OpenSUSE 12.1 Gets Snappy Release

by Sean Michael Kerner

New Linux distribution release debuts with Google Go and personal cloud features.

The openSUSE Linux distribution is out with a new release today, providing users with new desktop, cloud and backup features.

One of the key new features in the openSUSE 12.1 release is the Snapper tool that helps users to take full advantage of the Btrfs filesystem.

"Btrfs adds the ability to do rollbacks on file changes," openSUSE Board Chairman, Alan Clark told InternetNews.com. "So if someone accidentally deletes a file, I can use Snapper to rollback and recover that file."

Clark added that openSUSE 12.1 is also one of the first Linux distributions to include the Google Go programming language. The inclusion of Go is not related to any commercial partnership between SUSE and Google. Clark explained that openSUSE is community driven and it was the community that decided that it would be worthwhile to include Go.

Going a step further openSUSE 12.1 is also among the first major Linux distribution to include the OwnCloud technology that lets user build their own personal clouds. Clark explained that OwnCloud is essentially an open source version of dropbox, giving users the ability to setup their own cloud to manage files.

"With dropbox you install a small client and then you do your service with dropbox.com," Clark said. "The difference here is that this is an open source project, where I set up my own servers and I don't have to go someone else's service."

Clark noted that OwnCloud is a project that started outside of SUSE, though there are now a number SUSE engineers that participate in the effort.

Looking at the openSUSE project as a whole, Clark said that overall spirits are high and things have gone well for the community since Attachmate acquired Novell and spun out SUSE.Moving forward, Clark said that there is a lot of enthusiasm in the community for building out new tools for the distribution.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

This article was originally published on Wednesday Nov 16th 2011
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