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Based on Enterprise Code, Tested Millions of Times: openSUSE Leap 15 released

May 25th, 2018 by


Fresh community build on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 brings huge variety of newest software, easy migration to SLE, transactional updates, server roles, scalable cloud images and Linux laptops

Today’s major release of openSUSE Leap 15 is offering professional users, entrepreneurs and ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) a new, fresh and hardened code base for their workloads that supports modern hardware, based on a stable, community- and enterprise-based open-source GNU/Linux distribution – but developed with a modern, more secure, better tested and much more open open-source build system unique to SUSE and openSUSE.

New Features

openSUSE Leap 15 now allows migration to SLE, brings a new partitioner, integrates the Groupware Kopano, moves to Firewalld – and also comes distributed by Linode (for Cloud and infrastructure setups) and on high-end hardware like Tuxedo Laptops (other Cloud and hardware vendors will follow). On top of that, Leap 15 introduces a system role selection with classic “server” or “transactional server” role with transactional updates and a read-only root file system. This brings in all the benefits of atomic updates to the full scope of deployments, from the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded devices to classical server and desktop roles. Apart from that, Leap 15 has been continually optimized for cloud usage scenarios as virtualization guest and at the same time offers a great variety of desktops, including KDE and GNOME and features the return of Live images for simple test-driving.

New Look, closely aligned with SLE

With a brand new look developed by the community, openSUSE Leap 15 brings plenty of community packages built on top of a core from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 sources, with the two major releases being built in parallel from the beginning for the first time. Leap 15 shares a common core with SLE 15, which is due for release in the coming months. The first release of Leap was version 42.1, and it was based on the first Service Pack (SP1) of SLE 12. Three years later SUSE’s enterprise version and openSUSE’s community version are now aligned at 15 with a fresh rebase.

“Having a community distribution that shares a common DNA with enterprise is the smart way to interact with the open-source ecosystem,” said Kai Dupke, long-time openSUSE user and senior product manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise 15. “Leap provides great flexibility and freedom of choice for developers and users.”

Migration to Enterprise made easy

Consequently, for the first time, SUSE will support migration from openSUSE Leap server installations to SUSE Linux Enterprise, which makes it easy for system integrators to develop on Leap code and later move to an enterprise version for SLAs, certification, mass deployment, or extended Long Term Support.

“Upgrading to a commercial product can be complex for developers wanting to migrate a solution from a community Linux distribution to an enterprise distribution”, Dupke explains. “With Leap 15 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15, that journey is made easy. We know that the community is where the innovations happen, and Leap community developers now can easily broaden that scope into enterprise Linux, if needed. Leap 15 is offering the quickest and most flexible transition to enterprise service, support and maintenance.”

OBS, OpenQA: Better Tested, More Secure and More Open than Others

Using the Open Build Service and openQA, openSUSE Leap has become the best and most tested Linux distribution, and it is built differently than any other distribution, using a much more secure development model than competitors.

The community distribution with its enterprise base system is developed in cooperation with SUSE developers using open source and openSUSE tools like the Open Build Service and openQA, which have run more than a million test runs.

The vibrant developer community, the availability of the open-source tools and the distribution alignment between Leap and SLE make it easy for developers to contribute to Leap and further drive technological innovations and open-source solutions.

All Standard and Some New Services for Networks

For all existing Leap users seamless updates to Leap 15 are available. Any migration is recommended to take place within the next six months. 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.

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 repositories.

New Installer and Partitioner, Moving to Firewalld

Leap 15 further improves one of openSUSE’s most powerful tools YaST. For example, the partitioner’s Libstorage-ng subsystem has been reworked, making it more powerful and reliable and taking ease-of-use to a new level. The same applies for the move from SuSEfirewall2 to the widely used firewall management tool Firewalld which provides better integration with dynamic network setups.

Administrators in need of mass deployments e.g. in cloud solutions will find helpful improvements in AutoYaST. Its profiles contain installation and configuration data to simplify unattended installations. The new AutoYaST version benefits from cleaned-up profiles, extended documentation and now supports the new partitioning features of libstorage-ng.

Images, Deployment and Hardware with Linode and Tuxedo

Today’s public release of Leap 15 aren’t only released as DVD and Network ISO: Linode and hardware vendor TUXEDO Computers have cloud images through of Leap ready, too. While the brand new TUXEDO InfinityBook Pro 13 is immediately available with Leap 15 preinstalled and ready-to-run, Linode has Leap available for all infrastructure needs. And there are more cloud images and hardware providers that will provide Leap 15 in the coming weeks, pre-installed or deployable.

Atomic Updates by Kubic: Additional building blocks for professionals

This release has a system role selection that offers a classic server role and a Transactional Server role. Contributed by openSUSE’s container platform project Kubic, this role uses transactional updates and a Read-Only Root Filesystem to provide Leap with all the benefits of atomic updates in a multitude of use cases, including container hosts, Internet of Things (IoT), and classic server functions with potential future applications also involving desktops.

Built to Scale

openSUSE Leap is also excellently suited and prepared for usage as a Virtual Machine (VM) or container guest, allowing professional users to efficiently run network services no matter whether it’s a single server or a data center.

Any Desktop and Live Images available

Users of openSUSE Leap can choose their favorite desktop environment, configuration and setup. The GNOME version in Leap is the same as the version used in SLE 15, now using Wayland by default. GNOME Builder is available for Leap for the first time, allowing easy development for GNOME Projects. KDE and the latest Plasma 5.12 Long-Term-Support version are also available for SLE 15 through PackageHub, including all its community supported tools and applications. Leap offers the return of Live Images for those mentioned above.

