In the wake of a handful of Linux projects pushing ever closer to consumer desktop adoption (think Ubuntu, Mint Cinnamon, Solus, Arch and Chrome OS)… members of the openSUSE Project have announced the next minor version of Leap — a professional Linux distribution for developers, system administrators… oh and yes, users too.
Specific ‘types’ of Linux
Now we are seeing Linux distributions in some part align themselves for specific types or use case or environment i.e./ e.g. Tails has been widely lauded as the best Linux distro with privacy and anonymity baked into it.
So then, in that regard, openSUSE Leap 42.2 Leap is made to give stability-minded users and conservative technology adopters peace of mind.
In terms of construction, 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,” states the development team.
Leap is said to provide an ideal dev-to-production model with SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise) for developers and system administrators who want to align their development and production environments.
The project team also reminds us that Leap also offers users a path to move to other operating systems like openSUSE’s faster more updated distribution Tumbleweed, with the newest upstream packages and software versions provided on a rolling release basis, or to an enterprise-level support system with SLE.