Last Update: 2018-09-21

Table of Contents

Introduction
3 Major topics for SLE 12 SP4
Planned Releases
Download
Documentation
Release Notes
Changelogs
Known Issues
Report Issues
Mailing list
Bugzilla
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there 3 ISOs available?
Error message when trying to download isos
Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code
Updating from SLE 12 SP4 Beta X to SLE 12 SP4 Beta X+N
Migrating from SLE 11 to SLE 12 SP4 Beta X
Migrating from SLE 12 SP4 Beta X to SLE 12 SP4 GM
How to check the beta version of an installed system?
Will SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support a specific Intel microarchitecture ?
Private channel for sensitive data
Contact Beta Manager

Introduction

Welcome to the dedicated web page for the beta of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES®), SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED®) and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability (SLEHA). They are all part of the SUSE Linux Enterprise products family, thus share a fair amount of code and have the same planned releases dates, from Beta to First Customer Shipment.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 Beta (SLE 12 SP4) is a consolidation Service Pack release, which includes:

  • Linux kernel version 4.12,
  • Selected set of non-disruptive features and new hardware support driven by partner and customer requirements,
  • Delivery of all fixes and updates introduced since SLE 12 SP3 release.

3 Major topics for SLE 12 SP4

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 focuses on three major topics:

  • Hardware support: latest Intel processors, the AMD’s Second Generation EPYC 7xx2 (codename Rome) processors, IBM z Systems and LinuxONE, IBM POWER8 (Little Endian), IBM POWER9 (Little Endian) ARM SoC (Raspberry Pi) and ARM ODM support for selected vendors
  • Shared kernel tree between SLE 12 and SLE 15 to ease maintenance and support, as well as increase HW support.
  • New Persistent Memory/NVDIMM feature providing support for target storage for in-memory databases.

 

Planned Releases

Our plan is to release 4 Betas, 2 Release Candidates and one Gold Master Candidate from 26th July 2018 to 31th October 2018. We only provide releases Beta, RC and GMC, so we are excluding our internal Gold Master images for this beta program.

 

Scheduled releases:

  • Beta 1July 26, 2018
  • Beta 2August 2, 2018
  • Beta 3August 16, 2018
  • Beta 4August 30, 2018
  • RC1September 20, 2018
  • RC2October 11, 2018
  • GMCOctober 31, 2018
  • FCSDecember-2018 (First Customer Shipment)

Important

Important

Please note that we reserve the right to change or adapt this schedule depending on various factors. Rest assured that we will communicate if there is any change of plan.

 

Download

SLES and SLE SDK is available on the following architectures: aarch64, ppc64le, s390x and x86_64.
A bootable image of SLES is available for Raspberry Pi.
SLES for SAP is available only on x86_64 and ppc64le.
SLEWE is available only on x86_64.
SLE JeOS is available on: KVM, XEN, Hyper-V, VMware and OpenStack Cloud.

SLED and SLE SDK are available only on x86_64.

SLEHA is available on the following architectures: ppc64le, s390x and x86_64.

 

Documentation

Note

Note: The following Documentations are drafts.

And will remain as such through out the SLE Beta Program. Documentations for Beta Products do not yet have the quality, accuracy and content of our official documentations. However we will update these documentations on the fly during the SLE Beta Program.

Release Notes

 

Changelogs

The following changelogs include changes from all architectures:

Beta 2 – Beta 3:

ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Server-Beta2-Beta3.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-HA-Beta2-Beta3.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-WE-Beta2-Beta3.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SDK-Beta2-Beta3.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SAP-Beta2-Beta3.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Desktop-Beta2-Beta3.txt

Beta 3 – Beta 4:

ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Server-Beta3-Beta4.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-HA-Beta3-Beta4.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-WE-Beta3-Beta4.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SDK-Beta3-Beta4.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SAP-Beta3-Beta4.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Desktop-Beta3-Beta4.txt

Beta 4 – RC 1:

ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Server-Beta4-RC1.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-HA-Beta4-RC1.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-WE-Beta4-RC1.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SDK-Beta4-RC1.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-SAP-Beta4-RC1.txt
ChangeLog-SLE-12-SP4-Desktop-Beta4-RC1.txt

 

Known Issues

  • SLES:
    • Some issues are seen in key generation / handling when using FIPS mode
  • SLED/SLEWE:
    • Nvidia repository contains uninstallable drivers. It will be updated soon (bsc#1107248)
  • SLEHA:
    • libdlm package is missing in Public Cloud images (bsc#1108988)
  • SLES for SAP:
    • SAP Installation Wizard fails to install NetWeaver  (bsc#1107963)
    • libdlm package is missing in Public Cloud images (bsc#1108988)

Warning

Warning: Beta Registration Code

Registration is not working with your regular SLE key, special Beta Registration Code is required. Thus, you don’t have access to the SLE online channels/repositories and Modules without a Beta Registration Code.
Please refer to the FAQ for more on how to request a Beta Registration Code.

