The openSuse team has announced the release of openSuse 12.5 Milestone 5. The final version is scheduled to be released in November. Milestone 5 is targetted at developers, testers and dare deviles who like to play with it while its still raw.
The release note says, “There’s a lot of interesting updates to the 12.1 release and some cool new technologies including GNOME 3 and SystemD. You’ll definitely want to take this milestone for a spin and see what you can expect in 12.1. And if you’ve never tested before, its easy if you follow these instructions. Being a tester is one of the great ways of contributing to the free software movement, and there’s plenty of room for testers in openSUSE Project.”
Some of the major changes include systemd replacing the default InitV system. The default is still InitV and we encourage testing of systemd so that we can switch the default for the next release.
openSuse is also dropping the Oracle developed binary version of Java and instead focusing on the GPLed OpenJDK version now, this milestone is the last one that comes with the binary Java provided by Oracle.
It comes with GNOME 3.1.5 which is is another step closer to GNOME 3.2. So, for those who want to test Gnome 3 may try Milestone 5. Don’t forget its development version and there are many bugs to be fixed.