Leap 42.1/42.2/tumbleweed help

I am running 13.1 at the moment. I am stuck on an old version of the kernel, since new versions are crashing my system. I am looking to update to a version of leap or to tumbleweed. I’m trying to find a distribution that is stable and that will give me the longest time until upgrade.

At the moment, it looks like I should wait till 42.2 comes out later this year. Is that correct?
Is there an “evergreen” release for 42 or has that stopped with 13.1?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum. Could not really find one more appropriate.



I think your best option is to go with 42.1 for now. Then, when 42.2 is release, upgrade your system to 42.2.

As far as I know, upgrading within the 42.x series is the long term support model to replace evergreen.

openSUSE 13.1 has kernel 3.12, while Leap 42.1 - kernel 4.1 and 42.2 - 4.4, with next dot update likely picking up whatever current kernel is at this point.

Tumbleweed has almost bleeding edge kernel and in any case rate of changes rather exceeds your expectations.

I would say that Tumbleweed is not worth the risk if you want a long term stable experience. It will frequently break in little ways and occasionally it could break catastrophically.

I found that LEAP 42.1 was a significant step forward in stability and usability over 13.1, but still I experienced frequent boot up crashes in Gnome which was a pain. I also found Samba to be consistently flakey.
I recently upgraded to LEAP 42.2 Alpha 2 (I think) and have found that the boot crashes have gone (Gnome seems to have altered the way it handles exceptions on initialization within 3.20) and Samba has become much more usable (though I had to do a bit of tweaking with privileges on some critical files). I would say that LEAP 42.2 is ready for use already and I would bypass LEAP 42.1 altogether. I am quite suitably impressed with the whole package and can say that its the best SUSE yet (apart from maybe the enterprise SLE versions which are rock solid out of the box - but a little out of date even at launch).