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openSUSE 13.1: Ready For Action!

November 19th, 2013 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: The release is here! Eight months of planning, packaging, adding features, fixing issues, testing and fixing more issues has brought you the best that Free and Open Source has to offer, with our Green touch: Stable and Awesome.The geeko has landed

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This release did benefit from the improvements to our testing infrastructure and much attention for bug fixing. While a combination of over 6000 packages supporting 5 architectures can never be perfect, we’re proud to say this really does represent the best Free Software has to offer! The latest desktops (five of them!), server and cloud technologies, software development tools and everything in between are included as well as a number of exciting, new technologies for you to play with. Enjoy!

openSUSE 13.1 is:

Much effort was put in testing openSUSE 13.1, with improvements to our automated openQA testing tool, a global bug fixing hackathon and more. The btrfs file system has received a serious workout and while not default, is considered stable for everyday usage. This release has been selected for Evergreen maintenance extending its life cycle to 3 years.


This release introduces the latest OpenStack Havana with almost 400 new features. Web server admins will appreciate the latest Apache, MySQL and MariaDB updates. Web developers benefit from an updated Ruby 2.0 on Rails 4 with improvements from core classes to better caching in the Rails framework and the latest php 5.4.2 comes with a build-in testing server. End users can now mount Amazon s3 buckets as local file system and use much improved Samba 4.1 with better windows domains support.


openSUSE moves forward with AArch64, making openSUSE ready for development on the upcoming generation of 64bit ARM devices. 32bit ARM support has been heavily improved and a special Raspberry Pi build for openSUSE is available. This release also delivers GCC 4.8 with new error reporting abilities, the latest glibc supporting AArch64, C11 and Intel TSX Lock Elision, the new SDL2 and Qt 5.1, bringing QML and C++11 features to developers..


openSUSE 13.1 comes with much improved font hinting thanks to the new font engine in Freetype 2.5. YaST has been ported to Ruby, opening contribution up to a large number of skilled developers. In this release, ActiveDoc replaces doc.opensuse.org and the majority of packaged documents in openSUSE, lowering the barrier to contribution.


New is accelerated video with VDPAU support in MESA and an optimized version of glibc for 32bit systems. Linux 3.11 includes work on ‘page reclaim’, maintaining performance during disk operations.


Desktop users will appreciate the Android devices integration in the KDE file manager, in the shell and in music player Amarok. Artists have to try out the new Krita improvements with textured painting, greyscale masks & selections and more. GNOME Shell introduces a redesign of the system status bar and Header Bars in many applications, making better use of screen space. Enlightenment now also has an openSUSE theme.


This release comes with a number of experimental technologies to try out. This includes preliminary Wayland support with Weston compositor in GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma Desktop as well as improved support for Ultra high-resolution in applications and shells. New is also the LightDM KDE greeter and a plasma NetworkManagement applet for testing.

“We’re proud of this release and of all those who worked on it. With a steady increase in contributors there was a lot of hard work put in by so many people from around the globe. Without all these contributors, initiatives like support for ARM would not be possible and we’re very thankful for their input.”

– said openSUSE Board member Andrew Wafaa.

The Details

For Users

KDE Plasma Desktop is the default in openSUSE, and the 4.11 version of this Free Desktop is a long term maintained release. This release brings speed improvements in Desktop Search, file and window management, improved multi-monitor handling, brand new delayed mail sending feature and scam detection for KDE PIM and much more. Also new is deeper Android integration in the desktop and in the Amarok music player. See this great introduction to Plasma Desktop on openSUSE 13.1.


This release is very significant for the GNOME community, bringing a unified system status area, geolocation features, high-resolution display support and a collection of new and improved applications including Maps, Notes, Music and Photos. See the great overview of what’s new in GNOME 3.10 on openSUSE 13.1.


Desktop Applications
openSUSE 13.1 always offers the latest Free Desktop software including browsers, office applications and more. LibreOffice 4.1 introduces improved hyphenation and style handling, RTL support and better performance. Calligra 2.7 brings improved LATEX support and better toolboxes. Digital painting application Krita introduces a rewritten transform tool, greyscale masks and selections, new fileformat and color management support and more.


For Admins

As of this release the kvm 1.6 package is mainly just a wrapper of the binaries provided by the qemu package, a change that reflects the complete support that QEMU now provides for KVM. Xen 4.1 introduces the xl/libxl toolstack as the default. The libvirt package has been split into several subpackages, allowing users to create a libvirtd specific to their needs.


