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
15.1. Please view the announcement below or view it and share it online
openSUSE Community Releases Leap 15.1 Version
Leap 15.1 Supports More Hardware, Drivers, Enhances Installation
*EN* / CA <https://en.opensuse.org/Release_announcement_15.1_ca>/
*NUREMBERG, Germany *– Today’s release of the openSUSE Leap 15.1 brings
professional users, entrepreneurs and Independent Software Vendors
updated support for modern hardware.
The release of Leap 15.1 improves YaST functionality and the installer.
“Continuity and stability are what we are providing users with Leap
15.1,” said Haris Sehic, a member of the openSUSE community. “With Leap
15, we have introduced a huge number of new features and innovations in
security, performance and tool/desktop area. Having in mind how stable,
efficient and reliable Leap has become, with this release, we managed to
keep the level of quality to the point that our private and Small
Business users can, actually more than ever, profit from the enterprise
background of an openSUSE Linux Distribution. Let’s continue to have a
lot of fun!”
Leap releases are scalable and both the desktop and server are equally
important for professional’s workloads, which is reflected in the
installation menu as well as the amount of packages Leap offers and
hardware it supports. Leap is well suited and prepared for usage as a
Virtual Machine (VM) or container guest, allowing professional users to
efficiently run network services no matter whether it’s a single server
or a data center.
Professional users, system administrators and developers can have
confidence in the reliability of the Leap distribution based on its
development process to deliver a modern, secure, maintained and highly
tested distribution using the open-source build system unique to both
SUSE and openSUSE, which is the Open Build Service, along with the
automated testing of openQA.
An entirely new graphics stack update is available for this stable
community- and enterprise-based open-source GNU/Linux distribution.
Graphics hardware supported by the 4.19 Linux Kernel were backported for
the release of Leap 15.1, which uses the 4.12 Linux Kernel and supports
additional graphics drivers for Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and
improved support for AMD Vega chipset.
GPU virtualization has become quite popular among vendors like AMD,
Intel and Nvidia and Leap 15.1 helps to delivers these implementation
and support solutions for virtualized and cloud environments.
Leap 15.1 will now use Network Manager by default for both laptops and
desktops – previously only laptops defaulted to Network Manager. Server
installations will continue to default to Wicked, the openSUSE advanced
network configuration system. The release adds a few popular WiFi
drivers for more modern wireless chipsets. A change that applies to both
Wicked and Network Manager is that /etc/resolv.conf, yp.conf and some
other files are a link to a file in /run and are managed by netconfig.
The management of system services in YaST has been revamped to take
advantage of many of the features offered by systemd in that area.
Improved Setup and Configuration
Some of the improvements to YaST have made for better management of
services. Firewalld can be managed in text mode. There is a new User
Interface to manage Firewalld, including AutoYaST support/advancements.
System administrators will have better control with Salt formulas in the
yast2-configuration-management module, and management of SSH keys per
user will make sysadmins tasks much more pleasant.
YaST comes with an improved Partitioner, that now can automatically
format full disks without partition tables, create software MD RAIDs on
top of full disks, create partitions within a software-defined MD RAID
and many other combinations. AutoYaST also supports all these
combinations. The work the YaST team has put into the setup and
configuration tool has a better default partitioning proposal in several
scenarios like those with small disks or systems with several disks
making solutions easier for Linux professionals. Leap 15.1 brings new
YaST icons developed by the community.
The YaST team worked hard on improving the 4k display (HiDPI)
experience. HiDPI displays are now autodetected and the UI is
auto-scaled giving the installer a beautifully crisp interface.
Security and Maintenance
Maintenance updates from both Leap 15 and updates from SUSE Linux
Enterprise 15 are inherited into Leap 15.1 and are part of the release.
The security team issues fast updates for Leap 15.1. With maintenance
updates, about 10 to 20 percent are contributed from the community.
There is a YaST testing option for users to test maintenance updates
before being released. The testing repository allows users to test the
updates seven days before being pushed to the maintenance update repository.
Minor versions of the Leap 15 series have about an 18-month life cycle
of maintenance and security as minor releases come roughly once a year.
Users of openSUSE Leap, 15.0, which was released on May 25, 2018, should
upgrade to Leap 15.1 within the next 6 months. The 15 series of Leap is
expected to achieve an estimated 36 months of maintenance and security
Images, Deployment and Hardware with Linode, Slimbooks and Tuxedo
Leap 15.1 continues to add more hardware providers as Slimbook and
TUXEDO Computers will both offer the option of purchasing hardware with
Leap 15.1 preinstalled. Linode cloud images of Leap are available today
and ready for all infrastructure needs.
TUXEDO Computers devices were an important part of the openSUSE
reference tests of Leap 15.1.
“We share the fundamental belief that the user should have the best user
experience we can offer,” said Herbert Feiler, CEO of TUXEDO Computers.
