Note: openSUSE-12.1 will be released 16-November-2011
The VERY first thing to do is read our "general" openSUSE stickie here: NEW Users Stickie - openSuse Pre-install (general) - PLEASE READ / CLICK here
Again, note you MUST read that link above. The majority of the information you need for a smooth installation/use of openSUSE is located there!
Now after you have read that, please continue for openSUSE-12.1 specific information (note some links may still point to 11.3/11.4) ...
New Users - Additional Important Links you should know about
Here are some more important URLs for new openSUSE users specific to openSUSE-12.1 (note some of these Links may not yet be active or may still reference openSUSE-11.3/11.4):
Zypper - openSUSE Software Package Manager: for installing software under openSUSE without using the one-click install
OpenSUSE-12.1 Release Notes:
This "stickie" thread is locked, to ensure this is easier for new openSUSE users to read.
Anyone who has corrections, and/or comments, and or suggested improvements, please add them to the thread link here:
TBD - Link to be provided or PM one of the moderators.
Existing Linux Users - Additional Important Links you should know about
For those familiar with openSUSE and using openSUSE-11.2 or earlier, the sax2 configuration tool is no longer present in openSUSE-11.3, 11.4 nor 12.1, so PLEASE keep a copy of your old /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, in case it might come in handy. [There is a sax3 under development but it is still in the very early stages of development (in this repos: x11 : sax repos ) ]. Also note the guide:
which was specifically written because sax2 is no longer available.
Most annoying bugs in 12.1
Unfortunately despite significant effort on the part of SuSE-GmbH and the openSUSE community, openSUSE-12.1 is not without bugs. There is a list of the most annoying bugs here (which is worth a look BEFORE you install): openSUSE:Most annoying bugs 12.1 - openSUSE.
NNTP users please do not post on this WEB readonly/stickie thread.