There is a survey about the release of openSUSE Leap15.3 at
https://survey.opensuse.org/ It will be open until 06:30 UTC on June 16.
The feedback will be collected and we plan to have a talk at the
openSUSE Conference about the results.
On behalf of the release team and all contributors to the openSUSE
Project, I would like to inform you that we have released openSUSE Leap
15.3. Please view the announcement online at
I would like to thank all those involved in the release. A special thank
you to the developers, release team, packagers, testers, bug reporters,
partners and community projects. I want to personally thank those who
helped with release notes, translations, release announcement, artwork
and social media. Thank you to Open Source Press, Tuxedo Computers,
Linode and Slimbook.
openSUSE Leap 15.3 Bridges Path to Enterprise
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NUREMBERG, Germany, June 2, 2021 – openSUSE <https://www.opensuse.org/>
Leap 15.3 <https://get.opensuse.org/leap> is released!
The newest minor version of openSUSE Leap
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Leap> is the most recent, rock-solid
addition to the openSUSE 15.x series that carries all the positive
attributes of its predecessors. There is one huge change from the
previous Leap versions. openSUSE Leap 15.3 is built not just from SUSE
Linux Enterprise <https://www.suse.com/products/server/> source code
like in previous versions, but built with the exact same binary
packages, which strengthens the flow between Leap and SLE like a yin
“The software craftsmanship of this release makes server, workstation,
desktop and container use on openSUSE Leap a desirable distribution for
IT professionals, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, small businesses and
educational practitioners,” said release manager Lubos Kocman.
This release is hugely beneficial for migration projects and user
acceptance testing. Large development teams gain added value by using
openSUSE Leap 15.3 to optimally run and test workloads that can be
lifted and shifted to SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux 15 SP3 for long-term
openSUSE Leap offers a clear advantage for servers by providing at least
18 months of updates for each release. The community is supportive and
engages with people who use older versions of Leap through community
channels like the mailing lists <https://lists.opensuse.org>, Matrix
This interwoven, connected and mutually supportive kinship between the
community distribution of Leap and the enterprise distribution of the
SLE version makes for an exciting release for developers, system
administrators, distro-hoppers, independent software vendors, and SUSE
users and customers.
The mutual relationship shared by openSUSE Leap 15.3 and SLE 15 Service
Pack 3 give users of both the same choices for thousands of community
supported packages. These community packages are built in an openSUSE
project called “Backports”
on top of the baseline of SLE. Backports are published to SUSE Package
Hub <https://packagehub.suse.com/>, so migrations from Leap to SLE are
uniform and instantaneous. Migrations between the two is fast. With a
btrfs <https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Main_Page> filesystem,
users can test on Leap, deploy to SLE and even rollback to a Leap snapshot.
Leap empowers its users to run as many CPUs and host as many virtual
machines without any limitations. Users of Leap can migrate existing
server, virtual machine or containers over to SUSE Linux Enterprise,
should there be a need to “turn on” enterprise support at a later time.
Many of the packages in openSUSE Leap 15.3 <https://get.opensuse.org>
remain the same as those in the previous version
<https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:15.2>. Leap 15.3 ships with bugfixes and
security backports to a proven Long-Term-Support Kernel
This ensures that users get a stable server system, while it also
provides users with drivers for newer hardware.
Upgrading from previous versions of Leap
Users upgrading to openSUSE Leap 15.3 need to be aware that upgrading
directly from versions before openSUSE Leap 15.2 is not recommended. Due
to the upgrade path, it is highly recommended to upgrade to Leap 15.2
before upgrading to Leap 15.3. The release only supports an upgrade from
openSUSE Leap 15.2 to 15.3 as highlighted in the release notes
users are advised to read this section before migrating
Users are advised not to use |zypper patch| until next week.
New major features are in Xfce <https://www.xfce.org> 4.16
<https://www.xfce.org/about/news/?post=1608595200>. There is a new
visual identity in this release of Xfce. With new icons and palette,
Xfce shines a little more out of the box. The Settings Manager received
a visual refresh of its filter box, which can now be hidden permanently.
The search capabilities of the filter box were improved by searching the
descriptive ‘Comments’ part of each dialog’s launcher (aka .desktop)
file. The settings dialog of the power manager was cleaned up and shows
either ‘on battery’ or ‘plugged in’ settings as opposed to both in a
GNU Health, the award-winning health- and hospital management and
information system, comes in version 3.8 with a new dental module and
Odontogram.. As first distribution at all, openSUSE ships MyGNUHealth, a
Personal Medical Health Manager, which was developed in cooperation
between the GNU Health and the KDE project. It runs on the PinePhone and
on the Plasma desktop, and gives the user full ownership and control
over his data.
The DNF package manager is expected in a maintenance update and will
give users version 4.7.0 that provides new features in the whole stack
and expected improvements. The DNF Python API is stable and supported.
An experimental “opensuse/leap-dnf” and “opensuse/leap-microdnf” base
containers are now available. A lightweight C implementation of DNF
called “Micro DNF” is included. It is designed to be used for doing
simple package management actions when users don’t need a full-blown DNF
and want the tiniest useful environments possible. This is useful for
the case of minimal containers and appliances. Micro DNF has been
rebased to 3.8.0, which brings many fixes and improvements. Finally, an
experimental alternative PackageKit backend to use DNF is also available.
openSUSE Leap runs great on several architectures and new to this
release is support for IBM Z and LinuxONE (s390x)
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_on_IBM_Z> systems. The community
distribution gained access to the s390x architecture from the efforts to
make it binary compatible with SLE.
