The openSUSE development team proudly announced last a few minutes ago, November 16th, the immediate availability for download of the highly anticipated openSUSE 12.1 operating system.

openSUSE 12.1 is available right now (see download links at the end of the article) for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, distributed as Live CDs with KDE and GNOME desktop environments, as well as an installable DVD.

"openSUSE 12.1 brings of course tens of thousands of changes and improvements by delivering you a fine selection of the best Free Software!"

"Thanks to the awesome work of projects like Mozilla, GNOME, LibreOffice, Apache and many, many more you can browse the web, edit documents and have fun like never before. But besides what all these projects offer, openSUSE of course also has many unique things." - said Izabel Valverde in the announcement.

Highlights of openSUSE 12.1:

Linux kernel 3.1.0;
KDE Software Compilation 4.7.2;
Xen 4.1;
GNOME 3.2.1 desktop environment;
Xfce 4.8;
X.Org Server 7.6;
Mozilla Firefox 7.0.1;
Amarok 2.4.3;
KTorrent 4.1.2;
K3b 2.0.2;
Apper software management tool;
Oyranos color management tool;
ownCloud2 integration;
Amazon EC2 cloud support;
virt-manager and open-vm-tools to easily manage VirtualBox and KVM;
Google Go programming language;
systemd init system;
Snapper integration into zypper;
GCC 4.6.2.

This is the first release of openSUSE to bring you a full and complete version of the GNOME 3 desktop environment, with the GNOME Shell interface.

For cloud fans, openSUSE 12.1 has now a new tool called miral, which provides a system tray client allowing users to configure, start and deploy an ownCloud instance on their own computers.

ATI graphics cards owners should know that the recently released AMD Catalyst 11.11 video driver also provides initial support for the openSUSE 12.1 operating system.
Download openSUSE 12.1 Install DVD

Download openSUSE 12.1 KDE SC 4.7 Live CD

Download openSUSE 12.1 GNOME 3.2 Live CD