Last Update: 2020-03-25

Table of Contents

Introduction
Major Themes
Notable Changes
Planned Releases
Download
Documentation
Release Notes
Changelogs
Known Issues
Feedback
Private Channel
Public 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
Migrating from SLE 12 to SLE 12 SP5 Beta X
Upgrading from SLE 11 to SLE 12 SP5 Beta X
Updating from SLE 12 SP5 Beta X to SLE 12 SP5 Beta X+N
Updating from SLE 12 SP5 Beta X to SLE 15 SP1 GM
How to check the beta version of an installed system?
Will SUSE Linux Enterprise Server support a specific Intel microarchitecture ?
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.

Major Themes
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 Service Pack 2 (SLE 15 SP2) is the a Refresh Service Pack.
  • Media Changes: Easier handling of online vs offline installation.
    The Unified Installer and Packages DVDs known from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 are deprecated and have been replaced by the following media:

    • Online Installation Media:
      All SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 products can be installed with this lightweight stand alone media, after entering a registration key. The necessary packages are fetched from online repositories only.
    • Full Installation Media:
      All SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 products can be installed without network connection with this media, for offline installation scenarios. The media contains all necessary packages. It consists of directories with module repositories which need to be added manually as needed. RMT (Repository Mirroring Tool) and SUSE Manager provide additional options for disconnected or managed installation.Please also note that we have replaced the word “DVD” by “Media” for the ISO names.
  • Maven: as a Technical Preview
    Maven in version 3.6.2 has been added.
  • Changes to our SLE Pre-Releases
    The SLE 15 SP2 schedule introduces some significant changes to the former SLE Beta schedule that you might know.
    In the past, like for SLE 15 SP1 Public Beta Program, all testers (Internal, Technology Partners, Public) were receiving the same images with the same cadence, about 2-3 weeks.
    However for Internal and Partners, the 2-3 weeks cadence of official and fully tested images, from our internal automated and manual QA, was too long. And providing around 7-8 pre-releases to our Public beta testers, was difficult for them to cope with.
    Thus as part of the examination of the new challenges we took three major decisions:

    • Increase the cadence of internal milestones to our developers and Technology Partners,
      Bring more flexibility into the testing schedules of our developers and Technology Partners.
    • Reduce number of Public Pre-Release images to 3,
      Only one Beta, one Release Candidate and one Gold Master Candidate will be available on download.suse.com.
    • Provide more updates through our Beta Online Channels,
      Changes in the weekly internal milestones will be provided to the Public as updates through our SLE 15 SP2 Beta Online Channels.

    We hope this approach will address the needs of our different beta stakeholders. The “hardcore” testers get more frequent images to test and validate, our Public testers get fewer ISOs to install but still get frequent updates from our Engineering.
    Of course, we are highly interested by your feedback and experience to make any adaptations or changes in the future. Contact us at beta-programs@lists.suse.com!

 

Notable Changes

Please note that information mentioned below are just about a selection of packages, check out our Release Notes and Changelog files for more details and a full list.

  • Linux Kernel 5.3:
    SLE 15 SP2 includes the Linux 5.3 kernel. This new kernel release includes upstream features such as 16 million additionally usable IPv4 addresses, utilization clamping support in the task scheduler, power-efficient userspace waiting with the umwait x86 instructions and many more.

    • Changes for SCSI Devices
      With the update to the 5.3 kernel asynchronous SCSI Devices is more aggressive! This should be an important topic for your testing, therefore please check the full details at HERE.
  • GNOME 3.34:
    The GNOME Desktop (and associated applications) has been updated to version 3.34 (from version 3.26). This updates brings many improvements, performance improvements, and new features. Among those, you might notice visual refreshes for a number of applications, including the desktop itself and the icon set, custom folders in application overview, redesign of various control panels, and a new on-screen keyboard.
  • Vagrant Boxes:
    SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2 will be available as a Vagrant Box for the Enterprise Server and the Enterprise Desktop releases.
  • MariaDB 10.4:
    MariaDB 10.4 is, as of now, only available through our SLE 15 SP2 Online Channels and not in the current ISOs. Learn how to get access to our Beta Online Channels via our FAQ.
    We are aware that some parts of the distribution may need further adaptations to the new version. Please, read this information before using this Beta:

  • PostgreSQL 12 has been added!
    Please note that PostgreSQL 10 is still available. We highly recommend to read the available upstream documentation for changes and upgrades:

    We have the following two changes to the layout of subpackages that come out with PostgreSQL 12:

    • The former postgresql10-devel package will be split into postgresql12-devel (containing everything that’s needed to build database clients that link against libpq and libecpg) and postgresql12-server-devel (containing everything that’s needed to build server extensions).
    • There is a new optional subpackage called postgresql12-llvmjit.