Databases and networking
13.1 ships an updated version of MySQL Community Server with stronger encryption support, innoDB improvements for better performance, new query functions and more. The default configuration of both MySQL and MariaDB has been improved. The new 2.4 release of Apache’s httpd delivers many improvements to the Multiple Processing Modules including the ability to build them as loadable modules, asynchronous read/write support and more.


This release comes with various cloud technologies including the latest Havana release from OpenStack, bringing almost 400 new features. It also marks the debut of s3fs, a FUSE filesystem that allows you to mount an Amazon S3 bucket as a local filesystem. It stores files natively and transparently in S3 (i.e., you can use other programs to access the same files).


For Developers

IDEs and tooling
GCC 4.8 brings new error reporting capabilities: each diagnostic emitted now includes the original source line text and a caret ‘^’ indicating the column. Together with glibc and LLVM it introduces AArch64 support.


Languages and Libraries
This marks the first openSUSE release to ship the next incarnation of Linux’ most popular tookit, Qt 5.1. While most applications are build against Qt 4.8, developers can start to experiment with innovations like QML2. Web developers will appreciate the latest Rails 4 and Ruby 2.0 releases as well as PHP 5.4.20 which includes a build in testing server. Game developers should start to play with SDL 2, bringing Linux games into a new decade.


Under the hood

openSUSE 13.1 ships with the latest patch in the 3.11 kernel series. The brisk development pace of the world’s largest software engineering project has continued, with no less than four releases since the previous openSUSE version, bringing countless features to our users. We give you an overview of the most noticeable of those.

  • Improved page reclaim to increase responsivity under heavy IO
  • improved tracking of resources with accounting of kernel memory in the memory resource controller and detailed tracking of which pages a program writes
  • scalability improvements with NUMA policy redesign, timer-less multitasking, rwlock, mutex and SYSV IPC message queue changes
  • Introduction of Zswap, a compressed swap cache, improving performance when enabled on low-memory systems
  • Btrfs introduced stability and performance improvements, Ext4 embeds small files in inodes, XFS gained support for metadata and journal checksums. F2FS is a new flash-optimized FS
  • Preliminary support for NFS 4.2, the new TCP Tail loss probe algorithm to improve short transfer performance and a low latency network polling mechanism for servers.
  • O_TMPFILE open(2) flag for the easy creation of secure temporary files, expanded namespaces support and the “labeled NFS” ability which brings full support for SELinux on NFS
  • a new suspend power state for devices, experimental dynamic power management for all Radeon GPUs since r600 (disabled by default due to stability concerns)


System Tools

  • Thanks to integration of udev in the latest systemd the labeling of ethernet devices has become persistent across reboots.
  • In the power management area, there is a new suspend power state for devices which can deal with extremely low power states (or have issues with the other suspend states) and, perhaps more relevant for laptop users, experimental dynamic power management for all Radeon GPUs since r600.
  • Both UEFI support for x86_64 hardware and support for Secure Boot enabled hardware have been improved with compatibility with more devices. Find out how to deal with UEFI and Secure Boot in the wiki.


In this release, ActiveDoc replaces doc.opensuse.org and most of the packaged documents in openSUSE. ActiveDoc is a new web app which lowers the barrier to contribution to openSUSE documentation while maintaining the high quality standards and multiple formats in which documentation is available. Check it out here.


SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio users can expect availability of openSUSE 13.1 right from the release date, and support for upgrading existing appliances shortly after. This means it will be possible to easily create your own operating system for the cloud, desktop or portable devices based on openSUSE 13.1 with a custom package selections, artwork, scripts and any other properties. You can share your appliance or also browse other’s shared appliances on SUSE Gallery.

“The openSUSE community has again done an amazing job. There was an incredible final testing- and bug fixing push over community channels the weeks before the release. we at SUSE are proud of being part of such an innovative team of technology enthusiasts.”

– said Ralf Flaxa, VP of engineering at SUSE

Maintenance and life cycle

As usual, this release will continue to receive bugfixes and security updates for at least 2 release cycles + 2 months. However, the openSUSE Evergreen team has already announced extended security and bugfix work for an additional 18 months, extending the openSUSE 13.1 maintenance life cycle to three years.

For an even more detailed feature guide visit opensuse.org/13.1.

Go, get it!

