SUSE Linux Enterprise Server gains Raspberry Pi 3 support

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The release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 comes with an interesting new addition: the Raspberry Pi 3 model B is now supported by the SLES enterprise operating system.

What is SLES for Raspberry Pi?

SLES for Raspberry Pi is just what it sounds: an enterprise-grade operating system running on a credit-card sized computer powered by the ARM architecture.

Yes, we actually took the enterprise grade, 64-bit, Linux operating system that is used around the world to support mission critical workloads in financial institutions, air traffic control centers, manufacturing centers, and high performance computing centers – and put it on a $35 credit card-sized computer.

You can read the full report here. Although this sounds great, the operating system can run on the Raspberry Pi 3 only and lacks commercial support. The SLES for Raspberry shares code with the SLES for ARM and uses the same kernel. The operating system brings everything a SUSE user/administrator is accustomed to, like Btrfs and Zypper, it also comes with GCC6 and uses IceWM by default. This windows manager isn’t really for everyone and focuses on simplicity and speed (you can of course install something else like LXDE). Many standard features are in this operating system, but the report says: not everything made it in time (Docker) for this release.

Where can I try it?

The SLES for Raspberry operating system can be downloaded here. Beware, you will need a subscription to get the latest patches and updates. However for the time being, SUSE is offering one year free accessible through a self-service registration process.

What about openSUSE?

The openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system is also available to be installed on the Raspberry Pi, it also supports model 1 and 2. OpenSUSE Tumbleweed is available for free without subscriptions or registrations or updates limitations. Here are the links for each model:

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