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Announcing openSUSE 10.3 GM

October 4th, 2007 by

The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world’s most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

openSUSE 10.3 will be supported with security and other serious updates for a period of 2 years.

This version contains new beautiful green artwork, KDE 3.5.7 and parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a GTK version of YaST, a new 1-click-install technology, MP3 support out-of-the-box, new and redesigned YaST modules, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more! Read on for details of what is new and available in openSUSE 10.3, and for all the necessary download links.

On the desktop

 

There are many visual changes throughout this release, and they are also well-presented in the openSUSE 10.3 Screenshots on the wiki.

Beautiful Green Artwork

This release, as always, will have a full, new collection of artwork, and for openSUSE 10.3 it has gone back to the classical and much-loved green theme. It is all finished off with a polished and professional look:

103_cdboot.png 103bootsplash_thumb.png suse103-1600×1200.jpg

To see more openSUSE 10.3 artwork, see its respective branding overview.

KDE 3.5.7

The default KDE desktop is the latest stable and SUSE-polished KDE 3.5.7, which comes complete with the usability-centric Kickoff menu, KNetworkManager and other such openSUSE creations. Kontact, the KDE Personal Information Manager, has also been upgraded to the enterprise release, providing you with some new features and many fixes.

openSUSE 10.3 KDE Desktop  Kontact Enterprise Version - Personal Information Manager

KDE 4

While KDE 3.5.7 is the default KDE desktop environment, the first parts of KDE 4 will also be seen in the distribution. This includes, by default, some KDE 4 games as well as KDE 4 versions of KRDC and KRFB — applications for remote administration. Below you can see a couple of screenshots of these KDE 4 games, now both using SVG for a smoother graphical experience:

KPat - In the GameKMahjongg in KDE4

A full KDE 4 desktop is also available for preview purposes:

Amarok in KDE4

GNOME 2.20

The very latest GNOME 2.20 is also featured in this release, and it comes with its own selection of typically SUSE-polished additions. This includes the simpler and better-structured SLAB menu, a new world clock applet from the intlclock package (pictured below), as well as the comprehensive, feature-full and well-delivered F-Spot and Banshee applications, which are a photo browser and audio player respectively.

10.3 GNOME Desktop

GTK YaST

The GTK version of YaST is now default for all GNOME installations. This means that YaST will still have a well-integrated and consistent feel when using the GNOME desktop environment, and all the modules are structured in the same way as openSUSE’s GNOME control panel.

GTK YaSTBluetooth Module

The GTK version of YaST of course also contains all of the same YaST modules as the regular Qt version, so there is absolutely no loss of functionality. Sentimental users can still easily switch to the Qt-style YaST by editing /etc/sysconfig/yast2.

1-Click Install

This is a completely new and revolutionary piece of technology available to you in openSUSE, which finally removes the hassle from installing additional software from other repositories. Instead of searching for a repository, adding it to the package manager, then heading over to software management again, 1-Click-Install combines it into one simple process, all initiated by a single click.

1-Click Install

It is already fully implemented in the openSUSE Build Service, and it is used for aiding you in acquiring multimedia codecs as is mentioned below.

Multimedia

The frequently-requested feature of MP3 support is now fully available out-of-the-box! MP3 playback is available via Fluendo (GStreamer) codecs in either Amarok or Banshee. These are available on the DVD, but if you chose to use the 1-CD Installation it is just as easy to get working — a small and friendly dialog box will inquire about whether you wish to enable MP3 support:

Install Fluendo GStreamer Codec

The codecs will then be installed using 1-Click-Install. This same technology is also used on the Community website where it recommends workarounds and methods to get other multimedia formats working. See openSUSE-Community.org/Multimedia.

New/Redesigned YaST Modules

The Network card module has also been completely re-designed from a usability perspective. The new version is more relevant to today’s typical configuration of a network card, and makes simple tasks a lot easier to accomplish.

One popular new module is the Community Repositories module, which provides you with a convenient list of the official repositories, popular repositories in the openSUSE Build Service, and external community repositories. This makes it trivial to enable the extra repositories that you require.

Another module available from the yast2-product-creator package is a YaST front-end to KIWI, a configurable and easy-to-use application to help you roll your very own system images. Though there are many additional plans for KIWI, it currently supports a huge selection of options, such as creating Live CDs, USB, QEMU/VMware, Xen and Net boot images. Unlike other typical system image creators, KIWI is fully configurable (down to the wallpaper you want to have), and has a clean and simple design.

network-card.pngCommunity RepositoriesYaST2 KIWI

Compiz and Compiz Fusion

Compiz, as always, is available directly on all the installation CDs/DVDs, and Compiz Fusion is also available in the official online repository. The new version comes with many new amazing plugins providing you with the latest composite effects.

