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openSUSE releases have a lifetime of 2 releases + 2 months overlap. With a release cycle of 8 months this makes it 18 months.

During the lifetime of a release you will receive:

  • security updates for all included packages
  • critical bugfix updates (usually these are found & fixed in the first few months of its lifetime)

A discontinuation announcement will be sent to the opensuse-security-announce and opensuse-announce mailing lists some time before.

Supported distributions

The following distributions are expected to receive updates until the specified date:

  • openSUSE 13.2 - TBA (as release schedule past 13.2 is not clear)
  • openSUSE 13.1 - TBA (as release schedule past 13.2 is not clear) (Note: Project Evergreen selected 13.1 for extended community maintenance).
  • openSUSE 12.3 - Jan 4th 2015 which is in 42 days (2 months after release of 13.2)

Discontinued distributions

Users running a (soon-to-be) discontinued version of openSUSE should upgrade their systems to a supported release to receive security updates and community support. Since eventually package repositories for discontinued releases are be removed from download servers as well as the build target list of the Build Service it will be increasingly difficult to install new software on such distributions.

The following distributions have reached their end of life and should not be used anymore:

openSUSE versions up to and including 11.1 had a lifetime of 2 years.

Prolonged Support

There is a list of mirrors that still offer downloading of discontinued releases.

The Evergreen project is a community effort for continued support of openSUSE 11.2 and 11.4. Only 11.4 is currently supported by Evergreen and the next release is planned to be 13.1.

SUSE Linux Enterprise products

The lifetime of the Enterprise products is listed on the authoritative novell.com page.

Customers are able to receive support, security and maintenance updates for these products, see the Novell Lifecycle page for full details.