Today the OpenSuSE project unleashes its latest offspring to the world. OpenSuSE 11.3 is finally officially available.
During my last installation, 11.2 at the time, more than a month after the release, I bumped into some serious errors (older AMD graphics cards had issues in a vanilla 11.2 install, the so-called black screen error – here and here) I decided I wouldn’t be a beta tester this time and give it some time.
It all looks nice and shiny, and one can see immediately that the linux world is growing up. Many distributions are making deals with companies to bundle various services.
We have Ubuntu to thank for that. Ubuntu is slowly developing its Ubuntu One, a service that offers among others, online backups ‘in the cloud’. It’s quite similar to the .mac service Apple introduced a few years ago. OpenSuSE chose to bundle SpiderOak with OpenSuSE 11.3.
As usual, the list of improvements contains more and better hardware support, but this time there is special mention for touchscreen support. Would that mean that touchscreens will be more used on pc’s in the future? We’ll have to wait for that.
A nice promise for the nearby future is Smeegol : a combination of Meego, the promising netbook OS by Nokia and Intel, but built on a OpenSuSE foundation. It’s not entirely ready yet, but when it is, I’ll definitely try it out.