Downloads of openSUSE 13.1 can be found at software.opensuse.org/131.
We recommend checking out the Release Notes before upgrade or installation.

Users currently running openSUSE 12.3 can upgrade to openSUSE 13.1 via the instructions at this link. Users who have a properly set-up Tumbleweed setup will automatically migrate to the new release without any additional effort!

Check out ARM images at the ARM wiki. Stable 13.1 based images for ARMv7 are there and will receive full maintenance alongside 13.1. ARMv6 and ARMv8 (AArch64) ports are experimental and offer no guarantee.

(the openSUSE community joined SUSECon video creativity)


13.1 represents the combined effort of thousands of developers who participate in our distributions and projects shipped with it. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE Project, should be proud of this release, and they deserve a major “thank you” for all of the hard work and care that have gone into it. We believe that 13.1 is the best openSUSE release yet, and that it will help to encourage the use of Linux everywhere! We hope that you all have a lot of fun while you’re using it, and we look forward to working with you on the next release!

About the openSUSE Project

The openSUSE Project is a worldwide community that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. It creates one of the world’s best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. The project is controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise, speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds. Learn more about it on opensuse.org

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103 Responses to “openSUSE 13.1: Ready For Action!”

  1. Hey Geekos!!
    Good work && Happy hacking!

    You can read it also in spanish:

    ‘ve phun !!

  2. Thank you for another great release of one of the best KDE distributions.

  3. 100le

    Awesome. Love it. Keep up the good work.

  4. DOWNLOAD LINK WRONG! SHOULD BE http://software.opensuse.org/131

  5. cydtazz

    Great work Guys!

    Can’t wait to install OpenSUSE 13.1 tonight.

  6. M$ slave

    Amazing how people forgive and forget in the linux community, unless you use Ubuntu.

    How much did microsoft charge you to release this version?

  7. Great release! Check Btrfs now.

  8. Mehdi

    Wow! Congrats on new release ! I’m very glad the wait is over. downloading as we speak.

    I know this isn’t the right place to ask, but is it possible to ‘upgrade’ to this release from OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 ‘directly’ ?

    • Eliasse

      It is easy. Just verify with YaST GUI that the main repositories /distribution/13.1/repo/oss and ../../../non-oss are set up.

      From the command line, do a: su – zypper dup. If you do not have other repositories in your system this should be enough for complete upgrade.

      Have a lot of fun.

  9. The E17 WM is in the DVD? Is there Live E17 version?

  10. Osman

    I am downloading this release right now and I am very excited. Thank you very much for the work.

  11. Cherubim

    i would ask how can i get Qt 5.1? In the software manager is only Qt 4.

  12. Hennes

    Perfect! Not more, not less.

    Thank you guys for greating an absolut stable linux distribution for each and every time. I would stay on 13.1 for a long time.

    Again thx.

  13. Philip

    So is btrfs ready for prime-time in this release?

    • Depends on what you need. As the articles about it have explained – it is as stable as Ext4 and gives some nice additional features. It has some performance issues in some corner cases and many of the real fancy features (like data de-duplication and compression) are disabled by default as they’re risky.

      So, yeah, it’s ready – you can format your disk with it and use it safely. And you will benefit from the improvements and new features it will bring in the future.

  14. Carl Mannino

    Great version, been using for awhile, now it is officially released, I see more great things to happen. Great Job !

  15. tzontag

    Did you guys finally fix the balky network manager or am I gonna have to throw this release down the crapper like the rest of them?

    • SilentVC

      Mine works! I mean NM on KDE Live DVD performs quite Ok on my boxie. Made me jump up when I saw the connection is up for the first time out of the box last night) The best news from openSUSE for me)

      • wbm

        I installed with no problem on thinkpad X61 with kde, but on the x40 with xfce network manager hangs the system and I had to disable it.

  16. Becky

    Downloaded the 64 bit DVD… and running it in a Fusion VM….

    Looks excellent… but I need Kdenlive running properly – and all I get on the render dialog for each format is ‘unsupported video codec’! Looks like I’ll still have to keep an ‘ubuntu’ distro around to be able to use kdenlive properly….

    • derpif

      I’m using kdenlive and even in 13.1 RC it was already running without a flaw.
      All codecs are available, just install the packman repository and install kdenlive from there.

      Look for a mirror:

      Yast->Software Repositories->Add->Next->paste url from mirror of choice

      for example:http://packman.jacobs-university.de/suse/openSUSE_13.1/

      Click Next and say yes to everything that pops up.

