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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.
  • openSUSE Leap 15.5 is confirmed

openSUSE Leap is always based on the newest SUSE Linux Enterprise Server available to the date, which means Leap would have a major version update if a successor to SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 becomes available.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 has already confirmed that there will be Service Pack 7. According to current information we can not expect a successor prior to Service Pack 5 being released. Therefore we officially plan for openSUSE Leap 15.5. This would result in a length of community support of 72 (6*12 SP0..SP5) months.

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

Active openSUSE Leap releases

Schedule of Quarterly Updates for openSUSE Leap 15.3

We follow and generally align SLE 15 SP3 Quarterly Update schedule, however, we're bit more flexible. We can decide to release image when-needed to address particular issue etc. Or skip if there is no need to

QU1 Sep/Oct 2021 (Released on 29th Oct 2021)

QU2 Dec/Jan 2022

QU3 March/April 2022

Schedule for openSUSE Leap 15.4

Schedule in .txt | Schedule in .ics


Wed, Jun 8, 2022 Public Availability of the Release

o openSUSE Leap 15.4 was released to the public at 12:00 UTC


Wed, Oct 5th, 2022 Quarterly Update 1

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Wed, Jan 18th, 2023 Quarterly Update 2

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Wed, May 3rd, 2023 Quarterly Update 3

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Schedule for openSUSE Leap 15.5

Schedule in .txt | Schedule in .ics


Fri, July 15, 2022 Start of Development phase

o openSUSE Leap and Backports OBS projects are set up. o openSUSE Leap 15.5 is Alpha. o SUSE:SLE-15-SP5:GA is being synced to OBS o Release checklist for Leap 15.5 is in progress-o-o


Fri, July 29, 2022 SLES Features are Submitted to E&I o Features must be in JIRA and submitted to E&I


Fri, September 9, 2022 SLES Final Decision and Feedback Deadline for features o Starts late feature process


Wed, September 21, 2022 Engineering Interlock o Week after Interlock for SUSE Linux Enteprise


Fri, September 30, 2022 SLES Code Drop Deadline for partners o Informative! SLES code drop deadline for SUSE's partners


Wed, Jan 25, 2023 Checkin Deadline for Beta

o Deadline is at 15:00 UTC o Deadline for any package removals from Leap. o Deadline corresponds with SLE 15 SP5 late feature cutoff deadline and Snap 3 prior Public Beta


Wed, Jan 25, 2023 Late Feature Request Cutoff for SLE o Every feature with a code delivery for SUSE Linux Enterprise after this date requires an ECO and may be targeted post FCS date. Does not apply for Leap code-drops. o After this date only P1 bugfixes, important security fixes and pre-agreed important P2 fixes are accepted in SUSE Linux Enterprise. This does not apply for Leap code-drops.


Wed, Feb 16, 2023 Beta build is done

o Week after SLES 15 SP5 Public Beta o openSUSE Leap 15.5 is Beta o Maintenance team starts working on maintenance setup



Thu, April 6th, 2023 Checkin Deadline for RC

o Deadline is at 15:00 UTC o Corresponds with a deadline for two weekly snapshots prior to SLE's Public RC o Only important bugfixes should be accepted after this point


Wed, April 27, 2023 RC build is done

o RC build is done o Maintenance setup is done o Leap Code freeze. o Backports project freeze ahead of Leap o Stop using snapshot of SLES 15 SP5 changes


Wed, May 11, 2023 Gold Master code submission deadline

o In sync with SLES GMC candidate code submission deadline


Fri, May 14, 2022 Deadline for Documentation and Translations

o All translations were pulled this has to happen prior GM


Wed, May 31, 2023 Gold Master build is done

o Leap is GOLD


Wed, Jun 7, 2023 Public Availability of the Release

o openSUSE Leap 15.5 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC


Thu, Jun 8, 2024 Release retrospective survey is open

o Release retro on survey.opensuse.org is open right after GA


Thu, Jun 22, 2024 Collect feedback from the retrospective

o Share feedback of the retrospective with community.


Wed, Oct 4th, 2024 Quarterly Update 1

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Wed, Jan 17th, 2024 Quarterly Update 2

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Wed, May 8th, 2024 Quarterly Update 3

o Respin of installation images, if we identify a reason to respin (can be skipped)


Tue, Dec 31st, 2024 EOL

o Leap 15.5 is End of life. See SDB:How_to_migrate_to_SLE for a longer support.


Active openSUSE Leap Micro releases

Leap Micro is simply a re-brand of SLE Micro rpms with some product building configuration tweaks.

Our goal is to be tailing SLE Micro typically with roughly a one month delay, hat usually translates into the previous milestone.

We expect SLE Micro 5.4 to be the last 5.X release of Micro as according to [SLE Micro lifecycle infromation](https://documentation.suse.com/sle-micro/5.2/html/SLE-Micro-all/cha-upgrade-introduction.html#sec-upgrade-slemicro-lifecycle) SLE Micro is released twice a year.



Schedule for openSUSE Leap Micro 5.2


Thu, Mar 31, 2022 Beta build is done

o Typically around first SLE Micro 5.2 RC o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.2 is Beta o Maintenance team starts working on maintenance setup o get.opensuse.org availability


Tue, May 3, 2022 RC build is done

o RC build is done o Maintenance setup is done o Code freeze o get.opensuse.org availability o IPRQ submitted o Security audit requested


Wed, May 18, 2022 Public Availability of the Release

o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.2 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC


Thu, May 30, 2023 Planned End of Live

o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.2 will reach end of life soon after the next-next release is out



Schedule for openSUSE Leap Micro 5.3

Leap Micro is simply a re-brand of SLE Micro rpms withs ome product building configuration tweaks. Our goal is to be tailing SLE Micro typically with roughly a one month delay, hat usually translates into the previous milestone.



Thu, Sep 8, 2022 Beta build is done

o Typically around first SLE Micro 5.3 RC o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.3 is Beta o Maintenance team starts working on maintenance setup o get.opensuse.org availability


Wed, Nov 9, 2022 RC build is done

o RC build is done o Maintenance setup is done o Code freeze o get.opensuse.org availability o IPRQ submitted o Security audit requested


Thu, Nov 17, 2022 Public Availability of the Release

o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.3 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC


Thu, Nov 30, 2023 Planned End of Live

o openSUSE Leap Micro 5.3 will reach end of life soon after the next-next release is out


Next-gen

Draft schedule for ALP based product

Project name TBD, for now we use "openSUSE ALP" for reference to openSUSE's take on Adaptable Linux Platform.


Developed in open but individual https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:ALP/Workgroups aim at following deadlines.


Fri, Sep 30th, 2022 ALP first "Les Droites" public prototype availability

o Availability of the first prototype


Dec 2022 ALP second public prototype availability

o Availability of the first prototype (public prototype every 3 months)


... As of today unclear how many prototypes until we reach Alpha/Beta state yet.


Sep/Oct 2023 Public availability of ALP based solution

o Expected public availability of SUSE's ALP based solutions o openSUSE might be tailing it, or basing on it, as of now the openSUSE ALP roadmap is unclear.

See also