**[![snapshot1](https://www.revryl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/snapshot1-1024×768.png)](https://blog-darryldias.rhcloud.com/opensues-12-3-now-available-for-download/snapshot1/#main)openSUSE ** is a general purpose [operating system](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system “Operating system”) built on top of the [Linux kernel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_kernel “Linux kernel”), developed by the community-supported [openSUSE Project](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSUSE_Project “OpenSUSE Project”) and sponsored by [SUSE](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE_Linux_distributions “SUSE Linux distributions”) and a number of other companies. After [Novell](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novell “Novell”) acquired SUSE Linux in January 2004, Novell decided to release the SUSE Linux Professional product as a 100% [open source](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source “Open source”) project. In 2011 [The Attachmate Group](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Attachmate_Group “The Attachmate Group”) acquired Novell and split [Novell](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novell “Novell”) and [SUSE](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE “SUSE”) into two autonomous subsidiary companies. SUSE offers products and services around SUSE Linux Enterprise — their commercial offering that is based on openSUSE Linux.
The initial release of the community project was a beta version of SUSE Linux 10.0, and as of March 13, 2013 the current stable release is openSUSE 12.3.
 The following requirements should be met to ensure smooth operation of openSUSE 12.3
Pentium* III 500 MHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended)
Main memory: 1 GB physical RAM (2 GB recommended)
Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space for a minimal install, 5 GB available for a graphical desktop (more recommended)
Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
Booting from CD/DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at Network install) 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