After a 5-day delay, the openSUSE Project announced last evening (December 18) the immediate availability for download and testing of the second and last Milestone release of the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 operating system.
Being powered by Linux kernel 3.6, this second and last Milestone release of the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 Linux distribution comes packed with lots of goodies, just in time for some hardcore winter holidays testing sessions, bringing new features, updated packages and numerous bug fixes.
This version incorporates the second Beta release of the upcoming KDE 4.10 desktop environment, the latest stable release of the GNOME 3.6 desktop environment, an updated LibreOffice office suite from the 3.6 series, as well as applications like Claws Mail 3.9 and QEMU 1.3.0.
It appears that the openSUSE development team are preparing the final release of the openSUSE 12.3 operating system with Linux kernel 3.7 and KDE 4.10 on board.
Highlights of openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2:
• Linux kernel 3.6;
• KDE 4.10 Beta 2;
• GNOME 3.6.3;
• LibreOffice 3.6.3;
• Claws Mail 3.9;
• GNOME PackageKit 3.6.1;
• Mono 3;
• LLVM/Clang 3.2 RC2;
• QEMU 1.3.0;
• GNU C library 2.17;
• libzypp 12.5;
• DBUS 1.6.8.
The openSUSE 12.3 development cycle will continue with a Beta release on January 13, 2013, followed by two Release Candidates. The final release of openSUSE 12.3 will see the light of day on March 13, 2013.
Download the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 KDE Live CD right now from Softpedia. Also, you can download the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 GNOME Live CD and the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 Installable DVD.
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.