openSUSE 13.1 Review | LAS 29e07

openSUSE 13.1 Review | LAS 29e07

openSUSE 13.1 hits the web this week, and it’s our review of this serious contender. With a focus on stability and polish, can this Linux for adults have a lot of fun?

We look at some of the tools, features, and advantages that set openSUSE apart, and a few areas that could use some work.

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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.

Steam Test:

  • A couple games did not work. But some of my favorites did.


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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