OpenSUSE 11.1 Linux OS leaves beta

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The newest edition of the Novell-sponsored OpenSUSE Project's Linux OS, contains a number of new enhancements built both internally and through the open source community.

OpenSUSE 11.1 offers an improved KDE desktop experience, an updated Banshee player, and better synchronization with platforms such as iPod and the Android-based G1 phone, according to information posted on Novell's Web site.

Beyond features included in KDE 4.1, which is built into OpenSUSE 11.1, OpenSUSE has added capabilities that include cube desktop effects, auto-hiding panel and ability to run Folder View plasmoid as desktop. But users who prefer the legacy KDE 3.5 experience have the option to install that instead of 4.1 if they choose.

Also included in OpenSUSE 11.1 are software updates such as GNOME 2.24.1, the 3.0 productivity suite, and the Firefox 3.0.4 browser.

The new version of OpenSUSE runs on x86, x86-64, and PPC platforms. The software entered alpha on July 24, beta on September 18, and public availability on December 18.

Orders are now being taken on the Novell site for a boxed retail edition of openSUSE 11.1 which includes a printed Start Up Guide and 90 days of phone and e-mail support from Novell.

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