    All new packages of course also have a noarch companion without a version number in the name, i.e. postgresql-server-devel and postgresql-llvmjit .

As always, we highly recommend to check our Release Notes and our changelogs files for a complete overview of the changes in this new version.

 

Planned Releases

Our plan is to release only three Public Pre-Release ISOs, one Public Beta, one Public Release Candidate and one Gold Master Candidate from Feb 7th 2020 to April 24th 2020.

 

Scheduled releases:

  • Public Beta Feb 07, 2020
  • Public Release CandidateApril 24, 2020
  • Public Gold Master CandidateTBD
  • First Customer ShipmentEnd of June 2020

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 to the 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.
SLEHPC is available for x86_64 and aarch64.
SLED & SLEWE is available only on x86_64.
SLE JeOS is available on: KVM, XEN, Hyper-V, VMware and OpenStack Cloud.
SLES & SLED Vagrant Box x86_64 available for libvirt and Virtualbox.
SLES Vagrant Box aarch64 available for libvirt.
SLEHA is avalable only on ppc64le, s390x and x86_64.
SLEHA-GEO is available only on s390x and x86_64

 

Documentation

Note

Note: The following Documents are drafts.

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

Release Notes

 

Changelogs

The following changelogs include changes from all architectures:

15SP1 GA – 15SP2 Public Beta:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-SP1-Full-SLE-15-SP2-PublicBeta

Known Issues

  • SLES
    • When installing system with ibft with encrypted root partition and separate boot, system falls back to emergency shell and fails to boot. [bsc#1158536]
    • SLES for Raspberry Pi: Time sync is not automatically set since chronyd does not have any sources defined. [bsc#1156884]
  • SLEWE
  • SLEHA
  • SLES for SAP

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.

 

Feedback

Whenever you find a bug or have a question while using SUSE Linux Enterprise, we highly recommend that you use our mailing list first, then if it really make sense you should open a bug report.

Private Channel

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

Public Mailing List

sle-beta@lists.suse.com is our dedicated Public 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 community. 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:

Create a new bug for:

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 Media ISOs per Product, for instance with SLES we have:

  • SLE-15-SP2-Full-x86_64-PublicBeta-Media1.iso = Media1 contains the binaries
  • SLE-15-SP2-Full-x86_64-PublicBeta-Media2.iso = Media2 the sources
  • SLE-15-SP2-Full-x86_64-PublicBeta-Media3.iso = Media3 the debuginfo packages

For installation purposes you just need Media1 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 Media3 (debuginfo packages) isos 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

Please try again with a “Private Window” in your browser, if it works, this mean that you need to
clear your cache and cookies for suse.com and download.suse.com in your browser.

If it doesn’t work, sorry for the inconvenience, please report your issue to: beta-programs@lists.suse.com.

 

– 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 15 SP2 Beta Online Channels.

We will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SLE 12 SP5 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 and for which architectures.

Without a beta registration code for SLES 15 SP2 Beta, you won’t be able to access the online SLE 15 Modules.

 

– Migrating from SLE 15 to SLE 15 SP2 Beta

This is the usual “Service Pack Migration” that can be done with YaST, zypper, AutoYaST or SUSE Manager. Of course you should always migrate to the latest Beta version.
For a complete and detailed Upgrade process, please refer to the following documentation in our Upgrade Guide:

 

– Upgrading from SLE 12 to SLE 15 SP2 Beta

We have made the necessary changes to our SCC Online Channels setup for SLE 15 SP1 to allow beta testing the migration to SLE15 SP1.
Keep in mind that you can only upgrade from SLE 12 to SLE 15 via booting on a SLE 15 Installation Medium. Please refer to the Upgrade Guide for a complete and detailed Upgrade process.

 

– Updating from SLE 15 SP2 Beta to the next SLE 15 SP2 Beta

Even if it’s completely feasible and working, we do not recommend to update from “SLE 15 Service Pack 2 Beta X” to “SLE 15 Service Pack 2 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 new SLE 15 SP5 Beta,
  • Migration from SLE 15 to new SLE 15 SP2 Beta.

 

– Updating from SLE 15 SP2 Beta to SLE 15 SP2 GM

Warning

Warning: Migration from Beta to Gold Master

Migrating from SLE 15 SP2 Beta to SLE 15 SP2 Gold Master (the final version of SLE 15 SP2) 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.

– Contact Beta Manager

Do you have a question or an issue to report on our Beta Program? Want to get in touch with our Product Managers or Engineering team? Or simply share a feedback? Please do not hesitate to contact us via beta-programs@lists.suse.com!