4 good reasons to try openSUSE 12.1

Yesterday we announce the departure of openSUSE 12.1, and today reading sites that I usually visit I find an interesting article in TechWorld.com.

It happens that they leave us what they advertise as «4 good reasons to try openSUSE 12«, Which is precisely that, your point of view on why users should try this new version of openSUSE.

I share with you (a modest translation of mine) the article:

1. Offers 4 desktop options:

  • Although they gave up in the effort to try to incorporate Unity, they do include the novel Gnome3 in this version.
  • En openSUSE 11.4 a preview of Gnome3 yes, but in this version there are a lot of new functions, options, improvements. For example, support for smaller screens, better notifications, as well as centralized online account setup have been improved.
  • If you don't like Gnome3 you will always have the option to KDE, is now available in this version KDE 4.7. And although recent functionalities such as all the options for Tablet are not yet included, it can be used in these devices without major problems. For the next version of this distro will integrate all the improvements of KDE for touch devices.
  • Last but not least, openSUSE users can also use Xfce o LXDE.

2. Renewed packages and updated applications:

As usual, recent and new programs are included, for example Firefox 7, Thunderbid 7, LibreOffice 3.4.3, Scribus 1.4, Banshee 2.2, Chromium 17 is included in the official repos… and much more.

3. Underlying technologies:

Improvements are provided in several more technical aspects of the system, for example it includes Snapper for file version control, systemd to make the system start faster, and it also begins to use the Google programming language: Go

4. Now in fashion, or rather: In the Cloud:

Based on the kernel Linux v3.1, now openSUSE is ready to run directly on Amazon EC2. Tools are included to manipulate virtualization such as Xen 4.1, KVM and VirtualBox. openSUSE is the first distro to embark on cloud desktop environment integration.

The repositories for this also offer the latest version of Eucalyptus, OpenNebula, and OpenStack.

What do I think in a very personal way?

So far only Snapper attracts my attention, the idea is really great. Imagine that you upgrade your system, it makes the OS not start correctly, suppose that the desktop environment stopped working, using Snapper we can "go back in time" and leave our system exactly as it was before the upgrade. I don't know about you but it really is a great feature.

The rest does not seem like anything from the other world ... I consider the versions of the applications not so new (I use Archit's Rolling...), I don't like the cloud computing issue either, I don't like the idea of ​​not being able to control 100% my files or information, and desktop environments are not something exclusive to openSUSE, many other distros offer this and such one more time 😀

Nothing that despite the latter, try this new version of openSUSE, do not get carried away by my criteria, try yourself so that later: You can draw your own conclusions 😀


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  1.   elav <° Linux said

    Offers 4 desktop options

    Nothing that other distributions don't have. Some may be more up-to-date than others, but they all have those options.

    Renewed Packages and Updated Applications:

    Just what it said. Maybe Debian doesn't have the latest in the Testing branch, but it may have them in Experimental or Sid. But Arch, Ubuntu (with the help of their PPAs), and other distributions are also up to date.

    Underlying technologies:

    This may turn out to be an interesting point. But if I want cutting edge technology, I use Fedora.

    Now in fashion, or rather: In the Cloud

    I have the same criteria as my colleague. I don't trust that my data is on a server.

    It is true that Snapper is great, those are things that are really appreciated, but that is not why I will leave Debian to use openSUSE. I mean, in short, they haven't given me a single reason to use it.

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara <"Linux said

      In fact, the «Now in fashion, or rather: In the Cloud»It was a personal touch HAHA, in the article in English it does not say even remotely that LOL !!!

  2.   Courage said

    I like the YaST, especially for new people and the DVD allows you to install all the desktops

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      It's true that YaST is great. It is one of the few things I like about openSUSE.

  3.   mac_live said

    In fact it sounds very good, if even if it is live, I try it, because at the moment I have Fedora 16, Mint 12 and Windows 7 (you know when my sister tells me, I do not understand your windows, where is the office , and although I explain it, it tells me: it is very difficult ») and in a usb, if I think I like to try it, and if I cheer up, if I move to mint for a while (Fedora never leaves me hahaha)

    1.    Courage <º Linux said

      OpenSUSE looks more like Fedora than Mint, I haven't used it (tested yes) and I would even say it's simpler than Fedora

      1.    mac_live said

        Well, in fact if I download the previous open suse but in my previous computer, it did not want to work well because the video card was not recognized well, but I will try again to have it, if we can give it a space on the hard disk.

  4.   CarlosPR said


    I installed it and tried it (KDE), Looking for an alternative to unity and Gnome 3 and a new experience. I have to confess that I am a lover of Deb, and have always had problems with rpm. My experience is on an HP DM4. It was great, the hardware worked so well for me that I felt bad for Ubuntu. The Power Manager is great, the battery lasted almost twice as long as Ubuntu. But all this lasted very little. Why? Integration with Gnome applications was fatal, specifically Gnucash. The YaST installer takes a lifetime in terminal, I know this zypper but I like the idea of ​​preselecting multiple applications like I do in synaptic. But in YaST this is very slow. In generating it seems to me a great distro and the YaST tools to configure it as a server such as SAMBA, LDPA, Virtualization, the network ect. they are perfect
    (Only the configuration area has not tested how it works as a server)

    now I'm going to install ubuntu again and see what day I dare to try Arch


    1.    petercheco said

      Don't install Ubuntu .. Install OpenSUSE with Gnome and problem solved :-). Look at my post and you will see how easy: http://www.taringa.net/posts/linux/13607221/Mi-OpenSUSE-12_1-_-_que-hacer-despues-de-la-instalacion_.html

  5.   Thirteen said

    Well, I have already been using it for a few hours, I have not finished customizing it yet, and trying it enough, but if the subject is touched on later, I will be able to tell you my experience.


  6.   jony127 said

    I suppose that everything translates to a matter of tastes and ways of working of each one.

    I use OpenSuse because I like it and it offers stability, newer software than debian testing "kde for example" and ease of use. The tools and ease that OpenSuse gives me as standard, it does not, for example, Debian testing, much less Arch.

  7.   DoF said

    Well, I was faithful to Fedora until version 15+ required 1 Gb to install / run, I had to go back to Win2 for a while and a little over 1 month ago trying between several distros, I found openSUSE and apparently everything works fine Despite having 480MB (actually I have 512MB) but Linux recognizes me less, runs smoothly and runs better in "Force alternate mode".
    I recommend it, although everyone has their tastes.


  8.   Gonzalo said

    I'm new to the world of linux, I did the test for the first time with ubuntu 11.10 on the recommendation of a friend, the biggest problem is with the video card drivers and with the wifi.
    I switched to OpenSuse 12.1 and all my problems were solved, I think it is the best linux distribution.

  9.   Vicente said

    Sounds interesting I'll try it this weekend