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Upcoming openSUSE 13.1 will be kept Evergreen

August 26th, 2013 by

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The openSUSE Evergreen has just announced that the upcoming openSUSE 13.1 will be the next Evergreen release. This means that the Evergreen team will continue to provide openSUSE 13.1 with with security updates and important bugfixes after the usual 18 month maintenance cycle until it has had a total life time of at least three years.

What is Evergreen?

The openSUSE Evergreen team was started to keep openSUSE releases alive by issuing security and stability fixes after the regular 18-month lifespan of openSUSE releases. The team has kept selected releases maintained for an additional 18 to 30 months. The first Evergreen release was openSUSE 11.1. Current releases in the Evergreen maintenance program are openSUSE 11.2 to be maintained until November 2013 (a total of 4 years) and 11.4 to be maintained until July 2014 (reaching almost three-and-a-half).

You can find more information about Evergreen and how to keep your openSUSE release alive on the Evergreen wiki page.

Have a lot of fun!

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26 Responses to “Upcoming openSUSE 13.1 will be kept Evergreen”

  1. Henne

    Thanks for the news. Next landing, 13.1.

  2. Hi !!
    Great news!
    Thanks to the evergreen team!!

  3. And as usual spreading the word for spanish speakers!! ;)
    http://victorhckinthefreeworld.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/opensuse-13-1-sera-una-version-de-largo-soporte/

    Have fun!

  4. rabinder

    Good news.I hope I could be writing Thai book about opensuse 13.1.

  5. Qbd

    Very good to hear that Evergreen is still alive and kicking, and it’s very nice that they pre-announced the 13.1 support. Keep up the good work!

  6. Wonderful!
    openSUSE seriously need something like this in order to be deployed widely on production servers!

    • Pedro

      Marco, SuSE _Is_ widely deployed in Servers :) …it’s called SuSE Linux Enterprise Server edition, SLES.

  7. Mushroom

    Two releases from 11.x but no releases from 12.x? How come?

    • Chika

      For one, I’m glad that 11.4 was chosen. I’ve been using that version on multiple systems almost since it came out. I’ve been using 12.2 on my main system since I rebuilt it in January but there are a few things that I wasn’t happy about (though it runs fine now), and 12.3 I have loaded on a VM which seems much like a 12.2 cleanup, though it is improved. The thing was that none of the 12.x releases were appreciably better, IMHO, than 11.4, so an evergreen of any of them (especially the appalling 12.1) would be something of a waste of effort. Also bear in mind that version 11 had five releases, starting at 11.0, so there are bound to be more candidates than version 12.

      I suspect that 13.1 is going to be even more of a chore for a KDE3 user like me, especially after the annoyances of 12.2/3 with their further reluctance to use HAL unless frobbed and the disaster of trying to replace HAL with something lifted from another GUI which never worked properly, but I’ll certainly give it a go.

      Thanks for the heads-up, though. At least one machine in my care will benefit hugely from jumping from Evergreen to Evergreen!

    • Wolfgang

      There were actually three releases out of 11.x. 11.1, 11.2 and 11.4
      Please note that the beginning of the Evergreen project was not a fully planned one. 11.1 was a test run because I needed 11.1 updates. 11.2 is a personal need for another contributor to Evergreen. 11.4 was chosen for consolidation and during last year’s conference we decided to do time based Evergreen releases since it does not make much sense to have a lot of overlap in supported releases when you you have limited resources. 13.1 is available and matured once 11.4 is going out of support and therefore was chosen as the next Evergreen supported release and important for us also was to announce it _before_ it actually arrived.

  8. Eldar

    Opensuse.org is so slow and … confusing!
    Do you plan to do something with site, forum, wiki?

  9. Stephan van den Akker

    Excellent news, and I’m very happy that Evergreen support is announced even before the release is final. This makes the planning of updates of my production systems so much easier!

    For desktop use, openSUSE Evergreen is much preferred over SUSE Enterprise, as more desktop software and more up to date desktop software is available for openSUSE

    The only thing needed now IMO is a mechanism to keep OBS repositories for 11.4 and 13.1 alive for as long as possible. Now they get a “delete request” from the OBS admins after 18 months or so.

    • yeah, it’d be nice if they could automatically move to Evergreen or so…

      • Wolfgang

        I’m wondering if that really needs a technical solution. For example 11.4 didn’t move to DISCONTINUED I think/hope because of Evergreen. It just should be known to community people (including OBS admins) that some versions have Evergreen support and they should just not send deleterequests for projects based on those. We do not even need a forced migration to the Evergreen flavour since it’s mainly binary compatible (compare it to SLE11 SPs which do not need to get updated just because they exist).
        I’d hope that more people just would recognize that Evergreen exists (including package and project maintainers).
        Just recently I had another discussion where someone was trying to tell me that openSUSE 11.4 is EOL. No, it isn’t! It’s not supported by SUSE(.com) anymore but it’s supported by openSUSE so definitely not full EOL.

  10. Stephan van den Akker

    Almost forgot:

    A big thanks to the guys doing the Evergreen support for 11.4. Excellent work so far!

  11. I’ve been using the Evergreen repos on my 11.4 VM until just this week when I finally got around to migrating everything to my 12.3 VM. I really like openSUSE and Evergreen is pretty much the openSUSE equivilant of Ubuntu’s LTS. It’s pretty awesome for production servers.

  12. gino

    bad idea! 12.2 should be evergreen because of xorg version.. It’s so easy to understand or every old amd videocard will migrate to other solutions.

    p.s. no. radeon driver don’t work good, stop to convince urself..

  13. Paul

    12.2 has been running like a dream for me. I hope 13.1 is as good.

  14. Bill

    11.2 was the last SuSE Linux version that could be teased into functionality on a Dell Dimension 4600 series computer. Later SuSE versions have been tried and many hours lost in the attempt to configure video and TCP/IP interfaces in subsequent SuSE releases before returning to 11.2. Perhaps others have had better success (though none left any encouragement on the forums), but the welcome Evergreen support of 11.2 has been the only way to keep SuSE running without replacing computer hardware. That said, 11.2 works very well, is fast and fun to use. Later versions will continue to be evaluated, and perhaps new hardware will become available to leave the Dell workhorses behind. For the moment, though, there is no alternative.

  15. hope the Kurdish language of more than 50 millions of Kurds be included.

  16. Jorge Hernandez

    I don’t understand why openSUSE waits 18 months for new releases, in computer time, that’s an eternity as much as I like openSUSE I have to say that it takes too long for new versions to come out.

    If they speed up this process, it would be even better.

    Thanks to the openSUSE and Evergreen team for such a great OS, just make updates a little faster.

    • I’m not sure what you mean with 18 months… We release every 8 months, so we don’t wait for new releases 18 months.

      But for 18 months we keep issueing updates for that version. In the mean time, another release comes out, and another one… Evergreen just adds another 18 months of security and bug fix updates. You don’t have to wait, though, you can just upgrade to the new version.

  17. Hayath

    Are you seriously building a usable operating system,, But to whom ???

    Without LTS, I consider Opensuse project/people/contributors as jokers, or struck in some memory loop like in movies. They create and delete every release before any release becomes really usable. Entire that release cycle is filled with bugs and no one cares for stabilizing,

    I am happy after switching to LinuxMint 12.04 LTS.

  18. Petr

    Are you planing direct upgrade through Evergreen releases. Similar as Ubuntu/Mint LTS releases?