Desktop Linux with secure cloud functions, openSUSE 12.1 released

The openSUSE project this week reached its version 12.1 release. This latest version of the Linux-based operating system has shipped with the GNOME 3.2 desktop shell, which is distinguished by its use of integrated messaging, a new document manager and a general all round squishing of bugs since the last release.

Also of note is a new “colour management” system provided by the Oyranos color management system.

Lauded by some as the most appealing new feature, openSUSE 12.1 also features Snapper — a new function that “allows users to view older versions of files and revert changes”.

According to, “Apart from the obvious creation and deletion of snapshots it can compare snapshots and revert differences between snapshots.”

Users who chose to download the new operating system will also now find support of the “ownCloud” document and file synchronisation feature.

Project leaders have said that this open source collection of cloud computing processing and storage services has now been tuned to address security and privacy concerns.

According to, “openSUSE is the first Linux distribution to support ownCloud with its own unique mirall desktop integration. For end users, mirall makes the difference between thinking that ownCloud is interesting and being able to actually use it.”

A full list of additional features is available here from the openSUSE website itself.