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13Jul/150

openSUSE Leap

Posted by Ish

Earlier I wrote about about openSUSE:42 and explained the particular branch will include core SUSE Linux Enterprise code. There was a long debate on the openSUSE mailing list to find a suitable name. On 25 June 2015, Rainer Fiebig sent the following to the list:

[…]
But excitement and attention is what you need to get to have an impact in the
crowded markets of today. And the product’s name is the best place to start.

Therefore, my suggestion would be

openSUSE Leap

like in “leap forward”, “quantum leap” or “…but …giant leap for mankind”
(or at least for a chameleon, that is ;-)

Following (service-) releases might be named “openSUSE Leap 1.1″, “Leap 2″
etc. Each release a leap.

The associations that “leap” evokes are obvious. Marketing could spin a nice
story around it. And the press would have something to play with.

[…]

openSUSE-13.2-smallThe name Leap got its notoriety and overtook earlier suggestions like Oak and Rock n Roll. That’s it! On 2 July 2015, Richard Brown, the openSUSE Board Chairman announced the decision to keep the name openSUSE Leap :-)

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28Jun/150

openSUSE:42 – a new beginning

Posted by Ish

People usually ask what is the difference between openSUSE and SUSE? Some even ask how to pronounce it :-) Well, before it hits hard, you should pronounce it suze. SUSE is an enterprise class Linux distribution and it comes in two flavours:

– SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
– SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

openSUSE on the other hand is the community version. Much of the development that happens in openSUSE lands in SUSE enterprise editions.

What is openSUSE 42?

openSUSE_42Following additional support and core SUSE Linux Enterprise code given to the openSUSE project, the latter is on a new journey for future releases. At the moment the nomenclature is undecided. Serious discussions are going on the openSUSE project mail list. To know what we are talking about, we have been calling it openSUSE 42. The number 42 comes from the project name openSUSE:42 in the openSUSE Build Service.

On the mail lists I see suggestions like Leap, Oak and Rock & Roll making its way. No consensus has been reached yet. Hoping to get hold on a 42-spin soon :-)