Will Stephenson has announced the availability of Milestone 1, which is the second official test build on the way to the stable openSUSE 12.3: "News fresh from the Factory - the openSUSE release team has made the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 available for testing and feedback. There has been lots of plumbing in the infrastructure, with most prominently the removal of SuSEconfig - the capitalization of its name should give a hint about its age. If you want to get a taste of the upcoming release or want to help test and develop this awesome, green Linux distribution - come and get it! With Milestone 1, things start getting interesting. For starters, the init system continues to evolve rapidly. SysVinit has now been removed, following some discussion."
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