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Why change?

It secures the future of openSUSE while providing a more stable option for our users. Maintaining a distribution is a lot of work, especially when Stability is a goal. By basing openSUSE on SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), the core of Leap will be maintained by SUSE engineers. That means it will get fixes and security updates from SLE.

The openSUSE project can then replace and add the bits and pieces of software that contributors want and are willing to maintain.

openSUSE Leap will also complement Tumbleweed better. When there was one openSUSE, it was torn between those who wanted newer software and those who wanted a stable system. Tumbleweed caters to those who want newer software, which allows the regular release to do an even better job of providing a highly stable system.


How to update Leap?

Leap gets bugs fixed and security updates regularly. To apply official maintenance updates, run the following command as root (ideally inside a screen or tmux session):

zypper patch

zypper patch will only apply packages listed on patchinfo files.

Sometimes third party repositories also offer updates of packages that are not maintenance updates. To install package updates that are not maintenance updates run the following command as root (ideally inside a screen or tmux session):

zypper update

Graphical applications for updating the system are also available, See for example: System Updates

Don't confuse zypper update, which only upgrades already installed packages, with zypper dist-upgrade, which also install and remove packages, as it tries to perform a distribution upgrade.

When a new Leap version get released, a distribution upgrade is needed. See: SDB:System upgrade

Choosing between Tumbleweed and Leap The Tumbleweed page explains whether you'd want to choose Tumbleweed or the current openSUSE Leap 15.1.
Common questions

Q. Will openSUSE Leap work with newer computers?

Yes - openSUSE Leap 15.1, shipped with version 4.12 of the Linux Kernel, which provides very modern hardware support and graphics drivers were backported from the 4.19 Linux Kernel.

Q. Is the Linux kernel/GNOME/KDE/something else older than the version in 15.0?

Kind of - openSUSE Leap 15.1 contains Kernel 4.12, GNOME 3.26 and KDE Plasma 5.12. Same versions as in Leap 15, but Frameworks is newer.

Q. Will openSUSE Leap work with older computers?

Maybe - openSUSE Leap will be built for 64-bit architectures only, and hence will not run on older hardware without 64-bit support.

Q. Why does it have such an old kernel?

See here for the explanation: Why is the kernel used by Leap so old?