The latest version, openSUSE Leap 15.3 recently released is built not just from SUSE Linux Enterprise source code like in the previous versions, but with the exact same binary packages, thus strengthening the flow between Leap and SLE. And it comes as a rock-solid addition to the openSUSE 15.x series which carries all the attributes of its predecessors, making it hugely beneficial for migration projects and user acceptance testing.
Besides having the same binary packages as in SUSE Enterprise Linux, openSUSE Leap 15.3 comes with several other major changes that makes it a really exciting release.
What's New in openSUSE Leap 15.3 Release?
openSUSE Leap already runs great on several architectures, but this new release brings support for IBM Z and LinuxONE (s390x) systems, and directly uses binary packages from SLE for aarch64, powerpc64, and x86_64, which users can find the images on get.opensuse.org.
There is also the visual changes, with major new features in Xfce 4.16 including new icons and palette, as Xfce shines out of the box. And the Settings Manager has received a visual refresh of its filter box, which can be hidden permanently too. Also, the DNF package manager will be updated to version 4.7.0 that provides new features in the whole stack and expected improvements, with the DNF Python API stable and supported.
Additionally, there are security several updates like containerd, podman, kubeadm and cri-o. And openSUSE Leap 15.3 will offer users more power to develop, ship and deploy containerized applications with the newer container technologies maintained in the distribution. As Kubernetes gives a huge boost to container orchestration capabilities, allowing automated deployments, scale, and management of containerized applications.
How to Download or Upgrade to openSUSE Leap 15.3?
If you are a new user and want to have a feel of openSUSE Leap, you can get the latest ISO from the official download website.
However, if you're an existing user, you will have to make sure that you are running Leap 15.2 before upgrading to Leap 15.3. You can find a more detailed information about the upgrade process in the official release notes.