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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The openSUSE team have released Milestone 1 of the upcoming openSUSE 12.3. 12.3 is planned for release in March 2013 and the first milestone was released a month ago. The newest milestone has lot of structural improvements as well as the usual application updates.
In a post on opensuse.org Will Stephenson outlined many of the updates. He said, "the init system continues to evolve rapidly. Sysvinit has now been removed, following some discussion. Given complete dominion over the boot procedure and device management, systemd has swallowed udev and udisks whole, and the result is systemd v195, up from v44!."