3 observations:

1. A new version of Leap is released every 12 months.
2. Each Leap release is supported for 18 months from release.
3. No Leap to date has enjoyed Evergreen support.

In effect, this forces openSUSE users to update their Leap version every year whether or not they want to. While regular updates may excite GNU/Linux enthusiasts, it comes at an unwelcome cost for more conservative users. It's heartening to see an increasing number of `senior' GNU/Linux newcomers to openSUSE, but forcing such users to start again from scratch every year (upgrades aren't guaranteed to work and often break things!) would be an undesirable consequence of the current model. It's also worth bearing in mind that no version of Microsoft Windows has ever enforced such a high frequency of version updates.

I therefore wish to propose that starting from Leap 42.3 (which is very stable), openSUSE reintroduces Evergreen support with a total of 36 months of support. The current lack of long-term support is a glaring omission from the Leap model and takes away an important choice enjoyed previously by openSUSE users. While dropping live-media and 32-bit are minor issues (both of which I actually support), dropping Evergreen is probably a step too far. What do the community think?