Join Chaim Krause for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to SUSE Linux, part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Essential Training.
- [Narrator] What is SUSE Linux Enterprise? It's a Linux Distribution. What do I mean by distribution? It contains the Linux open-source operating system. Bundled software applications. And an installer to install all of that together so it works seemlessly. Now there's a spectrum of flavors of SUSE, ranging from a community-driven open-source cutting edge flavor to a commercially supported flavor that are meant to be more stable, reliable. It could be tuned for capabilities like high availability computing and real-time computing.
Let's go straight to the source. We're looking at SUSE's webpage for SUSE Enterprise Linux. Look at the things that it's stressing here. It's stressing agile, mission critical ready, secure. It's talking about things that are stable. These are the things that a commercial Linux version needs. But there's also an open-source version. A fully open-source version is opensuse. And there are two distributions of that. There's Tumbleweed and there's Leap.
Tumbleweed is kind of like, the tumbleweed, continuously rolling along, constantly changing. Whereas Leap makes a jump between stable versions. So Tumbleweed is for those who want the most cutting-edge. The newest packages, the newest applications. This is good for developers, who are writing for software that will be released in the future. For example, if you're working on a new version of your software, and you want to make sure it's compatible with the next release, you're gonna be testing against Tumbleweed.
It's also for users who want an open-source operating system but also want to be able to work with the latest and greatest hardware. Leap is more like a half step between the open-source Tumbleweed and the SUSE Linux Enterprise server. It's a more stable version. Updates and patches don't come out as often. And they're tested a little more thoroughly to make sure that it's a smooth transition between those versions. But both of these, both Tumbleweed and Leap are purely open-source and the only support that's available for them is from the community itself.
SUSE Linux Enterprise has various distributions that you can download. We see here, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, which is the generic version of the server. Not tuned for anything specifically, but meant to be run on all different kinds of hardware. There's also a version tuned specifically for SAP software. This one is good for things like reliability and stability on a server environment. One that I find fun and I tinker with on my off-time is SUSE Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi.
If you're a hobbyist and maker and you want to try out SUSE in that environment, I highly recommend giving it a shot. So SUSE Linux Enterprise has both a server and a desktop. For many years, there have been Linux distributions focused on the desktop. But they haven't been as widely adopted as Microsoft Windows has been in the corporate world. But if in your IT environment, you want to keep everything the same and easier to administer and install operating systems, tune operating systems, it's often good to stick with the same desktop distribution.
So if we take a moment and step back, this is kind of the lay of the land. We've got the open-source versions that have community support. If you need more stability, go with Leap over Tumbleweed. If you're gonna get into the commercial level of support, then you're gonna need to move to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. And if you need even more stability, you need to look at some of the extensions. Like the High Availability Extension.
- What is SUSE Linux Enterprise?
- Installing SLES
- Linux file types
- Working at the command line
- Managing processes
- Working with background processes
- Managing users and groups
- Changing file permissions
- Configuring network interfaces
- Displaying hardware information
- Managing drivers