openSUSE 13.1 RC2, Last One before Final

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 31, 2013

openSUSE 13.1 Release Candidate 2 was released today for those following development. Jos Poortvliet said in the announcement, "The changes in this update are not very big or ground shaking. This is a sign of openSUSE 13.1 maturing quickly." The final is expected in little over two weeks.

According to the roadmap, this is the last developmental release before gold. Gold Master is scheduled for November 8 and release to the public is planned for November 19. Poortvliet said the most significant changes lately are:

  • * systemd was updated to version 208

  • * Shim should now work which means the secure boot is possible

  • * Plasma-nm no longer replaces the knetworkmanager

  • * Calibre is now fully operational

  • * kernel was updated with more fixes and one speedy improvement everyone could read about on phoronix (the radeon/nouveau timer improvements)

  • * In the area of virtualization the xen and libvirt packages were updated

  • * A lot of migration issues were fixed so zypper dup from older release will go smoother

  • * Apper should no longer choke on multiple license agreements

  • * YaST parts were updated fixing bunch of installer bugs

  • * XFCE can now properly suspend

  • * e17 artwork was openSUSEfied (yay!)

  • * Akonadi should better handle PostgreSQL as backend

  • * Our vlc version was updated to 2.1 which is the latest and coolest provided

  • * Translations updates

Again this release, developers ask that everyone continue testing and reporting bugs, in particular, in the newly implemented btrfs, live CD and USB images, and Secure Boot/UEFI. The most annoying bug list has dwindled to little or nothing.

Downloads are at the usual spot and be sure to report those bugs.