All about openSUSE 13.1
This Tuesday openSUSE 13.1 was released. So far I’m quite happy with it personally. It has some interesting new things, some of which are not obvious or easily discoverable or well-publicized, like KDE Connect for doing interesting things with your Android phone and your KDE desktop, the new KScreen monitor/xrandr tool, a preview version of the upcoming QtQuick/QML based NetworkManager widget and the inclusion of VLC in the official distro (naturally it’s a crippled build because of patent issues).
It also has a few problems of course, the KDE bluetooth tool, BlueDevil, is not yet fully ported to BlueZ5, an update should fix this fairly soon. The proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers are not yet available as RPMs for easy installation, which should also be taken care of rather soon also. And of course PulseAudio has some surprises in store.
As always, join our community and help make 13.2 due 8 months from now, i.e. July 2014, even better than 13.1.
openSUSE-Guide.org was updated for the new release and had a record of over 2000 unique visitors on Tuesday 19 November. That’s up about 10% compared to the 12.3 release in March.
openSUSE 13.1 Launch Party
On Wednesday was the combined open, informal weekly SSLUG meeting and openSUSE 13.1 Launch Party, which was fun.