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openSUSE:Major features

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On this page we collect the features coming in the next openSUSE release (13.2, 13.1 features go here). Marketing takes things from here to write the release announcement and feature guide.

If you are a packager in openSUSE and you made a major change, please add details and possible links here!

  • Do not worry about pretty text; even a copy-paste from your changelog (with features, not the bugfixes etc) is helpful!
  • Note that just a version number is not very helpful, we need some idea of what has changed or is new.
  • If the new version is just a minor bugfix release, don't bother adding it.
    • How to decide what is big enough? Think about the users of the package (often including yourself): would they care, or not?

Screenshots go here

System (under the hood)

This page is ready for 13.2 - looking for 13.1 to add your feature? You're late, but help is still welcome - go here. Screenshots go here.

Linux kernel 3.16


Changes in filesystems

openSUSE technologies

Free Desktops


The Desktop

Latest 4.x stable release

The Applications

New Plasma Network Manager applet KTp framework available Digikam 4.x

Other technologies

KDE Frameworks 5 libraries available for developers. Technicall preview of the Plasma 5 desktop (5.1.x release) Qt 5.3.x


GNOME 3.14.0 has been integrated into the release (ref: openSUSE 13.1 had GNOME 3.10).

Interface improvements

  • HiDPI Screens supported
  • Support for captive portals when connecting to wifi
  • Network Sharing configurari
  • Many more GNOME-Shell search providers (clocks, software, calculator...)

GNOME Applications

GNOME Maps gained support for route planning GNOME Software, the new way of application management. The regular user is not interested in 'packages', which are a technicallity, but actually in Applications. GNOME-Software is the 'AppStore' for the GNOME Desktop, using AppStream metadata, as published in the repository metadata. GNOME Photos can now also access photos shared by a DLNA Server GNOME Music gained the long awaited playlist support and is able to play music from remote systems (using the search capability) Videos (Totem) was redesigned in the 3.12 cycle

GNOME Infrastructure / internals

  • Improved support for MultiTouch input devices, including gesture support
  • Wayland support greatly inproved, including rag'n'Drop, Touch, and GNOME Classic Mode
  • Geolocation: In addition to wifi-geolocation, GNOME now use Mozilla Location Service for 3G-geolocation and geoip. This means increased accuracy, especially in the long term.


openSUSE 13.2 will ship with the same Xfce version as its predecessor, as XFCE 4.12 isn’t out yet. But worry not, the Xfce team has been working diligently so there have been under the hood changes to allow better integration with systemd and upower >= 0.99. Also, to mention a couple of most user-visible changes, there are new version so of gigolo, the midori web browser (with a much improved adblock functionality and spell checking) and a fully redesigned Parole. xfburn 0.5.2 now supports Blu-Ray and large files through ISO9660 level 3. More noticeable will be the changes to the core XFCE4 plugins:

  • xfce4-clipman-plugin 1.2.6 brings a new QR-code generator and the ability to skip actions via a keyboard shortcut
  • xfce4-timer-plugin 1.6.0 has the ability to rerun a timer from the alarm notification
  • Whisker Menu 1.4.0 introduces a new command to launch menu editor and to switch users, support for custom menu files, drag and drop for launchers to panel or desktop, added search actions, the ability to browse commands and to hide them, as well as hiding category and launcher icons.
  • xfce4-power-manager 1.4.0 brings a completely revamped and vastly simplified UI with a new panel plugin to show the status of batteries, switch to presentation mode
  • xfce4-taskmanager 1.0.1 features UI fixes and bugfixes
  • xfce4-terminal 0.6.3 has improved URL matching, a new light solarized color scheme and the usual bugfixes

openSUSE 13.2 will also introduce a new custom theme for the notification daemon (xfce4-notifyd).


PCManFM featuring Breadcrumb, Dual Pane and Menu Editor

Who said that LXDE was dead? Even though it still is at version 0.5.6, LXDE is in its way towards version 1.0. Most of its core applications and components have had new version releases bringing lots of bug fixing, but new features and improvements. For example,

  • PCManFM, the file manager, has now dual-pane support; the ability to control the status bar visibility and to hide elements in the toolbar, or the toolbar itself; new options to open automounted media in a new tab, to open folders from desktop in a new window and to copy path(s); the path bar can use buttons instead of a location text field allowing breadcrumb navigation of the filesystem. As an extra bonus, basic menu editing functions are present if you select Applications in the Places panel.
  • LibFM is one of the LXDE core libraries and PCManFM releases are closely tied to it. It has gained many features that are reflected in other components. It has also received enhancements and an extensive bug fixing, so all of its clients are now more stable than ever.
  • menu-cache, another core component used to generate a cache version of the application menu, has been improved to be faster and more complete than it has ever been before.
Run Dialog
  • LXPanel can now close all windows within a group; has gained basic multi-monitor support, a new keyboard layout toggle dialog and supports adding accelerators to the main menu. There are also the new plug-ins 'launchtaskbar' (which combines functionality from 'launchbar' and 'taskbar') and 'weather'. Dragging of task buttons in the launchtaskbar has been improved and it is now allows the dragging of applications in the menu so they can be dropped elsewhere (the only supported case seems to be drop them onto PCManFM/desktop now). Last but not least, you can customize the panel to your liking thanks to the new support for custom gtkrc files, a.k.a. theming support.
  • LXRandR GUI frontend for xranrd has gained new monitor positioning options, a confirmation dialog on mode(s) change, and improved automatic monitors detection.
  • LXCC, LXDE Control Center, includes now the previously missing translations.
  • and much more...

