(Sending to both openuse-project as well as opensuse-factory. Please keep discussions on the -project list to make life easier for all.)
In the last months many people have brought up the topic of "When will the next SLE major version come out?". Today we would like to give you a first update on the plans.
Since 2018, when SLE 15 was initially released a lot of things have changed, including requirements from users and customers, technologies, the speed of new versions of applications, languages and their libraries appearing.
Also the connection between Leap and SLE has changed. And while some bits and pieces got better, we firmly believe we can do better. SLE 15 is a great general purpose operating system, yet challenges with some use cases, now places of deployment, and the type of enhancement requests show that it's time for a successor.
With the next generation of Enterprise releases we want to tackle the above. Intending to do radical changes (regarding technology- but also design-wise) we choose "Adaptable Linux Platform" or short "ALP" as codename for that next generation. This indicates already that some things will be quite different than a "mere "SLE 15++ would be ;)
First and foremost, ALP will be developed in the open. We are not going to put the pieces together internally and then share outside, as in the past. No, we are creating and building in the openSUSE Build Service - in a project next to you :). You get to directly see to see what is going on and participate more easaily.
Another important point is that we intend to split what was a more generic, everything is closely intertwined into two parts: One smaller hardware enabling piece, a kind of "host OS", and the and the layer providing and supporting applications, which will be container (and VM) based.
You might say "This is very generic, can you tell us more?" - of course. In the upcoming weeks more and more will crystalize, and we will share as quickly and regularly as possible. This is just a first heads-up to inform you that we are in the process of setting everything up - from project to feedback channels, from documentation to testing.
Of course, you will have lots of other questions - how will contribution work, what impacts this has on LEAP and get-o-o, how migration could work, and many more. We kindly ask you for a little bit of patience. We promise we will share as soon as possible more details.