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Members of the openSUSE Project are pleased to announce the release of
the next minor version of Leap; openSUSE Leap 42.2! Leap is made to give
stability-minded users and conservative technology adopters peace of
mind. openSUSE Leap 42.2 is powered by the Linux 4.4 Long-Term-Support
(LTS) kernel and is a secure, stable and reliable server operating
system for deploying IT services in physical, virtual or cloud environments.
A selective process of including well-established packages in openSUSE
Leap 42.2 gives new meaning to the term /Linux Optimization/; openSUSE
Leap is simply the safe choice that offers Linux professionals a
user-friendly desktop and a feature-rich server environment.
Continuing the tradition of using source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise
<https://www.suse.com/products/server> (SLE), openSUSE Leap 42.2
provides a level of stability unmatched by other Linux distributions.
With community-built packages on top of Leap’s enterprise reliability,
openSUSE Leap users benefit both from community and enterprise
Contributions to openSUSE Leap from SUSE include several new features
like Network Functions Virtualization capabilities that combines Open
vSwitch <http://www.openvswitch.org> with the Data Plane Development Kit
to process packets faster. YaST also has a significant amount of
improvements and new features.
Community contributions were equally enormous as more than 1,400 new
packages made it into this newest Leap version, with 42.2 providing 17%
more packages than 42.1.
One of those community packages includes GNU Health
<http://health.gnu.org> Version 3.0.4. This Free Health and Hospital
Information System is used by hospitals, governments and institutions
under a free license. GNU Health allows management and analysis of a
huge amount of data and aspects.
Another new package in Leap 42.2 is Prelude Security Information & Event
Management (SIEM) <https://www.prelude-siem.org> system, which collects,
normalizes, sorts, aggregates, correlates and reports all
security-related events (IDMEF).
A large community effort and cooperation between openSUSE and KDE has
brought a Long-Term Support version for Plasma 5.8
<http:////www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.8.2.php>, which improves
multiple monitor support out-of-the-box.
Leap provides an ideal dev-to-production
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVXDGnaYbKQ> model with SLE for
developers and system administrators who want to align their development
and production environments. openSUSE Leap is highly stable and is a
safe choice for sysadmins, developers and desktop users.
The newest Leap version improves user capabilities with snapper
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Snapper> snapshots that are based on the
Btrfs filesystem. A new Btrfs concept for quota makes snapper much less
disk-hungry. It is configured by default on fresh installations and can
be manually setup
<http://snapper.io/2016/05/18/space-aware-cleanup.html> after upgrading
to Leap 42.2. Snapper <http://snapper.io/> is a poka-yoke
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poka-yoke> and can give system
administrators confidence about updating new packages and rolling back
the system if any errors occur.
Leap also offers users, developers and system administrators an easy
path to move to other operating systems like openSUSE’s faster, more
updated distribution Tumbleweed <https://en.opensuse.org/Tumbleweed>,
with the newest upstream packages and software versions provided on a
rolling release basis, or to an enterprise-level support system with SLE
See for yourself why openSUSE Leap is an acclaimed community-enterprise
*openSUSE Leap 42.2 is…*
That’s right. After basing openSUSE Leap 42.1 on SLE (SUSE Linux
Enterprise), Leap 42.2 gets even more source code from the release of
SLE 12 <https://www.suse.com/promo/sle/> Service Pack 2. New
technologies such as NVDIMM, OmniPATH, Data Plane Development Kit with
openVSwitch are back ported for the release. XEN no longer requires it’s
own kernel and is supported by the default kernel. Along with the shared
SLE codebase, openSUSE Leap 42.2 gets packages, maintenance and bug
fixes from the openSUSE community and SUSE engineers. The 42 series of
Leap achieves at a minimum 36 months of maintenance and security updates
starting from 42.1.
openSUSE Leap 42.2 is the first Leap release to offer a Server profile
as clear option during the installation. With no graphical environment,
a Server install of Leap stands ready to do whatever you need from it.
Something as simple as running a Web or Mail platform is easier than
ever, as are complex projects using virtualization or container
It’s also good to remember that Leap and all other openSUSE and SLE
distributions have support for a full-featured textmode installer
giving all the same functionality as the graphical installer without the
need for X. Our installer is also fully capable of doing installations
remotely using VNC or SSH
<https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Remote_installation>, letting you set up
your openSUSE Leap server without needing to be anywhere near it at all.
