OpenSUSE on a Lenovo Yoga 530 14IKB

The Three Wise Men bring me a new Lenovo Yoga 530 14IKB. As this will be a shared computer I need both operating systems installed, Windows and Linux. After finishing the Windows 10 setup, I decided to give openSUSE Tumbleweed a try.

First of all, you should get the installation media for your desired Linux and prepare a USB stick for the installation. For openSUSE Tumbleweed you can download a network installation image from ‘https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/tumbleweed’

To have some space for Linux, I’ve reduced the Windows partition to about 256GB so that Linux has about 256GB too. To do that you have to do the following steps in Windows:

  • Right-click Computer on the desktop, choose Manage.
  • Select Storage > Disk Management.
  • Right-click the partition that you want to reduce, select Shrink Volume.
  • Edit the proper size for the new partition, then click Shrink.

To boot from the USB stick rather than the Windows partition, you have to press F12 at boot time. Choose the prepared USB stick and boot into the openSUSE Linux installer.

Unfortunately wifi didn’t work out of the box in the live environment, so I had to insert a USB to LAN adapter.

The default installation options worked for me, just I took special attention at the disk partitioning step to make sure didn’t break the Windows 10 installation.

After all, OpenSUSE has been installed to the spare partition, the bootloader has been installed to the EFI partition and a boot entry for Windows has been created. Awesome.

UPDATE 2019/01/30

  • Athough the installation when fine I had a high CPU load problem related to btrfs that causes lock up and make the system unusable for a while. On a first try to fix I ran zypper dup (which is shorthand for zypper dist-upgrade) to upgrade all packages, just in case the problem magically disappears, but far from solve the problem the new kernel hung due the btrfs filesystem, again. And my system didn’t start anymore going to the recovery system. Looks to me that btrfs is still no well supported so I hightly recommend use ext4 instead.

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