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openSUSE Leap 15 Reaches Beta Phase Snapshots

January 31st, 2018 by

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.

One bigger update remains to be integrated, wrote release manager Ludwig Nussel; that being rpm 4.14 that was released in openSUSE Tumbleweed just two weeks ago.

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.”

Testers should use bugzilla to report bugs. Issues that deserve discussion in a broader audience should be taken to the opensuse-factory mailing list.

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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18 Responses to “openSUSE Leap 15 Reaches Beta Phase Snapshots”

  1. John

    I have only one question:
    There were talks about Leap 15 coming with a GUI support for upgrades (eg:15.0->15.1 without needing to get to the terminal).

    Is that in?

  2. Daniel

    According to package in repository, linux kernel is 4.12, not the LTS 4.14: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/15.0/repo/oss/x86_64/

    • Douglas DeMaio

      Sorry Daniel. Yes, you are correct. I changed the article. The original article listed the 4.14 Linux Kernel. Leap 15 is expected to use the 4.12 series kernel.

      • kopstukken

        Don’t call it the ‘Linux Long-Term-Support Kernel (LTS) 4.12* Kernel’.
        The LTS kernel is 4.14, not 4.12!

        So may be you should edit that as well ;-)

        • Jack

          Hi kopstukken,

          On the site mentioned by you is a information that:
          “Many Linux distributions provide their own “longterm maintenance” kernels”

          Maybe openSUSE will provide such support for kernel 4.12 – it’s my guessing only.

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  4. Jorge Romero

    It would be great if OpenSUSE 15 comes with official snapd support

  5. Hello

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  6. Wutal

    Can anyone explain why Leap15 would get the 4.12 and not the LTS 4.14 Kernel? Thanks

  7. Sam

    I can’t imagine why they won’t be using 4.14–especially considering where it is in development.

    Is there an official response on why 4.12 (which isn’t even an LTS kernel?)

  8. Jorge Romero

    You are very stupid to use the kernel 4.12 “LTS” (haha) and they are done?

  9. Jorge Romero

    With all the education and manners of this world

  10. Steve

    What’s up with the versioning? 13.1 < 13.2 < 42.2 < 42.3 < 15!? Was somebody really drunk when deciding the version or is there a serious reason for this? :D

  11. Tony

    The version is to bring commercial and free versions into sync. Referring to earlier posts I’m also lost on choice of 4.12 kernel not the 4.14 LTS (even though I gather 4.14 is only a 2 year LTS)