There are several ways (the case always when dealing with Linux) you can choose to install openSUSE 11.1. First you could download the LiveCD's, so called because you can boot your computer from them without installing anything, although you can actually install a basic system from the LiveCD also. Nice thing about LiveCD's is that you get to see a preview how you desktop looks and behaves, how openSUSE detects your hardware and so on, without actually installing anything. Keep in mind though that booting to a LiveCD environment will present you with slower system and with less functionality than you would get with doing a real hard drive installation. If you want to try out a LiveCD, you need to choose between the two (main) Linux desktops, KDE and Gnome. Second way to install, which I like the best, is to download the DVD and install using that. The DVD offers a better installation program, more choice in software and you can choose between several different Desktop during the installation. Head to http://software.opensuse.org/ to download the CD or DVD image.
First screencast starts where any Linux beginner would, installing the system. While it is nowadays very easy to install any modern Linux distribution, there might be some points like partitioning where beginner can feel out of their depth. The video is fast forwarded during the tedious bits of installation, so expect to spend something like 20-60 minutes when installing it, depending quite a lot about horsepower on your computer. On this screencast we are using 32bit DVD.
Notice, the above video should load, by default, in HD mode. So just ignore the recommendation on the video to "turn on the HD resolution".