Open SuSE on a Gigabyte Brix

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I’m an Apple MAC user from a UNIX background. Therefore I can use Linux but can’t administrate it. So, when one of my old MAC Mini’s that I was using as a simple, Apache web server finally gave up the ghost I decided rather than buy another for upward of $600 I’d buy a cheap, bare-bones mini PC and install Linux 


I opted for a Gigabyte Brix (GB-BXBT-2807) which measures 4.5 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches. My only selection critera was price as no one visits my website so it wasn’t going to suffer load. I bought it on Amazon.com for $114. It doesn’t come with an HDD or RAM but I had a Sandisk SSD (SATA) and 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3L lying around like this and it worked just fine.

I selected OpenSUSE Tumbleweed for 64 bit i386 processors becuase of the four flavours I downloaded and installed into virtual machines to test OpenSUSE seemed the most intuitive to me.

As this was my first Linux install and configure and it was slow because my learning curve was steep, I’ve thrown together the following pages the tips and tricks I discovered to get it working as a webserver and finally serving pages.

© Charles Webster 2016