The new version of OpenSUSE has released with improved computing experience with more than 50 new features, including new netbook desktops, smartphone support and secure backup and file sharing in the cloud. OpenSUSE 11.3 supports for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
It also bundles with two netbook desktop environments namely – KDE’s “Plasma netbook workspace“, and MeeGO – A visually rich netbook user interface developed by Intel and Nokia.
The KDE project brings a “Search and Launch” interface which provides convenient access to your applications in a beautiful way. Of course it is built on top of a rich internet experience with a lot of mail, micro blogging and social networking.
MeeGo on openSUSE 11.3 (code named Smeegol) develops another visually rich netbookuser interface, and it brings many additional features like support for popular social networking sites Facebook, Digg, MySpace, and Flickr.
Smartphone support is highly improved in this version of openSUSE. So, really it is a good news for users of Blackberry, iPhone or mobile with Android or Symbian OS.
The another feature is it provides an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, synchronization, sharing, access and storage solutions.
For servers and development platforms, administrators can take full advantage of the new MariaDB and MySQL Cluster services as well as Conntrack to filter network packets for iptables. Developers will appreciate the plethora of tools available at their fingertips with GCC, GDB and Mono and IDEs such as Netbeans, Qt-Creator and many others.
OpenSUSE 11.3 is available for download as many flavors. First the all inclusive 4.7GB DVD image which contains a large collection of software for use on desktops and servers. Apart from that, you can also download desktop centric LiveCD images of GNOME and KDE respectively. Visit the openSUSE 11.3 download page to choose your download.
Thanks Jawahar.. I’ve always liked SUSE and have even used it for servers by installing it in console only mode. They have done a great job with hardware compatibility especially with different RAID controllers. The main reason I love it is the initial setup with LVM and how easy they make it to work with.