Beta images of our new host-os distribution *Leap Micro 5.2 are finally available at (get.opensuse.org for download and further testing. Users are advised to use "transactional-update dup" during the Beta phase of Leap Micro 5.2 (same for SLE Micro).
Leap Micro is a community rebuild of SLE Micro in a similar fashion to how we build Leap nowadays. The big difference is that Leap micro is intended to be strictly a small and ultra-reliable host os, for container and VM workloads.
Distribution is very interesting from a schedule perspective. Leap Micro has two releases a year (Spring/Autumn) and support is until the next-next release is out. SLE Micro takes this even further and allows you to stay on a given release (e.g. 5.1) for up to 4 years and then e.g. migrate to 5.8
Please expect a very short Beta phase for 5.2 as we're a bit behind on delivery with Beta (SLE Micro had its RC already out). Once we address all *P1/P2 issues we will transition to RC as well. SLE Micro is targeting GA in mid-April 2022. Mid-May 2022 would be a realistic target for Leap Micro.
ps. Big big thanks to Ludwig, Max, Adrian for the build side, Jose, Andrii, and cloud-qa team for work on the openQA side and publishing, and also lcp for all the help on the get-o-o side.