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With the latest RC2 update, openSUSE Epoch, a novel desktop Linux distribution still in the works, has recently made its debut. Geared towards developers who seek an easy yet robust computing environment, Epoch, previously known as MicroOS Desktop, is an unchangeable openSUSE variation offering solely a basic system foundation with a GNOME interface where all applications are accessible as Flatpak bundles.

In contrast to its counterparts, Tumbleweed and Leap, tailored for users who relish customizing every facet of their system, Epoch caters to those desiring a desktop that simply facilitates productivity without any hassle.

Fresh Attributes of openSUSE Epoch RC2

The latest RC2 iteration of Epoch Desktop introduces numerous enhancements. One notable addition is the integration of the ZRAM Linux kernel module, enhancing memory management efficiency by reducing the necessity for data swapping to slower HDDs or SSDs, thus boosting system performance.

Furthermore, RC2 of Epoch introduces a setup process based on images through its new installer, TIK (Transactional Installation Kit), allowing users to have a uniform configuration from the outset, significantly streamlining customization and system duplication.

For users transitioning from MicroOS Desktop or Tumbleweed, TIK facilitates the seamless transfer of user accounts, applications, and settings to Epoch, ensuring a seamless switch.

In terms of security, openSUSE Epoch enhances its approach by deactivating root account setup. Users can carry out administrative tasks using their own password with sudo and policykit, reducing security vulnerabilities and simplifying the user experience by eliminating the need to manage multiple passwords.

In addition, the boot sequence in RC2 now opts for systemd-boot, resulting in an exceptionally rapid boot time—around eight seconds on slower hardware.

openSUSE Epoch Desktop

Distinctive to Epoch among openSUSE distros is the automated downloading and updating of x86_64_v3 optimized libraries, when hardware support allows, ensuring optimal performance without user intervention. Moreover, Epoch’s system setup is geared towards gaming with specific SELinux directives, catering to gamers without compromising security.

Another notable aspect is the daily automated updating of user Distroboxes and other system elements like Flatpak upgrades, ensuring the system stays up to date with minimal user input. Remote access, initially disabled for security reasons, can be easily activated and managed through the GNOME settings application, enabling customization based on user preferences.

Finally, the RC2 release also represents the first instance of openSUSE employing systemd-repart in compliance with the Discoverable Partitions Specification of the Linux Userspace API, facilitating intuitive and effective disk management.

Check the release notification for comprehensive information on all modifications. For additional details on openSUSE Epoch, visit the project’s official site.

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