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A tech conference is not considered complete until the product announcements come through. The first day of SUSECON did not disappoint. SUSE unveiled the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Service Pack 3 and SUSE Rancher 2.6. Before you get excited, you might want to know that they are not going to be released until the second half of 2021. The new version of SLES’s beta was released in early March.

The biggest new update in the SLES is its binary compatibility with openSUSE Leap, one of the two free community editions SUSE offers.

Taking the Leap

The two community edition Linux distributions are essentially the same, which is great for developers who will be able to test their software on Leap before taking it to production on a SLES server.

SUSE also thinks that the move will make Leap attractive to current users of CentOS 8, the free downstream RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) clone, which will no longer be supported at the end of this year. Red Hat moved the project upstream of RHEL. The company said that SUSE plans to introduce programs and services that will help CentOS users.

Upcoming versions

Since CentOS no longer has binary compatibility with any commercial Linux distribution, its users might be tempted to make the migration to Leap. SLES 15 SP3 will introduce SUSE Linux Enterprise Base Container Images, as well as secure and agile container images and application development tools for integrators and developers.

The company said that it has plans to add hardened and certified container images for regulated market users. However, there is no clear indication of when this will arrive.

The newly appointed president of engineering and innovation, Sheng Liang, also gave his first keynote.