OpenSUSE 12.3 of­fi­cially ex­pires!

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openSUSE 12.3 was re­leased in 2013, and now this ver­sion is to be dis­con­tin­ued. De­vel­op­ers have de­cided that it’s time to de­clare that openSUSE 12.3 has reached the end of its life.

It has not been too long since this openSUSE ver­sion was launched, though. But in line with the trend seen with other Linux based op­er­at­ing sys­tems, two years is ac­tu­ally much more than usual. As th­ese op­er­at­ing sys­tems come for free, users should re­mem­ber that main­tain­ing any of them is quite a time con­sum­ing af­fair. Also, they be­come ir­rel­e­vant grad­u­ally as bet­ter and up­graded ver­sions of the same op­er­at­ing sys­tem keep get­ting re­leased by the same de­vel­op­ers. Hence, in­vest­ing time on an older ver­sion doesn’t make much sense.

openSUSE group mem­ber Benjamin Brun­ner an­nounced in his mail­ing list, “With the re­lease of Flash-player on Jan­uary 29, 2015, the SUSE spon­sored main­te­nance of openSUSE 12.3 has ended. openSUSE 12.3 is now of­fi­cially dis­con­tin­ued and out of sup­port by SUSE. openSUSE 12.3 was re­leased on March 13, 2013, mak­ing it ca. 11 months of se­cu­rity and bug-fix sup­port.”

So users are ad­vised to up­grade their op­er­at­ing sys­tems as soon as pos­si­ble to the lat­est openSUSE 13.2.

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