openSUSE 12.1 RC1 available!

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openSUSE 12.1 RC1 available!

Jos Poortvliet-5
A few weeks after our last milestone was released as beta 1, the first
Release Candidate of openSUSE 12.1 is now floating over the web!

What's new
The next release of openSUSE is expected to bring a large number of
improvements and changes. Many of these are the 'usual' updates any
Linux distribution offers. These include the latest Firefox, GNOME 3.2
and KDE's Plasma Workspace 4.7. Under the hood, we have Linux kernel 3.1
and we expect to be the first to ship Google's new programming language
Go. We also overhauled our boot procedure introducing systemd and Grub2
(still in testing) and of course we'll ship the latest developer tools
and libraries as well as all the sysadmin goodies openSUSE is known for!

But we also have some really *unique* treats. The coolest among those is
Snapper, a btrfs-based tool which allows you to view the differences
between current and previous versions of files on your system and lets
you roll back the changes, bringing back lost files or undoing damaging

The changes in underlying boot technology, the new tools like Snapper as
well as the rest of the operating system  need a good workout for the
release! So now we need YOUR help! Go to the download page and grab your
copy of openSUSE 12.1 RC1 and test it on your desktop, in a VM or on a

You can find information on testing on the openSUSE Testing wiki
You can find the current list of most annoying 12.1 bugs here:

Help us shorten that list by re-testing the problematic areas or by
fixing the bugs; or help us find new pressing issues!

Get openSUSE 12.1 RC1 from

More information and contributing
The openSUSE 12.1 Portal page has been set up but still needs quite some
work. There are screenshots to be taken, release notes to be written and
Documentation to be composed. We also welcome help with translating!

Find the information portal for openSUSE 12.1 here:
Screenshots of 12.1:

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