openSUSE Leap 15.4 Available to Download with improves synchronization with SLE, among us openSUSE Leap 15.4 , the latest version of the community distribution of the chameleon whose technologies are synchronized with those of SUSE Linux Enterprise. On this occasion what stands out is the update of the supplied software for a multipurpose system capable of covering “desktops, servers, containers and virtualized workloads” .
As usual in the Leap branch of the distribution, users who wish to can migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) keeping the containers and workloads under the same conditions. What’s more, it seems that in openSUSE Leap 15.4 the relationship with the corporate system has become closer thanks to the YaST team developing a simplified migration tool .
The official announcement mentions the recent Leap Micro 5.2 , which builds on SLE technologies to deliver a modern, lightweight, immutable operating system geared toward container and virtualized workloads, all with a focus on developers, professionals, servers and IoT. Come on, it’s not a desktop-oriented product, at least for now.
Returning to openSUSE Leap 15.4, which is ultimately what concerns us in this post, the installation of multimedia codecs has been simplified thanks to the inclusion of a repository that supplies the Cisco openh264 codec. At the level of support for graphics, we find the update of the AMDGPU (AMD Radeon) and i915 (Intel) drivers together with the publication of the latest NVIDIA firmware to put the RTX 30 graphics into operation.
New is the ‘sassist’ package, which helps with troubleshooting and debugging issues with the Dell PowerEdge server and runs with the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller to enable configuration and log collection. Python 2, the LXC and OpenLDAP containers have been deprecated, the latter being replaced by 389 Directory Server .
PHP, the well-known language that works at the server level on the web, has been updated to version 8.1, while version 5.15 has been incorporated on the Qt front. Wayland is enabled by default in case you run into the latest NVIDIA driver, and LUKS 2 now supports the YaST partitioner , though you have to explicitly enable it.
Although openSUSE has focused more on server solutions in recent times, this does not mean that it has abandoned the desktop. Through Leap 15.4, KDE Plasma 5.24 alongside KDE Frameworks 5.90, GNOME 41 and Xfce 4.16 . In GNOME the Wayland session is used by default and in KDE Plasma it is a secondary option.
In terms of system components and other tools, systemd version 249, Linux 5.14 as the kernel, LLVM 13, DNF 4.10 along with its new features and “a new udev hardware database for FireWire devices” . Those responsible explain that “the new system components can now correctly identify Amazon EC2 environments and several improvements have been made to the DHCP server network management protocol” .
All the details of openSUSE Leap 15.4 are available in the official announcement , while the system can be obtained from the corresponding download section on the distribution’s official website .