The Linux based operating system openSUSE 11.4 has been unveiled, bring a host of new features including an update interface and app repository.
Novell's new version uses the 2.6.37 Linux kernel which improves scaling of virtual memory on a system, an improvement for server users. The open source offering will now support Broadcom Wi-Fi open source drivers along with X.org and Mesa graphic driver for enhanced 2D and 3D acceleration, ZDNet has revealed.
As far as the user interface is concerned, openSUSE 11.4 users can either choose to deploy the KDE Plasma Desktop 4.6, which is included by default, or can go for the GNOME 2.32 interface. The OS also includes the GNOME Shell client which is a part of the upcoming GNOME 3 desktop interface.
The operating system is also the first open source offering to offer the new LibreOffice suite, which is based on Sun's OpenOffice. Mozilla's latest Firefox 4 web browser comes pre-installed on the operating system.
For virtualisation fans, the OS comes with support for several popular virtualisation stacks including Novell's Xen, VMware Workstation or player driver, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and the latest version of VirtualBox.