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openSUSE Release Cycle
openSUSE Tumbleweed is openSUSE's rolling release, which is constantly updated and always at the 'latest release'.
openSUSE Leap is openSUSE's regular release, which is has the following estimated release cycle:
- One minor release is expected approximately every 12 months, aligned with SUSE Linux Enterprise Service Packs
- One major release is expected after approximately 36-48 months, aligned with SUSE Linux Enterprise Releases.
Current lifecycle of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 shows us that we can expect longer lifecycle of version 15. According to current information we can expect openSUSE Leap 15.4 and potentially also openSUSE Leap 15.5. This would result into length of 60 months.
The life cycle of openSUSE Tumbleweed and Leap are documented in The Lifetime Wiki Page.
Schedule for openSUSE Leap 15.3
Wed, Nov 04, 2020 Start of Development phase
o openSUSE Leap and Backports OBS projects are set up. o openSUSE Leap 15.3 is Alpha.
Fri, Nov 20, 2020 Sync of SLE 15 SP3 sources and binaries to OBS
o SLE 15 sources and binaries can't be published until its Beta1 milestone due to changes containing NDA content. Leap 15.3 core will be based on SLES-15-SP2:Update until that happens.
Wed, Feb 17, 2021 Checkin Deadline for Beta
o Deadline is at 15:00 UTC o Also a deadline for any package removals.
Wed, Feb 24, 2021 Beta build is done
o openSUSE Leap 15.3 is Beta
Fri, April 21, 2021 Checkin Deadline for RC
o Deadline is at 15:00 UTC
Wed, April 28, 2021 RC build is done
o RC build is done o Maintenance setup is done o Code freeze.
Fri, May 14, 2021 Deadline for Documentation and Translations
o All translations were pulled this has to happen prior GM
Fri, May 21, 2021 Gold Master build is done
o Gold Master followed by a public release the next week on Wednesday
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 Public Availability of the Release
o openSUSE Leap 15.3 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 Release retrospective survey is open
o Release retro on survey.opensuse.org is open right after GA
Wed, Jun 16, 2021 Collect feedback from the retrospective
o Share feedback of the retrospective with community.
- Wikipedia entry (sometimes more up to date)
- Build Service roadmap page about planning details
- openSUSE Release process
- Lifetime of openSUSE releases