openSUSE Leap 15.2 released with strong focus on Containers, AI and ML

openSUSE 15.2 Released
The openSUSE release team announced the availability of community-developed openSUSE Leap 15.2. Release brings exciting new Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Container Packages.

OpenSUSE is one of the most stable, complete and easy to use Linux version. Its “Leap” variant actually shares a common codebase with SUSE Enterprise Linux.

I am super excited that openSUSE end-users can now finally consume machine learning / deep learning frameworks and applications via our repositories to enjoy a stable and up-to-date ecosystem.

said Marco Varlese, a developer and member of the project.

Let’s take a look at what’s new

Some of the AI and ML packages are Tensorflow which is a framework for deep learning that can be used by data scientists to provide numerical computations and data-flow graphs.

PyTorch, which is for both server and compute resources to accelerate power users’ ability to prototype a project and move it to a production deployment

ONNX, an open format built to represent machine learning models and provide interoperability in the AI tool space; and Grafana and Prometheus both of which open up new possibilities for analytical experts.

Grafana and Prometheus are two new maintained packages that open up new possibilities for analytical experts. Grafana provides end users the ability to create interactive visual analytics. Feature-rich data-modeling packages: Graphite, Elastic and Prometheus give openSUSE users greater latitude to construct, compute and decipher data more intelligibly.

openSUSE users will have more power to develop, ship and deploy containerized applications using the newer container technologies that are being maintained in the distribution.

Containers

For the first time, Kubernetes is an official package in the release. This gives a huge boost to container orchestration capabilities, allowing users to automate deployments, scale, and manage containerized applications.

Helm, the package manager for Kubernetes, is also added. Helm helps developers and system administrators manage complexity by defining, installing, and upgrading the most complex of Kubernetes applications.

Desktop

KDE 4 and Qt 4 are no longer supported. openSUSE Leap 15.2 still contains KDE 4 and Qt 4 packages for compatibility reasons. However these packages will no longer receive updates and security fixes. Therefore it is strongly recommended to replace all installed KDE 4 and Qt 4 packages with packages from Plasma 5 and Qt 5 providing the same or at least similar functionalities.

You can also grab the DVD ISO or the network image file from the official website itself.

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