Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2012 22:20 UTC, submitted by superstoned
SuSE, openSUSE "The latest release [...] brings you speed-ups across the board with a faster storage layer in Linux 3.4 and accelerated functions in glibc and Qt, giving a more fluid and responsive desktop. The infrastructure below openSUSE has evolved, bringing in newly matured technologies like GRUB2 and Plymouth and the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy." You can download openSUSE 12 from the mirrors.
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by sb56637 on Thu 6th Sep 2012 04:43 UTC
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2006-05-11

Very nice! Thanks very much openSUSE developers. I applaud their decision to delay the release until it became more stable instead of rushing out a half baked OS. It's looking good now.

My initial comments:
Pros:
+ Nice boot animation.
+ Fast boot.
+ Thank you, thank you, thank you, for still offering <700 MB CD-size editions with both Gnome and KDE and still managing to include LibreOffice!
+ Still offers an add-on CD with proprietary software, for users that don't have a fast internet connection.
+ YAST is still light years ahead of any other Linux system configuration GUI.

Cons:
- No XFCE or LXDE live CD spin (although one can be created on SUSE Studio.
- On KDE live CD edition, LibreOffice Calc isn't included, but Draw is. If I had to choose between the two, I would take Calc over Draw. And really, they should have both fit on the CD. By the time the major LibreOffice base packages are installed, the individual components add very little additional size.
- Very cluttered menu on the KDE version when switching to the classic menu. Duplicate menu items for Kaffeine, and "More programs" sub-menus scattered all over the place at random. Yikes!
- LibreOffice looks dreadfully ugly under KDE. LibreOffice simply is not a KDE program and will never look good with a forced pseudo-Qt theme engine. My personal preference is to force is to use a simple Gnome theme engine like Industrial. It looks a bit out of place under KDE, but it least the menus and scroll bars look nice and clean.
- Pity that Gnome 3.6 didn't make the release.

Thanks again for this update to the best FOSS Linux distro on the planet. Cheers.

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