Nov 172011

One week after Fedora 16, the OpenSUSE project released its new version: 12.1. A bit strange to release 12.1 (instead of 12.0) but I am sure they had good reason(s). New features include GNOME 3.2, several cloud computing enhancements, snapper (btrfs snapshots) and Tumbleweed enhancements (rolling distribution repository)

OpenSUSE was one of the distributions that did not make the final cut in my Switching To Linux series. But like Fedora I will be keeping a close eye on this release and I will test it in the near future.

Downloads can be found on OpenSUSE has different versions available: DVD, Live Gnome, Live KDE and Network. Chose the one you like, download it and give it a try.

More release details can be found on

These are some of the prominent features:

  • Gnome 3.2
  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.7
  • Chrome 17 and Firefox 7
  • WebYAST and Horde 4
  • Cloud Technologies: Xen 4.1, KVM, VirtualBox, virt-manager and open-vm-tools
  • Snapper tool offering file versioning, the systemd init system and the Google Go language.
  • Elegant GUI for customizing your X configuration: SAX3
  • YaST2 received a number of bugfixes and small improvements
  • Linux Kernel 3.1
  • Tumbleweed, the unique rolling release repository for openSUSE
  • And many more
Download it, test it and evaluate it. I know I will…

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