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openSUSE releases first milestone for Leap

Richard Brown
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The newest openSUSE release Leap 42.1, which is based on core SUSE
Linux Enterprise source code, has just released its first development

Milestone is being used to avoid the term Alpha because the milestone
is able to be deployed without the additional future items and
subsystems that will become available when Leap is officially

“This is where the excitement for Leap begins,” said Richard Brown,
chairman of the openSUSE board. “The opportunity for topping this SLE
core with the things you want in a long-term release really makes this
attractive and I see people wanting to get involved with this next
chapter of openSUSE.”

As Tumbleweed keeps rolling with the latest features and subsystems,
Leap will fill the gap between the longevity of a SLE core and the
innovation related to Tumbleweed, he said.

The quality and environmental care Tumbleweed provides with its
development model should quickly translate to a top-quality
distribution for Linux users, sysadmins and developers.

The milestone was moving forward with a 3 series Linux Kernel, but the
Long-Term Support 4.1 Kernel, which enhances EXT4 file-system
encryption and power improvements for both ARM and x86 devices, was
needed for the release of the first milestone. The new Kernel was
practically flawless when added to the next build, which had some
minor errors.

Updated drivers and more general improvements are expected in the
second milestone.

GNOME 3.16, KDE Plasma 5 and Firefox 38 are projected for the release
of Leap in November at SUSECon in Amsterdam.

Stephan “Coolo” Kulow, the release manager, provided an update on the
packages for Leap. Since the announcement four weeks ago, the sources
leaped from 2,000 to about 5,450 source, which about 1,150 are from
SLE 12. The binary packages for the milestone currently stand at about
56,500 compared to 13.2’s 71,750 for the same measure.

If you want to see what the future of Leap will be, try the milestone
and contribute to making Leap an LTS-rock release, which will have
enduring updates and maintenance commitments by the community and
SUSE. Part of that commitment can be seen through the recent job
announcement of a Release Engineer for openSUSE.

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