WSL openSUSE for web dev
So I had a play around with the openSUSE Leap 15.2 you can get on the Windows store and after familiarising myself with it decided to see if I could use it for web development.
Well, yeah, you can, that’s it, that’s the post!
There’s a few subtle differences between doing it with Ubuntu/Debian which I’m going to cover here.
First up, I couldn’t get GUI app working for using tools like Cypress, Playwright etc. I did get it to a state where you could run node on it and have git working with VS Code.
I couldn’t spend any more time trying to work out the missing parts and this was more to see if I could use it like any other Linux distro I use.
Update and upgrade
The equivalent to
sudo apt in openSUSE is
sudo zypper so in
openSUSE to do a
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade you do this:
sudo zypper ref && sudo zypper up
refresh are equivalent to
update in openSUSE are equivalent to
upgrade in Ubuntu/Debian.
Install dev tools
I’ve recently become a fan of using Zsh over Fish, I made notes on it and also done a stream on a full customisation.
I’ll start with adding in Zsh:
# search for zsh sudo zypper search zsh # install zsh sudo zypper in zsh
Then set the default shell to Zsh and install Oh My Zsh:
# default the shell to Zsh chsh -s $(which zsh) # install git sudo zypper in git # one liner to install OMZ sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
Nano is my preferred terminal text editor, I’ll nee install that too:
sudo zypper search nano sudo zypper in nano
Rather than install Node with
zypper I’ll use nvm:
curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.34.0/install.sh | zsh source ~/.zshrc # confirm install command -v nvm # install preferred node version nvm install 14
Install yarn, the script is for bash here but it also adds the
variable to the
curl -o- -L https://yarnpkg.com/install.sh | bash source ~/.zshrc yarn -v
Check that the following has been added to the
.zshrc file and add
it manually if it’s not there:
Add SSH keys
As with Ubuntu/Debian I can pop open the openSUSE file system in the
Windows file explorer by using the handy dandy
explorer.exe . that
comes with WSL2.
This means I can open the home folder of my user and add in some SSH keys I use for other WSL instances.
Be wary here, when pasting the files in they have a default owner and
# change ownership of folder and contents sudo chown scott:users .ssh/ .ssh/* .gitconfig # change .ssh/ .ssh/* permissions # change to the .ssh folder ~/.ssh/ sudo chmod 644 id_rsa.pub sudo chmod 600 id_rsa sudo chmod 644 known_hosts # change out to set the folder permissions ../ sudo chmod 700 .ssh/ # authenticate with GitHub ssh -T email@example.com
Recap and wrap!
That’s it for this, like I said at the top this is just me seeing if I can use openSUSE for doing web dev on.
What I covered:
- The differences to updating and installing on Ubuntu/Debian
- Installing required tools for web development, Zsh, git, nano
- Adding SSH keys from another Ubuntu/Debian install
I can now clone git repos and work on them as I would with Ubuntu/Debian. Just no GUI app at the moment!
Thanks for reading 🙌
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