openSUSE Leap 15.5 is...
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Previous versions of openSUSE Leap did a great job to keep sources alike with SUSE Linux Enterprise, yet different build configuration resulted in various feature sets on both sides of these chameleon distributions. This release of openSUSE Leap goes beyond the previous sources and unifies feature sets and the building openSUSE Leap on top of binary packages from SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP5. The release becomes fully binary identical with openSUSE Leap 15.5 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP5.
The seamless migration experience from Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is practically instantaneous. The pattern changes to migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise are effortless. Should users of openSUSE Leap have a need to migrate, the option is available and users can be confident in the ability to migration to enterprise support. More information about how the distributions are built the can be found here.
Many Artificial Intelligence packages are available in Leap 15.5.
PyTorch: Made for both server and compute resources, this machine learning library accelerates power users’ ability to prototype a project and move it to a production deployment.
ONNX: An open format built to represent machine learning models, provides interoperability in the AI tool space. It enables AI developers to use models with a variety of frameworks, tools, runtimes, and compilers.
Booting from NVMe-oF™ over TCP
openSUSE Leap 15.5 provides out-of-the-box support for installation on and booting from NVM Express® over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) over the TCP transport according to the NVMe-oF boot specification 1.0. This allows flexible creation and orchestration of diskless clients in SAN environments using the latest NVMe-oF technology.
This feature requires support in the system UEFI BIOS, where networking and NVMe-oF targets are configured. The firmware uses this information for booting the kernel. The operating system obtains the configuration information from the firmware and uses it for mounting the root file system over NVMe-oF.
Plasma 5.27 LTS is a long-term support release from the KDE Plasma team. Leap 15.5 includes this new LTS version. In Plasma 5.27, massive improvements have been made.
A Konqi welcome wizard arrives in the release to provide newcomers with the power or open source software.
Speaking of features, check out the new tiling system: it will allow you to set up custom tile layouts and resize adjacent tiled windows simultaneously. Activate it in System Settings > Workspace Behavior > Desktop Effects.
Leap 15.5 offers GNOME 41. GNOME 41 is the product of 6 months work by the GNOME project. It includes a number of significant improvements and new features, as well as a large collection of smaller enhancements.
The most notable changes this release include an improved Software app, new multitasking settings, and enhanced power management features. With these changes, GNOME is smarter, more flexible, and offers a richer and more engaging experience than ever before.
The new release also comes with significant improvements for developers, including a new developer documentation website, a major new version of the Human Interface Guidelines, new features in the Builder IDE, GTK 4 enhancements, and much more.
The Xfce Desktop in Leap 15.5 is 4.18.Xfce 4.18 introduces new major features. Comfortable widget for filename input, XfceFilenameInput, was added in order to prevent invalid filenames at an early stage and to give detailed feedback on concrete problems. The Generic Shortcut Editor widget is currently only used inside Thunar, Xfce4-terminal and Mousepad, though other components might follow.
openSUSE Leap 15.5 contains a tiling Wayland compositor Sway, that is a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. It works with your existing i3 configuration and supports most of i3's features, plus a few extras.
Education, Research and Health
The Leap distribution supports the health, science, research and developer communities with packages like GNU Health, which can help facilitate running the operations of a hospital and collecting vital patient data, and QGIS, which allows researchers to create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information. Grafana and Prometheus are two new maintained packages that open up new possibilities for analytical experts. Grafana provides end users the ability to create interactive visual analytics. Feature-rich data-modeling packages: Graphite, Elastic and Prometheus give openSUSE users greater latitude to construct, compute and decipher data more intelligibly.
This openSUSE release uses Weblate to coordinate the translation of openSUSE into more than 50 languages. openSUSE’s Weblate interface enables everyone (from dedicated translators to casual contributors) to take part in the process and makes it possible to coordinate the translations of openSUSE with the ones for SUSE Linux Enterprise, boosting collaboration between community and enterprise.