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Hardware requirements 15.3

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openSUSE supports most PC hardware components.

DRAFT

The following requirements should be met to ensure smooth operation of openSUSE Leap

Booting from DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at PXE boot installation) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD

The GRUB bootloader co-operates with other operating systems on the same machine. openSUSE can be installed on one free harddisk partition, while preserving existing installations on other partitions.

x86 requirements

CPU

All CPUs available on the market to date are supported. For older boxes Pentium* 4 1.6 GHz or higher processor is the recommended minimum. Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor would be recommended.

Maximum number of CPUs

The maximum number of CPUs supported by software design is 8192 for Intel 64 and AMD64. If you plan to use such a large system, verify with our hardware system certification Web page for supported devices, see https://www.suse.com/yessearch/.

Memory requirements

A minimum of 1024 MB of memory is required for a minimal installation. On machines with more than two processors, add 512 MB per CPU. For remote installations via HTTP or FTP add another 150 MB. Note that these values are only valid for the installation of the operating system—the actual memory requirement in production depends on the system's workload.

Hard disk requirements

The disk requirements depend largely on the installation selected and how you use your machine. Commonly, you need more space than the installation software itself needs to have a system that works properly. Minimum requirements for different selections are:


Installation Scope Minimum Hard Disk Requirements
Text Mode 1.5 GB
Minimal System 2.5 GB
GNOME Desktop 3 GB
All patterns 4 GB (from SLE, TODO fix for Leap)
Recommended Minimum (no Btrfs snapshots): 10 GB
Required Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 16 GB
Recommended Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 32 GB

aarch64 requirements

CPU

The minimum requirement is a CPU that supports the Armv8-A instruction set architecture (ISA), for example, Arm Cortex-A53 or Cortex-A57. Refer to https://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/ for a list of available Armv8-A processors.

CPUs with the Armv8-R (realtime) and Armv8-M (microcontroller) ISA are currently not supported.

Maximum number of CPUs

The maximum number of CPUs supported by software design is 256. If you plan to use such a large system, check our hardware system certification Web page for supported devices, see https://www.suse.com/yessearch/. Memory requirements

A minimum of 1024 MB of memory is required for a minimal installation. On machines with more than two processors, add 512 MB per CPU. For remote installations via HTTP or FTP add another 150 MB. Note that these values are only valid for the installation of the operating system—the actual memory requirement in production depends on the system's workload.

Hard disk requirements

The disk requirements depend largely on the installation selected and how you use your machine. Commonly, you need more space than the installation software itself needs to have a system that works properly. Minimum requirements for different selections are:

Installation Scope Minimum Hard Disk Requirements
Text Mode 1.5 GB
Minimal System 2.5 GB
GNOME Desktop 3 GB
All patterns 4 GB (from SLE, TODO fix for Leap)
Recommended Minimum (no Btrfs snapshots): 10 GB
Required Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 16 GB
Recommended Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 32 GB
Raspberry PI and Other SBCs

Please refer to openSUSE:OpenSUSE_on_your_ARM_board for more information.

armv7 requirements

TBD

IBM Power requirements

To run openSUSE Leap on POWER, your hardware must meet the minimum requirements listed below.


Memory requirements

A minimum of 1024 MB of RAM is required for a minimal installation. For remote installations via HTTP or FTP, add another 150 MB. Note that these values are only valid for the installation of the operating system—the actual amount of RAM depends on the system's workload.

Hard disk requirements

The disk requirements depend on the type of installation selected and the usage scenario. Normally, a properly working system requires more space than the installation itself. The minimum requirements are as follows.


Installation Scope Minimum Hard Disk Requirements
Text Mode 1.5 GB
Minimal System 2.5 GB
GNOME Desktop 3 GB
All patterns 4 GB (from SLE, TODO fix for Leap)
Recommended Minimum (no Btrfs snapshots): 10 GB
Required Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 16 GB
Recommended Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 32 GB

If the root partition is smaller than 10 GB, the installer does not offer a partitioning proposal. In this case, you need to create partitions manually. To avoid this, we recommend to have 10 GB reserved for the root partition. Increase the minimum size to 16 GB if you plan to enable Btrfs snapshots on the root volume.

IBM Z and LinuxONE requirements

openSUSE Leap runs on the following platforms:

  • IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) (2827)
  • IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) (2828)
  • IBM z13 (2964)
  • IBM z13s (2965)
  • IBM LinuxONE Emperor (2964)
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper (2965)
  • IBM z14 (3906)
  • IBM z14 ZR1 (3907)
  • IBM z Systems z15 (8561)
  • IBM LinuxONE Emperor II (3906)
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II (3907)
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper III (8561)
Memory requirements

Different installation methods have different memory requirements during installation. At least 1 GB of memory is recommended for the text-mode installation under z/VM, LPAR, and KVM. Installation in the graphical mode requires at least 1.5 GB of memory. NoteNote: Memory requirements with remote installation sources

A minimum of 512 MB of memory is required for installation from NFS, FTP, and SMB installation sources, or when VNC is used. Keep in mind that memory requirements also depend on the number of devices visible to the z/VM guest or the LPAR image. Installation with many accessible devices (even if unused for the installation) may require more memory.

Hard disk requirements

The disk requirements depend largely on the installation. To have a properly functioning system, you normally need more space than required by the installation software. Minimal requirements for the available installation types are as follows:

Installation Scope Minimum Hard Disk Requirements
Text Mode 1.5 GB
Minimal System 2.5 GB
GNOME Desktop 3 GB
All patterns 4 GB (from SLE, TODO fix for Leap)
Recommended Minimum (no Btrfs snapshots): 10 GB
Required Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 16 GB
Recommended Minimum (with Btrfs snapshots): 32 GB