openSUSE recently  announce the release of their new product  on July 15 2010. It has the ability to support the 32-bit and the 64-bit systems. This marks the first release in the new fixed eight month release schedule for openSUSE. The last time openSUSE users enjoyed a release was in November 2009. This makes the release of openSUSE 11.3 a very big deal and an end to their anticipation.

Overwhelming features

With over 50 new features, the new openSUSE is definitely worth checking out. Among them includes, the SpiderOak to synchronise your files across the internet for free, Rose garden for free editing of audio files, updates to Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and improved indexing with tracker.

For the small, lightweight Netbook users, openSUSE 11.3 more that you expect. You will benefit from the hardware support and from two Netbook desktop environments this version brings;


openSUSE 11.3 bring a customized KDE SC 4.4.4 desktop environment that is full of cutting edge options for users who like high resource desktop that is full of features.

The KDE project is credited for the Plasma Netbook Workspace. It brings with it a Search and Launch interface which provides convenient access to your applications in a pleasant way. Its structure is based on a strong internet experience with a lot of mail, micro blogging and social networking.


The MeeGo project

Secondly, the MeeGo project develops another visually enhanced Netbook user interface and the openSUSE Goblin team wrapped this up in the openSUSE Build Server for 11.3. MeeGo on openSUSE brings one of the best media enjoyment experiences. This is thanks to the latest and the best that Banshee has to offer. It will include the Amazon MP3 store when released. It also incorporates social media functionality, including Facebook, Myspace, Digg and Flickr.

Btrfs File format

Additionally, openSUSE provides support for Netbooks and the Btrfs file system. Though it is under heavily development, it comes with quite a number of new features that include Writable snapshots, Subvolume and many more. Some of its features are experimental and just as the installer states, “You will likely experience problems if you turn this feature on.”

Support for the smartphones

For the millions of people who access the internet with their smartphones, openSUSE is exactly what to go for. Be it the Android, iPhone or the business styled BlackBerry, openSUSE allows with all current devices. It also allows users to synchronise their media files like music, have access to photos or even use their phones to supply internet access.

Features for cloud

The openSUSE provides personal cloud for its users.  With SpiderOak, there is provision for an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, sync, access and storage solutions for openSUSE 11.3

Other advantages include, Access to all your data in one location, preservation of all historical files versions & deleted files, instant sharing of Folders in the web ShareRooms with the RSS, retrieval of files from any internet connected device, comprehensive ‘zero-knowledge’ data encryption just to mention but a few of the features for cloud computing available with openSUSE.

The next release from openSUSE will be the openSUSE 11.4. This is scheduled for 2011. If the 11.3 model will be a success, openSUSE will have to do a lot of work to have the 11.4 outshine the current 11.3