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openSUSE 13.2 in VirtualBox

Posted 02-29-2020 at 09:43 PM by wagscat123
Updated 02-29-2020 at 09:45 PM by wagscat123

openSUSE 13.2 was released November 4, 2014.

openSUSE 13.2 was released amidst the transition from KDE Plasma 4 to KDE Plasma 5. The default KDE experience is based on the 4th generation of KDE Technologies, although the Plasma version saw no further upgrade from version 4.11. The KDE Applications and Platform were version 4.14. Some components of KDE were based on KDE Frameworks 5, and KDE Plasma 5 was included as a preview. KDE Plasma 4 included a lighter, more teal theme, and was as beautiful and stable as ever. The KDE Plasma 5 preview wasn't co-installable with Plasma 4, but beyond the theme not yet being updated ran better than the first few releases after any major KDE upgrade. As Plasma 5 dropped screensavers and shipped in all releases after 13.2, I commemorated the ability to have screensavers in KDE with my personal favorite back in the day.

GNOME saw a feature upgrade. The most notable low level feature of this release is BtrFS shipping as the new default root filesystem for the distribution, which enables saving snapshots of the system with every change by default. YaST2 was ported to Qt5 in this release, and this is the last openSUSE release to ship YaST's GTK version used in GNOME and other GTK-based desktop environments. MATE was also given official support status in this release. openSUSE 13.2 is notable for being the last stable release of openSUSE to support 32-bit x86 PCs, although Tumbleweed remarkably supports the architecture to date.

An older version of the VirtualBox Guest Additions is included. At least some features work, and you can resize the window or move the cursor in and out of the virtual machine without much struggle. GNOME 3 will work regardless of whether 3D acceleration is enabled as the llvmpipe software renderer is now included. Software rendering decreases performance, but getting the 3D acceleration drivers to play nicely is generally not worth the fuss.

Around the time of openSUSE 13.2, Tumbleweed was upgraded from a repository with more up-to-date packages into a full fledged rolling release distribution from which future releases of SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Leap would be forked. After openSUSE 13.2 was released, openSUSE made Leap its fixed point release, based on SUSE Linux Enterprise's major releases and service packs for its major releases and more minor upgrades respectively. For the purposes of an experiment to set up and run as many consecutive versions of openSUSE in VirtualBox as possible, openSUSE Leap is considered the successor to the S.u.S.E. Linux/SuSE Linux/SUSE Linux/openSUSE continuous line of distributions from 1996 to 2014.

Back one, openSUSE 13.1:
Up next, openSUSE Leap 42.1: to be written
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