openSUSE Leap 15.3 available and looking for CentOS users

openSUSE 15.3 Leap available

With a release dated today in Nuremberg, Germany, the openSUSE developer team announced the availability of the third version of branch 15 of openSUSE Leap. As we said in a previous article, Leap releases releases on a regular basis while Tumbleweed follows the rolling release rolling model.

openSUSE Leap 15.3 available. Similarities and differences with their predecessors

According to the announcements of the developers, although it is a minor update with respect to the previous two. and therefore having the same attributes includes a fundamental difference. Although, like the previous ones, it is built with the same source code as SUSE Linux Enterprise, now it also uses the same binaries, which makes the relationship and exchange between both projects more fluid. And, (I add this) it is a way of catching users disenchanted with the changes in CentOS.

Lubos Kocman, the head of distribution launches, said:

Building on the software in this release makes running servers, workstations, desktops, and containers on openSUSE Leap a desirable distribution for IT professionals, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, small businesses, and education professionals,

Do you remember that I told you that you are going after users who are unhappy with the changes that Red Hat made in CentOS? Well, if you don't believe me, read this paragraph from the official announcement.

This version is hugely beneficial for migration projects and user acceptance testing. Large development teams get added value by using openSUSE Leap 15.3 to optimally run and test workloads that can be lifted and moved to SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux 15 SP3 for long-term maintenance.

What's more. this version offers 18-month update support and community support.

Interaction between openSUSE and SUSE Linux

From the project they clarify the compatibility between openSUSE Leap 15.3 and SLE 15 Service Pack 3

Both offer users the same options for thousands of packages supported by the community.. These community packages are built in an openSUSE project called "Backports" on top of the SLE source code. Backports are published in SUSE Package Hub, so Leap to SLE migrations are smooth and instantaneous. Migrations between the two are fast. Using the btrfs file system, users can test in Leap, deploy in SLE, and even revert to a snapshot of Leap.

New arrivals

Many of the packages in openSUSE Leap 15.3 remain the same as the previous version. Leap 15.3 comes with bug fixes and security backports to an extended support kernel.

XFCE

The Xfce 4.16 desktop variant includes a new visual identity with new icons and palettes. The Settings Manager had a redesign of its filter box, which can now be permanently hidden. The search capabilities of the filter box have been improved by searching the descriptive "Comments" part of the launch file for each dialog. The power manager settings dialog shows the settings "on battery" or "plugged in" instead of both in a huge table.

KDE and GNOME

Regarding KDE, the KDE Plasma 5.18 Long-Term-Support version is available again. This version has a significant amount of improvements and quality features. Notifications are clearer, settings are simplified, and the overall look is more attractive. GNOME 3.34 includes a considerable amount of visual refreshments for a number of applications. More data sources in sysprof make performance profiling of an application even easier and there are multiple enhancements to Builder including a built-in D-Bus inspector. With a new pattern for Cinnamon, Leap 15.3 offers a total of 8 attractive Desks for installation (in parallel), to suit personal preferences and hardware capabilities.

Medical software

GNU Health, a health and hospital information and management system, arrives in version 3.8 with a new dental module and Odontogram. openSUSE includes MyGNUHealth, a personal medical health manager, developed in cooperation between GNU Health and the KDE project. It runs on the PinePhone and on the Plasma desktop, and gives the user full ownership and control of their data.

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