The openSUSE development team, through Jos Poortvliet, proudly announced last evening, October 24th, the immediate availability for download and testing of the openSUSE 12.1 RC1 operating system.
openSUSE 12.1 RC1 is now available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, coming as a KDE SC 4.7 and GNOME 3.2 Live CD ISO images.
Among the new features added in openSUSE 12.1 RC1 we can mention the newly released Linux kernel 3.1, an improved boot process powered by systemd and the GRUB2 boot loader.
"But we also have some really unique treats. The coolest among those is Snapper, a btrfs-based tool which allows you to view the differences between current and previous versions of files on your system and lets you roll back the changes, bringing back lost files or undoing damaging overwrites." - said Jos Poortvliet in the announcement.
There will be another RC release in a few days, and the final version of openSUSE 12.1 is expected in 23 days, on November 17th, bringing Google’s new programming language, called Go.
openSUSE 12.1 Release Schedule:
May 31st 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 1 June 22nd 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 2 July 14th 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 3 August 11th 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 4 (skipped) September 1st 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 5 October 1st 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1 October 24th 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 RC1
October 27th 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 RC2
November 3rs 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Goldmaster (not available to public)
November 11th 2011 - openSUSE 12.1 Public and Final Release
Download openSUSE 12.1 RC1 right now from Softpedia.
Download openSUSE 12.1 RC1 KDE SC 4.7 Live CD right now from Softpedia.
Download openSUSE 12.1 RC1 GNOME 3.2 Live CD right now from Softpedia.
Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. Please report bugs to the official openSUSE Bug Tracker.