openSUSE Leap 15.6 Released, Here’s What You Need to Know

A new version of openSUSE Leap is now available as the openSUSE Project has announced the release of openSUSE Leap 15.6. If you are a user who prefers a well-tested operating system with long term consistency and lower frequency of upgrades then openSUSE Leap may be the worth a look. openSUSE Leap is built using sources from SUSE Linux Enterprise or SLE and Leap 15.6 uses sources from SLE 15 Service Pack 6. For those curious about the differences between Leap and Tumbleweed. Tumbleweed is the rolling-release edition and Leap focuses on a stable edition with sources from SLE and combines that with community developments.

openSUSE Leap 15.6 comes 1 year after the 15.5 and it brings a lot of updates from the previous version. You’ll notice that these updates are not going to include the latest versions of the projects mentioned as they focus on system consistency over having the latest versions, if you want that, then Tumbleweed would be the better option for you. Leap 15.6 is powered by the Linux 6.4 kernel which also includes various backports for some of latest hardware drivers.

openSUSE Leap offers a variety of desktop environments to choose from and Leap 15.6 brings updates to these with KDE Plasma upgraded to the latest long term support version of 5.27.11 LTS and GNOME has been updated to GNOME 45. Leap 15.6 continues with the same version of Xfce that 15.5 had with Xfce 4.18 but that is because Xfce 14.8 is still the current version of the DE. Though if you are aiming for a system that doesn’t change much then this would fit that perfectly.

openSUSE is also doing something very interesting for those of you who need to manage servers because they have added the Cockpit project to Leap 15.6. Cockpit is a web-based graphical interface for servers which simplifies and optimizes system maintenance. This adds a significant enhancement in system and container management capabilities for openSUSE Leap.

Leap 15.6 also sees major upgrades for audio technologies with the inclusion of PipeWire 1.0.4 and PulseAudio 17.0, which improves hardware compatibility and Bluetooth functionality for users. This release also received improvements for Container and Virtualization technologies. On the container side of things, Podman has been upgraded to version 4.8 which includes tailored support for Nextcloud through quadlets. We also see upgrades to Distrobox, Docker, Skopeo, containerd, and more. On the virtualization side, Xen was upgraded to version 4.18 and we also see upgrades to projects like KVM, libvirt, and virt-manager.

For more details, you can check out the full list of features or if you’re ready to take the leap with this version of openSUSE then you’ll find a wide array of live ISOs to download with editions with KDE Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce pre-installed as well as many others including a Rescue edition and more.

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