openSUSE Leap 15.1 Released, which is Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1

The openSUSE Community announced yesterday (May 22nd 2019) the release of the openSUSE Leap 15.1 Version.

It’s first minor point release of the openSUSE Leap 15 series and it’s based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1.

openSUSE Leap 15.1 Supports More Hardware, Drivers, Enhances Installation and improves YaST functionality.

What’s New in openSUSE Leap 15.1?

  • A new graphics stack update is available for this stable community
  • Shiffed with Linux Kernel 4.19
  • The latest kernel supports additional graphics drivers for Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and improved support for AMD Vega chipset.
  • Leap 15.1 will now use Network Manager by default for both laptops and desktops
  • YaST has been revamped and added lot of features
  • YaST has been revamped to use many of the systemd features.
  • openSUSE Leap 15.1 brings plenty of community packages built on top of a core sources of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 SP1.

YaST Improvement & Configuration:

  • We can manage the services in a better way using YaST.
  • Firewalld can be managed through YaST user interface.
  • System administrators will have better control with AutoYaST support/advancements, yast2-configuration-management module and SSH keys
  • The improved YaST Partitioner would perform the following actions.
  • Automatically format full disks without partition tables
  • Create software MD RAIDs on top of full disks
  • Create partitions within a software-defined MD RAID and many other combinations.
  • AutoYaST also supports all these combinations.
  • Also, Leap 15.1 brings new YaST icons developed by the community. Wow, it looks good.
  • They improved HiDPI experience and HiDPI displays are now autodetected and the UI is auto-scaled

Security and Maintenance:

Maintenance updates from both Leap 15 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 are inherited into Leap 15.1.
The security team issues fast updates for Leap 15.1.

10 to 20 percent of maintenance updates are contributed from the community.

Now, user can check maintenance updates before being released using YaST testing option.

Also, the testing repository allows users to test the updates five days before being pushed to the maintenance update repository.

Minor versions of the Leap 15 series will be maintained 18-month of life cycle and security updates will be release once in a year.

openSUSE Leap 15.0 was released on May 25, 2018, the users are advised to upgrade to Leap 15.1 within the next 6 months.

The 15 series of Leap is expected to achieve an estimated 36 months of maintenance and security updates.

Preinstalled Hardware and cloud images

  • Leap 15.1 has preinstalled on Slimbook and TUXEDO Computers.
  • Cloud hosting providers (Linode, Amazon Web Services, Azure and OpenStack) will offer images of Leap 15.1 in the coming weeks.

Supported Desktop Environment:

Leap offers a great variety of Linux desktops, including traditional KDE, GNOME as well as efficient Xfce. Users can select their preferred desktop environment, configuration and workflow.

Containers:

Leap 15.1 is filled with several containerization technologies like Singularity, which bring containers and reproducibility to scientific computing and the high-performance computing (HPC) world.

Singularity – It provides functionality to build smallest minimal containers and runs the containers as single application environments.
Podman – container runtime tool
Buildah – container build tool

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