*The Return of the Konqi*
Konqi has returned and is in full force. Plasma 5.8 brings a whole new
component to openSUSE Leap. As the first Long Term Supported release for
Plasma, Plasma 5.8 complements stability-minded Leap users. In unison
with Qt 5.6 <https://www.qt.io/qt5-6/> and Frameworks 5.26, Plasma 5.8
will bring Leap 42.2 users excellent KDE reliability and stability.
The 4.4 LTS Linux Kernel for openSUSE Leap 42.2 improves file system
performance and features, including a new balance filter for Btrfs. The
default kernel now has paravirtualization enabled. The kernel version
also improves cryptography and security support for Trusted Platform
Module 2.0 chips as well as adds support for nested Virtualization
through KVM. Networking is dramatically improved for IP Virtual Server
and IPv6 and of course there is more updates and changes for the
Downloads of openSUSE Leap 42.2 can be found at software.opensuse.org
<http://software.opensuse.org>. We recommend checking out the Release
Notes before upgrade or installation.
Users currently running openSUSE Leap 42.1
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:42.1> can upgrade to openSUSE Leap 42.2
via the instructions at this link <http://en.opensuse.org/Upgrade>.
The AArch64 architecture port has continued to mature and is now
considered stable. ARMv7 has successfully entered the Leap sphere and is
available now as well, giving users an upgrade path for their 13.2
installations. To find instructions on how to install openSUSE Leap on a
given ARM system, please visit the ARM wiki
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:ARM> for more information.
openSUSE Leap 42.2 represents the combined effort of thousands of
developers who participate in our distributions and projects shipped
with it. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE Project,
should be proud of this release, and they deserve a major *“thank you”*
for all of the hard work and care that have gone into it. We believe
Leap is the ideal Linux distribution for developers, sysadmins and
users. We hope you have a lot of fun using it, and we look forward to
working with you on the next release or in Tumbleweed.
KDE Qt5 designer
KDE Qt5 designer
openSUSE Leap 42.2 is ships with Docker 1.12
which builds upon Dockers recent adoption of runC and containerd
<https://blog.docker.com/2016/04/docker-engine-1-11-runc/> to bring the
latest orchestration features, such as Docker Swarm.
*IDEs and tooling*
Leap 42.2 carries a mature, LTS version of the Qt 5 GUI toolkit (5.6).
With more than 800 improvements from the previous version in Leap 42.1,
Qt 5.6 also brings some non-critical security fixes in the Qt framework
and in third-party libraries.
gtk 3.20, shared with SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2, provides a solid &
stable toolkit for building gtk based applications. GNOME Builder is
offered as a powerful general purpose IDE for not only gtk applications
based on C, C++ and Vala, but many other languages in addition.
For all your compiling needs Leap 42.2 contains gcc 4.8.5, 5.3.1 and
6.1.1. llvm-clang is also available at version 3.8.0. Leap also includes
CMake 3.5 providing a powerful, cross-platform build environment for
open-source project developers.
The OpenSSL toolkit found in Leap 42.2 is 1.0.2h, which modifies
behavior of ALPN and prevents ASN.1 BIO from excessive memory
allocation. OpenSSH is version 7.2p2 in this latest stable release and
sanitizes X11 authentication credentials.
*Languages and Libraries*
Programming languages found in openSUSE Leap 42.2 include Python 2.7,
Ruby 2.1 and Perl 5.18. This Leap release provides new major version
libraries for libvirt (2.0) and libzypp (16.2). Leap also has the well
established glibc 2.22 and libsigc++ 2.8, which defines signals and
connects them to any callback function, whether static or virtual.
Control Center 42.2
Control Center 42.2
openSUSE Leap 42.2 is full of virtualization solutions. QEMU 2.6.1 and
VirtualBox 5.0.24 make openSUSE Leap 42.2 a perfect base system to
distribute applications. Set up is easy with YaST and gnome-boxes, so
you’ll be able deploy solutions quickly and easily. openSUSE Leap 42.2
has Xen and KVM. It also supports Linux containers in the form of both
Docker and LXC.
YaST Sprints leading up to the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 have
brought tons of goodness and are making YaST more intuitive than ever.
