The openSUSE Project, through Jos Poortvliet, proudly announced a few minutes ago, February 7, that the first Release Candidate version of the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 operating system is now available for download and testing on mirrors worldwide.openSUSE 12.3 RC1 is a great release (even if it’s a development version) that features great and up-to-date open source software technologies, such as the newly released KDE 4.10 desktop environment and the powerful Linux kernel 3.7.6.
But that’s not all, as the developers are proud to introduce a new theme for the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 operating system, which can be previewed in this first Release Candidate.
“For the first time, openSUSE 12.3 features custom-developed theming for Plasma Workspace. This features a dark tone-on-tone colour scheme, controlled use of texture and fashionably monochrome tray icons that stand apart from application icons.”
“Coordinated colour palettes in dark and light variations should appeal all tastes. Feedback on the new theme is very welcome at the opensuse-artwork mailing list,” said Jos Poortvliet in the official release announcement.
Highlights of openSUSE 12.3 RC1:
• New artwork;
• Linux kernel 3.7.6;
• KDE Software Compilation 4.10;
• GNOME 3.6;
• PackageKit 0.8.7;
• Apper 0.8;
• fcitx 4.2.7;
• MySQL was replaced with MariaDB;
• Postfix 2.9.5;
• Improvements to WebYaST;
• Samba 3.6.1.
A complete list of changes will all the juicy details about the new features implemented in openSUSE 12.3 RC1 can be found in the official announcement. A second RC release of openSUSE 12.3 should be out by the end of February!
Download openSUSE 12.3 RC1 KDE Live CD, openSUSE 12.3 RC1 GNOME Live CD and the openSUSE 12.3 RC1 Installable DVD 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.