LEAP 42.1 = SLE 12 sp1

I was hearing and wanted to validate that LEAP 42.1 is equal to SLE 12sp1? Similar to the way CentOS is to Red Hat, is this true? Is anyone running several LEAP 42.1 instances and how are you keeping them up-to-date? I have SUSE Manager but don’t see where or how I can get the LEAP packages and therefore wondering how true that is, LEAP being = to SLE 12sp1. If that is the case I wanted to see what happens if I plug the SLE12sp1 repositories in on my LEAP box to manage with SUSE Manager.

Use the official Leap repos as listed here


OpenSUSE Leap 42.1, is based on the first service pack of SLE 12 but Leap uses a much newer kernel, different Xorg build, and many of the user-land packages are submitted/maintained by openSUSE community developers. They are two very different products.


Just to clarify - are you currently using Leap or SLE 12? I initially assumed the former.

I’m managing my Leap 42.1 and SLE systems via SUSE Manager without issues, now, since these are the openSUSE forums, if your after more detail please head over to https://forums.suse.com specifically https://forums.suse.com/forumdisplay.php?22-SUSE-Manager and ask there :wink:

Thanks everyone! I got my answer. LEAP to SLE 12sp1 isn’t like CentOS is to Red Hat.

there is no direct analogy between what LEAP is to SLE with RHEL and it’s Forks, the closest would be if RHEL released a 18 month supported version of Fedora that was downstream of RHEL proper instead of upstream, that’s why it’s LEAP it’s a huge change on the way openSUSE was developed and released, imo TW is to SLE what Fedora is to RHEL, and LEAP is something in-between as it’s based on SLE but it also has newer TW code too it’s a hybrid.
LEAP is not a free Enterprise level OS the way CentOS (or Scientific Linux) is to RHEL you could use it in Enterprise tho … as LEAP is great but if you’re an Enterprise user SLE is a better choice.

On 02/01/2016 07:46 PM, D8TA wrote:
> Thanks everyone! I got my answer. LEAP to SLE 12sp1 isn’t like CentOS is
> to Red Hat.

Uh… yes… so it’s not limited and restricted in that manner. I guess it all
depends on what you’re looking for. Something SLE-like that has the updates you
want/need. Or something CentOS-like that gets old and dusty <cough>…

Now… if running old software is ok… and certainly SLE receives security
updates when found and so does CentOS, then it might be your cup of tea.

Sometimes you wish that you could have a SLE with updated functionality and not
merely basic security patches, something that works easier with newer hardware,
but not completely bleeding edge… then maybe LEAP fits the bill.

If you don’t mind riding on the edge of your seat with occasional regressions
mixed in with the latest functionality… then go with Tumbleweed.