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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 15.4

Schedule in .txt | Schedule in .ics

Wed, July 2, 2021 Start of Development phase

  • openSUSE Leap and Backports OBS projects are set up.
  • openSUSE Leap 15.4 is Alpha.
  • SUSE:SLE-15-SP4:GA is being synced to OBS
  • Release checklist for Leap 15.4 is in progress-o-o

Wed, July 8, 2021 Engineering Interlock

  • Shortly after Interlock for SUSE Linux Enteprise

Wed, Feb 02, 2022 Late Feature Request Cutoff for SLE

  • 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.
  • 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, 2022 Checkin Deadline for Beta

  • Deadline is at 15:00 UTC
  • Deadline for any package removals from Leap.
  • Deadline corresponds with SLE 15 SP3 Public Beta code submission deadline

Wed, Feb 23, 2022 Beta build is done

  • openSUSE Leap 15.4 is Beta
  • Maintenance team starts working on maintenance setup

Fri, April 20, 2022 Checkin Deadline for RC

  • Deadline is at 15:00 UTC
  • Corresponds with SLE 15 SP4 Public RC code submission deadline
  • Only important bugfixes should be accepted after this point

Wed, April 27, 2022 RC build is done

  • RC build is done
  • Maintenance setup is done
  • Leap Code freeze.
  • Backports project freeze ahead of Leap

Fri, May 14, 2022 Deadline for Documentation and Translations

  • All translations were pulled this has to happen prior GM

Wed, May 11, 2022 Gold Master code submission deadline

  • Gold Master followed by a public release the next week on Wednesday

Fri, May 27, 2022 Gold Master build is done

  • Gold Master followed by a public release in two weeks on Wednesday

Wed, Jun 8, 2022 Public Availability of the Release

  • openSUSE Leap 15.4 will be released to the public at 12:00 UTC

Wed, Jun 8, 2022 Release retrospective survey is open

  • Release retro on is open right after GA

Wed, Jun 22, 2022 Collect feedback from the retrospective

  • Share feedback of the retrospective with community.

See also