Don’t have to mention the panic that kicks in when you have forgot or misplaced your root user password. Like most other operating systems, openSUSE helps you to recover or reset the root password from the console.

Please try the following to reset/recover root password. This should work on openSUSE 11.0 & openSUSE 10.x (tested on openSUSE 10.3):

1. Boot the system and select the normal boot menu from the list. Once selected, in the “Boot Options” box type

“init=/bin/bash” if you are using GRUB Boot loader

“linux init=/bin/bash” if you are using LILO Boot Loader

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