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openSUSE 42.1 Release information edit

Version 42.1 is the first version of openSUSE Leap that uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) providing a level of stability that will prove to be unmatched by other Linux distributions. Bonding community development and enterprise reliability provides more cohesion for the project and its contributor’s maintenance updates. openSUSE Leap will benefit from the enterprise maintenance effort and will have some of the same packages and updates as SLE, which is different from previous openSUSE versions that created separate maintenance streams.

Community developers provide an equal level of contribution to Leap and upstream projects to the release, which bridges a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.

Since the move was such a shift from previous versions, a new version number and version naming strategy was adapted to reflect the change. The SLE sources come from SUSE’s soon to be released SLE 12 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The naming strategy is SLE 12 SP1 or 12.1 + 30 = openSUSE Leap 42.1. Many have asked why 42, but SUSE and openSUSE have a tradition of starting big ideas with a four and two, a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It's recommended to read the Releases Notes before installing.

Feature highlights edit

openSUSE Leap 42.1 is...


Enterprise Grade

openSUSE Leap 42.1 deserved a name that matches its importance. By basing openSUSE on SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), the core of openSUSE is maintained by SUSE engineers. That means it will get fixes and security updates from SLE. Packages, maintenance and bug fixes also come from the openSUSE community. 42.1 aligns with SLE 12 Service Pack (SP) 1, and Leap 42.2 will align with SP2 and 42.3 will align with SP3. Users are expected to upgrade to the latest minor release within 6 months of its availability, leading to a life cycle of 18 months of maintenance and security updates per minor release. The minor version upgrades in Leap 42 are similar to a service pack, so users of the 42 series achieve an estimated 36 months of maintenance and security updates if they start with 42.1.


Community Innovation

Leap adds the bits and pieces of software that contributors want and are willing to maintain. Community contributions in openSUSE Factory were are submitted to Leap 42.1 and will give open-source users and Linux professionals a long-term, stable Linux system.


New Endurance

openSUSE Leap 42.1 comes with GCC 4.8.5 and the option to install the newer GCC 5. Leap uses the 4.1 LTS series Linux Kernel.

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Releases edit

Current Releases:

Maintained Previous Releases:

  • openSUSE Leap 42.1

Screenshots edit

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