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openSUSE Community Releases Leap 15.2 Version

ddemaio
Hi all,

On behalf of the release team and all contributors to the openSUSE
Project, I would like to inform you that we have released openSUSE Leap
15.2. Please view the announcement online at
https://news.opensuse.org/2020/07/02/opensuse-leap-15-2-release-brings-exciting-new-packages/

I would like to thank all those involved in the release. A special thank
you to developers, release team, packagers, testers, bug reporters,
partners and community projects. I want to personally thank those who
helped with release notes, translations, release announcement, artwork
and social media. Thank you to Open Source Press, Tuxedo Computers,
Linode and Slimbook.

v/r

Doug

openSUSE Leap "15.2" Release Brings Exciting New Artificial Intelligence
(AI), Machine Learning, and Container Packages

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NUREMBERG, Germany (02/07/2020) – The openSUSE
<https://www.opensuse.org/> release team is proud to announce the
availability of community-developed openSUSE Leap 15.2
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:15.2>. Professional users, from desktops
and data-center servers to container hosts and Virtual Machines (VM),
will be able to use Leap 15.2 as a high-quality, easy-to-use,
enterprise-grade Linux operating system.

Download openSUSE Leap 15.2
<https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/leap>

This release provides security updates, bug fixes, network enhancements,
and many new features for openSUSE users who depend on a stable and
scalable distribution. openSUSE’s rich and mature Linux platform
supports workloads on x86-64, ARM64 and POWER systems. The dependability
of core packages found in previous Leap 15 versions and newer open
source technologies in Leap 15.2 are ready for multiple use cases and
workloads.

“Leap 15.2 represents a huge step forward in the Artificial Intelligence
space,” said Marco Varlese, a developer and member of the project. “I am
super excited that openSUSE end-users can now finally consume Machine
Learning / Deep Learning frameworks and applications via our
repositories to enjoy a stable and up-to-date ecosystem.”

What’s New

Several exciting Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
packages are added in Leap 15.2.

Tensorflow <https://www.tensorflow.org/>: A framework for deep learning
that can be used by data scientists, provide numerical computations and
data-flow graphs. Its flexible architecture enables users to deploy
computations to one or more CPUs in a desktop, server, or mobile device
without rewriting code.

PyTorch <https://pytorch.org/tutorials/>: Made for both server and
compute resources, this machine learning library accelerates power
users’ ability to prototype a project and move it to a production
deployment.

ONNX <https://onnx.ai/>: An open format built to represent machine
learning models, provides interoperability in the AI tool space. It
enables AI developers to use models with a variety of frameworks, tools,
runtimes, and compilers.

Grafana <https://grafana.com/> and Prometheus <https://prometheus.io/>
are two new maintained packages that open up new possibilities for
analytical experts. Grafana provides end users the ability to create
interactive visual analytics. Feature-rich data-modeling packages:
Graphite, Elastic and Prometheus give openSUSE users greater latitude to
construct, compute and decipher data more intelligibly.

In general, software packages in the distribution grew by the hundreds.
Data fusion, Machine Learning and AI aren’t all that is new in openSUSE
Leap 15.2; a Real-Time Kernel for managing the timing of microprocessors
to ensure time-critical events are processed as efficiently as possible
is available in this release.

“The addition of a real time kernel to openSUSE Leap unlocks new
possibilities,” said Gerald Pfeifer, chair of the project’s board.
“Think edge computing, embedded devices, data capturing, all of which
are seeing immense growth. Historically many of these have been the
domain of proprietary approaches; openSUSE now opens the floodgates for
developers, researchers and companies that are interested in testing
real time capabilities or maybe even in contributing. Another domain
open source helps open up!”

Container Technologies

openSUSE users will have more power to develop, ship and deploy
containerized applications using the newer container technologies that
are being maintained in the distribution.

For the first time, Kubernetes <https://kubernetes.io/> is an official
package in the release. This gives a huge boost to container
orchestration capabilities, allowing users to automate deployments,
scale, and manage containerized applications.

Helm <https://helm.sh/>, the package manager for Kubernetes, is also
added. Helm helps developers and system administrators manage complexity
by defining, installing, and upgrading the most complex of Kubernetes
applications.

Container Runtime Interface (CRI) using Open Container Initiative (OCI)
conformant runtimes (CRI-O) is also new to this release. CRI-O is a
lightweight alternative to using Docker as the runtime, which allows
Kubernetes to use any OCI-compliant runtime as the container runtime for
running pods or processes running on a cluster.

Even with Docker, the use of microservices will be secure thanks to more
container packages arriving in this release.

Cilium <https://cilium.io/> helps in transparently securing network
connectivity and load-balancing between application containers and
services deployed using Linux container frameworks like Docker and
Kubernetes. Cilium provides an efficient way to define and enforce both
the network-layer and the application-layer security policies, which are
based on a container/pod identity.

Leap 15.2 offers both Server and Transactional Server system roles. The
Server system role uses a small set of packages that are suitable for
servers with a text mode interface while the Transactional Server system
role is similar to the Server role, but uses a read-only root filesystem
to provide atomic, automatic updates of the system without interfering
with the running system.

Installation process

The openSUSE installer remains as powerful and as versatile as ever,
allowing to easily tweak every single aspect of the system including the
mitigation for CPU based attacks like Spectre or Meltdown. The
installation process presents several improvements like a more
user-friendly dialog for selecting the system role, improved information
about the installation progress, better compatibility with right-to-left
languages like Arabic and many other small enhancements.

In Leap 15.2, it offers a more accurate detection of MS Windows
partitions encrypted with BitLocker and a better management of storage
devices for Raspberry Pi.The installer also makes it easy to tweak the
mitigation for CPU based attacks like Spectre or Meltdown.

