openSUSE 13.1 is now available through Windows Azure. SUSE Studio is there in case you are looking for help in uploading your own custom virtual machines. openSUSE 13.1 was released in November last year. It comes with a new Linux kernel, updated packages, and support for new Linux technologies.
The release delivers up-to-date cloud technologies, including the latest OpenStack Havana, and shows significant progress with ARM support. Distributed as separate KDE and GNOME editions, openSUSE 13.1 clubs the power of the KDE Software Compilation desktop environment and the beauty of the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
The official blog post reads: “13.1 support relies on Azure’s heavily refactored Linux Agent 2.0. and openSUSE’s underlying improvements to get your VM online faster than ever before, with all the stability you’ve come to expect.”
James Mason from Suse says that openSUSE is an officially endorsed Linux distribution on Windows Azure, so you have a few choices on how to get up and running:
• new VMs can be started from a prebuilt server image of openSUSE, via the Azure Gallery. This image is built originally in SUSE Studio, and shared in our Gallery as well, so you can see what’s inside it. Cloning our Gallery appliance provides a great foundation for customizing your own appliance;
• or, you can start fresh with a 64-bit openSUSE template. When you choose Azure as the image format, we’ll add the Azure Agent, and make the necessary system changes to play nice with the cloud infrastructure.