      Probably you have to verify one more time when you go to Software Management.
      Now ->View by Repository -> the name you just used.

      Above the package list that appeared now you’ll find a line where it offers you to switch system packages to this repository. Click on it.

      Now search for kdenlive.

      If you’re running JackD, you probably have to stop it while you are working in kdenlive.
      At least on my system kdenlive, and a number of other applications don’t work properly when JackD is running.

      • derpif

        I forgot to say that a number of other packages will then automatically switch to packman aswell, that’s perfectly fine.
        Every now and than you have to say yes to the obsolete packman version of k3b, but that’s ok, if you want full multimedia support.

      • Becky


        I probably couldn’t find the Packman repository – even though I was looking very carefully, as it’s usually the first thing I go hunting… along with VLC.

        • derpif

          Most likely you already know,just in case you don’t, it’s not recommended to install both, packman and the vlc repositories.They don’t go well together.

          If the packman repository is set up and you switched system packages as described, you can just put vlc in the search box. This will automatically show the vlc version from packman and the multimedia codec package you need.

          Please excuse if you already know all this, hopefully it will be helpful for someone else.
          I know I found tons of useful stuff in the comments when I started.

  17. Phnom Penh

    Good surprise :The very first since openSuse 6.4, I installed without any hassle/issue on every PC ranging from 10 years old to date.

    – The USB boot making is a bit rough especially when some steps can take up to 10 minutes with a black screen and no information/aign of activity at all….
    – Installing Multimedia is still sub-standard. The new Yast should provide a multimedia-install option instead of assuming that the user knows the related one-click install… A gaz-factory which make the standard user definitively going back to another distro (Ubuntu) when he experiments this hurdle and the various ‘missing a plugin’ (Which one?) messages…

    This multimedia strict US legal policy is a gift to the Ubuntu distro and a bit masochistic and outdated.
    The sad result is that, after a lengthy presentation, none of my students intend to revert to this state-of-the-art distro which request so a long install and tuning time to be a pleasant Desktop… Bul we all appreciate the high quality level and the speed improvement especially with KDE when Nepomuk/Akonadi are dumped… (why are they On by default and Dolphin is shipped with a configuration good to nothing except enraging the user?)

    So, at the smartphones time, hoping that 13.2 will be market-minded and not a proud to be has been product…!

    • Becky

      You put it a bit better than I did!

      Opensuse is excellent for straight forward business use… but start getting a hint of any kind of serious graphics/multimedia work….. and any of the ‘buntu’s leave it dead in the water. But if Kde is important…. Korora project is quite useful… and that ‘KaOS’ mentioned on Distrowatch looks interesting.

  18. RIchard

    Did not install on my system with 3 2 HD’s and 1 SSD … Autoconfig does not work, Grub2 seems not to install correctly, traditional network setup seems not to find iw … etc etc.

    • Richard

      Replying myself: Feel a little silly, Seems I did install grub2 on the mbr of one of the 2 HD’s while my SSD was the first to boot. Posting this now from a running OpenSuse-13.1 :-) Happy me!

  19. Kage

    grub2 boot system

    menuentry ‘Opensuse Linux, with Linux core repo kernel (x86_64)’ –class arch –class gnu-linux –class gnu –class os {
    set gfxpayload=keep
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod fat
    set root=’hd0,msdos1′
    search –no-floppy –fs-uuid –set=root 62D6-DE0A

    set isofile=”/boot/iso/openSUSE-13.1-GNOME-Live-x86_64.iso”
    loopback loop $isofile
    echo ‘Loading Linux core repo kernel …’
    linux (loop)/boot/x86_64/loader/linux install=hd:$isofile -nombridcheck
    echo ‘Loading initial ramdisk …’
    initrd (loop)/boot/x86_64/loader/initrd

    Failed to find MBR identifier ! why ?

  20. Phnom Penh

    Thanks for the Korora hint, Becky..
    As for a business use, Ubuntu is now a serious contender : just compare the VM deployment using Ubuntu/Xyntia and the laborious OpenSuse way’ (Even centOS is more comfortable to use !)

    What I just want to alert is that openSuse is out of the general public expectations and now alsogliding out of the huge SME market which is looking to a MS alternative…
    As a matter of fact in Asia OpenSuse had a good shot but is now a wreckage and Ubuntu a well-known and appreciated MS replacement.

    • user in action

      Yes, that is true! Not only in asia, even in europe.

