Along with GNOME 3.4 comes smooth scrolling, a reworked System Settings app, and an improved Contacts manager, Poortvliet noted. Xfce 4.10, meanwhile, offers an improved application finder, while the Dolphin file manager is "both prettier and faster," Poortvliet said. Then, too, there's the Btrfs file system, which comes with improved error handling and recovery tools.
4. A Raft of Apps
Included among openSUSE 12.2's software lineup are not just X.org 1.12, with its support for multitouch input devices and multiseat deployments, but also Mozilla Firefox, GIMP 2.8, LibreOffice 3.5, Krita 2.4 for painting and illustration, and Tomahawk Player for music.
5. Cool Stuff
Last but not least, openSUSE 12.2 includes a number of cool scientific tools offering math applications such as numeric computation, plotting, and visualization, for example. The Stellarium astronomical simulator "lets you explore the night sky without a telescope," Poortvliet explained, while "programmers will enjoy version 1.0.2 of Google's Go language as well as the latest C++ language standards implemented in GCC 4.7.1 and Qt Creator 2.5."