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openSUSE Leap 15.6 Enters Beta Stage

According to an announcement made by openSUSE, the project has officially entered the Beta phase for its upcoming Leap 15.6 release. The openSUSE community is invited to download and test the Beta images, provide feedback, and participate in the “Bug Day” event to ensure hardware compatibility and stability.

Leap 15.6, built on SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP6, aims for full compatibility with its enterprise counterpart, focusing on stability and offering an updated Linux Kernel 6.4, glibc 2.38, systemd 254, and dracut 059+ version for enhanced performance and boot times. The release also introduces updates to the container stack, including podman 4.8, and virtualization stack updates with Xen 4.18 and KVM 8.1.3 among others.

Significant updates include:

  • Linux Kernel 6.4 for better hardware support
  • glibc 2.38 and systemd 254 for improved processing power and faster boot times
  • Updated container stack with podman 4.8 and support for Nextcloud with quadlets
  • Virtualization stack updates including Xen 4.18 and KVM 8.1.3
  • Telecommunications software updates with DPDK 23.07 and Open vSwitch versions 3 and 4
  • Desktop environment enhancements with KDE environment updates to Qt 5.15.12+kde147 and GNOME update to GNOME 45
  • Audio handling upgrades with PulseAudio 17.0 and PipeWire 1.0.3
  • Security packages updates including OpenSSL 3.1.4 and potential AppArmor 3.1.6 to 4 upgrade

The openSUSE team encourages the community to download, test, and report feedback on the Leap 15.6 Beta to ensure any issues are addressed before the final release, scheduled for mid-June. This collaborative effort will help refine a stable and feature-rich platform for servers, workstations, and more.