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openSUSE 12.1 Launch Feedback

November 19th, 2011 by

openSUSE 12.1 was launched on Wednesday and it’s time to look back at the successful launch of a great distribution.

We’ve seen a lot of positive feedback regarding openSUSE 12.1 via press, social networks, blogs etc. The interest in social media is significant with good conversations and new members, our facebook group has grown the last weeks by several hundred new members, the followers of our @openSUSE twitter increase and the recently launched  Google+ page is in the circles of over 3200 people.

Looking over twitter messages directed to our @openSUSE account, here’re just a few comments about openSUSE 12.1:

Really impressed (I’m not impressed easily) with all of the added configuration and customization @openSUSE 12.1 brings very polished – by OhHeyItsLou

Grats to the folks @openSUSE for releasing such a kick ass 12.1 super stoked to get owncloud up and running. Just need a native Android app – by kennonk

Hats off to the #openSUSE folks – 12.1 is a solid release. The #nouveau team deserves a big high-five too; great driver so far. – by deckerego

@openSUSE I’m wearing my #openSUSE t-shirt in celebration of 12.1 being released! – by OrangutanClyde

@openSUSE I’ve just upgraded my main workstation, everything looks so polished and well done! Thank you so much for this release! – by jfduque

Reviews by journalists included praise like:

All in all, this looks like one of the most exciting openSUSE releases in some time. – Joe Brockmeier on Linux.com

Download of openSUSE 12.1

As usual, our download server redirected all incoming traffic to our mirror network. The mirrors reported that we again saturated their connections for a couple of hours after the announcement, e.g.

ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de did up to 4.5 GBit/sec for openSUSE just with HTTP.  BitTorrent did 300-800 MBit/sec during the whole time. Total traffic spanning all projects peaked at 5.02 GBit/sec with a daily average of 2.44 GBit/sec.

Our download redirector counted  for the first 24 hours  the download of 93761 media, the distribution over the various types is:

  • NonOss Addon CD BiArch:  1452
  • 32-bit x86: 48075 (total)
    • Net: 2489
    • DVD: 31840
    • GNOME-LiveCD: 7392
    • KDE-LiveCD: 5561
    • Addon-Lang: 793
  • 64-bit x86-64:  44234 (total)
    • Net: 2444
    • DVD: 32927
    • GNOME-LiveCD: 4031
    • KDE-LiveCD: 4378
    • Addon-Lang: 454

Also bittorrent was in high demand, at one point we had 1387 seeders and 2804 leechers but we missed to track the high point.  The tracker counted 12924 complete downloads via bittorrent during the first 24 hours.

Physical Media

We’re producing now PromoDVDs to distribute at events and via the openSUSE ambassadors, a separate announcement on how to get this will
come once we have the media. A couple of magazines are doing covermounts as well, e.g. Linux Pro Magazine and Linux Magazine will insert it into their worldwide newsstand subscription distribution.

Also, Open Source Press is producing a German openSUSE 12.1 box which is available soon (details), this retail edition is a version of openSUSE with a complete printed end-user manual, installation media, lot’s of vouchers and more.

Webpages and Infrastructure

Thanks to our translators, we updated the frontpage with localized announcements and even added some new languages for our front page like Polish, Lithuian and Thai.

The infrastructure itself has seen increased traffic due to the launch where many where interested in the new openSUSE 12.1 portal page.

Continue spreading the word!

Please continue spreading the word about openSUSE 12.1 – and answer questions on our forums, social media, mailing lists and in person. If you find articles and blog posts about openSUSE 12.1, add them to our wiki and speak about them.

Thank you

The openSUSE launch  was possible thanks to a world wide infrastructure of ftp mirrors that coordinated the release with us. We’d like to thank all of them. Moreover, we’d like to thank everybody  to make the changes to the websites so users could download their brand new openSUSE 12.1 and find information about it! We’d also like to thank the marketing team and anyone who helped for their awesome work (check out the Product Highlights if you haven’t yet!) and of course all contributors of openSUSE who helped to make this release possible!

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8 Responses to “openSUSE 12.1 Launch Feedback”

  1. gumb

    Just a comment on the portal page for 12.1 – I can’t actually see anywhere that says ‘openSUSE’, other than further down inside paragraph text or the countdown image (which will presumably disappear soon), and the tag. Might be a good idea to put the text logo somewhere near the top?

    • I renamed the page to ‘openSUSE 12.1 portal’, otherwise, I don’t think there’s much to change. We could probably use a nice openSUSE image somewhere, based on the wallpaper or so. Suggestions are welcome, mail me if you have any idea…

  2. Matthew

    Are there plans for a US English retail version? If so, is there a definite release date?

  3. Terry

    This issue open Suse12.1 is very elegant. Thank you very much. But I have a problem in that okular can not read PDF files correctly if Japaneses fonts are embedded. Are there any one who encounter the same problem?

  4. Jan Nielsen

    Yesterday, I upgraded [1] my home system (Dell Dimension 4700c) from 32-bit 11.4 KDE to 12.1 KDE without any issues. Today, I upgraded [1] my work system (Dell Precision T5400) from 64-bit 11.4 KDE to 12.1 KDE without any issues. Very, very, nice. Thanks!

    [1] http://en.opensuse.org/Upgrade

  5. A K KAPOOR

    I downloaded DVD openSuSE 64 bit and tried to have a fresh installation instead of upgrade.
    The installer went into a loop at the stage of partitioning and did not come out after accepting the final partition table. I just tried Alt-N for next and it worked and I could complete installation. It recognised my WIFI card which was not recognised by 11.4.

    The look is very elegant. Very may thanks.

  6. pr14o

    OpenSuSE 12.1 x64 is awesome, when I use OpenSuSE 11.4 x64 I have all this problem in my laptop such as: Not recognize LAN and WIFI card, Artifact Desktop, KDE menus, etc (all Sandy-Bridge problems can get). After install OpenSuSE 12.1 all the problem was gone.

    I’am using Asus A43E Series. Thanks.

  7. Orhan Toprak

    Downloaded openSUSE GNOME Live CD 12.1
    Installed USB harddisk alongside with UBUNTU. Replacing openSUSE 11.0 (MOBİLE OS).
    Cannot connect to internet using WIRELESS connection.
    So BACK TO 11.0
    HW compcq presario ok with VISTA – UBUNTU and SUSE 11.0 SUSE 11.4
    Orhan