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Quick Start

In order to install openSUSE Aeon, there's 5 basic steps to follow:

  1. Download the Installer image
  2. Write the Installer image to a USB Stick
  3. Boot from the Installer USB Stick
  4. Install Aeon
  5. Complete the Aeon First Run Wizards

Download the Installer Image

From https://aeondesktop.org click the DOWNLOAD button at the top of the page

Write the Installer image to a USB Stick

After downloading the image you need to write it to a USB Stick that is at least 8GB in size. If possible, we recommend Larger USB Sticks to benefit from our Installers ability to backup/restore user accounts from existing installations

We recommend using Impression on Linux and balenaEtcher on Windows for writing the image to the USB Stick. Any disk image writer that does not alter the image should also work.

We also support writing the image using dd

 xzcat openSUSE-Aeon-Installer.raw.xz | dd bs=4M of=/dev/sdX iflag=fullblock oflag=direct status=progress; sync

Boot from the Installer USB Stick

The Aeon Installer should work on any x86_64 laptop or desktop with a UEFI BIOS. We recommend that Secure Boot is enabled.

With the USB stick in the system, reboot your computer and press your computers button to bring up it's boot menu. This is normally F12 or F10.

Select the USB stick to start booting to the Aeon Installer

Install Aeon

The Aeon installer (powered by tik) has a very simple process, asking as few questions as possible to get your system up and running.

Select Disk

OPTIONAL: This menu will only be shown if your computer has more than one Hard Drive, SSD, or other storage device to install Aeon to.

Select which disk you want to install Aeon to. This disk will be wiped as part of the Aeon installation, so make sure any important data is backed up beforehand.

Backup Existing Users

OPTIONAL: This question will only be asked if the following conditions are met:

  • The selected Disk already has a compatible Linux installation containing users with data stored in a btrfs /home subvolume
  • The USB stick is larger than all of the data in /home on the existing installation

If you choose to Backup Existing Users, the Installer will copy all the data in /home and your existing usernames, passwords & Wifi/VPN configuration and restore them to your fresh Aeon installation at the end of this process.

Start Aeon Installation

Confirm that you are ready to install Aeon and all information on the selected disk will be wiped

Installation will begin and typically takes just a few minutes

If Existing Users were backed up, they will also be automatically restored

Once complete, your computer will reboot into your new Aeon Installation

Aeon First Run Wizards

System Config

After booting, Aeon will ask you for the following information:

  • Language
  • Keyboard Layout
  • Network/WiFi
  • Timezone
  • User Details
  • Password

Provide them as prompted, and you'll immediately login to your new Aeon user account

User Config

Any fresh Aeon user account needs to download some software from the Internet before it is ready to use. By default this includes:

You can customise which software you wish to install during this first run, and of course add/remove any Software you wish at any time using the "Software" App.


You have successfully installed openSUSE Aeon.