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We’re Ready For The Release, Are You?!

November 18th, 2013 by

Release Geeko
Dear Geekos!

We’re sure you are all anxiously awaiting the release of openSUSE 13.1, coming in 24 hours. Yes, just around the corner! So we want to remind you that you can help us promote the release, plan release parties and of course read the many articles we’ve written! So much to do both before and after the release…

Before the release

There is still preparation to do: a lot to read about the release -so you can tell your friends about it- and some work in order to promote the release. You are very welcome in helping us to spread the word in your blog and other places!

Learn about the release

As a preparation for the release we wrote bunch of sneak peaks so you can learn about what is so cool in new openSUSE. Let’s start from the most visible parts – as always we have new versions of desktops environments. We write articles about both major ones – GNOME and KDE. Changes in these two are probably the most visible to the end user. We hope exactly the opposite happening with YaST. There were really big changes under the hood of YaST this release as we wrote. The interface and functionality are both the same, so users will barely notice, but we hope an horde of new developers attracted by the new code.

We also wrote about more hardcore/geeky stuff. "Cloud" is still a magical and cool word and we have everything you need to create your own cloud in openSUSE. Check out what is new in this area! And as this is more sysadmins cup of tea, let’s mention yet another article that we prepared. This one is full of useful tips and tricks. Even if you are skilled sysadmin, you might learn a thing or two there that will make your everyday life easier.

And last but not least, don’t forget about all the love and attention that have been put into Btrfs. Even whether is not the default option for new installations, openSUSE 13.1 looks like the best choice for everybody wanting to try this next generation filesystem.

Promote the release

You might have seen that we created some cool materials to promote the release. There are banners, backgrounds for social media accounts and more in this article and we have this cool “Release Geeko” background for you:

ReleaseIsComingBackground

Release Geeko background

Find more related artwork in our github repository.

During the release day

For the release itself, we created both Facebook event and G+ event to be sure that no one forgets (like if it is possible to forget the release date of your favorite Linux distribution). But more important, there will be public hangout on G+ as part of the G+ event, so you can join and share your excitement about the new release. Apart from that, we will be updating all our social channels all day long, so don’t worry, you will not miss anything… and you are also welcome to help in these tasks.

After the release

In the party department, there have been people planning launch parties already. At the moment of writing, we are already aware of parties in:

  • Orlando FL, just a couple of days ago
  • Nuremberg, punctually at the release day
  • Copenhagen, the day after
  • SUSE offices in Prague, next week
  • Zacatecas, during Free Software Lab-COZCyT
  • Taipei, in the near future (stay tuned, more information coming)

If you would like to attend a launch party in your neighborhood, check the Launch Party wiki and if there’s no party yet, read this article with some tips on solving that problem ;-)

We hope you are now a little more prepared for the release. And, of course, not forget to…

have a lot of fun!

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28 Responses to “We’re Ready For The Release, Are You?!”

  1. Leave a Reply

    downloads are available

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    ftp://suse.uni-leipzig.de/pub/ftp.opensuse.org/opensuse/distribution/13.1/

    happy leeching

  2. No launch party in Second Life this time? Bummer :-(

  3. Leave a Reply

    ftp://suse.uni-leipzig.de/pub/ftp.opensuse.org/opensuse/distribution/13.1/

  4. Dich

    Congrats guys! tried the live RC2, looked great, will most probably upgrade when released!
    Any hints if “zypper dup” is as reliable as it should be, or better use a clean install ?

  5. sureshvn

    Yesterday it was showing 1 day for next release, now its showing 24 hours what is the difference between 24 hours and one day???

    • Chris

      Yes that is what confuses me,too. I was so excited to download it but then: 24 hours left……………………………….

      • It’s the way such counters are written. You should read it as “shown amount + unspecified amount but lower than the unit left”, so it’s 1day+lessthan1day, and later 24hours+lessthan1hour, etc.

  6. YEEEES! I’m ready!!!
    COME ON, do it faster :P

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    Have a lot of crash.

  13. dth

    It is a bit annoying that the countdown clock is using american time rather than european time

    • ancorgs

      It’s just counting the number of hours left for the release, that would happen at 12 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). What do you mean by “American time”?

    • Anonymous

      I prefer it to be an Aussie/Sydney, or a Kiwi time.

  14. LOL

    I don’t think there is anything more pathetic than a release party for any type of software.

  15. Tim

    Should we UPGRADE or NEW INSTALL?
    Upgrading has always resulted in problems. But the whole idea of upgrading is to maintain one’s configuration – installed apps and user configuration and setup for specific apps. Some of that can be migrated but gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have a clean upgrade from 12.3 to 13.1?

    That’s my question. Can we upgrade 12.3 to 13.1 or should we save ourselves grief, as before, and just create a new installation and migrate as much as possible?

    • Quarck

      Read my comment above. I tried to upgrade with zypper dup and it was very smooth. You just should disable all 3rd parties repos before. When I was using ubuntu I have always made clean install. In openSUSE upgrading just works and it’s amazing for me!

      • Telluric

        Thanks. I’ll consider it.

      • telluric

        zypper dup – this did the job. Thanks. I am running 13.1. I did have to manually reinstall the nvidia driver. I upgraded to the latest nvidia driver installing from its installation file from Nvidia. I suspect I could swap back to a Yast installation with a later release.

        But it is unfortunate that the update feature of the DVD installation disc has not worked as seamlessly, ever. I would suspect there are some gurus that can prepare their system just right to use the disc update feature but otherwise for most of us, it has not been a good option.

        Now that it is running, I would like to know the new features of 13.1 vs 12.3. There is a page I will begin reading in a few moments but it would be nice to have also a simple check list comparison of 12.3 vs 13.1 showing what is brand new, what is upgraded and a brife “why” comment statement.

        Thakns.

    • lol

      I usually do the upgrade via zypper dup and never had any issues until today. It completely borked Grub2 and was impossible to repair.

      Just download an image, and don’t format /home.