Jos Poortvliet has announced the availability of the first beta release of openSUSE 12.2: "After a few delayed milestones (the fourth even got cancelled) there have been a few disruptive changes in our Factory development distribution, but we're starting to settle down and announce the availability of beta 1 today. A large number of major changes have finally landed: GCC 4.7, GRUB 2 (status update) and a new LibreOffice. On the graphical side this milestone now features GIMP 2.8 (with single window option) and the latest updates to GNOME and KDE packages (including Qt 4.8.1 and KDE SC 4.8.3, GNOME 3.4.2). Heavy work has been going on in the area of bringing X.Org Server 12.1 and split up X.Org packages to Factory."
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