SUSE Security and the openSUSE Maintenance Team have announced that openSUSE 11.4 has been officially discontinued and is now longer supported by SUSE.
According to its developers, openSUSE 11.4 was the first openSUSE distribution maintained using OpenBuildService methods (known as "OBS Maintenance"), allowing full community participation.
openSUSE 11.4 also migrated from the old internal SUSE method to the OBS method on the fly, during its lifetime, without any interruption.
Even though openSUSE 11.4 has been discontinued, that doesn't mean the distribution is totally dead. The Evergreen community team will continue to maintain the distro as long as possible.
openSUSE 11.4 was released on March 4, 2011, marking 20 months of security and bugfix support. It had considerably more patches and security upgrades than openSUSE 11.3.
The openSUSE project will continue to provide update packages for the following products:
• openSUSE 12.1 (supported until 2 months after openSUSE "Next" release, around May 2013)
• openSUSE 12.2 (supported until 2 months after openSUSE "Next+2" release)
• openSUSE Next (naming is now being discussed) (currently in development, to be released in early 2013)
• for the next two openSUSE releases plus a two-month overlap period.
Moreover, openSUSE ARM, a free and Linux-based operating system for the ARM architecture, which can be used to surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, and play videos or music, has just reached version 12.2.
The other major release, openSUSE 12.3, is getting closer to a launch even though just a Milestone version has been released so far.
Keep in mind that openSUSE Linux 12.3 Milestone 0 is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.