openSUSE Leap 42.3 is now available for download, and can be termed as the biggest update for the leap operating system. The team took more than eight months to develop the build. It ships with long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS and GNOME 3.20.
The build is based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12 SP 3 enterprise-ready OS along with hundreds of exciting updates. According to openSUSE, this third point release has more than 10,000 packages and offers stability-minded users a refresh and hardware enablement release.
What’s new in openSUSE Leap 42.3
The most important features of OpenSUSE leap 42.3 is as follows:
- Inclusion of KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS as default desktop environment,
- Also includes GNOME 3.20 desktop
- Improves Skylake Windows 8 precision touchpad support
- Adds support for the Google Fiber TV remote control
- supports Open-Channel SSDs through the implementation of the LightNVM full-stack initiative
- Supports clustered RAID1 and Journaled RAID5
- Includes a server installation profile
- Fully-featured text mode installer
- Supports both PHP 5 and PHP 7
- Packs with an up-to-date graphics stack based on Mesa 17
- Includes TeX Live 2016, Mozilla Firefox 52 ESR, Mozilla Thunderbird 52, Enlightenment 0.21.8, KDE Applications 17.04.2, KDE Frameworks 5.32.0, LXQt 0.11, CMake 3.5.2, Ruby 2.4, and GNU Health 3.2.
For the System administrators, the backup solution Borg is a great thing. It can now be used easier than ever to automatically backup your data daily with a systemd service.
Improvements include for the 64-bit ARM architectures in which support for the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 and the additional UEFI 2.5 functionality is improved. It also has better native EXT4 encryption support, and completely lockless TCP listener handling.
If that’s exciting enough to install OpenSUSE Leap 42.3, you can grab the 64-bit and 32-bit installation images, as well as the ARM based Raspberry Pi and Cloud images from the link below: