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SUSE offers a specially packaged version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM as an image, tailored for Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Raspberry Pi is the most successful educational computer ever released, with over 10 million devices shipped. The latest release of the Raspberry Pi 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.

As businesses look for ways to transform their operations for increased efficiency and growth, Internet of Things (IoT) devices are a key enabler for industrial automation and monitoring. The Raspberry Pi is ideal for these applications with its small form factor, processing power, low energy use and standard I/O interfaces all at a low cost per device.

While a free open source operating system is available for the Raspberry Pi, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM is designed for rigorous enterprise workloads that require reliability, high performance and security. A SUSE subscription lets you focus on solution delivery rather than OS enablement and maintenance. This includes the latest software updates, bug fixes and security updates to keep your industrial systems running smoothly. Expert SUSE Support services options include up to 1 hour response times and 24 x 7 access for critical business operations. SUSE works closely with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to deliver the latest capabilities and outstanding hardware support.

With a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM image for the Raspberry Pi, developers benefit from the rock solid source code base of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 used for other 64-bit processor architectures. An OS lifecycle of up to 13 years enables developers to develop long-life of industrial solutions and reduce risk that can be introduced by major OS changes from updates. Key features of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM supporting the Raspberry Pi include:

  • Support for built-in I/O including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, Ethernet, and GPIO
  • Booting to an easy-to-use graphical user interface
  • The btrfs filesystem for simplified administration
  • Includes GCC and popular development tools
  • SUSE Linux OS packaging as an image that is ready to be copied to an SD Card
  • Choice of Standard Support (12x5) or Priority Support (24x7) for production use
  • Free, 60-day trial subscription for updates and fixes for education and experimentation
  • Question and answer via forums at https://forums.suse.com/forum.php

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 https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/faqs/ for more information on Raspberry Pi prerequisites

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a copy of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the Raspberry Pi?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM for the Raspberry Pi in production use is available from the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server download page www.suse.com/download-linux. It can be used for 60-days as a trial with free patches and updates for non-production education and experimentation. After downloading the ~650MB image you will need to unpack and burn the image to an SD card of at least 8GB of capacity.

See the Quick Start guide at www.suse.com/documentation/suse-best-practices/sles-for-arm-raspberry-pi/data/sles-for-arm-raspberry-pi.html.

What hardware options are supported?

The following I/O options are supported:

  • HDMI
  • USB keyboard
  • USB Mouse
  • Ethernet
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPIO

To enable the Bluetooth controller for use with bluetooth and related applications, run:

hciattach /dev/ttyAMA0 bcm43xx 921600

SUSE depends on the source code for hardware drivers to be made available upstream to the open source community before they can be included in SUSE Linux Enterprise products. For this reason the following Raspberry Pi 3 features are not available:

  • Audio (through the jack)
  • Camera
  • Raspberry Pi touch screen
  • HATS
  • H.264 MPEG

Can I use an earlier version of Raspberry PI?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for ARM supports only 64-bit hardware, including Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Raspberry Pi Model B+ is not supported at this time. Models of Raspberry Pi prior to 3 Model B are 32-bit.