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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.

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 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC


Wed, Jun 8, 2022 Release retrospective survey is open

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


Wed, Jun 22, 2022 Collect feedback from the retrospective

o Share feedback of the retrospective with community.


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)


Draft schedule for openSUSE Leap 15.5


Thu, Apr 14, 2022 Early Feature call


Fri, Jun 17, 2022 Project setup (around hackweek)


Fri, Aug 26, 2022 Final Decision and Feedback Deadline for feature

  • Starts late feature process

Wed, Jan 25, 2022 Late Feature Request Cutoff

  • Also a late feature request cutoff

Thu, Feb 09, 2023 Code Submission deadline for Beta corresponds with the deadline for SLES Public Beta

  • Alternatives would be 2022-11-10 (Beta1), 2022-12-08 (Beta2), 2022-01-12 (Beta3)

Thu, Apr 20, 2023 Code Submission deadline for RC corresponds with the deadline for SLES Public RC

  • Alternatives would be 2023-03-09 (SLES RC1)

Wed, May 24, 2023 Gold Master after SLE 15 SP5 GM (+/- 1 week)


End of June, 2023 Public Availability

See also