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openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom!

November 4th, 2014 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: openSUSE 13.2 is out! After one year on continuous improvement in the tools and procedures and many hours of developing, packaging, testing and fixing issues a new stable release is here providing the best that Free and Open Source has to offer with our special green touch: stable, innovative and fun!
Green light to freedom!

(In other languages: cs es fr it nl ru ja zh zh-tw)

This is the first release after the change in the openSUSE development mode, with a much shorter stabilization phase thanks to the extensive testing done in a daily basis in the rolling distribution used now as a base for openSUSE stable releases. The perfect balance between innovation and stability with the great level of freedom of choice that openSUSE users are used to.

openSUSE 13.2 is:

Innovative
Built around the most innovative technologies Linux has to offer: Snapper to take the most from snapshots capability of the powerful Btrfs filesystem offered as default option, Wicked to bring light to network configuration, Dracut to ensure shorter boot times… For users asking for even more innovation Plasma 5.1, the next generation workspace by KDE, is also available as a technical preview.

 

Polished
This version presents the first step to adopt the new openSUSE design guidelines system-wide. The graphical revamp is noticeable everywhere: the installer, the bootloader, the boot sequence and all of the (seven!) supported desktops (KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Enlightenment 19, Mate and Awesome). Even the experimental Plasma 5.1 is adapted to the overall experience.

 

Easy
The new openSUSE 13.2 installer comes with several changes targeted to make the installation process easier and more welcoming to new users. Those changes include a new and more straightforward installation work flow, better and smarter automatic proposals, less cluttered configuration options and a brand new layout for the user interface. In addition, several tools are included to easy the administration of any system like the Profile Management Tools for AppArmor or the YaST module for Snapper, just to name a few.

“With a vastly improved and streamlined installation process, and all the latest technologies from across the open source ecosystem, openSUSE 13.2 is a perfect choice for people who want an operating system that’s modern, stable, and gets the work done.”

said Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE board.

The Details

For Users

 

KDE
KDE 4.14, dedicated to the memory of Volker Lanz, provides a familiar look, feel and functionality with the rock-solid stability of the latest version of the long-term support Plasma Workspace (4.11.12) and the applications from latest Software Compilation (4.14.2). The KDE Telepathy stack offers features as off-the-record (OTR) encryption for instant messaging, multi-protocol support and a set of applets for the Plasma Workspace. KDE applications requiring multimedia are now based on the 1.0 version of the GStreamer multimedia framework, allowing a noticeable reduction in dependencies.

 

GNOME
GNOME 3.14 includes greatly improved support for HiDPI screens and MultiTouch input devices, including gestures support. Network and geolocation capabilities has been also dramaticaly improved, as well as Wayland integration. All GNOME applications have received a lot of new features and improvement. In addition, this is the first release of openSUSE including GNOME Software, the ‘AppStore’ for the GNOME Desktop, nicely integrated with default openSUSE package management system. See the great overview of what’s new in GNOME 3.14 on openSUSE 13.2.

 

Other desktop environments
This is the first release of openSUSE including MATE (1.8.1), which provides a traditional desktop experience ideal for those users who loved GNOME under openSUSE 11.4. As in the previous release, openSUSE 13.2 also ships with XFCE (4.10), LXDE (0.55), Enlightenment 19 (0.19.0) and Awesome (3.4.15). All of them have received updates and polishing ranging from the most user-visible interface improvements to better integration with underlying subsystems like systemd and upower.

 

For Admins

 

Virtualization
In addition to Linux Containers 1.0.6 and the full virtualization solutions traditionally provided by openSUSE (with QEMU 2.1 and VirtualBox 4.3.18), this release also includes Docker 1.2 which, together with the availability of openSUSE 13.2 images at Docker Hub, makes openSUSE a perfect base system to distribute applications.

 

Improved YaST
Several parts of YaST have been improved and cleaned up after the automatic conversion from YCP language to Ruby shipped with 13.1. Compared to that version, the new YaST is faster, more stable and better integrated with systemd, Btrfs and the other cutting edge technologies included in openSUSE 13.2. The new installation work flow allows to run the whole configuration phase and skip the final step, getting a complete reusable AutoYaST profile instead of an installed system.

