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Linux Top 3: OpenSUSE 12.2, KDE 4.9.1 and Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1

  • September 9, 2012
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

The saying, 'good things come to those who wait' is a good one for this weeks Linux Planet news roundup.

1) OpenSUSE 12.2

Delays are not an uncommon thing in the open source world. Taking the time to make sure things are done are done is also not all that uncommon. Put those two truths together and you've got half the story behind last week's openSUSE 12.2 release.

The release was delayed for two months, as the openSUSE community worked through some process issues to make the distribution more stable than ever before. The delay also enabled openSUSE developers to find and patch over 200 additional bugs.

That said, openSUSE 12.2 went out the door with some packages that are a little older than they should be. For example, Firefox 14 and KDE 4.8, instead of Firefox 15 and KDE 4.9.

OpenSUSE does include the Linux 3.4 kernel, GRUB2 by default and Plymouth on the desktop boot.

"We are proud of this release, maintaining the usual high openSUSE quality standards," said Andrew Wafaa from the openSUSE Board. "The delay in the schedule caused by our growth in the last two years means we have to work on scaling our processes."

2) KDE 4.9.1

While delays are normal in the open source world, KDE has been religious about the regular cadence of its release updates.

This past week, KDE 4.9.1 debuted, providing the first stability fix update since the major KDE 4.9 releaseat the end of July.

So what's new? According to the KDE 4.9.1 release notes," significant bugfixes include improvements to the Kontact Suite, bugfixes in Dolphin and many more corrections and performance improvements all over the place. "

3) Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1

Another open source effort that seems to hardly ever miss a release date is Ubuntu. This past week the first public beta for Ubuntu 12.10, the Quantal Quetzal was released.

Among the big changes for this beta is the fact that Canonical is no longer issuing a LiveCD image for desktop users. For the desktop Canonical is only building USB and DVD images, which the server will continue to have the CD.

For server users, Canonical is including test packages from the OpenStack Folsom release. Also on the cloud front, Canonical is including the Floodlight Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller. Floodlight is an open source project led by commercial SDN vendor BigSwitch.

As well for Java middleware users, the release pushes Tomcat to version 7 as the default supported version.

The next step in the Ubuntu 12.10 development process is a Beta 2 release set for September 27th. The final release of Ubuntu 12.10 is currently scheduled for October 18th.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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