“openSUSE Leap 15.1 is the consistent continuation and further
development of stable Linux for end users. Therefore we of course
continue to offer openSUSE pre-installed on all TUXEDO notebooks and
PCs,” adds Feiler.
Cloud hosting services will offer images of Leap 15.1 in the coming
weeks like Amazon Web Services, Azure and OpenStack. Leap 15 is
continually optimized for cloud usage scenarios as a host and
Leap offers a great variety of Linux desktops, including traditional
KDE, GNOME as well as efficient Xfce. Users can select their preferred
desktop environment, configuration and workflow. GNOME 3.26 and the
Long-Term-Support version of KDE Plasma 5.12 are in both Leap 15.0 and
Leap 15.1. SLE 15 enterprise users can also get the KDE version and
other community tools and packages available through PackageHub
<https://packagehub.suse.com/>. Live images of KDE and GNOME are
available for simple test-driving through the live tab under the Leap
distribution on software.opensuse.org
; a Rescue Live image is also
available on the Live Images
<https://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/15.1/live/> page for
those mentioned above.
Leap 15.1 is filled with several containerization technologies like
Singularity, which bring containers and reproducibility to scientific
computing and the high-performance computing (HPC) world. Singularity
first appeared in the Leap distribution in Leap 42.3 and provides
functionality to build smallest minimal containers and runs the
containers as single application environments. This is also the first
Leap release containing the Podman container runtime and Buildah build
tool; the used by default in openSUSE Kubic. Collectively they provide a
more lightweight and resilient alternative to the alternative Docker
container runtime, while also adding a number of unique features.
Gamers and Designers
Web designers and digital marketers can make use of the newer graphics
stack with the minor version update of the Mesa 3d Graphic Library and
use open source tools like the 3D Creation Software Blender to create
intriguing and captivating animations.
Gamers, music lovers and podcaster can enjoy the enhancements of the
High Definition HD-audio, backported USB-audio drivers and software
updates that were made for MultiMedia Card (MMC) and embedded MMC (eMMC).
Migration to Enterprise made easy
openSUSE Leap 15.1 brings plenty of community packages built on top of a
core sources of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 SP1. The shared common
core and alignment with SLE makes migrations to SUSE’s enterprise
product easy for professional who want to extend the life cycle of their
maintenance and security past the lifecycle of Leap. Migrating from the
community version of Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise is an available
option for those who desire to migrate. The migration from openSUSE Leap
server installations to SUSE Linux Enterprise is easy for system
integrators developing on Leap code who may decide to move to an
enterprise version for SLAs, certification, mass deployment, or extended
Long Term Support. The instructions on how to do this using the
SUSEConnect package and SUSE documentation can be found here
All Standard and Some Existing Services for Networks
Like prior versions, System Administrators and small businesses can use
Leap for hosting web and mail servers or for network management with
DHCP, DNS, NTP, Samba, NFS, LDAP, and hundreds of other services.
File sharing and cloud services include software such as NextCloud
<https://nextcloud.com/> and even the groupware application suite Kopano
<https://kopano.com/> (formerly known as Zarafa) is part of the official
Leap 15.1 repositories.
Leap 15.1 also introduces automatically configured SSH for both it’s
“Server” and “Transactional Server” system roles by default, helping
make things a little easier to work on your server immediately after
Health and Science
The Leap distribution supports the health, science, research and
developer communities. GNU Health, the award-winning health- and
hospital management system, comes in version 3.4.x, which introduces the
Federation Server, gnuhealth-thalamus. There is an added setup-script
for GNU Health called openSUSE-gnuhealth-setup to ease the setup of a
new system for less experienced users. Solve linear and nonlinear
problems numerically and perform other numerical experiments using a
language that is mostly compatible with MATLAB through GNU Octave or use
the Free and Open Source Geographic Information System QGIS
<https://www.qgis.org/> to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish
geospatial information. Leap has plenty more packages like the Computer
Algebra System (CAS) for problems in field theory called Cadabra, the
interactive physical simulator Step, and the periodic table package Kalzium.
Leap works with X86_64 and deployment scenarios can be run for physical,
virtual, host and guest, and cloud. Ports to other architectures like
ARM64 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture> and POWER
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Architecture> are in the works by
The installation of openSUSE for the Raspberry Pi for ARM64 has been
simplified to one image and is customizable. openSUSE Leap 15.1 is the
first multi-purpose operating systems to support a full standard Linux
experience in Raspberry Pi. There is no need for a custom specific ISO
or precooked image to install on the Raspberry PI. The standard
unmodified openSUSE image can be installed just like on any other
computer. The installer detects and proposes the set of default
configurations. Raspberry Pi needs a very specific partition containing
the system firmware. This is important for the installer to detect the
specific partition, preserve it and mount it in /boot/vc to allow the
operating system to perform updates of the firmware.
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