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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. Great news!!
    Thanks to all that make this possible!!

    Spreading the word for spanish speakers:
    http://victorhckinthefreeworld.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/lanzada-opensuse-13-2-luz-verde-para-descargar-e-instalar/

    ‘ve phun!!

  2. Congrats.

    Looking forward to updating my suse owncloud server box.
    Glad PHP 5.6.1 made the cut.

  3. Congrats to all.

  4. Peter

    Hi,

    Congratulations to the openSUSE team.
    I noticed openSUSE still installs MongoDB 2.4 while 2.6 is already available for some time now.
    Will MongoDB 2.6.x be available in the repositories in the near future?

    Regards,
    Peter

  5. Yay for the new version! And not a moment too soon ;-).

  6. Manish

    Congratulations to all from India!! The new Green Geeko is here!!!

  7. Luis Leonel

    Thank you very much.

  8. Asaviz

    Congratulations to the openSUSE team from IRAN
    you are the best

  9. It was realy good job! I follow Tumbleweed, and the best thing to merge projects together!

  10. Jonathan

    Good job!

  11. Mansoor

    Brilliant !!! Thank you so much guys & congrats from Pakistan :)

  12. Mike

    Fantastic! I’ve just installed the KDE vesion and it works very fast!

  13. dlsoak

    Great!!! Donwloading!
    Thank you for next version and a lot of work don to release it!

  14. dlsoak

    Downloading in Poland! :-D

  15. BGD

    ThankYou openSuse Team!
    Your great work helps me a lot here, in Romania, in a public notary office.
    I need not any other software for doing all my work..
    Well, i install openOffice (i have a “personal connection” to it :), but it is the only software i install, all the rest is just openSuse, stable, reliable.
    ThankYou very much!

  16. JLL

    It is awesome!

    Congratulations!

    I have tested Plasma 5.1 and it is beautiful! Awesome!

    Thank’s for this great job!

    JLL

  17. Nikos

    Thank you! Downloading via Torrent and will keep seeding till the release of 13.3.
    I really hope it is as stable as 13.1 was.

    Where are the release parties??

  18. Chris

    / is an ssd
    /home, /tmp, /var and swap are on a HDD (lvm2 luks)
    After installing the nvidia drivers (with bumblebee), the system hangs on boot (after one restart my journal is like 65789 lines).

    SuSE 7.0 was the first Linux distro i ever used. Since 12.x i try to get back to openSuSE but there is always something wrong.

    Am i cursed?

    • Mike

      @Chris

      Please post your issue on the Forum http://forums.opensuse.org/forum.php

      • Chris

        @Mike

        I figured the problem out but the solution remain unknown.
        My lvm is mounted like (example) /dev/mapper/DS9-home
        Opensuse 13.2 mount the same thing at /dev/DS9/home

        My initial suspect (nvidia and bumblebee) are not the problem.
        On a second try to reinstall opensuse i found out that i cant edit the lvm because opensuse mounts them wrong. This is the first time in 2 years of distrohopping that one Linux distribution has problems with my lvm/luks setup.

    • Stefano

      Me too, can not manage to get bumblebee + nvidia working (with nouveau I only get kernel panics).

  19. Franz

    Hi

    absolut great the openSUSE 13.2 its the best
    congrations

  20. Hossein

    Congratulations…

  21. 100le

    Awesome. Keep up the good work.

  22. Great news!! Thank you so much guys & congrats from India :)
    Explore Deep into Tech’s Dimensions as you check out Techtocore OS, Device repair and many more on techtocore.tk

    • jhva33

      Awesome job. Opensuse has been Rock Solid, since 11.2. Keep up the good work.
      Is there an upgrade script to upgrade from 13.1? thanks

      • M

        When you install 13.2 your configuration files and the files in your home folder remain unchanged.
        But it’s always better to have a backup before upgrading.

  23. congratulations, I am on 13.2 now :)

  24. 已经下载安装好了,正在使用中 :-)
    http://mirrors.linuxstory.org/openSUSE/openSUSE-13.2-DVD-x86_64.iso

  25. TAbdenour

    Congratulations to the OpenSuSE team and to all OpenSusE users from Algeria.

