Like most distributions it includes both a default graphical user interface (GUI) and a command line interface option; it allows the user (during installation) to select which GUI they are comfortable with (either KDE or GNOME), and supports thousands of software packages across the full range of open source development. The openSUSE project is a worldwide community program sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. After acquiring SUSE Linux in January 2004, Novell decided to release the SUSE Professional product as a 100% open source project, involving the community in the development process. The program provides free and easy access to openSUSE. openSUSE also provides the base for Novell’s award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise products.
openSUSE 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.
The goals of the openSUSE project are:
- Make openSUSE the easiest Linux distribution for anyone to obtain and the most widely used open source platform.
- Provide an environment for open source collaboration that makes openSUSE the world’s best Linux distribution for new and experienced Linux users.
- Dramatically simplify and open the development and packaging processes to make openSUSE the platform of choice for Linux hackers and application developers.
With the launch of the openSUSE project, openSUSE is now developed in an open model – public development builds, releases, and sources will be posted frequently here and you will have access to our Bugzilla database for defect reporting. You can also sign up on special interest mailing lists to make sure that you are always getting the most recent news on the openSUSE project and the openSUSE distribution.
openSUSE shares many features with SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings, for example:
- AppArmor: gives certain applications rights based on how they run and interact with the environment.
- YaST: a system management application which openSuSE uses as a Control Center.
- Xen: virtualization software
- The KDE (extended with such tools as Kickoff and KNetworkManager) and GNOME desktop environments
- Compiz: a 3D desktop that runs on XGL.
The world is mobile and openSUSE is too. Are you one of the increasing number of app-addicted and always online people with a smartphone? Look no further for an operating system that lets you interact with all the current devices, be it the increasingly popular Android®, the chic iPhone® or the business workhorse BlackBerry® – you can manage them all. Sync your music, access your photos or use your phone to supply internet access, simply be mobile!
The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of openSUSE, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 12.2 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird.
Among these many new features, openSUSE also provides support for netbooks and the Btrfs file system support. Users can expect to see improved hardware support with the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and updated graphics drivers. And support for the next generation of interactive computing for touchscreens like the HP TouchSmart.
openSUSE continues its tradition of delivering the popular KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and now also provides the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. With GNOME, you can use the latest 2.30.1 version or take your installation for a drive with a preview of the upcoming GNOME 3.0. Or choose KDE SC 4.4.4 for the latest updates. They all feature the polish and integration that the openSUSE distro has been known for.
For servers and development platforms, administrators can take full advantage of the new MariaDB and MySQL Cluster services as well as Conntrack to filter network packets for iptables. Developers will appreciate the plethora of tools available at their fingertips with GCC, GDB and Mono and IDEs such as Netbeans, Qt-Creator and many others. This is all on top of the countless libraries available through the openSUSE Build Service (OBS).
Performance From the kernel to the desktop, openSUSE 12.2 brings you speed-ups: Linux 3.4 has a faster storage layer to prevent blocking during large transfers. glibc 2.15, the basic library, improves the performance of many functions especially on 64 bit systems. Systemd 44 enables faster booting. And KDE 4.8.4 builds on Qt 4.8.1 to make the desktop more responsive.
Evolution openSUSE adopts the latest developments in Linux distribution technology as they mature. The GRUB2 bootloader is now the default, binaries are now located under /usr/bin, and during boot and shutdown Plymouth 0.8.6.1 provides flicker-free transitions and attractive animations.
Polish GNOME 3.4 introduces smooth scrolling in all applications, a reworked System Settings app, and a polished Contacts manager. XFCE 4.10 has an improved application finder and allows vertical panels. The Dolphin file manager is both prettier and faster.
Innovation XOrg 1.12 introduces support for multitouch input devices and multi-seat deployments. Mozilla Firefox supports the latest Web technologies. The llvmpipe software 3D renderer enables Gnome Shell and virtual machines to use compositing even where no 3D hardware is present. GIMP 2.8 and Krita 2.4 make Free image processing and natural media painting competitive with proprietary tools. Tomahawk Player promises to make listening to music on your computer a social experience.
Stability LibreOffice 3.5 continues to refine the Free office suite experience with many additions and improvements. KDE 4.8.4's email and calendaring applications have increased stability, while the next-generation btrfs filesystem now has improved error handling and recovery tools.
Management The 3.4 kernel allows the capping of CPU usage across entire groups of processes. The new version of systemd offers a watchdog function for supervising services under its control, as well as a new process management tool. Sysadmins will benefit from a new suite of Digital Forensics/Incident Response tools.
Novelty A set of heavyweight scientific tools brings math applications such as numeric computation, plotting, and visualization to openSUSE. The Stellarium astronomical simulator lets you explore the night sky without a telescope. Programmers will enjoy version 1.0.2 of Google's Go language, as well as the latest C++ language standards implemented in GCC 4.7.1 and Qt Creator 2.5.