OpenSuse Leap 42.3 review

Submitted by sharique on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:34

On July 26, OpenSuse project release the latest version of OpenSuse distribution – OpenSuse Leap 42.3. It is powered by LTS kernel 4.4 with many features back ported from newer release, particularly related to latest hardware support. Among the key packages are gcc 4.8.5, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS and Gnome version 3.20. Other desktop environment like XFCE or LxQt can be downloaded from repos. It shared the base with Suse Enterprise (SLE) 12 Service pack 3, so it is extremely stable and secure. Firefox version is 52 ESR (ESR is enterprise release channel) and LibreOffice 5.3.

Mango Linux - Plasma/KDE 5

KDE5 development is in full speed, so I've create an appliance for people to test and report issues. This appliance contains packages from unstable repo, so be cautius. Please test and report issue to KDE. I've build 2 appliances for it, one contains packages from factory repo, which contains packages from latest git snapshot, so it less stable and not suitable for using on production environment and another contains packages from stable repo, which is more stable for try of plasma 5 desktop.

Mango Linux

Mango Linux is the distro for mango people, build to provide best user experience with latest stable softwares.
Normally when we install new version of Linux, after installation we has to install additional packages, specially multimedia packages. Hence, I build a distro on top of OpenSuse, which contains additional packages, it will save time for searching and installing packages. It also includes the all updates available till build date.

It is based on OpenSuse 13.1 and it has some additional packages. Some important applications are

  1. Browser – Firefox, Opera, Chormium
  2. E-mail Client – Thunderbird
  3. Multimedia – VLC, Amarok with extra codecs from Packman repo, Handbrake Video converter
  4. Utilities – K3b, unrar
  5. Skype
  6. Dropbox, OwnCloud Client
  7. Wine – To windows applications
  8. All updates available till the build date
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