Survey for the future of openSUSE on Arm

9. Nov 2020 | Guillaume GARDET | CC-BY-SA-3.0

Survey for the future of openSUSE on Arm

The openSUSE release team has established a survey to gain greater insights into the use cases of people using or developing for ARMv6, ARMv7 and ARMv8.

The introduction to the survey explains that ARMv7 architecture is currently being challenged by the new Jump development model of openSUSE Leap.

The Jump process looks to use pre-built binaries from the corresponding SUSE Linux Enterprise release.

“Previously openSUSE Leap was sharing the distribution package sources with SUSE Linux Enterprise, but built them separately,” according to the introduction of the survey. “As SLE stopped supporting 32-bit distributions many years ago, we have the option of continuing to rebuild the packages for openSUSE Leap on those architectures from sources, or to stop supporting those.

“We would like to understand our openSUSE ARM contributors and openSUSE ARM user base before taking any further steps. We really value your time, we don’t expect you to spend more than 10 minutes on this survey.”

The outcome of the survey will be:

  • either continue supporting openSUSE Leap on ARMv7 in future releases (15.3 and beyond)
  • or that ARMv7 remains an openSUSE Tumbleweed only option.

The 64-bit flavor (aarch64) is not part of this issue.

The survey has seven questions and is anonymous, but gives the option to list an email if a person is interested in being contacted by the developers. The survey ends on Nov 20th November 23:59. So, please go to to fill it!

Thank you!

The openSUSE release team

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