openSUSE 12.3 is Here

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 13, 2013

You got to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to be the first to announce openSUSE's latest release, and yes, 12.3 is no different. openSUSE just happens to be one of my favorite projects, so I'm still going to announce it as well. Da-da-ta-ta-da-dah! Hear ye, hear ye! I proudly take it upon myself as an interested observer and bit of an advocate to proclaim the release of openSUSE 12.3 as achieved. Come one, come all, step up and download the latest from the Geeko.

"openSUSE 12.3 - Awesome as 1-2-3"

Jos Poortvliet, sounding about in the same frame of mind as me, said today, "Dear contributors, friends and fans: The latest release of the openSUSE distribution, version 12.3, is ready for you! After six months of hard work, we are happy to bring you the best mix that Free and Open Source Software has to offer with our unique green sauce - stable, friendly and fun."

Some of the highlights catching my eye include:

* finished the integration of systemd (195)
* a new theme
* the 1GB live images are now optimized for USB sticks
* a new print manager
* new update manager Apper
* package manager improvements, backend rewritten
* MariaDB as default
* finishing touches on UEFI boot infrastructure
* E17 desktop and the Sawfish and awesome window managers available
* GNOME 3.6.3
* KDE 4.10
* LibreOffice 3.6.3 and Firefox 19.0
* Linux 3.7.10, Xorg Server 1.13.2, and GCC 4.7.2
* new rescue CD featuring Xfce

The dark is in: openSUSE 12.3 KDE 4.10 Desktop

For those interested in the server side of things, Poortvliet posted a sneak peek a couple of days ago summarizing the changes. Sean Michael Kerner has more on the server stack after having spoken with Robert Schweikert and Matthias Eckermann.

openSUSE 12.3 Apper package manager

Jos also mentioned the other day openSUSE's Games category online or in the package manager. He has lots of other openSUSE and application information in that same post, so be sure to check it.

openSUSE 12.3 Apper, Games Category

Be sure to check out the wonderful release notes as well. Someone sure put a lot of work into those including important information in a tidy format. It covers areas like Installation and System Upgrade as well as Technical for the more advanced. Download openSUSE 12.3 at