Last Update: 2019-03-19

Table of Contents

Introduction
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
Migrating from SLE 15 GA to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X
Upgrading from SLE 12 to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X
Updating from SLE 15 SP1 Beta X to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X+N
Updating from SLE 15 SP1 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 ?
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 15 Service Pack 1 Beta (SLE 15 SP1) is a consolidation Service Pack release

Planned Releases

Our plan is to release 3 Betas, 3 Release Candidates and one Gold Master Candidate from 14th December 2018 to 10th May 2019. We only provide releases Beta, RC and GMC, so we are excluding our internal Gold Master images for this beta program.

 

Scheduled releases:

  • Beta 1December 14, 2018
  • Beta 2January 18, 2019
  • Beta 3February 01, 2019
  • Beta 4February 22, 2019
  • RC1March 15, 2019
  • RC2April 12, 2019
  • GMCMay 10, 2019
  • FCSMid June-2019 (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 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.
SLEWE is available only on x86_64.
SLE JeOS is available on: KVM, XEN, Hyper-V, VMware and OpenStack Cloud.

 

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:

15GA – 15 SP1 Beta 1:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-SP1-Installer-15GA-Beta1

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Packages-15GA-Beta1

15GA – 15 SP1 Beta 2:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-SP1-Installer-Beta2

ChangeLog-SLE-15-SP1-Packages-Beta2

15GA – 15 SP1 Beta 3:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Installer-Beta3

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Packages-Beta3

15GA – 15 SP1 Beta 4:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Installer-Beta4

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Packages-Beta4

15GA – 15 SP1 RC 1:

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Installer-RC1

ChangeLog-SLE-15-Packages-RC1

 

Known Issues

  • SLE*:
    • Boot issue with FIPS mode (bsc#1074984)
  • SLES:
    • EULA not properly displayed for JeOS images (bsc#1127166)
  • SLED/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.

Report Issues

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.

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-15-SP1-Installer-DVD-x86_64-Beta1-DVD1.iso = DVD1 contains the binaries
  • SLE-15-SP1-Installer-DVD-x86_64-Beta1-DVD2.iso = DVD2 the sources
  • SLE-15-SP1-Installer-DVD-x86_64-Beta1-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 15 SP1 Beta Online Channels.

We will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SLE 15 SP1 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 15 SP1 Beta, you won’t be able to access the online SLE 15 Modules.

 

– Migrating from SLE 15 GA to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X

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 SP1 Beta X

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 SP1 Beta X to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X+N

Even if it’s completely feasible and working, we do not recommend to update from “SLE 15 Service Pack 1 Beta X” to “SLE 15 Service Pack 1 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 15 SP1 Beta X+N,
  • Migration from SLE 15 GA to SLE 15 SP1 Beta X+N.

 

– Updating from SLE 15 SP1 Beta X to SLE 15 SP1 GM

Warning

Warning: Migration from Beta to Gold Master

Migrating from SLE 15 SP1 Beta X to SLE 15 SP1 Gold Master (the final version of SLE 15 SP1) 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 (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.

– 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