Try OpenSUSE Linux 12.1 for stability and flexibility

Four desktop environments are at users' disposal in the brand-new major release of this popular Linux distribution.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux, OpenSUSE

Major updates have been coming fast and furious in the world of Linux distributions this fall, and this week is no exception. Now joining the ranks of Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16 and many others is openSUSE 12.1, which on Wednesday made its debut.

OpenSUSE is currently the fourth most popular Linux distribution on DistroWatch, behind just Mint, Ubuntu and Fedora. I last wrote about OpenSUSE back in March, shortly after its last major version--11.4--arrived on the scene. As I noted then, the free and open source operating system offers a lot of compelling features to explain its popularity, including stability, power, and ease of use.

With this new release, however, openSUSE brings even more to the table--not to mention a new numbering scheme, which is why it's now 12.1. Ready for a look? Here's a small sampling of what openSUSE 12.1 has to offer.

1. Four Desktop Choices

Though it dropped its efforts to incorporate Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment back in February, the openSUSE project did include the equally controversial GNOME 3 in this release.

Now adding to the GNOME 3 preview that was included in openSUSE 11.4 are a raft of new improvements, including better handling of smaller screens and multi-screen setups, better notifications, and a centralized online accounts configuration, the project team says.

Those who remain unconvinced about GNOME 3, however, have another alternative in KDE 4.7, much the way users of Fedora 16 do. OpenSUSE 12.1 is actually the first major Linux distribution to ship both GNOME and KDE with color management, the project says.

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