openSUSE 12.2 beta arrives with Linux 3.4
The openSUSE project has quietly published the first and only beta for version 12.2 of its openSUSE Linux distribution. The beta, which was originally expected to be released on 24 May but was later delayed due to problems with the build service, will be followed by two release candidates later this month. Although development has fallen behind, the final version of openSUSE 12.2 is still scheduled to arrive on 11 July 2012.
Aimed at developers and testers, the beta is one of the first distributions to include the recent 3.4 Linux kernel from last month, and offers a choice of the GNOME 3.4 or KDE SC 4.8.3 desktop environments – KDE is selected by default. As is usual at this beta stage, the developers have focused on addressing bugs found in the previous milestones and improving the overall stability of the distribution; a list of known problems is provided on the most annoying bugs page.
This first beta for openSUSE 12.2 is available to download as a DVD ISO image file for 32- and 64-bit systems. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find. The current stable release is openSUSE 12.1 from November 2011.
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