On top of this, the desktop has moved from Clearlooks GTK theme to Adwaita. This gives to the desktop a more uniform appearance when using both GNOME and LXDE applications at the same time. The theming issues present in 13.1 are now solved and you won't have any problems to select icon, GTK or mouse cursor themes. Openbox presents a new theme that matches with Adwaita too, and, finally, the panel has dropped that old black background image and it now uses a color that fits better with the overall appearance of the desktop. Not a big revolution but hopefully a step forward. If you want a better integration of Qt applications, just run qtconfig and select GTK+ from the GUI Style drop down list.

Other changes present in openSUSE 13.2 are:

  • Leafpad is the default editor for basic editions and Beaver has been dropped (but is still available if you want it) in favor of Geany for advanced task
  • inclusion of gcolor2 color picker so you don't have to open a graphics program just to select a color
  • xfce4-screenshooter replaces mtPaint for screen capture tasks, allowing more options and leaving mtPaint for digital photos manipulation.
Customized LXPanel

Third party applications that complete the desktop have also been updated: Galculator 2.1.3, Parcellite 1.1.9, Viewnior 1.4, Xarchiver 0.5.4 (that now supports test/verify archives in addition to xz/tar.xz and RAR 5 file formats), ...

Want more? Even though it is not an officially supported repository, X11:lxde provide the latest available versions of the desktop components and bug fixes for them. Visit the LXDE repositories wiki page to learn how to add this repository to your system.

Want even more? If you're a brave user, LXQt, the fusion of LXDE and Razor-qt projects and future replacement for LXDE written using Qt, is available in our repositories. Keep in mind that LXQt is in an early stage of development (version 0.8 is about to be released) and still lacks features and maturity compared with LXDE. Again, this is not an officially supported repository.

In short, this could be one of the best openSUSE LXDE releases of all the times. Try it!


The MATE desktop is now officially available under openSUSE. It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop environment using traditional metaphors for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

Customized MATE panel

The objective, for openSUSE, is to provide the same experience users had when they used GNOME under openSUSE 11.4, with the main-menu and the Sonar theme.


Other Free Desktops

Window Managers


Input Methods

New and updated applications

General utilities


Graphics and multimedia

  • VDR - The Video Disk Recorder is now version 2 (prior it was 1.6) which fully supports HDTV and cards for DVB-S2 and DVB-T2.

Office suites and Personal information applications

Systems Administration


GNU Radio

GNU Radio (latest upstream version 3.7.5) is a free software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software-defined radios and signal processing systems. It can be used with external RF hardware to create software-defined radios, or without hardware in a simulation-like environment. It is widely used in hobbyist, academic, and commercial environments to support both wireless communications research and real-world radio systems.


For the first time, Scilab (latest upstream version 5.5.1) , the MATLAB-compatible numerical computation application, is available from the default repository. See the news item here for more details.

Packages for high-energy physics computation

A number of applications and libraries very commonly used for high-energy particle physics computation and simulation has been added to the default openSUSE 13.2 repository (these were available for openSUSE 13.1 and earlier through the addon science repository). These include:

  • Pythia 8.186
  • Rivet
  • YODA
  • HepMC
  • fastjet
  • Herwig++
  • rk
  • cadabra


Armadillo, a popular linear algebra library in C++ was updated to the latest upstream version 4.450.0, a major feature upgrade to version 3.930.3 available with openSUSE 13.1.


MathGL has been updated to version 2.3 (2.1 in openSUSE:13.1).


The symbolic computation application Maxima has been updated to the latest upstream version 5.34.1 (5.31.3 in openSUSE:13.1).


GNU Octave, a high-level interpreted language primarily intended for numerical computations, has been updated to version 3.8.2 (3.6.4 in openSUSE 13.1). This is a major feature upgrade, in particular, adding a new (as yet experimental) GUI support and direct OpenGL support among many other new features. See here for a summary.


The plotting library PLplot with bindings for a large number of programming languages has been updated to version 5.10.0 (5.9.9 in openSUSE 13.1).


The popular planetarium simulator Stellarium sees a major update to version 0.13.0 (0.12.4 in openSUSE 13.1). It is now built upon the QT5 toolkit and includes a bunch of new features.


Texmaker was updated to version 4.3 (4.0.4 in openSUSE:13.1). This update adds scripting support, a new wizard for beamer presentations, LuaLaTeX support, and a visual diff view for the source viewer.


The GUI plotting software Veusz has been updated to version 1.21.1 (1.18 in openSUSE 13.1). Apart from a number of new features and bug-fixes, it is now available in both python 2 and python 3 flavours (try python3-veusz) from the default repository.

Vtk and Paraview

The large data analysis and visualization applications Vtk and Paraview have been updated to their latest upstream versions 6.1.0 (6.0.0 in 13.1) and 4.2.0 (4.0.1 in 13.1) respectively. VTK 6.1.0 fixes bugs and adds features on top of the more modular code structure of version 6.0. With about 170 issues resolved, the updated Paraview includes several bug fixes and feature enhancements, notably:

  • A Redesigned Color Map Editor panel
  • Enhancements to Find Data dialog
  • Enhancements for interactions with Plots
  • Support for Python-based views
  • Updates to ParaViewWeb


The wxWidgets-based frontend to maxima was updated to version 14.09.0 (13.04.2 in openSUSE 13.1).

Other applications



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Development tools, IDEs, toolchain

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