By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Linux is thriving .Enterprise Grade openSUSE Leap 42.1 is released on November 4 2015 . openSUSE Leap 42.1 is based on SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLE) and future releases will be in sync with SLE.According to reports Linux is thriving. Enterprise Grade openSUSE Leap 42.1 deserved a name that matches its importance. By basing openSUSE on SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), the core of openSUSE is maintained by SUSE engineers. That means it will get fixes and security updates from SLE. Packages, maintenance and bug fixes also come from the openSUSE community. 42.1 aligns with SLE 12 Service Pack (SP) 1, and Leap 42.2 will align with SP2 and 42.3 will align with SP3. Users are expected to upgrade to the latest minor release within 6 months of its availability, leading to a life cycle of 18 months of maintenance and security updates per minor release. The minor version upgrades in Leap 42 are similar to a service pack, so users of the 42 series achieve an estimated 36 months of maintenance and security updates if they start with 42.1. The release of openSUSE Leap 42.1 is indeed a giant leap for the openSUSE project, SUSE and Linux users. This release is not only making a huge leap in terms of version numbers; the open source enterprise distribution is making giant leaps in every regard.
The Installation: openSUSE has one of the tidiest installation processes. While being easy to use, it also gives you much more control over the installation process compared to other distributions; well, excluding the likes of the uber customizable Arch and Gentoo.During the installation process you can choose either Gnome, KDE or others and it will install that particular desktop environment (DE). KDE's Plasma 5 is the default DE of openSUSE. Once installed you will see both KDE '4' and Plasma 5 in the login screen and you can choose whichever one you prefer.
Reportedly It's upstream: one for all: openSUSE earned respect in my eyes and became my recommended distro because they work upstream. SUSE/openSUSE developers are also among the top contributors to many open source projects, including the Linux kernel, Gnome, KDE, LibreOffice and many more.Unlike many other distros which tend to be indifferent towards other distributions, openSUSE's team has designed tools which support other distros. It's a rare and quite refreshing experience. Whenever I ask some other distro: Why is your software not available for other distros? Their answer is often "It's open source, anyone can take it.”That's not the case with openSUSE. They have created some very powerful tools such as OpenSUSE Build Service, OpenQA, SUSE Studio, etc. And these tools can be, and are being, used by other projects, including other distros.
Some words about software: Reportedly Software management is extremely easy in openSUSE, as usual. You have the powerful YaST, if you like GUI, and zipper, if you prefer the trusted command line. Thousands of third-party packages are available through unmatched 'software.opensuse.org', thanks to OBS. It's extremely easy to install such packages on openSUSE: you search for the application, choose the version of openSUSE you are running and with one click the application will be installed on your system, no fuss no muss. Clean.openSUSE Leap is meant to be a mature and stable release, something similar to Debian. It's based on SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) so there is no 'scope' for instability; it runs in mission critical environments. As a result, Leap may not always have the 'latest' packages.However unlike Debian Stable it's not frozen in time. It uses the latest 'stable' packages. In most cases you will find the latest packages for Leap. If you are looking at DEs you will get Gnome 3.16.2, Plasma 5.4.2, Mate 1.10, XFCE 4.12.1 with Leap 42.1. If you are looking at applications then you will be running the latest versions of applications. I am running VLC 2.2.1, GIMP 2.8.14, etc. on my Leap machine, which are the latest stable versions.If you are using Leap for your server or for development work, then there is no dearth of tools for openSUSE, thanks to SLE.
Take the leap with openSUSE Leap 42.1: Accoprding to experts , What makes this release even more important is that with Leap, SUSE and openSUSE have finally come together. With this release openSUSE will start using the same code which is being used in SLE. So technically you are running the 'community' version of SLE.Leap 42.1 is based on the Service Pack 1 (SP1) of SLE 12, which will be released soon. Leap will follow SLE's release cycle so there won't be the regular 9-month release, instead a new version of openSUSE Leap will be released when the new version of SLE is due.openSUSE Leap will get minor release updates which will align with the service packs. Since the openSUSE and SUSE teams are extensively using OpenQA, this is also one of the 'most' stable openSUSE releases ever. SUSE has a very strong enterprise presence in Europe and many other markets, now Leap allows potential customers, web hosting providers, and public cloud players to have another option in addition to CentOS and Ubuntu. They can run openSUSE Leap and run an infrastructure closer to SLE.
Note: it is better to handle and get support from expert irganaisations.as you pay only for support and not for the OS.And all these OS have certified and trained personnel. It is better to use certified and trained software engineers. Whether you use enterprise Linux or community emprise Linux take support subscription from IT companies.. Red Hat has CentOS. Canonical has Ubuntu. Both these operating systems can be installed at no cost, and they are enterprise grade operating systems running on servers and cloud. The openSUSE community is taking a big leap, dropping the old regular release cycles of openSUSE and moving to openSUSE Leap. The community has released the first version of openSUSE Leap