openSUSE 13.2 Ships, Fedora 21 hits Beta
The openSUSE 13.2 release debuted this week, providing users with a long list of new and updated features.
Among the interesting additions is the use of dracut which helps to accelerate system boot times.
Network configuration gets a boost with the 'wicked' tool.
"One of the bigger problems with network interface management today, and with the ifup scripts in general, is that different layers of network management get jumbled together into one single script, or at most two different scripts, that interact with each other in a not-really-well-defined way, with side effects that are difficult to be aware of, obscure constraints and conventions, etc…The idea of wicked is to decompose the problem in several ways."
The openSUSE 13.2 release also offers the promise of a streamlined installation experience and includes the same snapper tool that is present in the recent SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 release
"With a vastly improved and streamlined installation process, and all the latest technologies from across the open source ecosystem, openSUSE 13.2 is a perfect choice for people who want an operating system that’s modern, stable, and gets the work done," Richard Brown, Chairman of openSUSE board said in a statement.
After some delay, the first Fedora beta in 2014 has arrived to show off what's next for Red Hat's community Linux distribution.
The biggest change comes in how the release is split up into three products instead of just one general purpose system. With Fedora 21 there are now cloud, server and workstation releases. The of course there is also the Base working group, which is the core of Fedora (pun intended), but not really a full release itself.
"The Base Working Group develops the standard platform for all Fedora products, which includes the installer, compose tools, and basic platform for the other products. The Base set of packages is not a full product intended for use on its own, but to be kept as a small, stable platform for other products to build on."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linuxplanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist