openSUSE is supported by SUSE Linux, the Germany-based Linux pioneer, but has its own board and governance structure. The project also puts out Tumbleweed, a rolling distribution which contains the very latest software backed by a comprehensive quality assurance initiative.
Leap 42.3 uses the long-term support version of KDE (5.8) as its default desktop environment and also includes GNOME 3.20, which comes with the enterprise version.
However it is also well-suited for servers with a fully-featured text-mode installer that has all the features of the graphical install tool YaST.
Samba’s System Security Services Daemon has been integrated with Active Directory.
Users who want an "Exchange-like" service can use the latest version of the Kopano collaboration platform, which includes support for Thunderbird, Outlook and mobile mail clients.
Leap 42.3 also provides tools, languages and libraries for software development and engineering with enterprise-ready versions of Python, Ruby, Perl, Go, Rust, Haskell and PHP all available.
The release has more than 10,000 packages and offers stability-minded users a refresh and hardware enablement release and is powered by the same Linux 4.4 long-term support kernel found in version 42.2.
openSUSE Leap release manager Ludwig Nussel said of the release: “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.”
Richard Brown, chair main of the openSUSE project said: "Leap 42.3 is the culmination of several years of effort integrating SUSE's Enterprise codebase with the exceptional high-quality work of the
openSUSE community. I'm exceptionally proud of what the openSUSE Project has achieved with Leap 42.3 and hope our users appreciate this stable, yet innovative, approach to community Linux, which can really be relied upon to work."
open SUSE spokesman Douglas DeMaio said: "openSUSE proves how community and enterprise distributions can find mutual benefits together. openSUSE Leap 42.3 is even more closely aligned with SUSE Linux Enterprise and offers a replica of an enterprise distribution with thousands of additional community packages; this has helped propel community innovation to be adapted at the enterprise level; Package Hub is a prime example for how Leap has empowered the community to advance utilisation of their projects.
"A lot of credit goes toward the contributions of the open-source community. A total of 10,000 packages makes Leap 42.3 a colossal Linux distribution for all types of users.”