Unattended installations with AutoYaST is greatly improved. Many aspects
are polished at all levels. More configuration options are added and the
possible errors in the user’s profile and the installation process are
now handled and reported in a more sensible and informative way.

Improvements to YaST - The most complete configuration tool for Linux

The YaST Partitioner remains the most powerful tool to configure all
kinds of storage technologies in Linux, both during installation of the
system or at any later point. This release incorporates the possibility
of creating and managing a Btrfs file-system that expands over several
devices, and the release allows for the use of more advanced encryption
technologies.

Leap 15.2 is the first openSUSE release to introduce a gradual change
that splits system’s configuration between /usr/etc and /etc
directories. YaST supports this new structure in all the affected
modules, offering to system administrators a central point to inspect
the configuration that will help them during the transition and beyond.

Leap can be executed on top of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL),
delivering the power of openSUSE to the Windows world. The YaST version
in Leap 15.2 improves the compatibility with that platform, specially
when executing YaST Firstboot in order to perform all the needed initial
adjustments.

Desktop Environment

While the desktop environments in this release will be new, the focus
remains on more conservative fixed release. The Long-Term-Support
version of KDE’s <https://kde.org/> Plasma 5.18 is available in Leap
15.2. The newer LTS has a significant amount of polish and new features.
Notifications are clearer, settings are streamlined and the overall look
is more attractive. GNOME <https://www.gnome.org/> 3.34 updates from the
previous 3.26 version that was available in Leap 15.1. The new GNOME
provides a considerable amount of visual refreshes for a number of
applications. More data sources in Sysprof makes performance profiling
of an application even easier and there are multiple improvements to
Builder including an integrated D-Bus inspector. Xfce
<https://www.xfce.org/> has a minor update to version 4.14 after four
plus years of development; the new version produced a slew of updates
and features, including enhancements for the window manager, file
manager, application finder and power management.

Cloud Images, Hardware and Architectures

Linode <https://www.linode.com/> cloud images of Leap are available
today and ready for all infrastructure needs. Cloud hosting services
will offer images of Leap 15.2 in the coming weeks like Amazon Web
Services, Azure, Google Compute Engine and OpenStack. Leap 15 is
continually optimized for cloud usage scenarios as a host and
virtualization guest.

TUXEDO Computers <https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/> and Linux notebooks
can be purchase with Leap 15.2 preinstalled. Leap 15.2 can also be
ordered preinstalled with Slimbooks <https://slimbook.es/en/linux2>.

Leap deployment scenarios include physical, virtual, host and guest, and
cloud. Ports to other architectures like ARM64 and POWER are expected in
the coming weeks.

Core Components

Compilers, scripting languages, system configuration tools and graphical
user interfaces have all been improved.

GNU Compiler Collection 7 through 9 are available in this newer Leap
minor version along with an updated version of the 3D Graphics package
Mesa to support the use of the professional grade operating system. Leap
15.2 has the same 234 version of systemd used in Leap 15.0 and 15.1.

New graphics hardware support has been backported for the release of
Leap 15.2 and Linux Kernel 5.3 will be used for the release. Kernel
features automatically become available in Leap since the distribution
shares the same kernel as SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE).

openSUSE Leap 15.2 is a distribution with community packages built on
top of core sources of SLE 15 Service Package 2. The shared common core
and alignment with SLE makes migrations to SUSE’s enterprise product
easy for professional who want to extend the life cycle of their
maintenance and security past the life cycle of Leap. Migrating from the
community version of Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise is an available
option for those who desire to migrate. The migration from openSUSE Leap
server installations to SUSE Linux Enterprise is easy for system
integrators developing on Leap code who may decide to move to an
enterprise version for SLAs, certification, mass deployment, or extended
Long Term Support.

Health Packages

This Leap release increases the capabilities of health services. The
award-winning health- and hospital management system GNU Health comes in
version 3.6.4. It has an updated GUI and is prepared for COVID-19
pandemic tracking, including updated ICD-10 codes and improved
laboratory functions. GNU Health can directly interface with Orthanc,
the free PACS Server, which is newly shipped in this release. Developers
of the health and medical fields have several open-source tools with
openSUSE Leap that can be be used for creating powerful User Interfaces
(UI) and User Experiences (UX) for medical devices. Healthcare device
developers can be confident in the use and performance of Leap and rely
on the system supporting newer and older hardware.

Configuration Management

System administrators will have the most up-to-date tools for
configuration management. Salt 3000 has arrived in Leap; the new Salt
version removes the date versioning and provides new functions to
chroot: apply, sls, and highstate. It also updates slot syntax to
support parsing dictionary responses and to append text. Ansible is also
availble for sysadmins. Ansible works over SSH and does not require any
software or daemons to be installed on remote nodes.

Groupware and File Hosting

File sharing and cloud services include software such as NextCloud and
even the groupware application suite Kopano (formerly known as Zarafa)
is part of the official Leap 15.2 repositories.

Like prior versions, System Administrators and small businesses can use
Leap for hosting web and mail servers or for network management with
DHCP, DNS, NTP, Samba, NFS, LDAP, and hundreds of other services.

Life Cycle of Leap

Minor versions of the Leap 15 series have about an 18-month life cycle;
minor releases come roughly once a year. Users of openSUSE Leap 15.1,
which was released in May of 2019, should upgrade to Leap 15.2 within
the next 6 months. The first release of Leap 15 was released two years
ago. Download Leap 15.2

The openSUSE Project is a worldwide community that promotes the use of
Linux everywhere. It creates two of the world’s best Linux
distributions, the Tumbleweed rolling-release, and Leap, the hybrid
enterprise-community distribution. openSUSE is continuously working
together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the
worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. The project is
controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of
individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability
experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a
wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise,
speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds.
Learn more about it on opensuse.org.

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