Saturday, July 14, 2012

openSUSE release lifetime

Previously, I've mentioned that openSUSE releases come every 8 months, and that each release is supported for 18 months. But their wiki's "Lifetime" page explains things this way:

openSUSE releases have a lifetime of 2 releases + 2 months overlap. With a release cycle of 8 months this makes it 18 months.

The release cycle isn't always set in stone, which you can tell by looking at the release dates shown at DistroWatch's openSUSE page. And, the next openSUSE release (12.2) has been delayed, so the lifetimes of the two latest releases, 11.4 and 12.1, will shift from the original EOLs of September 15th, 2012 and May 15th, 2013, respectively.

In any case, 18 months is a pretty good support cycle. No complaints from here.

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