The wait is over and a new era begins for openSUSE releases. Contributors, friends and fans can now download the first Linux hybrid distro openSUSE Leap 42.1. Since the last release, exactly one year ago, openSUSE transformed its development process to create an entirely new type of hybrid Linux distribution called openSUSE Leap.
SUSECon 2015 kicked off today in Amsterdam. One of the biggest highlights of the keynote was SUSE's entry into the platform as a service (PaaS) landscape: the company is joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
When asked about SUSE’s existing PaaS offering prior to joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Alan Clark, who is also chairman of the Board at the OpenStack Foundation, told me that "SUSE PaaS offering were available through our partners such as WSO2 and others. We still have those offerings from our partners. With the growth of Cloud Foundry, it’s an initiative we need to be part of because of partners such as SAP and IBM and others we felt we need to be part of that and be engaged in that initiative.”
Opensuse Leap 42.1 should be available on Wednesday Nov. 4th. So here are a few notes that some readers might find useful.
RapidDisk is an advanced Linux RAM Disk which consists of a collection of modules and an administration tool. Features include: Dynamically allocate RAM as block device. Use them as stand alone disk drives or even map them as caching nodes to slower local disk drives.
I pushed it into the mainline last Sunday. Yes, I know, I am a bit late with this announcement.
The upgrade comes ahead of an analyst day at the SUSE base in Germany next week, and UBS analyst Michael Briest highlights that more info about the unit’s profitability could also come in December when group financial results are released.
SUSE® has launched beta testing of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, giving customers an early look at the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to ease the transition of business-critical applications and data to the cloud. The Liberty-based beta will be demonstrated during this week's OpenStack Summit in Tokyo and at SUSECon in Amsterdam Nov. 2-6.
The openSuSE Linux 42.1 Leap Release Candidate 1 (whew, that was a mouthful) was made available on their download page yesterday (click on 'switch to Development Version' at the top of the page to get it). Although I will be running their Tumbleweed advanced development version on most of my computers, I am planning on keeping Leap on one or two of them, so I have been downloading and trying the pre-releases as Leap development has progressed.
Leap is less about the newest updates, which is the purpose of Tumbleweed and its frequent snapshots; Leap is more about relevance and purposeful updates and packages that provide users prolonged, stable and enterprise-level functionality. Leap has newer, community packages built on core SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) source code for a more stable base. Of the 7,000-plus packages in Leap, 1,500 are from SLE.