  26. tony davenport

    firstly – welcome screen indicates 12.3 not 13.2 embarrassing next – firefox failed to get up and running and likewise my thunderbird although wired connection is active this is not a seamless upgrade PS I think the old welcome screen in 13.1 is next nicer
    Cheers

    Tony

  27. Mustafa Muhammad

    Congratulations, and thank you openSUSE team.

  28. Theodor

    Midnight Commander doesn’t work in 13.2 :(

  29. Bob

    The best linux distro(at least desktop one) that I have ever seen!! Thank you….

  30. Jo

    Please stop promoting kde as primary system at the installer. Its over with kde. Sle 12 doesnt use it. Or better rwmove it completly. Have a nice day. Jo

    • biff

      opensuse is not a testbed for SLED.

      What SLED does is 00% irrelevant to opensuse.

      • Jo

        SLE is 100 % relevant for openSUSE and shares the same foundations.
        Check both package lists for specific details.

        If a product is free you are the product. Programmers also need to be paid and eat.

        With openSUSE, the SUSE company can determine what the market wants, test the product at several ‘real life’ environments and so on smash bugs and errors.
        The polished openSUSE version with years of support will then be named as SLE.

        • Homer

          If a product is free you are the product. Programmers also need to be paid and eat.

          What does this mean or are you missing the point of open source completely?

  31. Mindaugas

    Not good distro. I prefer rock solid Fedora. Sorry guys, but OpenSuse sucks….

    • Anonymous

      It is not fair to say it sucks! I am fedora user too and RHCE and RHCVA certified partner and I consult you that you can use opensuse as well as fedora as desktop and server in small business environments with the same results! If we have no time to read documents and ask from others then we sucked….

      • Frank

        Very average OS.Nothing special! I use Manjaro,Crunchbang and Linux Mint and a couple of the pups. Newbies will have trouble getting their media working.

    • Homer

      Thanks for your constructive criticism and the list of problems and issues you found. :-/

      Fedora are welcome to you, but that kind of fanboyism is not welcome in the GNU/Linux community, go and play those games with Windows or Mac OS X.

      • Anonymous

        if it is “community” then everybody can say something about linux and distros and “you” can not send people to other forums to tell what they think! and it is wonderful that this “sucks” word doesn’t make any sense for “you” but telling about fedora make cause a@@ itching for “you”.
        anyway not every linux distro is gnu/linux if you dont know! it just linux.

  32. Hello,

    Thank you for this release! It is very good, but I have one complain (I cannot access the forum, my ISP is banned): I have nVidia graphics card GeForce 7300 GT (with a 64-bit system AMD 4000+) and I used the one-click install for Ge Force 6+ (G02 package, not the most recent, but the second). The I tried a restart and it entered command line, no X server. I had to reinstall many times openSuse 13.2 and retry from the beginning, but to no avail. It worked with openSuse 13.1.

    Fortunately, I wrote down the packages which are installed with one-click nVidia package and the last time I did not have to reinstall openSuse 13.2, but I simply uninstalled these packages.

    Maybe someone can help me with advice, as nouveau is not as good as nvidia driver (it seems to flicker sometimes, and I think it is slower).

    Thank you for a good stable GNU/Linux!

    • I forgot: It seems that the error is: “X: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so: undefined symbol: LoadExtension”

      I searched the internet, found some pages about this, but could not solve the problem.

      • gaindeli

        Hi gentleman,

        you have for the moment no other choice than installing the nVidia graphic driver manually. Up to kernel version 3.17.2 the nVidia installer does the job perfectly. Just install the required software packages via YaST prior to using the nVidia package downloadable from the website. You need kernel-(flavor)-devel and kernel-devel and and the basic development tool.

        Have a lot of fun. openSUSE linux is unbreakable.

        • Thank you for your reply! Actually, it was a bug in the provided nVidia drivers by openSuse. Now they fixed it and one-click install for nVidia works. I found this on the openSuse forums (I am no longer banned by IP range).

  33. fidelis

    thank you so much for a beautifully designed operating system. this is very great. congratulations to the entire openSUSE team and all who have made this wonderful Linux distro to be what it is today. many thanks.

