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openSUSE 12.1 makes its debut with Google Go support and more

Check out the latest release of openSuse -- the first distribution to ship with the Google Go development language and also sporting improvements in cloud and virtualization tools.

The openSUSE 12.1 release from earlier this week promises many improvements to the distribution -- the first release since Novell was acquired by Attachmate back in April.

Here is a list of some of the notable updates and additions:

  • GNOME Shell 3.2 and the Oyranos color management system
  • First major distribution to ship with Google's new open development language Go
  • Moves to the Tumbleweed repository
  • Like Fedora 16, offers improvements in cloud and virtualization tools: latest versions of OpenStack, OpenNebula, and Eucalyptus plus support for OwnCloud, an open source web services platform

ZDNet's Paula Rooney noted the significance of the new version:

Its first move - separating its Novell and Linux brands - sent a strong message that Attachmate was serious about giving the Linux brand a big push of its own, separate and distinct from Novell's extensive portolio of management products and service contracts.

Checkout download options for openSuse 12.1 here.


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- grub2 implementation is still in experimental phase. Annoying on multi-boot machine together with Kubuntu & Windows - Qt from OpenSUSE repository is not working properly. Installation from Nokia does, though. - MonoDevelop from repository crashes on startup. Luckily, there are a couple of user-built packages which work. One thing I like about OpenSUSE is the opennes of its repositories. - Go has no IDE yet. OK, OK, I know, I'm spoiled but... I guess I'll just wait until it gets integrated in ... ummm... say KDevelop. On the other hand, many thing have been fixed. Firefox is faster, and KDE consumes far less resources than it was.

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