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openSUSE 13.1 Review:
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- Nice to have a straight to install, and an installer that gives you room to get technical, but has sane defaults.
- Live CDs for Gnome and KDE are also available.
- Had trouble getting my bootloader to install on an alternative drive.
Updater integration/plasma widget is bad ass
Display configuration now handled through KDE settings, not YaST.
YaST once again looks at home under KDE or Gnome.
Update alert info does not seem to be integrated into the XFCE desktop, but brilliantly integrated into KDE and supports Gnome Notifications too.
- A couple games did not work. But some of my favorites did.
This really is an Enterprise grade release, specifically the KDE desktop. A couple-year deployment would be totally reasonable.
- I’d like the long-term use case to look more exciting. Intergration of software.opensuse.org into the YaST tools.
- Search of software.opensuse.org from within the package manager zypper, or YaST tools, ala packer for Arch.
- Install from the zypper CLI/YaST tools from software.opensuse.org
Fun fact: openSUSE has a new release every eight months, and there are only three per version: .1, .2 and .3. So a .1 release comes out every other November. openSUSE 13.1 promises greater stability
- Linux 3.11
- Work done on 64bit ARM support.
- 32bit ARM support has been heavily improved and a special Raspberry Pi build for openSUSE is available.
- End users can now mount Amazon s3 buckets as local file system.
- Samba 4.1
- systemd 208
- YaST has been ported to Ruby
- This release has been selected for Evergreen support extending its life cycle to 3 years.
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