openSUSE has announced the release of intermediate builds

Recently developers of the openSUSE project unveiled via a blog post your intention to generate additional intermediate "Respin" builds, in addition to the compilations being released once a year during the next release of the distribution.

It is mentioned that Respin builds will include all updates to cumulative packages for the current version of openSUSE Leap. This will allow optimization to be performed which translates into reducing the amount of data downloaded through the network and which is of great help to the user, since it avoids having to spend time on said downloads, which is necessary to bring a newly installed distribution to the current state.

For those unfamiliar with openSUSE Linux, you should know that this is one of the Linux distributions that was based on its origins in Slackware. Among the main virtues of this distribution is that it is one of the easiest to install and administer, since it has several graphical assistants to complete various tasks, especially due to its great installation and configuration tool.

The distribution is characterized by its stability, but now also by speed, Besides that it is one of the oldest distributions that is in continuous development and now taking into account the comments of the users the project will create regular compilations of the distribution.

In response to feedback from openSUSE users, Leap hopes to have regular rebuilds of the distribution on a quarterly or as needed basis soon.

These respins, which rebuild the ISO image, will receive openQA testing and will have a rhythmic release now that the setup process is complete.

These respins allow users to take advantage of the latest bug fixes and updates immediately, reducing bandwidth for online updates after a General Availability (GA) version installation. The amended ISO images can update packages like GRUB and shim to improve these bootloader and firmware packages for users.

Developers mention that they have planned among their plans that ISO images with intermediate constructions be published from time to time that they deem necessary (it can be bimonthly, quarterly or every few months), since OpenSUSE will take advantage of openQA tests to try to guarantee that these new periodic versions are in good condition.

They also mention that for openSUSE Leap version 15.3, Respin builds to be identified will be numbered as "15.3-X" and that after the next Respin build is released to include the latest bug fixes and package updates in the ISOs themselves to reduce time and bandwidth.

The old build will be removed from the get.opensuse.org site, This in order to prevent users from obtaining previous versions and the same thing they are trying to avoid from doing unnecessary downloads of updates that are already included in the latest published version.

As we already mentioned about the nomenclature that will be given to the updated ISO images, they contain a number extension in the file name like 15.3-X to distinguish them from the GA version, plus they will have a different checksum than the images previously published.

Users can expect a new Leap twist after any SUSE Linux Enterprise rebuild for similar reasons as both Leap and SLE are connected.

Similar to the openSUSE Tumbleweed blogs, each Leap respin is expected to have an article posted on news.opensuse.org that gives people information about what the rebuild changed or fixed, which will also be available in the log of changes to download.opensuse.org.

With the completion of the setup process and initial rebuilds, the test results show little difference from the original GA release of Leap 15.3; work continues and a new spin will be available soon.

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