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2018-01-31 NEWDevelopment Release: openSUSE 15.0 Beta (Build 109.3)
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of a new testing snapshot for the Leap branch of the openSUSE distribution. The new snapshot, openSUSE 15.0 (Build 109.3), is part of a rolling release series of development snapshots and considered a beta release. “Leap 15 finally got a fresh look and with a Plasma 5.12 beta version, the default desktop environment got closer to the target version. The base system also is pretty much complete. There are still two bigger changes known to be upcoming. One is rpm 4.14 that was only included
in Tumbleweed two weeks ago. The other one is the combined /var subvolume for fresh installations. So overall Leap 15 now enters the Beta phase with Build 109.3 that reached the mirrors on Friday. Everyone is encouraged to download the current builds and help testing. In fact, this announcement was sent from a Leap 15.0 system already. As with 42.3, Leap 15.0 will also use a rolling development model until it’s final build. That means no concrete milestones but new builds as soon as OpenQA gives a green light.
” Further details are available in the project’s release announcement and in the release notes. The testing snapshot is available in full and net-install editions. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build109.3-Media.iso (3,885MB, SHA256), openSUSE-Leap-15.0-NET-x86_64-Build109.3-Media.iso (390MB, SHA256).

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2017-07-26 Distribution Release: openSUSE 42.3
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2016-11-16 Distribution Release: openSUSE 42.2
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Douglas DeMaio has announced a new, and probably final, release candidate for openSUSE 42.2 Leap. The new release candidate, openSUSE 42.2 RC2, divides the Mesa Nouveau 3D video driver into a separate package to avoid crashes when using the Plasma desktop. The new release candidate also introduces Btrfs quotas which put limits on the amount of disk space the file system can use. “Users of Leap’s newest version will notice improved capabilities with snapper snapshots based on the Btrfs file system, which is the default file system selection. A new Btrfs quota concept makes snapper much less disk-hungry and can be manually setup. Snapper is a poka yoke (a mistake-prevention tool) and can give system administrators confident about updating new packages and rolling back the system if an error is made. There is a selection of other file systems for Leap, but benefits of snapper are not available with the other file systems.” The release announcement has further details. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64-Build0272-Media.iso (4,180MB, SHA256), openSUSE-Leap-42.2-NET-x86_64-Build0272-Media.iso (95MB, SHA256).
2016-10-18 Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 RC1
The openSUSE project has released a new development snapshot for the distribution’s Leap edition. The new snapshot, openSUSE 42.2 RC1, features mostly minor updates to the KDE and GNOME desktop environments, along with a minor update to the Linux kernel. “RC1 delivers a professional version that includes OpenStack client software and several other software stacks developers and system administrators will find useful. RC1 adds new bug fixes for KDE as Plasma 5.8.1 provides several commits to provide a more stable performance for KDE users. The long-term support (LTS) version of Plasma 5.8 has several open-source users excited about the stability potential and rebirth of KDE. GNOME games were updated in RC1 as five-or-more, four-in-a-row and Iagno updated to the GNOME 3.20.2 version. In addition to having GNOME and KDE desktop environments, the Leap version offers several other desktop environments like Cinnamon, Xfce. For those looking for lightweight login / display manager, RC1 offers LightDM 1.19.5.” The full release announcement has further details. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64-Build0245-Media.iso (4,107MB, SHA256), openSUSE-Leap-42.2-NET-x86_64-Build0245-Media.iso (95MB, SHA256).
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The openSUSE project has announced the availability of a new beta release for the distribution’s Leap edition. The new beta, openSUSE 42.2 Leap beta 3, offers upgrades to VirtualBox and features KDE’s Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. Firefox 49 and Thunderbird 45.3.0 are available along with many updated translations. “The openSUSE Leap 42.2 beta 3 was released today, one day ahead of schedule and the last beta for 42.2 brought quite a few new versions for people to test. VirtualBox was upgraded from version 5.0.24 in beta 2 to version 5.1.4 and there were an enormous amount of fixes applied to this newer version, which was released in August. KDE’s Plasma moved from its 5.7.95 beta version in Leap’s beta 2 to version 5.8.0 in beta 3. Plasma 5.8 is new but the purpose of openSUSE Leap is to have well established packages and since Plasma 5.8 is a long-term support release, it made sense to have 5.8 in the distribution even though it is very new. Plasma 5.8 will be supported for 18 months, according to KDE’s release team.” Additional information can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64-Build0215-Media.iso (4,102MB, SHA256), openSUSE-Leap-42.2-NET-x86_64-Build0215-Media.iso (95MB, SHA256).
2016-09-22 Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Beta 2
The openSUSE project has announced the availability of a new beta snapshot for the project’s upcoming openSUSE 42.2 “Leap” release. The new beta provides a preview of the Plasma 5.8 desktop environment along with an update to GTK, bringing the toolkit to version 3.20.9. “The release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 today added several new minor versions including KDE’s first Long Term Support version for Plasma. The highly anticipated release of Plasma 5.8 LTS will be the default desktop for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and its beta (5.7.95), which was just released last week, is in openSUSE’s newest beta release. ‘The quality of the distribution at this point looks quite good,’ said Ludwig Nussel, Leap’s release manager. ‘Since Plasma 5.8 is still a beta version, it deserves more attention and thorough testing. We can help upstream to release a good 5.8.0 and get a decent quality default desktop in return.’” Additional details can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download: openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64-Build0193-Media.iso (4,100MB, SHA256, pkglist).
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Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the first beta build of openSUSE 42.2, the upcoming new stable release scheduled to arrive on 16 November 2016: “openSUSE 42.2 beta 1 is on the mirrors. Even though it’s called beta 1, the base system is mostly in sync with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 RC2. Therefore it’s pretty safe to use on most systems already. So please put this under thorough test and file good bug reports. Compared to alpha 3 we got tons of bug fixes, of course, and more than a thousand more binary packages back-ported from Factory. The biggest missing component right now is Plasma 5.8 as announced earlier. The amount of build failures went down, thanks everyone for helping with that! Still we have quite some to resolve. As usual help is appreciated to fix the remaining ones. The upcoming beta 2 is only three weeks away, package submissions for beta 2 will be considered until September 15.” Here is the brief release announcement as published on the opensuse-factory mailing list. Interested beta testers can download the installation DVD image from here: openSUSE-Leap-42.2-DVD-x86_64-Build0164-Media.iso (4,058MB, SHA256, pkglist). A smaller “netinstall” image is also available: openSUSE-Leap-42.2-NET-x86_64-Build0164-Media.iso (94.0MB, SHA256).
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