openSUSE is a general purpose operating system that has been built on top of the Linux kernel and developed by the community-supported openSUSE Project, sponsored by Novell. It includes features for home computing and networking with more than 1,000 open source applications. Applications include Firefox and OpenOffice.org and new technologies such as the Beagle search system enabling the user to search documents, chat logs, e-mail and contact lists and Xen, a virtual-machine monitor for IA-32, x86-64, Itanium and PowerPC 970 architectures. Choose the default set of applications or customise the entire computing environment.
- KDE Plasma Workspaces and applications: makes sure graphics and video look uniform between input and output devices like screens.
- DigiKam 2.2: features technologies like face detection and recognition, image versioning support, XMP metadata sidecar files support, big improvements in tagging and marking photos and reversed geotagging.
- Inkscape 0.48.2: is a vector graphics editor using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending).
- Krita: is a sketching and painting tool, offering an end-to-end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters.
- Web surfing and serving: on the client side, openSUSE 12.1 introduces Chromium 17 to the standard repositories. This WebKit based web browser from Google offers a convenient UI and fast browsing. The default openSUSE browser is Firefox 7.
- Supporting Cloud technologies: with a new kernel, openSUSE is now ready to run directly on the Amazon EC2 cloud.
- GNOME 3.2:
- It is now easier to resize windows and titlebars, buttons and other controls are a bit less tall, making GNOME easier to use on small screens.
- Notifications now include a counter so you can see how many mails or chats messages are waiting for you and Shell now also shows media device notifications.
- GNOME Shell battery power status now shows how much power you have left.