Report Issues

Mailing List

sle-beta@lists.suse.com is our dedicated Mailing List to discuss SUSE Linux Enterprise Beta products. It is used by the SUSE Release Team to announce new beta images and technical information, as well as for general or technical questions, feedback, or defect reports related to SUSE Linux Enterprise Beta products from our beta testers base.Only subscribers can post to our mailing lists. To subscribe, please go to http://lists.suse.com/mailman/listinfo/sle-beta.

Only subscribers can post to our mailing lists. To subscribe, please go to http://lists.suse.com/mailman/listinfo/sle-beta.

Please refer to our Mailing Lists Guideline for more information.

 

Bugzilla

Here are the links to the SLE Bugzilla product that you will use for reporting the defects of the following products:

Please refer to our complete Bugzilla guideline for more information and before creating your first bug report: how to use Bugzilla

 

Frequently Asked Questions

– Why are there 3 ISOs available per product?

We offer 3 DVD ISOs per Product, for instance with SLES we have:

  • SLE-12-SP4-Server-DVD-x86_64-BetaX-DVD1.iso = DVD1 contains the binaries
  • SLE-12-SP4-Server-DVD-x86_64-BetaX-DVD2.iso = DVD2 the sources
  • SLE-12-SP4-Server-DVD-x86_64-BetaX-DVD3.iso = DVD3 the debuginfo packages

For installation purposes you just need DVD 1 for your architecture. Please verify the sha256sum of the ISO using the SHA256SUMS file, which can also be found on the download page.

Note

Note: Final Product and Debuginfo

We are providing the DVD3 (debuginfo packages) as DVD media for the SLE Beta Program, but the final product will not! However it will only be accessible as an Online Channel.

 

– Error message when trying to download isos

Well, sorry for the inconvenience, please report your issue to: beta-programs@lists.suse.com.
One quick workaround would be to remove suse.com and download.suse.com cookies from you browser and try again.

 

– Beta Subscription and Registration Code

Warning

Warning: Beta Registration Code

Registration is not working with your regular SLE key, special Beta Registration Code is required. Thus, you don’t have access to the SLE online channels/repositories and Modules without a Beta Registration Code.

The Beta Registration Code is the key to unlock the Beta Subscription in our SUSE Customer Center. The Beta Subscription consist of giving access to our SLE 12 SP4 Beta Online Channels.

We will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SLE 12 SP4 Beta Program. You might request one via beta-programs@lists.suse.com, please specify if you want a registration code for SLES, SLED, SLEHA or for all of them.

Without a beta registration code for SLES 12 SP4 Beta, you won’t be able to access the online SLE 12 Modules.

– Updating from SLE 12 SP4 Beta X to SLE 12 SP4 Beta X+N

Even if it’s completely feasible and working, we do not recommend to update from “SLE 12 Service Pack 4 Beta X” to “SLE 12 Service Pack 4 Beta X+N” for your thorough beta testing.

Why?
Because this scenario is specific to beta and can not be compared to any SLE production update scenario. During the beta phase of our products, we need the flexibility of doing important changes to packages (libraries, configuration files, features, etc), like upgrading or downgrading to different versions.
Thus changes between SLE Beta might look very different from regular updates we make in official SLE Service Pack releases.

We highly recommend to test the following scenarios, whenever a new Beta version is released:

      • Fresh install of SLE 12 SP4 Beta X+N,
      • Migration from SLE 12 SPX-N to SLE 12 SP4 Beta X+N.
– Migrating from SLE 11 to SLE 12 SP4 Beta X

We have made the necessary changes to our SCC Online Channels setup for SLE 12 SP4 to allow beta testing the migration to SLE12 SP4.

– Migrating from SLE 12 SP4 Beta X to SLE SP4 GM

Warning

Warning: Migration from Beta to Gold Master

Migrating from SLE 12 SP4 Beta X to SLE 12 SP4 Gold Master (the final version of SLE 12 SP4) is NOT SUPPORTED. If you want to put the final version of our product in production, you need to do a fresh installation or a migration from an existing supported version. We will not support the migration from a beta product to a final release of the product.

As a reminder, our SUSE Beta EULA states that you should not put SUSE Beta Products in production.

– How to check the beta version of an installed system?
# grep betaversion /etc/products.d/*
/etc/products.d/baseproduct: <betaversion>BetaX<betaversion>
/etc/products.d/sle-sdk.prod: <betaversion>BetaX<betaversion>
/etc/products.d/sle-module-web-scripting.prod: <betaversion>BetaX<betaversion>
/etc/products.d/SLES.prod: <betaversion>BetaX</betaversion>

 

– Will SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support a specific Intel microarchitecture ?

Please read the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server–Support for Intel Server Platforms document.

– Private channel for sensitive data

In case you are a SUSE’s partners or customers and would like to share some sensitive data with us for multiple reasons (data for bug reports, feedbacks, etc).
Please contact us at beta-programs@lists.suse.com, and we will review your case and help you have a private channel with us.

– Contact Beta Manager

For questions related to the beta test infrastructure, for example download issues or problems with reporting bugs or the mailing list, please write to beta-programs@lists.suse.com