The latest version of the openSUSE operating system is the first to combine community-developed software with professionally-developed source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE).
OpenSUSE 42.1 Leap is now available for download, and the developers call it the first “hybrid distribution” of the Linux-based operating system.
What that means is from here on out SLE and openSUSE will have the same maintenance stream — many bug fixes and other improvements will be available to both operating systems at the same time, and some software packages and updates will also be shared.
Since SLE is designed for enterprise use, there’s an emphasis on stability and reliability, as well as features aimed at system adminstrators. The price to pay for that stability is that you might have to wait a while for updated versions of you software which add new features.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht