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openSUSE 12.1: All Green!

November 16th, 2011 by

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It is November 16, 2011 and our mirrors have synced. Time to present to you: openSUSE 12.1! This release represents more than eight months of work by our international community and brings you the best Free Software has to offer. Awesome improvements include the latest GNOME 3.2 desktop as well as the newest from KDE, XFCE and LXDE; your ownCloud made easy with mirall; Snapper-shots of your file system; and much, much more.


openSUSE 12.1 comes with the new GNOME Shell 3.2. We presented you with a taste of GNOME Shell on openSUSE 11.4. Since then, many bugs have been squashed and numerous small improvements have made life on the Shell more comfortable. Notifications are much nicer, you can now configure your online accounts in one place and Shell handles multiple-screen setups better.

Among the features is color management, something GNOME shares with KDE where openSUSE is the first to integrate the Oyranos color management system. Also new from KDE is Apper, an easier-to-use PackageKit front end.

ownCloud integrating with the local calendar

Cloud things

It is 2011, and most of us use ‘cloud’ technology like having our files on Dropbox, friends on Facebook and music on Spotify. But these technologies are arguably dangerous from a security and privacy point of view. While not solving all problems yet, ownCloud aims to bring these services back under your control.

openSUSE is the first Linux distribution to support ownCloud with its own unique mirall desktop integration. For end users, mirall makes the difference between thinking that ownCloud is interesting and being able to actually use it. Read about mirall and ownCloud in our documentation to find out why!

For more demanding use cases in the small business area, our Virtualization and Cloud repository offers the latest versions of Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and OpenStack for openSUSE 12.1. And we support all the virtualization technologies including Xen 4.1, KVM and VirtualBox which can be managed with the latest virt-manager and open-vm-tools.

SUSE Studio users can already build unique versions of openSUSE 12.1, with custom package selections, artwork, scripts, etc. that can be deployed directly to Amazon EC2 or onto a variety of other cloud platforms.
Snapper in action

Under the hood

openSUSE 12.1 includes Snapper, a new and unique tool that employs the snapshot functionality in btrfs to allow you to view older versions of files and revert changes. The integration of Snapper into the zypper package manager allows roll back of system updates and configuration changes.

openSUSE is also the first major distribution to ship the Go programming language, Google’s new open development language. Go is a fast, easy-to-use language that helps programmers handle multi-core, networked machines with the convenience of garbage collection and run-time reflection.

Keep tumblin’ and rollin’!

openSUSE 12.1 can of course also move to Tumbleweed, our cutting-edge rolling release repo which contains the latest stable versions of all software. Tumbleweed lessens the significance and change impact of major releases by updating systems continuously. Existing Tumbleweed users will have to make a small change to their repositories to stay current. For future releases of openSUSE this won’t be needed anymore.

Go and have a lot of fun!

“While the big updates include Snapper, systemd and ownCloud, there are also many smaller enhancements like the improvements to YaST or the work on zypper. And that is only what our own community did,”

said Bryen Yunahsko, member of the openSUSE Board.

“We’re standing on the shoulders of the gigantic open source community. I would not be surprised if openSUSE’s latest update has over 300,000 improvements that resulted from efforts in the open source community.”

For more details about the latest and greatest in openSUSE 12.1 visit opensuse.org/12.1 and read our extensive Product Highlights! If you want, go and download it right away from our mirrors.

Have a lot of fun!

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242 Responses to “openSUSE 12.1: All Green!”

  1. Hello!
    Congratulations to all! and Have a lot of fun!

  2. Very nice work :) Hope you all enjoy it!

  3. Joel

    wowowow Graciassssssssss lo mejorr!!!!

  4. Congratulations!

  5. Marco

    Gracias Desde Paraguay!!

  6. Congrats opensuse Dev’s. :)

  7. Vladano

    No konečně, večer instaluju :)

  8. Glückwunsch! :-)

  9. welcome to the noble king opensuse 12.1

  10. Krzemo

    Congrats :-)

  11. Urang Cianjur

    Wilujeng sumping openSuse 12.1
    Hebat euy! nice jobs barudak jerman :D

  12. Jörg Krüger

    Hello and Welcome:)

  13. Wow… awesome, downloading in progress…. gnome shell will be cool with opensuse

  14. Murali

    Nice to have updated sofware :-)

  15. dmitry


  16. Carlindo


  17. Thanks a lot!

  18. Robert M.

    Good work! Thanks a lot!

  19. Paolo P.

    Yes-yes-yes!!! Thanks a lot!

  20. shema alain

    thx a lot. did you include the kernel power management fix?

  21. Parabéns pela nova versão!

    Novell Users International – Brasil


  22. Paulo

    A expectativa estava grande.
    Parabéns a todos os envolvidos.

  23. Felicitaciones muy buen proyecto desde Colombia Bogota

  24. Anonymous

    I want it !

  25. Rich Carpenter

    Congratulations on this milestone! Thank you for your continued support of the Linux community.

  26. Valmir Abreu

    Wlw opemSUSE na minha opinião melhor linux

  27. Furs

    Thanks for KDE 3, we will try to remember!

  28. Kleyson

    Muito muito bom…

  29. Gary Morin

    Just upgraded my 12.1 RC2 and everything looks good so far. Congratulations and THANKS!

  30. Good Work, Congrats to everyone :)

  31. Russian Snake


  32. Parabéns, aqui no Brazil estavamos ansiosos aguardando o lançamento.

  33. Ali

    l0v3 u 0p3n$u$3! :X

  34. Carling

    For the hump teeth time I’m downloading openSUSE Gnome lets hope this latest live disk release will boot up on my Intel i5 system. To be truthful I have never had much success with Suse in all the times I have tried it, from 9.2 and my first bought version of Suse Liux 10.0, With gnome 64 bit it would never boot up with the live distro, yet I never had any problems with KDE booting up, just finished downloading both Gnome and KDE 12.1 so I’m off to give them a spin, I hope I don’t wast my CD’s again….

  35. alby


  36. Alby T


  37. Alex

    Downloading !!!! :D

  38. From Tanzania, Congratulation SUSE for your serious beautiful job. I do hope 12.1 will go on being a solution for software developers like me who have enjoyed the fruits of OPENSUSE in the previous versions.Please open office in Africa especially in East Africa. God bless you guys!

  39. Hossein

    Thanks openSUSE team.

  40. Tuxlama

    Great job, congratulation and BIG thanks openSUSE team.

  41. Agvztíñ IV

    Gracias desde México.

  42. Thanks a lot
    خیلی ممنون بسیار زیبا
    دست تون درد نکنه
    یک دنیا تشکر

  43. Jason Walbridge

    Downloading now – Thanks for your hard work!

  44. Thanks a lot
    یک دنیا تشکر
    خیلی خیلی ممنون
    بسیار زیبا

  45. Barbosa Third

    Thanks, Last Upgrade of year.

    Great work.

  46. Igor

    thanks a lot!


    thanks for this beautiful linux distro which has the best features l have seen so far. l am still new to the linux world but l have fallen in love with Opensuse because of its features. Once again job well done to you all at Opensuse.

  48. Congratulations!

  49. Rutger

    Great job! Downloading and can’t wait to upgrade. :)

  50. thankyou very much for all your hard work.
    بخاطر زحماتتون ازتون تشکر می کنم.