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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

The life cycle of openSUSE Tumbleweed and Leap are documented in The Lifetime Wiki Page.

Upcoming openSUSE Leap Release

The next major version of openSUSE Leap after 42 will be openSUSE Leap 15. This aligns openSUSE version numbers with SLE, which will also use 15 for the next major release. Minor releases of openSUSE Leap are expected annually for at least 3 years. The first version of openSUSE Leap 15 will be openSUSE Leap 15.0.

Draft schedule:

  • February 2018: Beta phase
  • April 24th: RC phase, package freeze
  • May 13th: translation deadline for packages
  • May 14th: final package submission deadline
  • May 21st: translation deadline for infrastructure
  • May 25h, 12:00 UTC: Release

Approximately one year after Leap 15.0 a 15.1 version based on SLE15SP1 is planned. There are currently no plans to release an openSUSE Leap 42.4 aligned with the next service pack of SLE 12.

History of the Current openSUSE Leap Release

Before its final release in July 2017, openSUSE Leap 42.3 used a rolling development model without fixed mile stones. New snapshots were published according to automated testing results.

  • April: integration of SLE sources
  • May 21st: submission deadline for major version updates. Begin of polishing and testing phase
  • June 6th: SLE goes RC, base system freeze
  • June 25th: package freeze. Only bug fixes from here on.
  • July 26th 12:00 UTC: release

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