The development version of openSUSE Leap 15 has reached its beta phase builds and snapshots are available for testers via http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/15.0/iso/.
Exactly like the rolling development model used to make openSUSE Leap 42.3, Leap 15.0 will use the same model until its final build. No concrete milestones will be used building up to the final release, which is expected in late Spring. As bugs are fixed and new packages introduced or excluded, snapshots of the latest beta phase builds will be released once they pass openQA testing; the first beta version build (Build 109.3) of openSUSE Leap 15 was recently released and there are currently two follow-on beta builds that would feature minor improvements if the beta builds pass openQA .
Announcements of new builds will be made on the opensuse-factory mailing list.
The beta Leap builds feature an all new fresh look, the Linux Long-Term-Support Kernel (LTS) 4.12* Kernel and users can test out KDE’s next LTS release of Plasma 5.12.
A currently known issue is that upgrades from older versions require some manual conflict resolution, Nussel wrote to developers in an email to the opensuse-factory mailing list. That is expected to be fixed in one of the beta snapshots that will be released between now and the final build.
“The list of obsolete packages is missing but that will be solved soon,” he wrote. “Everyone is encouraged to download the current builds and help test it. Since this is a major update compared to 42, this time even more testing is required.
“Please check your own uses case, workload, software deployment, hardware support, etc. early so there’s a chance left to get it fixed before the release.”
Since the openSUSE conference is taking place in Prague around the time of the final release of openSUSE Leap 15, the conference will be a good opportunity to work together with the community to apply some final polish to the release.
* Correction – The original article listed the 4.14 Linux Kernel. Leap 15 is expected to use the 4.12 series kernel.
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