If you do not know already, SUSE Linux has two versions: SUSE Linux Enterprise edition which is meant for business enterprises (paying clients) and OpenSUSE which is a community project and available for free.
SUSE has separate development branches for the free and enterprise versions. While OpenSUSE (Tumbleweed release) gets rapid updates and features, the enterprise version, SLE, focuses more on stability and reliability. The latest OpenSUSE Leap is a hybrid of the both version.OpenSUSE Leap is based on source code of SLE thus it provides similar level of stability. In addition, Leap will also have new packages contributed by community developers. This will bridge the gap between the stable SLE and fast paced rolling release Tumbleweed. This is the reason why it is termed as a “hybrid distribution” as it contains stability of SLE but newer features of Tumbleweed.
As per the OpenSUSE blog,
(Leap will be) providing a level of stability that will prove to be unmatched by other Linux distributions. Bonding community development and enterprise reliability provides more cohesion for the project and its contributor’s maintenance updates. openSUSE Leap will benefit from the enterprise maintenance effort and will have some of the same packages and updates as SLE, which is different from previous openSUSE versions that created separate maintenance streams.
If OpenSUSE Leap is the first release, why has it versioned to 42.1? Why not 1.0? Even I wondered the same.
As per OpenSUSE clarification, this release is based on SLE version 12 and service pack 1. Hence it becomes 12.1. Add 30 to it (why?) and you get 42.1.
Why 42 specifically? Because “SUSE and openSUSE have a tradition of starting big ideas with a four and two, a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“.
Upgrade and download
If you are using OpenSUSE 13.2, you can upgrade to OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 using this guide. You can also download it from the link below: