Installing OpenSUSE in BeagleBone Black

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This post is intended to help beginners to get started with BBB and OpenSUSE.

Installing the openSUSE 13.1 Image

  1. Download the latest image at and choose between:
    1. JeOS image for a minimal system openSUSE-13.1-ARM-JeOS-beaglebone-*.raw.xz or
    2. XFCE image for a graphical system openSUSE-13.1-ARM-XFCE-beaglebone-*.raw.xz
  2. As root extract the image onto your SD-Card (replace sdX with the device name of your SD-Card). WARNING: all previous data on the SD-Card will be lost.
     xzcat [image].raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX; sync
  3. Insert the SD-Card with the openSUSE image into your BeagleBoard.
  4. Connect the BeagleBone Black to your PC via serial port.
  5. Connect the BeagleBone Black to your monitor via HDMI. (optional)
  6. Press boot select switch button (near µSD slot) on power-on to boot from sd card (see: Boot switch location)
  7. Power on the BeagleBone Black.
  8. Walk through the first boot steps.
  9. Have a lot of fun…

Installing the openSUSE 13.2 Image

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