      • Phnom Penh

        Oh Surprise (when downloading 90 % of the Torrent seeders where from Germany and Russia)! and the Suse Ayatolahs dont care ? And they did not miss to not publish my last comment about Apache not working… No avail to use anymore this moderated list, but just advise our students of the pro and cons of each distro, which one cut the voice of their so-called`ambassadors` and leave the students ree to choose the distro they will disseminate as IT engineers!

    • Becky

      I’ve just had a look at the Suse Studio… and it looks like you can build your own iso that does have all the format capabilities. Certainly Kdenlive has the full rendering capabilities… so that solves my problem of being able to render video files for web and DVD production….

      I’m not going to discard OpenSUSE just yet… and it’s always been a traditional thing with me – I ean my business on an earlier version… and I might just be about to scrub the ‘ubuntu’ I’ve been using for the last year!

      Now for matching 64 and 32 bit versions….

  21. cb_katze

    Something is wrong – the downloaded 140mb 32-bit version cannot be installed in a VM!!! Missing files!?!
    And why has the (4.7gb) DVD iso only 140mb???

  22. telluric

    I must say first that I almost baled on OpenSUSE back with the releases using the early KDE 4.x. KDE has been well worth holding to. And OpenSUSE has improved stability, easier maintenance, better update management and releases with fewer bugs.

    This looks like a really good release. Congratulations to the team and many contributors!!!

  23. Hello!

    I just downloaded and burned openSuse 13.1 (I had previously openSuse 12.3). When booting it, it hangs at “detecting Linux partitions – 60%”. What can be the problem?

    • Chika

      The first thought could be that the drive is faulty in some way. I nearly always install onto a fresh disc but on occasions when I do install on a used disc, I keep a copy of a Live or Rescue CD about just in case so that I can check the drive out.

      Also, as I’ve found on more than one occasion and regardless of version, distro or OS, backups are your friends!

    • bhr

      I have the same issue. The progress bar that states “Searching for Linux partitions…” stops at 60% and the installation will go no further. I performed a check on the DVD and it’s OK.

    • bhr

      Apparently this is known bug. The link below is from November 3.


      • Thanks, bhr! I had no floppy drive, but it was active in BIOS. I deactivated it from BIOS. Now the problem is gone, I hope everything else will be OK.

    • Exactly the same problem here.
      Current OpenSUSE version: 12.3 64-bit
      New OpenSUSE version: 13.1 64-bit

      Have no idea what is causing this.

      • Disabled Legacy Floppy Drive in ROM.
        Now installation is very fast :)
        Please note that I actually have a floppy drive installed in my PC, but installation cannot handle it.

  24. Omnix

    Major Kudos to the OpenSUSE team!!!

    Once again you have exceeded my expectations. I downloaded the RC2 DVD iso over the weekend, and installed it onto my HP Pavilion dv7tqe laptop. All I can say is “Wow!!!”, and “Thank you all!!!”

    You have to admire a team that undertook building, testing, tweaking, and tuning the system so well that the pre-release candidate is more stable, robust, and optimized than most other distributions – definitely better than anything out of Redmond Hat.

    Keeping in mind that I installed the RC2, I did notice a few minor problems. Such as the almost all of the DVD creation packages cannot finding the mkisofs rpm; but I wouldn’t be surprised if you have already sorted and fixed the issue while I type this.

    Overall, though, you have delivered another exceptional product…

    I will remain a loyal and satisfied OpenSUSE user – and SUSE advocate. Hopefully I’ll get some free time soon to help work on some new features – I’m really interested in improving Bluetooth support and the fprint scanner support.


  25. Chika

    Have yet to try 13.1 in anger as a full install – I have a couple of SSDs on order for two machines I plan to use it on – but it seems that the Live KDE version is a bit cranky, especially as on at least two occasions when I have used it, it complains that the /home partition is running out of space! OK, yes, it is running in a VirtualBox but I’ve never suffered this on any previous LiveCD, at least any that actually *were* CDs rather than the set up that has been adopted since 12.3.

