least 2.5A capacity*
  • See RaspBerry Pi FAQs for more information on Raspberry Pi prerequisites

Download and Installation

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi is distributed as XZ-compressed image file for MicroSD cards. This section will guide you through the process of preparing the card to the first boot.
It is recommended to use a SD card with a capacity of at least 8 GB.

Before and after you plug in the SD card on a linux system, run the lsblk command. Between the two runs of lsblk, there should be a difference of one or more lines. The first column and first row is the name of the node representing the SD card in your system. To write the image to the card, use the dd command:

xz -cd IMAGE | dd of=/dev/SDCARDDEV bs=4096

Now you can insert the card into the Raspberry PI and boot the system.


For quick installation instructions, see the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 Installation Quick Start.

For further information regarding this release, see the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Release Notes.

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