OpenSUSE 12.3 officially expires!
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.