After a year of development, the development team behind openSUSE recently announced the launch of the new version of your distribution open SUSE Leap 15.1.
Which is built using the base package of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1 distribution package under development, as well as the latest versions of the user applications are delivered from the openSUSE Tumbleweed repository.
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OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 Main New Features
Among the main changes highlighted in this new release of openSUSE Leap 15.1 in addition to updated components and bug fixes. As in SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1, the base kernel of this new release is based on version 4.12, as it continues to be shipped and some changes have been carried over since kernel 4.19 of the latest openSUSE version.
As in the latest version of openSUSE, KDE Plasma 5.12 and GNOME 3.26 user environments are offered.
Kde applications have been updated to version 18.12.3. The MATE, Xfce, LXQt, Enlightenment, and Cinnamon environments are also available for installation.
For users of the SLE 15 distribution, it is possible to install community-supported packages from KDE from the PackageHub.
In particular within the important changes in openSUSE Leap 15.1 we can find that new graphics drivers were transferred and support for AMD Vega chips was added.
New drivers added for wireless chips, sound cards, and MMC drives. When building the kernel, the option CONFIG_PREEMPT_VOLUNTARY it is enabled by default, which had a positive effect on the responsiveness of the Gnome desktop.
Plus GCC 7 packages added with a GCC 8 compiler set and Network Manager enabled by default.
On server builds, use of Wicked continues by default. Some configuration files, like / Etc / resolv.conf y /etc/yp.conf, they are now created in the / run directory and managed via netconfig, and a symbolic link is established in / etc.
Regarding the types of architecture supported by the openSUSE team, in this new version installation for Raspberry can now use the installer from the image usual installation for ARM determines the presence of the plate and offer a set of default settings, including creating a separate section for firmware.
YaST and AutoYaST have updated the interface to manage disk partitions, that now supports automatic formatting of empty disks they do not contain partitions, as well as the ability to create software RAID on an entire disk or individual partitions.
Work has been done to improve compatibility with 4K displays (HiDPI), for which the correct scaling settings for the user interface, including the installer interface, are now automatically applied.
Added a new widget to configure network services like DNS, DHCP and Samba.
Moreover YaST has redesigned the system service management components to enable various system featuressuch as socket activation and system journal usage. Redesigned service management interface.
A new user interface for customizing Firewalld has been added, which is also available in text mode and is compatible with AutoYaST.
In the configuration management module yast2, support for Salt's configuration management system has been improved and the ability to manage SSH keys for individual users has been added.
The installer offers a choice between the Wicked and NetworkManager network configurators. Added passwordless SSH configuration mode with SSH key for root during installation.
Download and get openSUSE Leap 15.1
For those who are interested in being able to obtain this new version, they should know that ISO image can be downloaded (DVD, 3,8 GB in size) or a cropped image for installation with network download packages (125 MB) plus live images with KDE and GNOME (900 MB) from the official distribution website.