OpenSuse Leap Reinforces Linux Faith

OpenSuse Leap Reinforces Linux Faith

By Jack M. Germain

Mar 23, 2017 2:09 PM PT

OpenSuse Leap 42.2 goes a long way toward maintaining Suse’s reputation for reliability and stability. That said, new users might need a push to take the leap from their familiar distros to this latest OpenSuse release.

Business users can remain confident that upgrading to the latest edition, released last fall, won’t put them too close to the bleeding edge of innovation. There is little cause for worry that upgrading might break their current applications and configurations. Leap 42.2 is a safe way to avoid the pitfalls of upgrading too quickly.

Potential OpenSuse Leap users do not need to worry about the upgrade process either. The latest Leap release is designed for “pragmatic and conservative technology adopters,” said OpenSuse’s release manager, Ludwig Nussel.

I have not used OpenSuse on a regular basis. Earlier Suse Linux iterations targeted commercial customers with a heavy enterprise flavoring. However, the Suse project currently is much more friendly toward mainstream desktop users and offers options for non-enterprise community-based development.

There are two OpenSuse offerings — Leap and Tumbleweed. Tumbleweed is a bit more bleeding edge. Leap takes the upgrade long road, so there is less chance of things breaking.

Leap seemed the more sensible choice for testing OpenSuse’s potential, so I rolled up my sleeves and got ready to party.

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