openSUSE Leap 42.3 Linux OS Release Features

openSUSE Leap 42.3 Linux OS Release Features

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The Linux best project openSUSE Project releases its latest & most powerful Linux based operating system openSUSE Leap 42.3 brings the community version aligned with its core of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12.

The Linux users, administrators & developers use the newest chameleon distribution with the support of mutual packages of both Leap & SLE distributions. The leap 42.3 new release has SUSE adopters including server OS so as to deploy IT in physical, virtual & cloud environments.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.3 is the Leap’s 3rd edition of 42 series which has more than 10,000 packages and offers better stability for the Linux users with a new refresh hardware enables release.The release is powered by Linux 4.4 Long-Term-Support (LTS) kernel. Leap 42.3 supports KDE’s Long-Term-Support LTS release 5.8 as the default desktop selection. It also offers GNOME 3.20 as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise support.

There is various additional desktop available in the installer through newly designed desktop selection. This openSUSE release has fully featured text mode installer including Yast ( Yet Another Setup) which is the installation and configuration tool for openSUSE and the SUSE Linux Enterprise distributions.

The Leap and the openSUSE project offers the DevOps tool as well as Microservices that helps chain developers. The Docker and Kubernetes in the openSUSE Leap 42.3 define the scalability and simultaneous delivery as well as easy configuration with Salt, Ansible, with other openSUSE technology.

The AutoYaST’s offers full integration with SaltStack as well as with other configuration management systems to manage the system installation such as partitioning & network setup etc. Linux provides extensive core libraries in Leap 42.3 to build enhanced software for enterprise use.

Python, Ruby, Perl, Rust, Haskell & PHP enterprise all version available in Leap. Leap & SLE share common core development platform with packages. Hence, the backup utility Borg now provides automatic backup for data on regular basis.

openSUSE developers offer the best release for games & game development industry. This project provides a stable system for running Steam, Wine and PlayOnLinux for playing games too.


A Short Description of the Upgrade Process:

  • The system should be upgraded up to date.
  • Remove the 3rd party repos defined because 42.3 is a small step which is easier to remove then perform the upgrade with adding them back again.
  • Try to run the upgrade with them.
  • Change the defined repos from 42.2 to 42.3.
  • Perform the up-gradation by running zypper dup. It will download all important packages as well as start the installation/upgrade process.


openSUSE Leap 42.3 Features:


IDEs & Tooling:


Leap 42.3 offers a complete version of Qt 5 GUI toolkit LTS. Qt 5.6 has security fixes in Qt framework as well as in third party libraries. It detects remote print queues with the help of Avahi system that facilitates service discovery on local network using the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite.

It helps to plug laptop or computer into a network instantly. QT5.6 adds the delay in print dialog in opened application. It can be disabled by setting the QT_DISABLE_PRINTER_DISCOVERY environment variable.

GTK 3.20 shares SUSE Linux Enterprise which provides full solid & stable toolkit for building gtk based apps. GNOME Builder is a powerful general purpose IDE for GTK applications as well as C, C++, and Vala applications including other languages.

For all your compiling needs, Leap 42.3 provides gcc 4.8.5 as default compiler for compilation also provides many other options for developers such as gcc 5.3.1, 6.2.1 and 7.1.1.


Languages and Libraries:


openSUSE Leap 42.3 includes almost all powerful programming languages such as Go 1.6.2, Python 2.7, Ruby 2.4 and Perl 5.18. This Leap release provides latest major version libraries with advanced features for libvirt 3.3.0 that enables data batching with improved network performance.

The Leap Functionality for package manager is improved in libzypp (16.12) having well established GNU C Library with Power 9 enable processor.


Linux Virtualization:


openSUSE Leap 42.3 provides full virtualization solutions. QEMU 2.9 provides well-performing CPU emulator which allows simulation of the entire system & running user space binaries for various architectures.

VirtualBox 5.1.22 provides patching for API change in openSUSE Leap 42.3 with a perfect base system to distribute advanced applications. It helps to set up easily with YaST and GNOME. openSUSE Leap 42.3 supports easy deployment solutions for the System administrator.

This openSUSE Leap 42.3 release provides system administrators complete options to maintain reliable operations of computer systems. It also create and manage Linux containers with Leap, Docker & LXC in order to control Linux container images with openSUSE.


