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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.


Choosing between Tumbleweed and Leap

The Tumbleweed page explains whether you'd want to choose Tumbleweed or the current openSUSE Leap 42.3.

Common questions

Q. Will openSUSE Leap work with newer computers?

Yes - the first release of openSUSE Leap, openSUSE Leap 42.1, shipped with version 4.1.12 of the Linux Kernel, which provides very modern hardware support

Q. Is the Linux kernel/GNOME/KDE/something else older than the version is in 13.2?

No - openSUSE Leap 42.1 contains Kernel 4.1.12, GNOME 3.16.4 and KDE Plasma 5.4.2.

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?