    I refuse to write openSUSE off since most Live environment problems don’t seem to migrate into full install problems though I’ll probably still go through the motions of getting KDE3 and HAL going just in case KDE4.11 annoys me as it generally has done through most of the releases in the past. But you never know…

    • Chika

      OK, I have now tried it in anger. Yes, “anger” is actually a good word for it as I found that the increasing encroachment of systemd is now causing some packages to break, especially where the init scripts are concerned. It appears that a major change in the way in which certain system structures, especially daemons, are set up has been changed, and not in a way that makes them particularly backwards compatible so if you find that starting a daemon using the /etc/init.d script directly, or by using service or even by systemctl doesn’t seem to work, check the script to see what it is up to. Chances are that what it is trying to do isn’t supported anymore.

      And that sums up my Christmas. Happy new year, everypony!

  26. Andreas Müller

    blkid hangs that were in RC1 are still there. Does not install. Disappointing.

  27. Boris

    Hello, thanks for release. Just did live zipper version upgrade to 13.1. This worked fine, we mainly use xen and virtual machines started just fine. We will test vms today if they are stable.
    On the other hand, VNC crashes after login: displays the desktop and then just disappears. I use UltraVNC on Windows as client. I think this same bug was also in 12.3, but it was fixed with a later update.

  28. ludolph

    Oh no … the KDE Help center still (!!!) does not contains functional openSUSE manuals :( Moreover, the openSUSE 13.1 documentation on install DVD is incomplete!!! Why?

    Is there any way how to install NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 on this release???

    • Ludolph

      Konquenor has memory leak and extreme CPU utilization … bug!!!

    • See the announcement text: we’re working on our manuals on activedoc.opensuse.org and that’s where you can get them. This will hopefully be better integrated for the next release.

  29. Slowest OS on earth…

  30. Anamezon

    Good work, opensuse developers!!! But before I push my Tumbleweed a bit further down the road, can anybody post here his/hers user experience how YaST-on-Ruby is behaving? Has anybody made the switch from the old YaST-on-YCP by upgrading, not by clean install? Thanks in advance!

  31. sureshvn

    I did not feel that anything new in 13.1 vlc media player was working fine with previous version, kaffeine also not working with this, i think i have to reinstall previous version

  32. Diego

    Congratulations! I’m from Brazil and I love OpenSUSE. Actually, I use 3 OS: Windows, IOs and OpenSUSE. But, my main system runs OpenSUSE.

    I hope that brand new version bring lot of improvements.

    I’ll wait a little bit time to install the new OpenSUSE. My dear 12.3 run so good that I’m afraid to change my OS.

    Congrats again to all of the OpenSUSE team!!!

    • derpif

      I can relate to that. I loved my 12.3 dearly, it was running like the clockwork of clockworks.
      13.1 does out of the box the same for lucky me so far.

    • Chika

      That’s the biggest reason why I always try to install on a new drive, just in case. My 12.2 is set up exactly how I like it including all the bits that don’t ship with the distro kit including KDE3 (I try KDE4 each time they “upgrade” it and it still annoys me. And I hate being annoyed!)

      It’s reading back through the above posts that tells me that even after all the betas and release candidates, it’s still risky to take a release as it stands on day one. That’s not necessarily a criticism of openSUSE as I’ve seen this happen on other distros and in other operating systems, but it does make me wary of jumping in immediately when it comes to a live system which is why I always do the server last.

  33. download live cd, run on virtualbox,
    need 10 minutes for loading KDE, and BANG…. error, blank screen, keyboard not response.
    just funny cursor..

    this release is fake..and big big joke OS from openSuse

    • Chika

      What were your settings? It seemed to work OK for me apart from the nags about a lack of disc space, though I needed 3GB memory and 2 CPUs to do it.

    • David

      Do not feed the trolls – running fine on a 5 year old laptop (dual core) with 1GB RAM.

      • Chika

        Fair enough about trolls, but I take it that you read that this was a VirtualBox user? To be honest, I tried installing on VBs a few times and none of them came out 100%. The closest to a good 13.1 install I got was on my old triple core Phenom, though it gave me any amount of headaches when I was trying to get Nagios running (see the Nagios general support forum about that, and I’ve also run in a bug report to Nagios about it).

        I will give you one thing, however. I haven’t tried the full install on a laptop yet, though I did use the rescue CD on a few, and very nice it is too. I’m happy enough with 12.2 and 12.3, both of which appear far more stable and accomodating than 13.1, but since neither will be supported into Evergreen as my previous kit based on 11.4 was, I’m stuck with 13.1 on my mission critical stuff in the long term unless the various faults are fixed, either in patches on 13.1 or in the next releases.

        To me, this feels like the 12.1 debacle all over again.

