openSUSE 13.1 RC 1 available for testing

The festive season is arriving. Yes I am talking about Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas and openSUSE release. It’s that time of the year when the new version of openSUSE is released. To prepare and test the upcoming release the teams has announced the release candidate of openSUSE 13.1 which is scheduled for November release.

Jos Poortvliet writes, “As you probably saw last month, we organized a Beta Hackaton to fix as many bugs as we could. The event was quite a success and while the report isn’t out yet (soon!) we can already tell you that over 120 people fixed about 140 bugs and screened another 440! With such numbers, you can imagine we have great expectations for our upcoming release. But the work is not done yet: there’s testing to do as not every bug has been found; and there are still some bugs left standing.”

The teams is specifically looking for btrfs testing. Though the successor of ext4 won’t be default file system for this release but the developers are hunting down the bugs and fixing them.

Poortvliet says, “There is still more work to be done, but btrfs should be a safe choice for openSUSE 13.1 users and a good candidate for default filesystem for the next release.”

Some of the major changes of this release candidate are:

  • KDE-4.11.2
  • Gnome-3.10
  • Kernel-3.11.3 + load of btrfs fixes thanks to feedback from beta
  • snapper-0.1.7 (btrfs!)
  • nginx – finaly built properly
  • bluez5 – pulseaudio/gnome/kde integration to provide bluez5 is finally in place
  • plasma-nm – alternative gui for networkmanager in KDE was adjusted and now provides some sane usability
  • Tons of bugs fixed and closed
  • zypper dup from 12.3 should now not render the system unable to log in…

If you are a devout openSUSE user, it’s time for you to test it and help make it better.

About Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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