In previous versions of Leap, PowerPC
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC> and aarch64
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AArch64> were part of ports and
maintained by separate community teams with limited resources. Now
openSUSE Leap directly uses binary packages from the enterprise side for
aarch64, powerpc64, and x86_64, so users can find those images on
get.opensuse.org <https://get.opensuse.org>. People interested in armv7
and other architectures should read the announcement about openSUSE Step
The contains technology packages are all the same versions from Leap
15.2, but there are security updates to all the packages like containerd
<https://containerd.io/>, podman <https://podman.io/>, kubeadm
<https://github.com/kubernetes/kubeadm> and cri-o <https://cri-o.io/>.
Leap 15.3 users will have more power to develop, ship and deploy
containerized applications using the newer container technologies that
are being maintained in the distribution. Kubernetes
<https://kubernetes.io/> gives a huge boost to container orchestration
capabilities, allowing users to automate deployments, scale, and manage
containerized applications. Helm, the package manager for Kubernetes,
helps developers and system administrators manage complexity by
defining, installing, and upgrading the most complex of Kubernetes
applications. Container Runtime Interface (CRI) using Open Container
Initiative (OCI) conformant runtimes (CRI-O) is also included in this
release. CRI-O is a lightweight alternative to using Docker as the
runtime, which allows Kubernetes to use any OCI- compliant runtime as
the container runtime for running pods or processes running on a cluster.
Even with Docker <https://www.docker.com/>, the use of microservices
will be secure thanks to more container packages arriving in this release.
Users of Leap can migrate existing server, virtual machine or container
over to SUSE Linux Enterprise within minutes, should there be a need
“turn on” enterprise support at a later time.
There aren’t any constraints as to how many CPUs can be run, how many
virtual machines can be hosted, how long the machine can run, and other
constraints found with some free tiers enterprise-grade distributions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
Tensorflow <https://www.tensorflow.org/>: A framework for deep learning
that can be used by data scientists, provide numerical computations and
data-flow graphs. Its flexible architecture enables users to deploy
computations to one or more CPUs in a desktop, server, or mobile device
without rewriting code.
PyTorch <https://pytorch.org/tutorials/>: Made for both server and
compute resources, this machine learning library accelerates power
users’ ability to prototype a project and move it to a production
ONNX <https://onnx.ai/>: An open format built to represent machine
learning models, provides interoperability in the AI tool space. It
enables AI developers to use models with a variety of frameworks, tools,
runtimes, and compilers.
Grafana <https://grafana.com/> and Prometheus <https://prometheus.io/>
are highly useful to analytical experts. Grafana provides end users the
ability to create interactive visual analytics. Feature-rich
data-modeling packages: Graphite, Elastic and Prometheus give openSUSE
users greater latitude to construct, compute and decipher data more
The Long-Term-Support version of KDE’s Plasma 5.18 is once again
available in Leap 15.3. The LTS has a significant amount of polish and
quality features. Notifications are clearer, settings are streamlined
and the overall look is more attractive. GNOME 3.34 provides a
considerable amount of visual refreshes for a number of applications.
More data sources in sysprof makes performance profiling of an
application even easier and there are multiple improvements to Builder
including an integrated D-Bus inspector. With a new pattern for
Cinnamon, Leap 15.3 offers in total 8 attractive Desktops for (parallel)
installation, to match personal preferences and hardware capabilities.
Cloud Images, Hardware and Architectures
Linode cloud images of Leap are available today and ready for all
infrastructure needs. Cloud hosting services will offer images of Leap
15.3 in the coming weeks like Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Compute
Engine and OpenStack. Leap 15 is continually optimized for cloud usage
scenarios as a host and virtualization guest. TUXEDO Computers and Linux
notebooks can be purchase with Leap 15.2 preinstalled. Leap 15.3 can
also be ordered preinstalled with Slimbooks.
Servers and Desktops
Leap is ideal for desktop and server environments. System Administrators
and small businesses can use Leap for hosting web and mail servers.
Sysadmins can take full advantage of the network management protocol
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), allocate resources using
Domain Name System (DNS) or offer client computers access to files over
a Network FileSystem (NFS). File and host sharing packages like
Nextcloud are also available and the groupware application suite Kopano
is part of the official Leap 15.3 release.
Architectures available for testing <https://get.opensuse.org/testing/>
include x86_64 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64>, aarch64
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC> and s390x
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_on_IBM_Z>. Armv7 architecture
should read the announcement about openSUSE Step
Find more information about openSUSE Leap 15.3 Windows Subsystem for
Linux here <https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:WSL>.
End of Life
openSUSE Leap 15.2 will have its End of Life (EOL)
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-of-life_product> six months from
today’s release. Users should update to openSUSE Leap 15.3 to continue
to receive security and maintenance updates.
Download Leap 15.3
To download the ISO image, visit https://get.opensuse.org/leap/
If you have a question about the release or think found a bug, we’d love
to hear from you at:
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Our monthly Thursday sprint was scheduled for June 3 at 18:30 UTC. For
some, that day is a holiday. I am uncertain of whether to cancel the
meeting this month because of this. If only have the people might show
up, it might make sense to postpone or cancel it. Let me know what you
Should we cancel, postpone or go on with the meeting?
The meetings will now take place later in https://meet.opensuse.org/bar.