Smart SUSE Linux Enterprise Server moves compatibility goals

In his most recent release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server – SLES 15 SP3 – SUSE includes full binary compatibility between SLES and its community Linux distribution, openSUSE Leap. This smart change essentially allows those already using openSUSE Leap to easily migrate to SLES 15 SP3 for enterprise Linux desktop or server requirements. This move is designed to provide users and organizations with increased compatibility while allowing them to take advantage of the synergies that exist between the enterprise and community versions of the technology.

The overall movement is not intended to replace the community version, but rather to strengthen it – the two versions are not the same. The two SUSE open source code streams have been aligned, offering predefined binaries that improve results, but the architecture will not support all of the same platforms. Only openSUSE Leap will support Risc-V and ARMv7, but both will support s390x, aaargh64, x86-64, and ppc64le.

Of course, it’s clear that the switch is designed to encourage users to switch to SLES, but that doesn’t force the issue. Rather, evolution is designed to be as elastic and intuitive as possible while ensuring that both continue to deliver the right results.

In addition to this binary compatibility, SLES introduces many other extras in its code. One of the most interesting is SUSE Linux Enterprise Base Container Images, which provides open, flexible and secure container images and application development tools and an alternative to Docker. This daemonless container engine is designed for the development and management of Open Container Initiative containers and companies using LEAP and SLES can run these containers using Podman, Pod Manager Tool, for enhanced security. The release also includes updates to popular programming languages ​​and applications such as MariaDB 10.5 and PostgreSQL 12 databases.


SLES 15 runs on Linux kernel 5.3.18-46.1 and promises users a 13-year lifecycle with 10 years of general support and three years of extended support. The existing version must be maintained and supported for up to six months after the release of SLES 15 SP4, allowing use until December 2022. For users who want to use Linux while staying at the forefront of technological development , SUSE is still running its openSUSE Tumbleweed streaming distribution.

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