During this week the development of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver has not only started, but other developments have also started such as Linux MInt 18.3 or SUSE Linux Enterprise 15. The development of the latter is especially striking as will be the first version of SUSE Linux to have Wayland as a graphical server. Something striking because SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 is an enterprise version, intended for companies and large businesses where stability predominates and the novelty is usually scarce due to its high risks for companies.
Still, Wayland will be the graphical server for SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 as well as other changes that will require users of the distribution to make changes to their configurations. But this will not be something that happens overnight. At the moment, this week the closed beta development program will begin. Later on, four more beta versions will be released, followed by 3 RC versions, ending with the final version on April 19, 2018.
Wayland is not the big change. This graphic server is accompanied incorporating GCC 7, Python 3.6 by default; 389 Directory Server will replace OpenLDAP as LDAP server; Firewalld will replace SUSEFirewall2 like Firewall; and, Chrony as NTP. The distribution will also focus on creating a single environment for the use of universal containers, making it easier to use this type of media to install new software. And the new platforms will also be present. Thus, it should be noted ARM server platforms that will have a special version for the next release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15.
SUSE Linux is a paid distribution, but the use of Wayland or other technologies indicates that the development is mature enough to be used in this version and by extension, it is also suitable for OpenSUSE, the free distribution of the SUSE company.