The YaST community revamped the user interface to improve usability and
continues adding new tools and modules that have been in Tumbleweed for
some time and are now been added to the Leap family.
yast2-alternatives is a new module to manage openSUSE’s alternatives
system developed during Google Summer of Code 2016. Another module,
yast2-vpn, is a module for configuring VPN gateway and clients.
yast2-auth-client is another module to configure centralized system
authentication and it has been almost completely rewritten. New features
to YaST have improved bootloader management, which offers support for
Trusted Boot and has a revamped configuration of password protection.
yast2-firewall now includes full support for firewalld, in addition to
the already existing SuSEFirewall2.
When something goes wrong during installation, the system now offers the
possibility of starting a debugger; users with Ruby knowledge can use it
to check what went wrong or even to work around the problem. There have
also been several enhancements, including installer memory usage being
significantly reduced. The selection and configuration of keyboard
layouts and console fonts has also been adapted for better compatibility
with systemd. There are several other YaST improvements that can be
found on the features page
openSUSE Leap has Samba 4.4.2, which has improved support for working
against a Windows 2003 domain. systemd 228 creates a plain directory
instead of a subvolume (even on a Btrfs file system) if the root
directory is a plain directory, and not a subvolume, which should
simplify things with certain chroot() environments which are not aware
of the concept of btrfs subvolumes. AppStream version in Leap enhances
the interaction of software repositories. MariaDB remains the same
version as it was in the previous release and MySQL’s small upgrade to
version 5.1.35 resolves a number of issues including a failover being
triggered inadvertently and a failover process that kept trying to
connect to an unavailable server.
It is also worth remembering that openSUSE Leap uses Delta RPMs for all
maintenance updates <https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Maintenance>,
ensuring that the long term bandwidth requirements for maintaining your
Leap system are as small as possible.
LibreOffice 5 in GNOME 3.20
LibreOffice 5 in GNOME 3.20
GIMP in Plasma 5.8
GIMP in Plasma 5.8
VLC in GNOME 3.20
VLC in GNOME 3.20
HexChat in Xfce
HexChat in Xfce
openSUSE Leap 42.2 is the first to offer KDE’s Long Term Support edition
of its flagship desktop software, Plasma. Feature rich with excellent
performance, Plasma 5.8 LTS
<https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.8.1.php> is the default
desktop environment in openSUSE. Previous KDE users who moved away
should reassess this release, with Plasma 5.8 bringing significant
improvements in stability as well as new features. Plasma 5.8 improves
multiple monitor support out-of-the-box in openSUSE Leap 42.2.
Jump List Actions are new in KRunner and it doesn’t only open
applications, but can be used to start certain actions directly when the
application starts. Drag and drop support was added to bring search
result to any application. System administrators will enjoy the Kiosk
from an improved Plasma in Leap 42.2. Android phone users can get phone
integration with KDE Connect from the Google Play store; all they need
to do is enable the KDE Connect service in the SUSE firewall module in
YaST. Using KDE Connect, users can get text messages on their desktop or
easily transfer files to their phone.
The stability of GNOME 3.20
conservative upgrade users new privacy controls to improve
per-application location access, quick access to media controls directly
from the shell, and keyboard shortcuts and gestures can be easily
learned with new shortcut overlay windows. Many GNOME applications have
shortcut windows for 3.20, including Files, Videos, Photos, gedit,
Builder, Maps and more. In each application, the shortcut window can be
opened from the application menu, or by using the Ctrl+/ or Ctrl+F1
shortcut. GNOME can now access Google Drive directly from the Files
application in openSUSE Leap 42.2. More than 28,000 changes were made
for GNOME 3.20 by approximately 870 contributors. Check out the release
notes for GNOME 3.20 <https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.20/>.
*Other desktop environments*
openSUSE Leap 42.2 offers users the option to choose their desktop; try
MATE, Xfce, Enlightenment or Cinnamon. LXQt 0.11.0, which has an
improved user experience thanks to several bug fixes, ships in openSUSE
Leap 42.2, but is not available in the installer. LXQt 0.11.0 introduces
pavucontrol-Qt, the Qt port of PulseAudio’s mixer pavucontrol the UI of
which is based upon GTK.
This openSUSE release is the first to use Weblate
<https://l10n.opensuse.org/> to coordinate the translation of openSUSE
into more than 50 languages. openSUSE’s Weblate interface enables
everyone (from dedicated translators to casual contributors) to take
part in the process and makes it possible to coordinate the translations
of openSUSE with the ones for SUSE Enterprise Linux, boosting
collaboration between community and enterprise.
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