This tutorial is intended for those planning on removing Apache as their Drupal web server, and replacing it with the high performance NGINX product (pronounced Engine-X) on an openSUSE 12.1 platform. Note, this is using Nginx as the web server itself, and not as a reverse proxy as it is often used. Firstly, there is a need to install Nginx and PHP-FPM (the PHP FastCGI Process Manager).
Nginx is part of the openSUSE 12.1 distribution, but is not installed by default. The simplest way of installation is to go through the YaST software management screens.