  34. biff

    Really? A testimonial by a brain-dead SUSE exec?

    W
    T
    F?????

  35. Saed

    Congarticulation I use opensuse 4years

  36. sibudi

    “hi !” from Indonesia

  37. asdfg

    That is the ugliest default wallpaper in history.

    WTF were you morons thinking?

  38. Anonymous

    about opensuse 13.2:
    improvments:
    -gnome is more polished.
    -nice boot screens(splash screens) and nice wallpaper at least for me! this green is the best green for opensuse imho!!
    -faster boot.
    -faster and better yast.
    -faster zypper! oh man it works!!!
    -fonts are nice enough… you know! it is important for opensuse!
    -fast distro as always! I mean faster that other 64 bit distros just as i feel it!
    -live gnome on usb doesn’t need elevator=noop to boot fast. it boots normal.
    -Greg Kroah-Hartman is still there…

    disimprovments:
    -power management seems worse than 13.1 or 12.* on gnome 64 on my laptop
    -darker future for opensuse cuz every now and then i hear something about that they want to sell suse…

  39. Marcin

    even can not install – graphical interface does not start on my CRT (Philips Brilliance 202P4). tried a lot of starting configurations (using menus). btw i have same problem with mageia5 alpha, but not with Mint17…
    any ideas? any aditional options for starting (for kernel or sth)?

  40. Homer

    Thanks for the new release, I backed up my home folder and re-installed from scratch. Used ext4 rather than suggested filesystems and installed GNOME. Nice system, was able to quickly add codecs etc. All up and running and tweaked to my liking in about an hour.

    Bit of a disparity between the UI of YaST and other GNOME apps, apart from that, love it. No issues.

    HP Pavilion g6. AMD A8-3500M APU. 6GB RAM. 1TB HD.

    Major love from the north of England ;-)

  41. Bhaskar

    Best distribution ever produced by OpenSUSE team.
    Also provide the supported documents for newbies for installing licensing(third party) software.

  42. Alireza Shateri

    thanks.

  43. openSUSE is a very good distro! I’ve been using it since 12.3, it’s the second time I upgrade it, without big problems. The transition from 12.3 to 13.1 showed me no errors or warnings on both my desktop and netbook. But this time on both of them I went into a small problem.

    After upgrading, I restarted the computer, the boot stopped at some point, suggesting me to read journalctl and send the contents of some file to a bug report system. I did what I was told, I inspected journalctl and, by the end of the log, I realized the error was thrown while trying to mount my hard disks, the filesystem was corrupted, the error message told me to run fsck manually, what I did. After restarting again, everything went fine. So, I decided to share that here, in case anyone goes on the same problem.

    I also use openSUSE on a virtual machine at work. Upgrading on that machine was done without any problem.

    Congratulations to all of the openSUSE community for the good work! :D

  44. Bob

    Just in case someone else needs that:

    Tested 13.2 on two laptops – none of them is able to complete booting Live KDE nor GNOME. But eventually I’ve convinced KDE to cooperate with one of the laptops. The following steps were required to get KDE to refrain from crashing:

    – Used NET install (of course WLAN doesn’t work, so I was forced to grab that old Ethernet cable from the 1900’s)

    – Installing KDE or GNOME first leads to disaster. So I was choosing XFCE instead (LXDE probably also works).

    – Got rid of ‘nouveau’ by installing the NVIDIA driver. For some reason it was not listed in the ‘additional repositories’ for 13.2 but it could find it at ftp://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/13.2/

    – After reboot KDE was finally installed via software update, and, surprisingly worked in my case. Didn’t try my luck any further, so I’ve kept the XFCE display manager rather than switching to kdm and auto-login remains disabled for now. Of course all desktop effects are disabled on any of my computers.

    – Don’t not know if the same method would work for Gnome too, but I cannot imagine that I’d ever want that on one of my systems anyway.

    No proper analysis was done, but it seems that the slow and crappy ‘nouveau’ driver was the culprit in this case. I am using Linux since like forever, so I am not surprised that one has to be very lucky to find a suitable laptop for a reasonably stable Linux system running on it. That apparently has not changed with the arrival of openSuse 13.2.

