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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM 12 SP3 for the Raspberry Pi

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM 12 SP3 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 having been shipped, it is the most successful educational computer ever released. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, uses a four core 1.2 GHz 64-bit Broadcom 2837 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
  • GCC and popular development tools available for installation after registration
  • 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 60-day evaluation key
  • Question and answer via forums at https://forums.suse.com/forum.php

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the Raspberry Pi is intended for customers and partners developing industrial monitoring and other IoT solutions that use the Raspberry Pi and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

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