YaST Configuration Tool:


The YaST development sprints have performed important improvements to openSUSE Leap 42.3. YaST improves the usability & addition of new tools, modules in Tumbleweed and Leap too. The YaST new improvements include extending the ability so as to configure & use Trusted Boot with EFI systems, new network installation, YaST partitioner enhancement and better integration with Systemd services.

The most important change in desktop selection screen offers best graphical environments with KDE and GNOME. AutoYaST has become more robust, powerful and friendly for the Linux operating system.

The management services are available in the first AutoYaST stage which offers many new possibilities for faster installation and better adjustment reporting performed at partition sizes.

The AutoYaST is the best system for installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server systems without user intervention. The new complete integration with SaltStack and configuration management systems introduces to new Leap family.


Managing Database Systems:


openSUSE Leap provides Samba 4.6.5 with the powerful security release 4.6.4 which define remote code execution vulnerability services for allowing the malicious client in order to upload shared library to writable share causing server loading & execution.

Leap 42.3 has System 228 and fixes memory leak & enhancement for rollbacks capabilities using openSUSE Technology. MariaDB 10.0.30 & Linux binary tarballs offer extraction to directories with matching the filename. MySQL’s 5.6 has made many improvements in the thread pool plugin to offer the best performance as well as connection authentication & initialization that moves from acceptor thread to the new pool worker threads to handle client connections.

openSUSE Leap also uses Delta RPMs for maintaining updates that ensure long term bandwidth requirements in order to maintain Leap system.


KDE: K Desktop Environment


openSUSE Leap 42.3 has best KDE’s Long Term Support edition for Linux desktop software. Plasma 5.8 LTS is the feature rich default desktop environment for openSUSE offers stable performance. The new Plasma 5.8.7 adds a touchscreen fixes and improved icons in KDE’s desktop selection for openSUSE Leap 42.3. KDE has the best integration with Google Drive which allows access to data in the cloud from Dolphin & KDE file dialogs.

The Plasma 5.8.7 includes fixes for user management, system setting, audio volume controls as well as the Plasma workspace. System administrators will offer Kiosk support for new Plasma in Leap 42.3.


Install the kio gdrive package & create an account in Google Drive following these process:

  • open Dolphin
  • click on Network
  • Google Drive and “New account”.
  • A new place on the side panel helps to access Google Drive files easily from all KDE applications.


GNOME: Desktop Environment


GNOME 3.20 is one of the best desktop version behaves the same in openSUSE Leap 42.3. The stability feature of GNOME offers privacy controls in order to improve application location access, quick access to media controls from the shell, and keyboard shortcuts and gestures.

GNOME applications have easy shortcut windows feature for 3.20, including Files, Videos, Photos, Builder,& Maps etc. In many applications, the shortcut window can be opened from application menu using the Ctrl+/ or Ctrl+F1 shortcut. GNOME can easily access Google Drive directly with Files application in openSUSE Leap 42.3.


Internationalization Weblate:


The openSUSE releases Weblate so as to coordinate the translation of openSUSE with more than 50 languages. OpenSUSE’s Weblate interface enables dedicated translators to casual contributors so as to add processes.

It helps to coordinate the translations of openSUSE with SUSE Enterprise Linux as well as boost the collaboration between community and enterprise.


Server Ready:


openSUSE Leap 42.3 has a server installation option without the graphical environment. As a result, server installation of Leap is as simple as running Web or Mail platform.

It helps to handle complex projects using virtualization as well as container technology. openSUSE Leap & SLE distributions offer full support for complete featured text mode installer which gives all the functionality of graphical installer.

The installer has full capabilities for remote installations using VNC or SSH. Hence, it lets you to setup openSUSE Leap server easily.


Linux Gaming:


Gaming on Linux has become more popular worldwide. openSUSE Leap 42.3 is a popular stable system for the Steam platform so as to run games on Linux, Wine and PlayOnLinux include this release.


Creative Minds and Professionals:


OpenSUSE provides creative design applications like FreeCAD for 3D printing, Gphoto for image editing. Developers use Avogadro for computational chemistry, molecular modeling, bioinformatics etc.. It offers best security and maintenance with Leap 42.3.


Click Here to Download the latest version of openSUSE Leap, for desktop PCs, laptops, and servers.


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