openSUSE Project Releases openSUSE 12.1

openSUSE Project Releases openSUSE 12.1

Latest distribution includes platform innovations and tools enabling users to
run cutting edge Linux-based operating systems in physical, virtual and cloud
environments

World-Wide, Web, November 16, 2011 — The openSUSE Project, a global open
source community, announced today the general availability of openSUSE 12.1.
The stable, complete and easy-to-use multipurpose operating system
distribution helps users and developers leverage free and open source software
in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

“openSUSE 12.1 represents more than eight months of worldwide effort to create
one of the industry’s best Linux distributions,” said Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE
community manager for SUSE. “The openSUSE distribution and its thousands of
open source applications are the result of contributions from individual
testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists, ambassadors,
packagers and developers having a lot of fun working together to create a
uniquely powerful set of tools and capabilities.”

The openSUSE Project’s commitment to providing a stable, complete and easy-to-
use multipurpose distribution is demonstrated by the latest community
community-led features openSUSE 12.1. Notable innovations include:

Cloud Innovation
Designed with integration in mind, the latest openSUSE release ships with the
latest Linux kernel 3.1, making it even more versatile and extensible for
supporting mixed IT environments including public and private clouds. By
leveraging SUSE Studio users can build and deploy unique versions of openSUSE
12.1, with custom package selections, artwork, scripts, etc. that can be
deployed directly to Amazon EC2 or onto a variety of other cloud platforms.

openSUSE is the first Linux distribution to support ownCloud with its own
unique Mirall desktop integration. Additionally, the openSUSE Virtualization
and Cloud repository offers the latest versions of Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and
OpenStack for openSUSE 12.1. The latest virtualization technologies including
Xen 4.1, KVM and VirtualBox can be managed with the latest virt-manager and
open-vm-tools.

Distribution Innovation
openSUSE 12.1 includes Snapper, a new and unique tool that employs the
snapshot functionality in btrfs to allow users to view older versions of files
and revert changes. The integration of Snapper into the zypper package manager
allows users to roll back system updates and configuration changes.

openSUSE is also the first major distribution to ship the Go programming
language, Google’s new open development language. Go is a fast, easy-to-use
language that helps programmers handle multi-core, networked machines with the
convenience of garbage collection and run-time reflection.

OpenSUSE 12.1 also includes an option to enable Tumbleweed, a version of
openSUSE with rolling updates that contain the latest stable versions of all
software. The project was conceived by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a SUSE kernel
engineer. Tumbleweed lessens the significance and change impact of major
releases by updating systems continuously.

Desktop enhancements
With Gnome Shell 3.2 the openSUSE interface focuses on deeper integration of
collaboration tools such as calendar notifications, chat and a centralized
online accounts configuration. The UI elements and workflows are touch-screen
friendly, equipped to handle smaller screens, multi-screen setups and
automatic rotation for touch screen devices.

openSUSE is the first major Linux distribution to ship both GNOME and KDE with
color management. Other features in KDE include the introduction of the Apper
software manager, simplifying software installation. openSUSE also include the
innovative Plasma Active tablet interface in the Open Build Service.

“While the big updates include Snapper, systemd and ownCloud, there are also
many smaller enhancements like the improvements to YaST or the work on zypper.
And that is only what our own community did,” said Bryen Yunahsko, member of
the openSUSE Board and marketing lead. “We’re standing on the shoulders of the
gigantic open source community. I would not be surprised if openSUSE’s latest
update has over 300,000 improvements that resulted from efforts in the open
source community.”

For more details about the latest innovations in openSUSE 12.1 visit
opensuse.org/12.1

Downloads can be found at software.opensuse.org/121

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About openSUSE
The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux
everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world’s best Linux distributions,
working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the
worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. For more information, visit
www.opensuse.org.

About SUSE
SUSE is a leading provider of enterprise Linux solutions that increase
agility, reduce cost and manage complexity in dynamic environments. With a
portfolio centered on SUSE Linux Enterprise, the most interoperable platform
for mission-critical computing, SUSE enables organizations to confidently
deliver computing services across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
With our award-winning products and ecosystem of partnerships, SUSE solutions
empower thousands of organizations around the world. For more information,
visit www.suse.com.

Press Contacts

Jos Poortvliet
openSUSE Community Manager, SUSE
jos@opensuse.org

Amie Johnson
PR Manager, SUSE
amie@suse.com

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