openSUSE 12.1 Released Today

The openSUSE Linux distribution is out with a new release today, providing users with new desktop, cloud and backup features.

One of the key new features in the openSUSE 12.1 release is the Snapper tool that helps users to take full advantage of the Btrfs filesystem.

Btrfs adds the ability to do rollbacks on file changes,” openSUSE Board Chairman, Alan Clark told InternetNews.com.

Clark added that openSUSE 12.1 is also one of the first Linux distributions to include the Google Go programming language. The inclusion of Go is not related to any commercial partnership between SUSE and Google. Clark explained that openSUSE is community driven and it was the community that decided that it would be worthwhile to include Go.

Going a step further openSUSE 12.1 is also among the first major Linux distribution to include the OwnCloud technology that lets user build their own personal clouds. Clark explained that OwnCloud is essentially an open source version of dropbox, giving users the ability to setup their own cloud to manage files.

“With dropbox you install a small client and then you do your service with dropbox.com,” Clark said. “The difference here is that this is an open source project, where I set up my own servers and I don’t have to go someone else’s service.”

Clark noted that OwnCloud is a project that started outside of SUSE, though there are now a number SUSE engineers that participate in the effort.

Looking at the openSUSE project as a whole, Clark said that overall spirits are high and things have gone well for the community since Attachmate acquired Novell and spun out SUSE.Moving forward, Clark said that there is a lot of enthusiasm in the community for building out new tools for the distribution.

For more details about the latest and greatest in openSUSE 12.1 visit opensuse.org/12.1 and read their extensive Product Highlights! If you want, go and download it right away from their mirrors.

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