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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

There might be an intermediate openSUSE Leap 15.2.1 release in October 2020 based on the outcome of the project Jump which is our implementation of Closing The Leap Gap. This is driven by the readiness of the project. If it's not ready we'll enroll Closing The Leap Gap changes in openSUSE Leap 15.3

Regular next release openSUSE Leap 15.3 is planned to be released in June 2021, based on SLE 15 SP3 sources and binaries. openSUSE Leap 15.3 is mostly likely going to be last openSUSE Leap based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 code base (see major release note above).

openSUSE Leap has a no Monday and Friday release policy (Alpha, Beta, RC, GA), pre-agreed day of week for releases is Thursday.

Schedule for openSUSE Jump (Leap 15.2.1)

  • October 20th - Migration testing from Leap 15.2 to 15.2.1 and from 15.2.1 to SUSE SLE 15 SP2 passes
  • October 20th the mini internlock - Decide whether to go with 15.2.1 or jump start 15.3 development instead
  • November 4th - potential Leap 15.2.1 GA based on openSUSE Jump if we receive a go.

Development Schedule for openSUSE Leap 15.3

  • 4th November - Start of Leap 15.3 Development phase. Leap is Alpha.
  • 12th February 2021 - Beta build is done. Package drop deadline.
  • 3rd June 2021 - RC build is done. Code freeze. Maintenance setup is done
  • 21st June 2021 - Deadline for Documentation and Translations.
  • Late June 2021: Gold Master followed by a public release the next week on Thursday.

See also