Milestone 4 of openSUSE is now available for testing. It’s the final milestone release before the betas start coming out to prepare for openSUSE 13.x branch.
OpenSUSE 13.1 is expected to be released in November this year.
As you are aware that openSUSE has moved from non-free YaST to open source Ruby recently, and this Milestone will be part of history as it is the first release to integrate Ruby version of YaST.
Andy writes about the transition to Ruby on openSUSE news page, “YaST utilized an old proprietary code that made it harder for developers interested in improving YaST to submit changes to it. With the Ruby translation, it makes it easier for anyone acquainted with YaST to contribute code to it.”
So what’s new under the hood that an openSUSE user can expect?
- KDE Workspaces, libs and apps 4.11 RC2
- GNOME desktop 3.9.4
- GTK3 3.9.8
- GeoIP 1.5.1
- hyper-v 4->5
- qemu 1.6.0rc1
- libreoffice 220.127.116.11
- mc 4.8.9
- ModemManager 1.0.0
- scons 2.3.0
- wine 1.6
xscreensaver 5.20->5.22 (yes, 2 screensavers for the price of one)
And furthermore there were minor updates to the kernel (we’re waiting for the next major release), RPM, systemd, GStreamer, Apache2, mariadb, poppler, and more.
If you are new to GNULinux, you will find openSUSE to be extremely easy to use and backed by a mature and friendly community. They are always ready to help.
New users can get the stable release of openSUSE from this link and seasoned/testing users can grab the Milestone 4 from here. If you are a new user don’t get the milestone yet.