openSUSE Leap 42.3 released with better SEL 12 SP3 alignment

The openSUSE community has published openSUSE Leap 42.3, latest stable release of community driven GNU/Linux distribution that shares core packages from SUSE Enterprise Linux (SEL) and enjoys seamless contribution from community of dedicated volunteers.

This release of openSUSE Leap makes another step to the target of achieving a close alignment with it's enterprise counterpart. Leap’s third edition of the  42 series has more than 10,000 packages and offers stability-minded users a refresh and hardware enablement release. It makes openSUSE an ideal choice for deploying on desktops and production servers.


openSUSE 42.3 is a successor of openSUSE Leap 42.2 and there is direct upgrade path from the former. It is recommend to upgrade to 42.3 as the later is going to be out of support period in 6 months.
“By avoiding major version updates in the base system as well as the desktops, the upgrade to Leap 42.3 is a rather unadventurous matter,” said Ludwig Nussel, openSUSE Leap release manager.

The release of Leap 42.3 provides adopters a reliable server operating system for deploying IT services in physical, virtual or cloud environments.

Leap’s third edition of the 42 series has more than 10,000 packages and offers stability-minded users a refresh and hardware enablement release. The release is powered by the same Linux 4.4 Long-Term-Support (LTS) kernel found in the previous Leap edition.

Leap 42.3 continues to use KDE’s Long-Term-Support release 5.8 as the default desktop selection while also offering GNOME 3.20, the same as used by SUSE Linux Enterprise. A variety of additional desktops is available in the installer through the newly designed desktop selection.
For more information and official statements, see release announcement published by openSUSE community.

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