After a year of waiting in stable releases of openSUSE, finally the launch of open SUSE Leap. Thanks to changes in the development process of this distribution, they affirm that it is the first distribution hybrid Linux.
Leap was developed from the sources of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), which ensures an unprecedented level of security and stability, partnering with the Development Community to offer cohesion and reliability for both users and contributors. By sharing the SLE source, openSUSE Leap, you will benefit from the maintenance and development carried out for SUSE Linux EnterpriseThey will even share some packages and updates; totally different from previous versions of openSUSE, where there were totally separate maintenance lines between the Open and Enterprise versions.
The development community also has a fairly representative level of contribution, as it will be in charge of updating and managing packages that are in a mature and stable status in the rolling release distro openSUSE Tumbleweed.
It is important to highlight the new approach presented in openSUSE Leap 42.1, a distro with the stability and security of the but with the agility and vanguard of the communities rolling release. Since Leap's development stage, its design team has stated that the biggest challenge has been determining how much SLE and how much Tumbleweed was needed for LeapToday we can verify the results of such a talented team.
Among its characteristics we have:
- Perfect balance between the new and innovative and the mature and stable. Leap offers the Enterprise feel, but with support for the latest hardware. With the best selection of stable packages (slightly downgraded) in the best LTS style, but with the latest versions of KDE Plasma 5 and LibreOffice 5, and Gnome 3.16 together with GCC 4.8.5, with the option to use GCC 5.2.
- Big performance improvements for file formats BTRFS y XFS. Despite being able to select other formats. By employing BTRFS, users will be able to take advantage of Snapper, a tool for creating scheduled Snapshots to generate system backups, also offers the possibility of booting a snapshot and being able to access the system despite the existence of files.
- Multiple solutions for Virtualization: QEMU 2.3.1, VirtualBox 5.0.6 and Docker 1.8.2.
- Enhanced YaST: Leap includes the exact same version of YaST present in SUSE Linux Enterprise. There are more than 600 bug fixes compared to the version present in openSUSE 13.2.
- Inclusion of Machinery: Machinery is a command line tool oriented for sysadmins. Allows the creation of descriptions about the Linux system and make comparisons between different states or different Linux instances. In the same way, it allows the export of these descriptions to later use them in replication, migration or implementation tools in the Cloud.