Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP 4 is out

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 4 was released today. It contains lots of software updates and features. For more information have a look at the release notes of our Server and Desktop version.

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP4 templates

SUSE Studio supports the new SUSE Linux Enterprise release from day one. Just click on the Create appliance link after you log in and select the template you'd like to start with.

As always you can configure, build, testdrive and publish your appliance.

Configure SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP4 GNOME desktop

Testdriving SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP4 GNOME desktop


SUSE Linux Enterprise SP4 includes a lot of updates like new versions for openSSH and zypper. OpenSSH is constantly improving and gaining new and more secure cipher suites. The newest SUSE Linux Service pack ships with version 6.6p1 of openSSH which includes modern elliptic curve ciphers based on the elliptic curve Curve25519, resulting in public key types Ed25519. Also the new transport cipher "" was added, using the ChaCha20 stream cipher and Poly1305 MAC developed by Dan Bernstein.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 updates also PostgreSQL to Version 9.4 which includes the new JSONB data type for PostgreSQL. With the new data type users no longer have to choose between relational and non-relational data stores: they can have both at the same time. JSONB supports fast lookups and simple expression search queries using Generalized Inverted Indexes (GIN). For more information have a look at the PostgreSQL Wiki.


As usual you can upgrade previous SUSE Linux Enterprise versions to the new Service Pack 4. Just go to the start tab of your appliance and click the Upgrade button at the top bar.

Different than previously, we implemented a step-wise-upgrade. That means, if you currently run on SLES11 SP3 and you want to upgrade to SLES12 you need two steps (SLES11 SP3 -> SLES11 SP4 -> SLES12) and we won't upgrade to the latest version automatically.

First step: Upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP4

Second step: Upgrade to SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

In case you are not satisfied with the upgrade you can also rollback to your old appliance version. Just click on Undo upgrade at the bottom of the appliance start tab.

Rollback to SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP4

Happy building :)


  1. I can't find the upgrade button in the start page of an existing SLES 11 SP3
    What should I do?

    1. That was a bug. The upgrade button should be visible again.


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