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Geeko head simple.png LINUX users | Next steps after the download

Instructions for Windows(TM) users...

How to extract compressed files with Linux?

  • Normally the GUI (Gnome or KDE) will provide an easy extraction via a right-click onto the file in the file manager.
  • In the console you can use gunzip


Type-cd-32.png LiveCD/DVD

  • Extension of downloaded file: .iso
  • How to use with a Geeko head simple.png LINUX system
    • It is a compressed filesystem, no extraction is necessary
    • Burn the .iso file with a burning application (e.g. Gnome- or KDE-tool) to a media
    • You will receive a bootable CD or DVD with a SUSE Live-System
    • Check your BIOS if your machine will not boot via CD


Type-oem-32.png Disk Image (USB or Harddisk)

  • Extension of downloaded file: .oem.tar.gz
  • After extraction you will see one new file: .raw
  • How to with in a Geeko head simple.png LINUX system
    • The GUI way:
      • Search for kiwi-tools-imagewriter at http://software.opensuse.org/search and use the one-click-install button.
        You can also download the rpm via the search result list.
      • You can then run imagewriter as root and write your chosen image to your chosen USB device.
    • The dd way:
      • Copy the .raw image with dd to the disk or usb stick (place link here)
        Be careful when using 'dd'. You can lose your data!
      • Based on some experience with defect USB sticks we recommend to check the MD5SUM
      • Check the BIOS of your system if it does not boot via USB


Type-vmware-32.png VMware Image

  • Extension of downloaded file: .vmx.tar.gz
  • After extraction you will see a new subdirectory with 2 files: .vmdk and .vmx
  • How to with in a Geeko head simple.png LINUX system
    • You will need the VMware Player to start this image. Download it here
    • If this tool is installed, the .vmx should be associated with it and start with one click.


Type-xen-32.png Xen image

  • Extension of downloaded file: .xen.tar.gz
  • After extraction you will see a new subdirectory with 2 files: .raw and .xenconfig
  • How to with in a Geeko head simple.png LINUX system
    • (Instruction will be added soon)




Windows icon.jpg Windows(TM) users | Next steps after the download

Recommendations for Windows(TM) users:
The SUSE Studio appliance builder will produce products based on SUSE Linux.
If you want to download, extract and test image files with a Windows system we recommend to use the formats

  • Type-cd-32.png LiveCD/DVD
  • Type-vmware-32.png VMware Image

Of course you can also create a bootable Type-oem-32.png USB stick and hard disk with Windows, but you will need advanced knowledge to handle the dd-copy tool.

How to extract compressed .tar.gz files with Windows
By default Windows is not able to extract .tar.gz files. Perhaps you can use 7-zip. It is available in many languages and it is under the GNU LGPL license.

  • The extraction of the .tar.gz file will work in two steps:
    • First: from .tar.gz to .gz
    • Second: from .gz to .raw or new subdirectory with files


Type-cd-32.png LiveCD/DVD

  • Extension of downloaded file: .iso
  • How to use with a Windows icon.jpg Windows system
    • It is a compressed filesystem, no extraction is necessary
    • Burn the .iso file with a burning application to a media. In most cases the .iso extension is associated with the correct application via double-click
    • You will receive a bootable CD or DVD with a SUSE Live-System
    • Check your BIOS if your machine will not boot via CD


Type-vmware-32.png VMware Image

  • Extension of downloaded file: .vmx.tar.gz
  • After extraction you will see a new subdirectory with 2 files: .vmdk and .vmx
  • How to use with a Windows icon.jpg Windows system
    • You will need the free VMware Player to start this image.
    • If this tool is installed, the .vmx-file should be associated with it and your appliance will start with a double-click.


Type-oem-32.png Disk Image (USB or Harddisk)

  • Extension of downloaded file: .oem.tar.gz
  • After the extraction process you will see one new file: .raw
  • How to use with a Windows icon.jpg Windows system
    • You will need and additional tool in your Windows system to copy the raw image file in a special way to an USB stick or a hard disk.
      The dd for windows can do this
    • Be aware: In difference to the other ways (LiveCD/DVD and VMware image) you can damage your system if you make a mistake
    • Follow this instructions for advanced users...