Five key new improvements in OpenSUSE Linux 12.2

It's been almost a year since the last release, but a raft of updates make this new Linux distribution well worth checking out.

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

After numerous delays along the way, openSUSE Linux 12.2 on Wednesday finally made its long-awaited debut.

"Two months of extra stabilization work have resulted into a stellar release, chock-full of goodies, yet stable as you all like it," wrote openSUSE community manager Jos Poortvliet in a blog post early Wednesday."

It's still less than a year since we saw the launch of openSUSE 12.1.

Now, faster speeds, an improved infrastructure, and fresh polish on existing features are all among the enhancements this latest version brings, Poortvliet said.

Ready for a quick rundown? Here are five key new improvements you'll find in the new release of this popular Linux distribution.

1. Speed Times Four

Improvements in four areas are behind openSUSE 12.2's faster speeds. First is the addition of the Linux 3.4 kernel, which includes "a faster storage layer to prevent blocking during large transfers," Poortvliet said. Meanwhile, glibc 2.15 boosts the performance of many functions, particularly on 64-bit systems, and Systemd 44 enables faster booting. Last but not least, KDE 4.8.4 makes the desktop more responsive, he added.

2. A More Advanced Infrastructure

Now included in openSUSE 12.2's more mature infrastructure is the GRUB2 bootloader by default. In addition, "we've begun the process of revising and simplifying the Unix filesystem hierarchy to improve compatibility across distributions, and during startup and shutdown Plymouth 0.8.6.1 provides flicker-free transitions and attractive animations," Poortvliet explained.

3. A More Polished Desktop


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