We told you last week that users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling release operating system received fewer yet very important milestones of essential core components and open-source applications, and now it’s time to take a look at what’s coming to openSUSE Leap 42.2 this fall.
While openSUSE Tumbleweed users are currently enjoying cutting-edge software releases like the LibreOffice 5.2 RC1 office suite, Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0, Linux kernel 4.6.3, the PulseAudio 9.0 sound system, python3-setuptools 24.0.2, and the latest systemd init system update, openSUSE Leap users will have a surprise later this year when the 42.2 major version is announced.
As you probably already know, the openSUSE Leap operating system is built only around stable, thoroughly tested open-source and GNU/Linux technologies. That’s why openSUSE’s Douglas DeMaio informs the community today, July 14, 2016, about what users should expect from the openSUSE Leap 42.2 release, which is currently in heavy development with a second Alpha snapshot available for public testing.
“Besides the release of an Alpha 2 for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and the five-day openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Tumbleweed snapshots have been rolling along with 10 snapshots since the last update, which highlighted the addition of GNU Compiler Collection 6 as the default compiler for Tumbleweed,” says Douglas DeMaio in today’s announcement.
openSUSE Leap 42.2 to be powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.4 LTS series
Therefore, if you’ve been waiting impatiently for an update on the progress of the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system, we inform you today that it won’t bring the major technologies and software versions you were probably hoping for. Instead, the OS will ship with the KDE Plasma 5.6.4 and GNOME 3.20 desktop environments, and it will be powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.4 long-term supported series.
In the meantime, those who have adopted the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling release operating system as their daily driver will soon get the recently announced KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, along with FreeType 2.6.5 high-quality font engine that disables a new subpixel hinting mode for better, smoother fonts. Always keep your openSUSE installation up to date!