Although it won’t be until mid-July when it’s actually available, SUSE just announced the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, “A multimodal operating system that unites traditional data center technologies with software-defined infrastructure.”
In other words, SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) is no longer a “simple” Linux distribution and has become the cornerstone of an entire portfolio of professional solutions, as is the case with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Briefly reviewing the most mentioned, SLE 15 is preceded by SUSE Cloud Application Platform 1.1, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 8 and SUSE CaaS Platform 3, and accompanied in turn by SUSE Manager 3.2 and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Performance Computing 15.
That is precisely what they refer to by the term ‘multimodal’, the result of which is a system -understanding as a system the sum of all its parts, not just the base distribution- that integrates cloud-based platforms with enterprise servers, container-based development with traditional development, and legacy applications with microservices. A system whose centerpiece is SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, although the truth is that the full explanation it is much more complex.
«As organizations around the world transform their business systems to adopt modern, agile technologies, multiple infrastructures are required for different workloads and applications. This often means creating a bridge between traditional and software-defined infrastructure, which is why SUSE has created a multimodal operating system: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15“Says Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO of SUSE, in this regard.
Considering that the previous major version of the distribution was SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 in 2014 (updated with SLE 12 SP1, SP2 and SP3 in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively), the amount of news that this new release receives is overwhelming. But not even in the official announcement The typical list of updates of the basic components of the system is already found, read the kernel or others, and it is that the added value in the form of software and services is the truly highlight of SLE 15.
In the SLE 15 release notes It is where all the new features of this version are detailed, including many of those that openSUSE Leap 15 presented at the time, such as the kernel Linux 4.12 with all the accumulated patches, general improvements in YaST that touch the system partitioner, or the replacement of SuSEFirewall2 by firewalld, to name a few.
A major novelty of SLE 15 is, in fact, the use of a “common code base” with which “to guarantee the mobility of applications in multimodal IT environments”, which includes the different solutions linked to SLE and also openSUSE Leap 15, which, as is known, is created from the base code of SLE. This feature encourages bidirectional migration between both systems. As for why such a strange numbering jump a priori, the answer lies in Asian superstitions.
SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 will finally be released in mid-July for x86-64, ARM and IBM LinuxONE, POWER, and z Systems and will feature 10 years of expandable support.