openSUSE Debuts New Features, Apps with 12.2 Release

The openSUSE Linux distribution has faced its share of tumult in the last few months, which witnessed some significant soul-searching by the developers regarding how the project operates. But things appear back on track, with the release of version 12.2 of the operating system. Here’s a look at what’s new in the latest iteration of one of the most popular open source operating systems.
Originally set to debut in June 2012, version 12.2 of openSUSE was delayed due to lack of stability. Fast forward to the present, however, and the release has not only reached a status deemed production-ready by the openSUSE developers, but has also acquired a number of new features.
Like most Linux distributions, openSUSE owes many of its latest enhancements to upstream work by other open source projects. Updated versions of the Linux kernel (to version 3.4), the glibc library (to 2.15) and KDE (to 4.8.4) promise overall performance improvements.
Similarly, the X.org graphical server in openSUSE 12.2 adds support for multitouch recognition on hardware such as tablets and laptops with touchscreens. That’s a key area to watch as touch becomes more and more important to users, and as the open source world in general strives to make up for

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