openSUSE 13.1 released

Today in Open Source: Download openSUSE 13.1. Plus: A screenshot tour of Linux Mint 16 RC, and Google Drive for Linux

openSUSE 13.1 Released

openSUSE 13.1 has been released. You can download it from the openSUSE downloads page.

Dear contributors, friends and fans: The release is here! Eight months of planning, packaging, adding features, fixing issues, testing and fixing more issues has brought you the best that Free and Open Source has to offer, with our Green touch: Stable and Awesome.The geeko has landed

This release did benefit from the improvements to our testing infrastructure and much attention for bug fixing. While a combination of over 6000 packages supporting 5 architectures can never be perfect, we’re proud to say this really does represent the best Free Software has to offer! The latest desktops (five of them!), server and cloud technologies, software development tools and everything in between are included as well as a number of exciting, new technologies for you to play with. Enjoy!

openSUSE 13.1 Download
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There seems to be quite a bit in this release of openSUSE, far more than I can list here. So be sure to click through on the more link to see a full list of changes and features.

Linux Mint 16 RC Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of the Linux Mint 16 release candidate.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components. It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface. Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.

Linux Mint 16 Screenshot Tour
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Google Drive for Linux

It looks like Google is taking its sweet time in making Google Drive for Linux, according to CNet. CNet counsels patience, but I say just use Dropbox if you get tired of waiting for Google.

More than a year and a half ago, Google promised to bring its Google Drive to the Linux. Those who want to use the cloud-synchronized file system on the the open-source operating system, though, will have to keep on waiting.

In April 2012, when Google Drive launched, Google said, "The team is working on a sync client for Linux." In May 2013, the update was, "The team is still working on it." I asked for another update and got it Sunday: Google doesn't "have anything new to share at this time in terms of timing."

So Linux fans apparently can at least take heart that the project is still alive.

More at CNet

I find it somewhat irritating that Google isn't making Linux more of a priority. They certainly appreciated Linux when they needed it for Android. You'd think that they would have made more of an effort to make all of their services available to the Linux community sooner.

Oh well, this is a good opportunity for Dropbox and other Google competitors to get Linux users onto their services instead of Google's. Google's loss is their gain.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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