Health and Science

The Leap distribution supports the health, science, research and developer communities with packages like GNU Health, which can help facilitate running the operations of a hospital and collecting vital patient data, and QGIS, which allows researchers to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information.


Leap works with X86_64 and deployment scenarios can be run for physical, virtual, host and guest, and cloud. Ports to other architectures like ARM64 and POWER are in the works by the community.

Maintenance and security updates for the Leap 15 series are expected to last for at least three years,. Users should update to the newest Leap 15 Service Packs (SP) within six months of each SP release to receive prudent updates. Service Pack updates are expected annually.

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16 Responses to “Based on Enterprise Code, Tested Millions of Times: openSUSE Leap 15 released”

  1. Great release!!

    Spreading the word for spanish speakers:


    Have a lot of fun!!! And thanks to all the hackers and Geekos for a great new release!!

    ‘ve phun!

  2. S.J.

    I have used the beta-version and today the upgrade to Leap 15 was successful. Leap 15 is a superb OS. Kudos to the developers.

  3. Ahmad Saviz

    Just downloading
    Thanks a lot

  4. Great release and good decision of renaming the version from 42.x to 15 as it will be less confusing with the enterprise version.

  5. Thomas Schmid

    Great News.. but when I click on Checksum link, I get a “404 Not Found”. Where can I get the chckesums for the ISOs ?
    Regs, Thomas

    • Thomas Schmid

      Found the checksums on the page behind the “Pick a Mirror” link, so I’m ok. But the main link “Checksum” still needs fixing.

  6. kiv

    I am happy to have the new openSUSE Leap 15.0 working fine with KDE.
    But I need X2Go as I use it in different cases. Unitl now I have used it very successfully with Leap 42.3
    Unfortunately X2Go repository for openSUSE Leap 15.0 is missing.
    What happens with this repository shall we expect it will provide X2G0 for Leap 15 in near future?

  7. Thanks.

  8. Luiz

    Help request: Leap15’s Live desktop had no problem opening the encrypted \home partition after being given the right password, but the Installer was not able to open it. I tried several times, but it was not possible to proceed with the installation, unfortunately. So Dolphin can open it, but not the installer.

    I was using the Network Image, downloaded on 26/5/2018 (don’t know how to find the build version).

    How can I solve that problem?

  9. Skylake1080

    I have run every openSuSE version since 10.2, starting back in 2006. Each release seems to be getting better! A fresh install of Leap 15 went off without a hitch; however, I have had no luck getting my Epson Perfection V39 scanner to function. Epson’s proprietary installers error out and I haven’t found a way to manually get the drivers installed. That scanner ran fine under Leap 42.3. I guess I’ll have to wait until Epson updates their installer and associated Repository. Two steps forward; one step back.

  10. Lawrence Wade

    I’ve been using computers since my TI-99/4A in 1981, running Linux since 1996 and openSUSE since 11.x.

    openSUSE Leap 42.3 is easily the best operating system I have had the pleasure of using. Leap 15 is well-poised to beat even that impressive accomplishment, especially with the SLE engine under the hood.

    Wow. Day 2, Ladies and Gentlemen, and all I can say is… Wow. :)

    The update went flawlessly on two of my hosts; one was an offline upgrade, one was an in-situ upgrade where I deliberately broke all the rules and jumped a version with X and a million other things running – zypper dup and a reboot and now running perfectly. I will do the rest of my machines as fresh installs as downtime permits.

    My only complaint thus far is that Leap 15 lacks the amazing “Lizard in the Lightbulb” default desktop wallpaper of 42.x. It was a graphical statement of elegant power befitting the sorts of supercomputers (like IBM Watson) that SUSE is capable of running. I am very proud to run openSUSE and I think it was an eye-catching and beautiful piece of branding that should have been kept.

    Another author has called previous versions of openSUSE “the fine German sports car of operating systems”. And now you’ve shoehorned the powerful and amazingly reliable SLE engine under the the hood.

    To SUSE and the Open Source Community, thank you. 42.x was amazing, 15.x is just… Wow.

    Put back the old hood ornament, though, would ya? :)

    Lawrence Wade

  11. Ahmad Saviz

    Using several days the Leap 15.0 as my desktop system now i can say that its the most mature and perfect in the series . every bit of the system works fine ,except the file indexer problems which i have seen in the late 2 releases , i dont know where this problem come from , disabled the file indexer and baloo .
    the whole system works properly .
    in the last 10 years i have been using opensuse as my desktop system and been watching the os getting better and better by every release , previous releases had some enoying bugs i dont see in leap 15 and the stablity of the os is very very good.
    thanks to all developers and those using openSUSE.

  12. Justo Blazquez

    Then install opensuse leap 15 The Pointer mouse disappear when start Xs (KDE, Gnome,Xfce…).
    I dont know how working whit it.

  13. honyczek

    Great news. The Czech version of Release announcement is available too: https://cs.opensuse.org/Ozn%C3%A1men%C3%AD_nov%C3%A9ho_vyd%C3%A1n%C3%AD_15

  14. I remember It was my first Linux distro used 15years ago and still one of the best, there is still no alternative to yast, but frankly I like tumbleweed more …., best kde centric distro ….

  15. LOL

    4.12 kerenel. LOL no thanks.