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OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools
Nov. 16, 2011

The OpenSUSE project released OpenSUSE 12.1, featuring Linux 3.1, GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7, plus support for KDE's "OwnCloud" cloud platform. OpenSUSE 12.1 introduces the SystemD configuration utility and Google's Go programming language, and integrates a Btrfs-based "Snapper" tool for rolling back system updates and configuration changes.

The first beta of OpenSUSE 12.1 was released in early October, revealing the distro's switch to GNOME 3.2. The desktop upgrades GNOME 3.0, which shipped as a preview version in OpenSUSE 11.4 in March.

OpenSUSE 12.1 also supplies the long-time GNOME desktop competitor KDE 4.7, as well as Xfce and LXDE. The distro is touted for being the "first major Linux distribution" to ship both GNOME and KDE with color management tools.

OpenSUSE 12.1 debuts a Snapper tool that builds on the snapshot functionality in the now fully supported Btrfs file-system to let users view older versions of files and revert changes. The release also fully implements Systemd as the new init configuration tool, controlling and speeding up the boot process, and is said to to be the first major distribution to ship Google's open source Go programming language.

OpenSUSE 12.1 is built on the latest Linux 3.1 kernel, which makes the distro "even more versatile and extensible for supporting mixed IT environments including public and private clouds," says the OpenSUSE project. Also on the cloud front, OpenSUSE 12.1 is said to be the first Linux distribution to support the KDE-backed OwnCloud cloud platform.

For the full story, and links to downloads, see our OpenSUSE 12.1 coverage on LinuxDevices.

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