Since version 11.2, critical updates have been provided for two releases plus two months, which results in a support lifetime of 18 months.

Starting with version 12.1, to add predictability and to prevent people from thinking the .0 releases are more major, the open SUSE version scheme has changed.

open SUSE 13.2 was released on November 4, 2014, and includes updates to Plasma 4.11, KDE Applications 4.14, GNOME 3.14.1, Firefox 33.0 and Libre Office

The open SUSE team decided that the next version would be based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).

It also updates the Linux kernel to version 2.6.34.

open SUSE 11.4 was finished on March 3, 2011 and released on March 10, 2011.

The fourth release, open SUSE 10.3, was made available as a stable version on October 4, 2007.

An overhaul of the software package management system (including support for 1-Click-Install), legal MP3 support from Fluendo and improved boot-time are some of the areas focused on for this release. It includes the latest version of GNOME and two versions of KDE (the older, stable 3.5.9 and the newer 4.0.4).Also, the Live CD images were replaced with Live USB images, and an Xfce rescue SUSE 13.1 was released on November 19, 2013, and includes updates to Plasma 4.11, GNOME 3.10, Firefox 25.0, and Libre Office 4.1.Several areas that developers focused their efforts on were reworking the menus used to launch programs in KDE and GNOME, moving to ext3 as the default file system, providing support for internal readers of Secure Digital cards commonly used in digital cameras, improving power management framework (more computers can enter suspended states instead of shutting down and starting up) and the package management system.This release also featured version 2.0 of Mozilla SUSE, a popular Linux distribution developed by the community-supported open SUSE Project and sponsored by a number of companies and individuals, most notably SUSE, AMD, B1 Systems, Heinlein Support and IP Exchange.