What is miniSUSE?


miniSUSE is an openSUSE based distribution made with SUSE Studio. It comes with all the great packages you might need in a ready to use Linux distribution. It offers you a Swiss army knife for all your Linux needs – still it is small enough to fit a CD/DVD or USB drive. You can use it to rescue systems, format drives, check sensors or hack whatever you want. If you are looking for a small, but extremely useful Linux distribution you can get up and running in seconds from the media of your choice, look no further, check out miniSUSE.

miniSUSE is currently abandoned

I abandoned miniSUSE and I am not putting much effort into updating or maintaining it. I am not happy about that, but I have other priorities. Currently, miniSUSE is based on openSUSE LEAP 42.1 and has two branches:

  • miniSUSE: Headless, small edition
  • miniSUSE GUI: Like above, but with Xfce GUI

Feel free to open an account at SUSE Studio, and clone the appliance – so you can include custom packages, configurations, patterns or whatever you like! Also, feel free to contact me and send your ideas, questions or any type of feedback!

13 Replies to “miniSUSE”

  1. Hello, congrats for your great job delivering miniSuse :). I would like to download a copy, I am trying to do this from the susestudio site but it is very slow. I am interesting in the ISO and USB images, is there another place to download it from?.

    Thank you very much

    1. Hello!
      Thank you! I am trying to make it better and better :)
      The Studio page is also way too slow on my end. I will download all the formats and upload them to my Google Drive and maybe create some torrent files too.
      Expect it in a week. If I disappear, feel free to contact me again!


  2. Just wanted to say thanks! I was specifically looking for a build that would fit on a CD (not DVD) and this is perfect!

  3. Cool stuff, exactly what I’m looking for.
    If you could build that with a GUI (LXDE…) that would be great (Actually I’m looking for a lean basis to buiod a Gnu Health live CD. ICEWM is probably not the best choice for a GUI in that case….)

    1. Thank you Axel! miniSUSE GUI is on it’s way. I already released the non-GUI version and I am just polishing the base for the GUI version. Sadly, XFCE is not working out of the box, unless you put hundreds of megabytes under it. I want to ship miniSUSE GUI with a working XFCE desktop environment, but I still want it to be small. Feel free to nag me about the release if it does not happen in a month.
      Looking forward for your appliance. Cheers.

  4. Greetings. Does miniSUSE work iin a pendrive? I usually use SLAX in pen but is very limited (im Windows user). Many thanks… :mrgreen:

    1. Yes, it does work.
      Just download the disk image, and write it to your pendrive!


    1. Hi Paul,

      I have made some, yes, but did not have the time to implement it in miniSUSE.
      Is it something you are waiting for? If so, please tell me and I will try and do it soon.


  5. I have a question, I am creating a project for the needy community in my city.
    How do I get people to update my distribution version in case 1.0 to 2.0 without having to download another .ISO?

    I’m using the minisuse as a base.

    1. If you want them to update online, you have to get a repository available, where they can find the new version. I am not sure if SUSE Studio has support for this. What you can definitely do is create a repository yourself. However I am not sure how a dist-upgrade would work with miniSUSE.

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