openSUSE Leap 15 Released! See the New Features

Brief: The latest openSUSE release Leap 15 is here with updated software, Wayland support and an easier upgrade procedure to the famed SUSE Linux Enterprise Edition.

SUSE Linux‘s community driven open source Linux distribution, openSUSE has a new release codenamed Leap 15. It is built on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 code and brings a number of new software, updates and better stability with rigorous testing. It will be supported for next three years at least.

The main highlight of the release is the option to easily migrate the free community edition to the enterprise edition. This is the reason why openSUSE version number has been changed from 42 to 15. This way openSUSE 15 will seem more aligned with SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 (which will be released later this year).

As per Kai Dupke, senior product manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, “Having a community distribution that shares a common DNA with enterprise is the smart way to interact with the open-source ecosystem, Leap provides great flexibility and freedom of choice for developers and users“.

openSUSE Leap
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If you did not know already, openSUSE is a community offering from SUSE Enterprise. It is one of the oldest ‘professional’ Linux distribution and is available for both desktops and servers. Stability and security is some of the main reasons why people use openSUSE.

openSUSE is not always the best choice for Linux beginners as the experience might be overwhelming, in my opinion. However, if you want to learn and use SUSE Linux Enterprise (requires license) from career perspective, openSUSE is a good, free platform for this purpose.

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What’s new in openSUSE Leap 15

Some of the main new features in openSUSE 15 are following:

  • Newer releases of GNOME (3.26) and KDE Plasma (5.12) desktops
  • Wayland is the default display server in the GNOME edition
  • Updated GNU Health package to help facilitate running the operations of a hospital and collecting vital patient data, and QGIS, which allows researchers to create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information
  • New changes in YaST with libstorage-ng makes the YaST partitioner more powerful and more reliable. 
  • Interactive and powerful FirewallD
  • Linux Kernel 4.12
  • Multiple packages for containers and containerized applications
  • GCC 7
  • PHP 7
  • Support for cloud services like NextCloud
  • Atomic updates by Kubic

You can read about more features in openSUSE 15 here.

Get openSUSE 15

openSUSE 15 has both GNOME and KDE versions available in live image format. You can download it from the link below:

Download openSUSE Leap 15

You can find download and upgrade options at this page.

What do you think of openSUSE 15?

In my opinion, the ability to easily migrate from openSUSE to SUSE Linux Enterprise is an excellent option. This will give small businesses, individuals and organization a convenient choice before opting for the Enterprise edition.

What do you think of openSUSE 15 release? Could it be your choice if you were looking for SUSE Linux Enterprise edition? Do share your views in the comment section.

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  • At last I got the openSUSE-Leap OS that connects Wi-Fi NetworkManager…connects automatically at the time of every booting…I configured it with connection password once. Until now only Tumbleed version version is connecting Wi-Fi automatically with every booting.

  • As a fairly long time openSUSE user, I am very pleased with Leap 15. I chose to do a clean install as opposed to upgrade because there were a number of changes to the system that I didn’t want to manually deal with any conflicts. Thankfully, the process to install the software bits I needed was quick and effortless. I have two systems I migrated from 42.3 to 15.0 that are functioning extremely well. I would also like to note that the KDE Plasma version is very well executed will run on systems with limited resources.

    I appreciate how openSUSE is a fine blend between something enterprise and something for the home. YaST, the family of tools for maintaining and modifying the system is simply fantastic.

  • Upgrade from 42.3 to 15 failed, but that’s for every distro a bit of a risky undertake. I installed fresh on my desktop and laptop and it worked like a charm. In my opinion you emphasize too strong on professional users. openSUSE is not for professionals but for a much broader community of developers, nerds and home users. As a “nerdy home user” I ‘m quite happy with the stability, with YaST and with the possibility to use more GUI’s on the same system. You can install them in one go as a software pattern: Enlightenment, Plasma, Gnome, LXDE, etc. I think that’s a unique and really cool feature.