OpenSUSE Drops Leap 15.3

OpenSuSE logoOpenSUSE has dropped an update to its Linux distro, Leap 15.3, eleven months after the previous release. This new release includes updates to the desktop environments KDE, Gnome, Xfce and Sway; new packages for education, research and health; artificial intelligence packages; improvements to containers and virtualisation.

The team at OpenSUSE has been working hard behind the scenes as well. Leap 15.3 has been brought in line with SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP3, providing binary compatibility and build configurations are standardised between the two distributions. As a result, migrations from Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are now easy and straightforward.

The software craftsmanship of this release makes server, workstation, desktop and container use on openSUSE Leap a desirable distribution for IT professionals, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, small businesses and educational practitioners,” said release manager Lubos Kocman.

There’s a big list of feature improvements across a range of areas:

  • Containers: podman, CRI-O, containerd, kubeadm
  • AI: TensorFlow Lite, Pytorch, ONNX, Grafana, Prometheus
  • Health: GNU Health
  • Desktop Environments: Xfce, KDE, Gnome, Sway
  • Linux Kernel, Systemd, Mesa
  • Privacy: Tor and OnionShare
  • Office: LibreOffice, Skrooge, Scribus, Evolution, Thunderbird
  • Media: Amarok, VLC, Blender
  • Programming: Go, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Rust.

For Linux fans, there’s a 24 hour online release party hosted by OpenSUSE so if you are reading this on the day, you can join the party at the bar. Contributors and developers will be at the party so you can get to know the people behind the software.

I have to admit that I’m unclear as to why it’s branded “RC” on the website as there’s no suggestion in the press release that this is anything other than a production version.

From personal experience, the last upgrade was very smooth so I’m expecting 15.2 to 15.3 to be as straightforward. I’ll kick off the download shortly but if I encounter any issues, I’ll report back here.