First openSUSE 12.1 release candidate arrives
Following a short delay, the openSUSE project has published the first release candidate (RC1) for version 12.1 of its openSUSE operating system. According to the project's updated openSUSE 12.1 Schedule, a second release candidate is planned for 3 November; the final version is expected to arrive on 16 November 2011.
Aimed at developers, testers and early adopters, the first release candidate adds no new features, instead focusing on addressing bugs found in previous development versions and improving overall stability. The project's most annoying bugs page currently only lists a single issue with the RC1 – during installation, the Package Manager can crash YaST – though the Bugzilla page for the issue now lists it as having been resolved. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback, specifically on the new Systemd init system which is being used in openSUSE for the first time, and to report any bugs that they find.
At the time of writing, an official announcement about RC1 has yet to be made on the project's homepage or on the opensuse-announce Mailing List. The first release candidate of openSUSE 12.1 is available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from the project's site. The current stable release of openSUSE is version 11.4 from March of this year.
Update 25-10-11: Jos Poortvliet, the openSUSE community manager for SUSE Linux, has now officially announced the release of the RC1 for openSUSE 12.1.