OpenSUSEAfter six months of development before release Linux-distro openSUSE 12.3. Available as a 32 – and 64-bit x86-based systems in the four assemblies: Universal Installation DVD (4.7 GB), Live with GNOME 3.6, Live with KDE 4.10 and a shorter version for network installation.

For the first time in the regular release of openSUSE comes stable build for ARMv7, experimental assembly for ARM64 (AArch64) and Specialized Live-assembly for recovery.

Dear contributors, friends and fans: The latest release of the openSUSE distribution, version 12.3, is ready for you!

Features of openSUSE 12.3:

  • Delivery of the new version of the user environments KDE 4.10, GNOME 3.6, Xfce 4.10, LXDE and Razor-Qt 0.5. The distribution also includes a desktop environment and added Enlightenment E17 window manager Sawfish and Awesome;
  • Revised distribution infrastructure: Removed support for the classical system initialization Sysvinit. Completed transfer distribution to the system manager systemd, which is updated in openSUSE 12.3 to version 195. To maintain the system log subsystem involved journald, but by default the output is duplicated in the regular implementation of syslog (rsyslog, syslog-ng). Libraries and binaries are moved from the root of the hierarchy directory / usr. Moved to the mount point directory / run / user /. To ensure the sleep and standby modes, as well as to control LEDs on notebooks activate mechanisms systemd;
  • By default instead of MySQL database is now available MariaDB. Support for MySQL stored and users can set the database repository of full-time, but according to require third-party MySQL packages are now linked to MariaDB;
  • Full-fledged support to boot into the UEFI and experimental support to boot into the UEFI Secure Boot, based on the use of the loader Shim, signed key Microsoft. In the UEFI Secure Boot is possible not only verification of the bootstrap, but further checking loaded GRUB2 and kernel Linux, while checks are used for digital signatures, key-based openSUSE (also provides the option of using their own key to the user);
  • Updated versions of the system components: Core Linux 3.7, Glibc 2.16, zsh 5.0, libpng 1.5, binutils 2.23;
  • New versions of custom applications and graphics stack: X-server 1.13, Mesa 9, fresh video drivers, LibreOffice 3.6 (available from Additional Repositories LibreOffice 4.0), DigiKam 3.0, Amarok 2.7, rhythmbox 2.98, Banshee 2.6, Blender 2.64, Ekiga 4.0, Scribus 1.4 .2, Rekonq 2.0, KTorrent 4.3.1;
  • New versions of the packages and server virtualization: PostgreSQL 9.2, OpenStack “Folsom”, Virtualbox 4.2, QEMU 1.3, Squid 3.2.6, Nagios 3.4.4;
  • New versions of the developer tools: LLVM 3.2, gdb 7.5, GCC 4.7.2, Python 3.3 (the default is still Python 2.7.3), Mono 3, Qt Creator 2.6, Glade 3.14, MonoDevelop 3, Valgrind 3.8, KDevelop 4.4;
  • The transition to GStreamer 1.0 and PulseAudio sound server 3. The structure includes a library libopus supporting audio codec OPUS;
  • To work with the JPEG-images enabled by default package jpeg-turbo;
  • Removed from the distribution of date long configurator SuSEconfig, created many years ago to replace the / etc / rc.config and has long criticized for its direct modification of configuration files in the installation package groups;
  • Used package manager libzypp library updated to version 12.6. Work has been done to increase the reliability of tools for working with packages. Completely rewritten PackageKit backend for zypper;
  • LiveCD image size increased to 1 GB, allowing accommodate more programs but ruled out the possibility of recording on CD. In particular, the Live image were added to complete LibreOffice, GIMP, OpenJDK, a useful set of tools for disaster recovery and backup, such as gparted, grsync, dd_rescue and photorec;
  • Prepared the official version of openSUSE 12.3 for architecture ARMv7. Distribution is available in assemblies for platforms based processors Cortex-A (ARMv7) – Texas Instruments OMAP3/OMAP4 and Freescale I.MX51, as well as devices and platforms based on them, such as the BeagleBoard (xM), Panda Board, Calxeda Highbank, i . MX53 Loco, CuBox, Origen Board and Efika MX. Unofficial support is provided for the netbook Toshiba AC100. Basic desktrop-ARM-version environment built on openSUSE Xfce 4.10, but as an option you can use GNOME, KDE, IceWM, Enlightenment and WindowMaker;
  • Update utility snapper to version 0.1.0. The utility is designed to manage the creation of snapshots of a file system slices and in visual mode allows you to view the differences between the current and past states of the files in the system, if necessary, changes can be rolled back, for example, to return to overwrite the file or restore your system after installing the package. The new version is notable for providing job opportunities Snapper as a normal user, and the user must be assigned a separate area of ​​their authority. For example, you can allow the user to create snapshots for their home directory. Added experimental support for working with snapshots LVM;
  • Included a portion of the changes related to security: sshd is active in a tough regime of isolation. Instead package pwdutils, which is a fork shadow, involved basic package shadow. The default for new installations now include PAM-ins and pam_unix.so pam_cracklib.so.

Main link to news:

http://news.opensuse.org/2013/03/13/opensuse-12-3-free-open-and-awesome/

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