"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."
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