    • Robin

      Seriously man,as much of an ignorant you are,but really i just wonder how much of free time you got to write such a BS review with not even a pinch of truth,and if its true what you have written,then your knowledge in computers is of a chimpanzee..
      Seriously,quit bad mouthing a thing which is exceptionally wonderful.

      • Bob

        Thanks for your kind words. Apparently I’ll have to keep it simpler: What I have written was meant for people suffering from harware incompatibilities not from behavioral disorders.

        As a matter of fact openSuse 13.2 Live CDs won’t finish booting on two of my notebooks (Sony & Samsung) with Nvidia graphics. There might be other solutions to the problem, the one I have mentioned was probably just one of them.

        I do not get exactly what was insulting you, but you’d better accept the fact that many distros do have problems on certain hardware. This is probably one of the reasons why Linux desktop market share seems to be currently south of the 2% mark.

        Final remark to keep blood pressure down: openSuse 12.2 is now more or less obsolete but did run exceptionally well on the beforementioned laptops.

  45. ariel

    Hi, how I can define a DSL account with wicked.service???? I can not found where I must define the DSL provider and user/password.
    OpenSuSE 13.2

  46. Yves

    Went through a round of trying to install various distros on a newly purchased cheap Asus laptop (For my elderly Mom. Windows 8.1 is too confusing and she’s used to KDE on her previous computer. Besides, Linux is a great way not to end up like most Senior’s computers which are almost always awful pits of malware). I have been using Linux since the mid-90s, but somehow had missed out on SUSE and OpenSUSE for all these years.

    Various installs of well known distros on this particular laptop were all flawed in some way: UEFI trouble, systemd configuration issues, what not. I no longer have the inclination to hunt down petty bugs after an install, and given who’s using it I want reliability. Suffice to say that OpenSUSE did the job wonderfully. The best installer and the best install experience I have had in 20 years of using Linux. Great job!

    • Anonymous

      you didn’t lose anything cuz opensuse 13.2 is the first release without big bugs! Are you sure linux is a better choice for your mom as a desktop than windows?!

      • Anonymous

        So has anyone went straight to Tumbleweed and full on e19 yet? What’s the rough hands-on opinion on that please?

      • Yves

        Meh. Somewhat trollish post, but ok I’ll bite, just this once.

        About choosing Linux for an elderly person’s computer: my Mom’s been on Linux for about 15, maybe 17 years now. Kubuntu, Mandrake before that and now OpenSUSE. No regrets whatsoever. You got to look at the use cases for each person. Reading e-mails about cats and baby photos? Check. Dodging joke or “inspirational” e-mails loaded with malware? Check. Doing light web surfing? Check. Having the grand-kids click on every “dancing bunny” link? Check. Does she need Windows for this? Reading the odd Word document or PowerPoint presentation is not a problem, and she never writes any. The grownup kids and older grand-kids handle the more demanding stuff. KDE + Firefox + Thunderbird work just fine and that is what she is used to. Combine this with a little education about computer safety, and I never had to clean or re-install for any malware (Except for a brief episode when a well-intended idiot installed a pirated Windows 98 behind my back “because that’s what everybody has”. Then, there WAS malware.)

        As for Windows 8.1, I almost like it, but it’s not for my Mom. Too much change. And for a Senior, accidentally switching between the tablet interface and the desktop is too easy. It can be a confusing ordeal, and an unnecessary one at that.

  47. Anonymous

    So has anyone went straight to Tumbleweed and full
    on e19 yet? What’s the rough hands-on opinion on
    that please?

  48. anony

    I installed KDE version on my Lenovo IdeaPad Z585, using the openSUSE 13.2 install DVD and is good to go. Good job and congratulations on the stable release. Cheers. :)

  49. I have just installed it too, love already :)

  50. Nayan

    openSUSE is a very good distro! I’ve been using it since last 5 years. However, it’s the first time I upgraded it from 13.1 to 13.2.

    I was hesitant, but finally decided to upgrade. I would like to put on record that the upgrade was successful without any hitches whatsoever! And I used GUI throughout the upgrade.

    Congratulations to all of the openSUSE community for the good work!

    From India