openSUSE 13.2 – Close To Finishing!

Been a long time since the last post but have found some time and energy to make a post. As per the roadmap RC1 was released yesterday! With all the nice changes I have seen in Factory, people should definitely be excited for this next release.

For starters, YaST seems to be much faster and stable which is to be expected as the new Ruby code gets more mature. For example, while the UI looks the same, everything seems to be much more responsive than it was in 13.1.

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13.2 also comes with a new color scheme the project has adopted for this release. To me, while the old color scheme is not necessarily bad, this new color scheme is a step in the right direction. Below you can see the new colors that will be used, for more information please check out the opensuse-artwork mailing list archive.

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13.2 also comes with some shiny new improvements:

  • GNOME 3.14, bringing new animations, hotspot management improvements as well as improved GNOME applets.
  • Firefox 32, with several security fixes, new HTTP cache to improve performance and crash recovery plus more support for HTML5
  • KDE 4.14, featuring improvements for lots of KDE applications, and tons of bugfixes

On my current system (running openSUSE Factory which openSUSE 13.2 has been branched off of), I have been really impressed with how stable everything has been for me. All the people working to support the distro have done a really fantastic job and should be proud of themselves!

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2 Responses to openSUSE 13.2 – Close To Finishing!

  1. Not sure if I’m misunderstanding this sentence “running openSUSE Factory which will turn into openSUSE 13.2”. But if you mean that you are running Factory and you expect it to automatically turn into openSUSE 13.2 just by running zypper dup, that will not happen.

    The current openSUSE 13.2 (currently at RC1) was branched from an old snapshot of Factory weeks ago. And since then both have diverged with Factory introducing new versions of a lot of packages (including core ones) in a daily basis and with 13.2 being much more conservative. So Factory continues rolling without waiting for 13.2 and if you use Factory you are already “ahead” of 13.2, which means your system will not turn into 13.2 unless you explicitly “downgrade” it to the stable version.

    • ushamim says:

      >Not sure if I’m misunderstanding this sentence “running openSUSE Factory which will turn into openSUSE 13.2″.

      I meant more that 13.2 was based on factory but I worded it poorly. Thank you for noticing this, I will fix it.

      >The current openSUSE 13.2 (currently at RC1) was branched from an old snapshot of Factory weeks ago.

      Wasn’t aware of this, thanks for the clarification. Will change the post so it explains this.

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