The openSUSE Project has released openSUSE Leap 42.3.
With this release we can see that the community version is now more closely aligned with the ‘shared core’ of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12 Service Pack 3.
This new ‘chameleon distribution’ of Linux continues the operating system’s (OS) particular suitability for deployment as a server OS.
This is because openSUSE Leap 42.3 offers a server installation option during the installation.
What is a server OS in this case?
With no graphical environment, a server install of Leap stands ready do something simple like running a web or mail platform.
“This release of openSUSE Leap is well suited for servers thanks to its server installation profile and its fully-featured text mode installer, including all the options of YaST without a graphical environment,” notes the development team.
DevOps tool chain
Leap and the openSUSE project are also said to provide DevOps tool chain developers need to be successful.
According to the project notes, “Microservices with Leap offer continuous delivery through the availability of Docker and Kubernetes as well as configuration with Salt, Ansible and other openSUSE technologies.”
Leap also provides the tools, languages and libraries for sustainable software development and engineering. Enterprise ready versions of Python, Ruby, Perl, Go, Rust, Haskell and PHP are all available in Leap.
For gaming on Linux
Gaming on Linux also gets a boost here.
Here we see that openSUSE Leap 42.3 provides a stable system to run the Steam platform. To run games not yet available on Linux, Wine and PlayOnLinux are also included in this release.
The openSUSE project has issued a “Thank you” to all the contributors, inside and outside the project as follows, “All your hard work and contributions are appreciated by the open-source community and users worldwide. We believe Leap is the ideal Linux distribution for developers, sysadmins and users. We hope you have a lot of fun using it, and we look forward to working with you on the next release or in Tumbleweed.”