openSUSE Leap 15.4 Alpha has been released!

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It’s that time again, openSUSE Leap 15.4 Alpha has been available for testing since Thursday, December 2nd, 2021!

This version is also based on the current enterprise distribution SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and is expected to be released next year on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022.

But let’s see whether the deadline will change or whether it can actually be kept.

In any case, I have already taken a closer look at the new version of openSUSE Leap for you and tried out the various desktop variants.

During the testing I noticed that the community distribution is already running very stable, but in return you don’t get the very latest versions of all programs from the standard repositories.

Personally, however, I don’t think that’s too bad as there are enough ways and means to get rid of this problem.

A variant would be, for example, the installation and setup of Flatpak apps or the use of so-called AppImages.

With the help of these two options, it is also possible under openSUSE Leap 15.4 to get newer software if you need it for your work or projects.

It is important to mention at this point that you should definitely pay attention to which software you are installing!

Because otherwise you can quickly endanger your system with malware.

Well, let’s come back and take a look at the direct comparison between the different desktop versions (see picture 1) that I tested for you.

Because if you take a closer look, you can see that the memory consumption and the number of installed packages fluctuate quite a bit.

Especially when you compare GNOME and Enlightenment, for example, you notice it.

Picture 1 – Desktop comparison by

But of course these numbers can turn out differently for you, because the tests were carried out in a virtual environment and such comparisons are always only a snapshot anyway!

However, I still think that you can roughly orientate yourself on the values in order to be able to assess for yourself which desktop you choose for the respective area of application.

For my part, I very much like to use XFCE as my work environment, as it is not only very fast, but also uses my RAM and video memory to save resources!

In addition to choosing the right working environment, it is of course also important to us which software is delivered as standard with openSUSE Leap 15.4.

Picture 2 – Desktop comparison by

However, I have concentrated on what I believe to be the most important programs, so you shouldn’t be surprised that not all of them have been listed.

This would be the case with KDE and GNOME in particular, since these two desktop environments come with a number of inherent programs, such as a video player.

But also here you can see again that there are sometimes too big differences in the selection of the software and you can also see that LibeOffice is now available in version

With this version of openSUSE Leap you get new packages from the standard repositories.

In addition, openSUSE uses Leap 15.4 as the kernel, the version “5.14.19-150400.1-default” and this worked so far in my tests without any errors.

What I have not yet tested, however, is the integration of Flatpak apps or the setup of graphics card drivers.

However, I will try that in the near future and then share the results with you on my YouTube channel and here on the website.

Otherwise, if you have any further questions, just write them down in the comments below so that other readers can also benefit!

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

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