Install openSUSE on a Mac

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Backup all your data in external drive or cloud storage. All data can be lost in some steps.

Create installation media

  1. Download openSUSE Leap or Tumbleweed ISO.
  2. Create a LiveUSB stick

Prepare for dual-boot system

If you want to install openSUSE as the only OS, this step can be skipped.

  1. Boot/reboot your Mac.
  2. Press and hold Command + R key. (Meta + R key in PC keyboard)
  3. Wait Recover Mode loading.
  4. Disk Utility is what you need. Start it.
  5. Choose the main disk, add new partition for openSUSE and shrink partition of macOS.
  6. Reboot.

Boot from Live USB

  1. Boot/reboot your Mac.
  2. Press and hold Option key. (Alt key in PC keyboard)
  3. You should see a list of OS boot options.
  4. Choose EFI Boot.

Next...

Other installation steps are similar to PC installations.

Note, here is a recovery partition for mac. If you want dual-boot macOS and openSUSE, you better keep this partition.

Recover macOS

If your recovery partition is not removed:

  1. Reboot.
  2. Press and hold Command + R. (Meta + R key in PC keyboard)
  3. Choose Reinstall macOS.

If your recovery partition has been removed:

  1. Reboot.
  2. Press and hold Option + Command + R. (Alt + Meta + R key in PC keyboard)
  3. Connect to WiFi or wired network.
  4. Wait downloading recovery system from the internet. This step may take hours.
  5. Choose Reinstall macOS.