  34. Mike

    Running the Gnome live DVD. This is my first experience with OpenSUSE, and I must say it very polished and professional looking. I like minimalism, but I also like some heft when I need it, and this refined Gnome desktop seems to provide both. I like to play with a lot of different distros, and OpenSUSE is definitely on the professional level. It feels designed with the office in mind, it is not a toy distro. The effects are crisp, and not distracting at all. I feel like I could definitely get some work done. Great job ladies and gentlemen on producing such a nice clean user-friendly desktop Linux.

  35. Dan

    Simply the best!

  36. OpenSUSE 12.3 is stable and so is 13.1. Good work. Keep releasing stable, tested and mature releases. Although for desktop e.g. KDE, Gnome you need at least 1 GB memory. For my old laptop using lxde does the job.

  37. Staz

    Just a suggestion is it possible to have a one click codec package available when a new release becomes available.
    People pretty much want multimedia setup ASAP.
    With the impending demise of Windows XP support in 2014, all distributions should be looking to cater to the older PC market 32bit and one click solutions.

  38. Bob

    Help! Where are the NVIDIA drivers? Cannot stand OSS blessings like Nouveau with “stone age” graphics performance.

    • David

      ^ What he said. I’m waiting to rebuild my media server because the Nouveau drivers are so bad in performance that I get tearing when playing back 720p resolution digital video.

  39. Hennes

    Come on. Fix the Akonadi bug in connection with D-Bus.

  40. Marcin

    I will probably try openSUSE when I buy new laptop :)

  41. Ahmad

    Before I start downloading, can I ask whether this release releases my pain with Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 with optimus hell technology? after two wandering years trying 80% of distros and and BSD flavors, the open source couldn’t cope with this feature in my laptop and I returned the shit windows 7 just because the nvidia driver is available for it and I need 3D feature to work with.

    So, for God sake tell me that optimus issue with linux is solved and immediately will install this OpenSuse!


  42. Jorge

    I update from 12.3 to 13.1, all ok except for mouse cursor… ¡¡is hidden at session start!! I use LXDE :(

  43. Claude

    Why is openSUSE 13.1 marked as an evergreen release shipped with a kernel marked as EOL?

  44. Thomas

    After (very smooth) update last Sunday my nvidia-based PC was out of service such as others as I see from the comments above. Luckily I’ve just seen that the nvidia community repository for 13.1 is avaiable. Using command line yast I’ve added the nvidia repo, updated the drivers and now my system is fully functional again!

    Such a delay can be (resp. is) very frustrating expecially for newbe openSuSE users, so next time it would be great to have nVidia as ISV closer in the release cycle, or to add a big(!!!) caveat at the top of the openSuSE release announcement that people using nvidia cards in combination with the proprietory nvidia driver should wait until the driver repo is online.

  45. Franz Bernasek

    Great Distro,

    i have installed before Fedora 18, 19 and the 20 Beta , now i’m back to openSUSE,
    the 13.1 really a great distro works on my system fine

    thanks to the developer


  46. deedee

    13.1 – ready for nothing.

    No nvidia-drivers, no CUDA, but reading tons of text in shitty forums about install it and why it doesnt work. Forget it!

  47. enoonmai

    deedee – get back to windows, noob.
    David P. – https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers learn to read, idiot.

    • David P.

      Enoonmai – douchenozzle, the nVidia drivers are broken. Deal with it sparky:

      (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA kernel module!

      Additionally, feel free to use this thing we call “google” and find the forums talking about how the nVidia drivers were placed into the repository and then yanked a day or two later, idiot.

  48. OsZ

    Congratulations! Fresh install works (almost) perfectly. Just my network MFP (especially scanner) gave some trouble. And I had to add the option “tripplebuffer” for smooth KDE effects using nvidia binary. Everything else almost worked out of the box. KDE integration is again very nice as we are used, well except GIMP (see the old feature request https://features.opensuse.org/310339). I am very pleased especially if I always hear comparisons to Mint or Ubuntu – when I try I always confirm to myself KDE Distro = openSUSE. Cheers !!

  49. Krzysiek

    I have just upgraded Opensuse 12.3 to 13.1 and it was a smooth upgrade, but I cannot find TV configuration in Yast? Where is it? I have got a tv card in My PC and now I cannot watch tv (tvtime). Can you help me?

  50. after installing opensuse 13.1, my laptop need external fan, my laptop is very very hot..

    switch back to linuxmin, and my laptop stay cool without external fan