OpenSUSE 11.2, the latest Linux offering from the Novell-backed project, updates the core components of its GNOME desktop and apps. What's really intriguing though, is the integration of KDE 4.3 which looks snazzy and seemingly works better than previous versions.
We were initially impressed and eager to tweak KDE 4 when it first arrived as a Linux desktop option. Then initial enthusiasm gave way to, well, "How do I get my frakking wireless working?" and other productivity dead ends.
Since then though, KDE's matured a good bit and continues to be a bit more graphically forward-looking than the relatively straight-forward GNOME that's the default for most Linux distributions. KDE 4.3 is, in fact, the default desktop for OpenSUSE 11.2, though GNOME, KDE and the lighter Xfce are all available for installation as live try-outs on CD and USB.
OpenSUSE 11.2 is a free download for nearly any system. Hit the link for a run-down of new features and plentiful screenshots, and tell us what you're liking or looking for in the comments.
openSUSE 11.2 Released! [openSUSE News]