Many of you will know or are using OpenSUSE Leap, an official OpenSUSE flavor that is still developed by SUSE Enterprise and its Community. This official flavor goes for version 42.2, a version that will be followed by OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 and this will be followed by OpenSUSE Leap 15.
If there is a backtrack on OpenSUSE Leap numbering and it's for a good cause. At least that is how one of the project leaders, Richard Brown, has explained it.
As Brown has stated, changing this numbering was a problem that had existed in the distribution for a long time and that made among other things that OpenSUSE Leap users could not have direct access to the SUSE Enterprise repositories.
Thus, it is expected that OpenSUSE Leap 15 have better support and a better package installation tool, packages and repositories that will have the same quality as SUSE Enterprise Linux.
OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 will be the last version with the high OpenSUSE numbering
But don't worry then OpenSUSE Leap will not stop being free nor will it change anything else, it will continue to be the same free distribution that attracts so many users.
Yes, will have functions and features found in SUSE, something interesting and positive because we must not forget that SUSE Enterprise Linux is the premium distribution of the SUSE company.
OpenSUSE is a free distribution that takes the best of SUSE to offer it to the Gnu / Linux Community, this is a reality in which many participate, more and more users and that is why it is trying to correct some problems that were created at the beginning.
The OpenSUSE Leap numbering is one of them but they are not the only ones although little by little we are seeing how these problems are solved. If you are curious about OpenSUSE, in this article we talk about the distribution.