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openSUSE 13.1: What's New in the Latest Linux Distribution

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The openSUSE 13.1 Linux distribution officially became generally available Nov. 19, providing users of the open-source software with a number of new features. openSUSE is SUSE's community Linux project that then feeds into development of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server release. At the core of openSUSE 13.1 is the Linux 3.11 kernel that was first released by Linux creator Linus Torvalds in September. The Linux 3.11 kernel improves performance and expands support for the ARM system architecture, which is now also supported by openSUSE. For server and cloud users, the new release includes the latest OpenStack Havana platform that first debuted at the end of October. For desktop users, openSUSE provides the KDE 4.11 Plasma desktop as the default choice, though there are options that users can choose, including the GNOME 3.10 desktop. Among the default applications included in openSUSE 13.1 are the latest Firefox browser, the LibreOffice office suite and the Amarok music player. For KDE users, the release includes the latest Kontact Personal Information Manager suite of mail, calendar and contact capabilities. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the new features in openSUSE 13.1.

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Mastering Linux, Backdoor'd, & openSUSE 13.1

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I recently sold my Linux news Website, but I can't stop the urge to link to interesting posts from around Linuxville. It feels like such a waste to read them and then just click the little corner "X." So, here are a few from the last couple of days. openSUSE 13.1 is getting good reviews, a couple nice advocacy posts appeared, and Linus' father confirms US government intentions are among the topics.

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openSUSE 13.1 vs Ubuntu 13.10: a friendly match

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I often hear the argument that Android is not Linux or Chrome OS is not Linux. Technically that’s not true. Linux is just the kernel and both these operating systems user Linux so they are Linux-based operating systems.

What people are actually trying to say is they don’t get the same ‘Linux experience’ when they use these operating systems. What’s that Linux experience?

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Trying the “btrfs” file system

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nwrickert2.wordpress: There has been some urging for beta testers to try out “btrfs”. So I did. I tried it on one of my 13.1Beta1 installs. I would have tried it on two installs, except that the UEFI install had already given problems before I got to that point.

OpenSUSE uncorks a fine Ruby-red Bottle: Beta 13.1 didn't give me a hangover

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theregister.co.uk: The beta preview of openSUSE 13.1, released this month, shows this distro is waddling in the footsteps of its Linux brethren. New admin bling, yes, but no tacky desktop tricks

SUSE Forms Partnership to Support LibreOffice

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ostatic.com: SUSE, the entity behind the popular Linux distributions of similar handles, yesterday made an interesting announcement. In a press release, SUSE announced its LibreOffice team would be teaming up with Collabora Productivity to support LibreOffice commercially.

The openSUSE Release process

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opensuse.org: To get openSUSE out is a lot of work. We already shared part of what we are doing to keep Factory rolling. But as you can guess, there is much more to it. But let’s pretend it is a simple three-step process:

Cloverleaf to Become openSUSE Add-on

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ostatic.com: Not long ago the Fuduntu team announced the end of their popular Fedora-based distribution due to developmental issues and later decided to offer an openSUSE based one. But yesterday, Shawn W. Dunn announced that distro would never see the light of day.

opensuse GSoC 2013 – Half Way Through

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opensuse.org: We have reached the half way stage of the Google Summer of Code 2013, and it has been an exciting journey so far. A lot of good work has been done this summer on a variety of projects. This year, we have co-participated with ownCloud, Balabit (syslog-ng) and Hedgewars under the openSUSE umbrella. Here follows a summary of the work that has been done so far, along with the experiences of the students.

Linux Burrows Deeper Into the Enterprise

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linuxinsider.com: Better TCO has long been the argument forwarded for moving to Linux -- after all, it's an open source OS, which means the software itself is free. "Look at what it costs to run Windows and VMware versus Linux solutions with KVM for virtualization infrastructure and management," said analyst Joe Clabby.

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