 

For Developers

 

IDEs and tooling
This release offers the latest version of the fully featured IDE KDevelop (4.7.0), the last of the versions based on the 4.x KDE development platform. In addition to C++, there are plugins available which extend its support for additional languages such as PHP or Python. In addition, most recent version of several other popular IDEs are shipped, like Anjuta 3.14 and two flavors of Qt Creator 3.2.1 (for Qt4 and Qt5).

 

Languages and Libraries
KDE Frameworks 5, a series of development libraries on top of Qt 5 made by KDE, is present in its latest stable release (5.3.0). The libraries co-exist with the existing 4.x variants, allowing development of KF5-based applications within a stable 4.x based workspace. In the land of dynamic languages, Ruby packaging is now even easier. Need JRuby? Want Rubinius? No problem. We can do it. Not only Ruby has been updated (2.1.3), but also Python (2.7.8 and 3.4.1), PHP (5.6.1), Perl (5.20) and many others.

“I really like the flexibility, tooling and usability of openSUSE and I’m excited to use openSUSE 13.2 myself. It is another great release from the openSUSE project including the latest upstream technologies all brought together into a great distribution.”

said Michael Miller, SUSE Vice President of global alliances and marketing.

Go, get it!

Downloads of openSUSE 13.2 can be found at software.opensuse.org/132.
We recommend checking out the Release Notes before upgrade or installation.

Users currently running openSUSE 13.1 can upgrade to openSUSE 13.2 via the instructions at this link.

Check out ARM images at the ARM wiki. Stable 13.2 based images for ARMv7 and ARMv8 (AArch64) are there and will receive full maintenance alongside 13.2. ARMv6 port is experimental and offers no guarantee.

Thanks!

13.2 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 13.2 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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81 Responses to “openSUSE 13.2: green light to freedom!”

  1. looking forward to using openSUSE 13.2, first came to know of open suse from the library that used it and i fell in love

  2. jasini

    i… hm fell in love with your graphics and the user interface but one problem doh i don’t no if i will be able use it. novice

  3. Gary

    I tried openSUSE for two months. I’ve been using Linux for 20 years and I’ve used many versions. I decided to try openSUSE to get away from the various problems with the Ubuntu and Red Hat families. No happy ending. I was surprised at the number of non-working apps that are important. KWallet would not work because the GPG server would not work. No VPN. Horrible support for multimedia. I was expecting a mature and professional piece of work but OpenSUSE is not it. I used KDE way back in the 90’s and found it to be unstable and error-prone, and nothing has changed. I don’t mind having a few problems. Linux is free in general(Red Hat isn’t, and it has as many problems as the others)and I don’t mind working around a few problems, but there was just too much. Back to an Ubuntu version.

    • Chika

      To be honest, I tend to test each version before I use it, if I use it. Problems with incoming versions in the past, especially where vital parts of the system were being changed, have made me wary of taking a version of any distro on face value and openSUSE is no different in that respect. I’m not fond of version 13.1, for example, but I’ve managed to make it work for the majority of what I want it to do but it took a fair amount of work to get it there. 13.2 is no different in that respect, and I expect that other distros will be moving the same way. It’s all rather annoying.

      In fact the most annoying thing is that Linux in general is gradually ceasing to be Linux, and openSUSE is doing nothing to prevent that. The introduction of the monolithic atrocity that is systemd back in version 12.1 is proof enough of that, but moving back to Ubuntu won’t keep you safe from that as they seem just as keen to use Poettering’s outpourings. As for the specific items that you are having difficulty with, I suppose that folk here could give you the advice that you need if you were to give a bit more information. Try the wiki, for example. I personally prefer to use KDE 3 which you are no doubt familiar with if you have been using KDE that long; if you prefer that, there’s a mailing list where you can also get advice on that.

      Other than that, you could try Debian itself rather than Ubuntu. It’s a shame that it came to this after the great job that openSUSE did on version 11 but the onset of systemd in version 12 and, more recently, the problems with btrfs in this latest version make me wonder if this distro will survive. I just hope that the next version is absolutely fantastic but I’m not holding my breath.