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openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 was released two days ago, a month after Milestone 1 was released. The final edition, openSUSE 12.3, is not expected until around the ides of March 2013, so a milestone release offers a good opportunity to see what goodies will be on the final version.

I haven’t used openSUSE since version 7.3, when it was still called SuSE Linux. Back then, the most important features that made me a fan were the installer and the set of tools that came with YAST, the distribution’s graphical management application. Much like Mandriva‘s/ROSA Linux‘s/Mageia‘s administrative tools, they are much better than what’s available on any other distribution.

The tools I used back then are still there, and a few more have been added. The first two screen shots show YAST’s components. This shows the tools in the upper section of YAST’s window.
YAST1

These are the tools in the lower section.
YAST

Like PC-BSD (see PC-BSD 9.1 preview), openSUSE’s team makes a DVD installation image available with which you can install a system running KDE, GNOME, LDXE and Xfce. However, unlike PC-BSD, which only provides support for GNOME 2, openSUSE ships with GNOME 3. Unfortunately, the DVD image failed to install, so I had to use the Live KDE and GNOME installation images. The following screen shots are from a test installation of openSUSE Live GNOME.

Aside from Deepin and Pear Linux, the major Linux distributions are still bent on shipping what a developer called a “pure” GNOME 3 desktop. Never mind that the so-called “pure” desktop is mostly annoying. That’s why Cinnamon and MATE are very popular alternatives.

This is a screen shot of the “pure” GNOME 3 desktop showing the Date widget. The desktop is powered by GNOME 3.6.3.
openSUSEg

Another view of the default desktop.
openSUSEg1

The Activities view.
openSUSEg2

Partial list of installed applications.
openSUSEg3

Using the Live installation images, no Office suite is installed.
openSUSEg4

A search for a firewall returned nothing. I later found that it’s because the firewall configuration utility is under YAST, and not a standalone application. So, yes, there is a firewall in openSUSE.
openSUSEg6

A view of installed Internet applications.
openSUSEg5

The next 6 screen shots are from a test installation of the KDE edition. This first one shows the default desktop, which is powered by KDE 4.10 Beta 2.
openSUSEKDE

This one shows the desktop with the Kickoff menu. Not my favorite menu, but that’s the default on almost all KDE desktops. A nasty bug causes the panel to vanish when using the menu’s search box, so be warned.
openSUSEKDE1

KDE has some cool desktop effects. Many are not really useful, but they are nice additions to the desktop. This screen shot shows the desktop Cube effect.
openSUSEKDE2

This one shows the desktop Cylinder effect.
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And here is the desktop Spherical effect.
openSUSEKDE4

This last screen shot shows YAST as it looks in KDE.
openSUSEKDE5

If you would like to take openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 for a spin, download an installation image for your platform here.

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Linux Noob
9 years ago

“parvas24” says: The most important thing Linux distros should implement is to make them really USER friendly – like what Microsoft has done…

That’s right, but I thing the new KDE and Gnome Desktop aren’t easy to use. I love the simplicity of XFCE 4.10 on Debian wheezy 😉 .

parvas24
parvas24
9 years ago

Is the training offered by Novell good?

parvas24
parvas24
9 years ago

Opensuse could make the GUI more user friendly for the masses… especially connecting to networks and also installing new programs…..

parvas24
parvas24
9 years ago

awesome Pearlinux 6….

parvas24
parvas24
9 years ago

Pearlinux 6 looks cool …I was a die hard fan of Mac OSX but in the past couple years I embraced Opensource as the way forward…

parvas24
parvas24
9 years ago

The most important thing Linux distros should implement is to make them really USER friendly – like what Microsoft has done..many people that I come across especially in software industry have a view that Linux is only for programmers and not user friendy for daily home usage… although in recent times Opensuse, Mintlinux , Ubuntu and Mageia are userfreindly still it needs to a lot of work to make the GUI easy to install and use on home computers. Another thing is to get schools , colleges , public offices use Linux by marketing them hard … then the results will definitely look favourable for Linux distros… If a company like SUSE wants to make some money they could but they should leave OPENSUSE FREE TO THE MASSES… as there should be a balance between open community and corporate industry…

David
David
9 years ago

Finid,

As I recall, you were avoiding openSUSE because of SUSE’s deal with Microsoft. Do you now feel that the openSUSE community is independent enough of SUSE to be acceptable, or did something else change your mind? Just curious because I respect your opinion on this sort of thing.

David
David
Reply to  finid
9 years ago

Thank you so much for the thoughtful and heartfelt reply. Your explanation made perfect sense. It’s rare for people in the tech sphere to display such insight, clarity, and honesty about themselves and their motives and decisions. I share your understanding about Karma and Reincarnation, and try to apply them in my own life, too.

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