Expo PluginExplode AnimationShift Switcher

To learn more see this sneak peaks article. The X11:/XGL openSUSE Build Service repository also always provides the latest Compiz and Compiz Fusion versions.

Virtualisation

There have been several Virtualisation improvements and additions, including of course an excellent delivery of the latest Xen 3.1 and QEMU. Furthermore, VirtualBox, a general-purpose full virtualizer, and KVM, the latest Linux virtualisation infrastructure, are now included. Other VMware-related kernel options such as paravirt-ops and vmi have also been enabled in the kernel now.

VirtualBox running openSUSE 10.3 KDEopenSUSE 10.3 in Xen

OpenOffice.org 2.3

OpenOffice.org, the comprehensive office suite in openSUSE, has also been updated to the latest stable version of 2.3. The release includes several new features and countless fixes.

OpenOffice.org Presentation

A Whole Lot More!

openSUSE 10.3 contains a plethora of extra improvements that haven’t been mentioned here, including small applications like Giver, an easy file-sharing tool, Xfce 4.4.1, and other community developments. See Product Highlights/10.3 for more details.

Xfce in openSUSE 10.3

Behind the Scenes

 

Though this release has seen a large selection of graphical changes, a lot of work has been happening all around the distribution, with several changes occuring behind the scenes.

New Package Management

The package management team have been working hard on improving the new openSUSE package management, and there is a lot to show for it now. It is reliable, more mature, and an awful lot faster. There is no more parsing during startup, greater compatibility with tools like yum and smart, and increased speed for the most common use-case: installing a package.

It contains the much-improved zypper tool for the command line, a re-designed openSUSE updater applet (a native KDE and GNOME one) as pictured below, while still providing you with the same YaST interface for graphical package management.

openSUSE Updater in KDE

Greatly Improved Boot Time

A big round of improvements to the boot time are now included. There are now some incredibly impressive speed-ups, with desktops booting in around 24 seconds, or laptops booting in 27 seconds compared to a 55 second wait in openSUSE 10.2! See the link for more details.

Under the Hood

  • Linux 2.6.22.5
  • GCC 4.2
  • libZYpp 3.26.2

Media and Download

 

CDs and DVDs
All of the installation media can be downloaded from software.openSUSE.org via torrents or HTTP/FTP. Here’s a few quick links:

  • 1 DVD containing OSS and NonOSS software (torrents for: i386, x86_64, ppc). Languages supported: English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese (Simpl. & Trad.), Japanese, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Dutch
  • 1 CD with a default KDE installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc, English only)
  • 1 CD with a default GNOME installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc, English only)
  • 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages (i386 or x86_64, ppc)
  • 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra languages (i386, x86_64, ppc, only to be used with DVDs!)

Live CDs will be released in the next couple of weeks. Metalinks with checksum support are also available from download.packages.ro.

Upgrade Options

Upgrade
As always, you can fully upgrade your previous openSUSE 10.2 to the final version of openSUSE 10.3 by simply downloading one of the media options and burning it to disk, boot to it, and then select the Upgrade option in the installer. For the smoothest possible upgrade, leave the “Add Online Repositories Before Installation” option checked.

To upgrade from openSUSE 10.3 RC1, please ensure that you have strictly only the 10.3 repositories (oss, non-oss; not the factory ones), in YaST -> Software Repositories; if you do not, remove the factory ones and then add the 10.3 ones again from the Community Repositories YaST module. Once that is done, go to Software Management, and in the menu select Package -> All Packages -> Update if Newer Version Available.

Alternatively, with Zypper you can execute the following command to upgrade all packages (again, first check that you have the 10.3 repositories and not the factory ones):

zypper update -t package

Communicate!

 

Communicate
We want to hear from you! To get help, provide any feedback, ask questions, or get involved and help contribute to the openSUSE distribution, please communicate. There are several ways to get in touch with the openSUSE community, including:

A huge thanks to all those involved in the release, particularly all the community contributors, for making this an excellent openSUSE release!

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287 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 10.3 GM”

  1. Edwin

    Did someone remove my post? And if yes, why?????

  2. Rxmas

    For the last few years I’ve been looking for a Linux that I can use in my day to day and dump Windows for good.
    This looks like the one. Installed the 64 bit with no problems, even though I have a 3d card t says it can’t do 3d but that will work it self out in driver updates I’m sure.

    You guys did a great job with this.

    I figure release 11 will be the one I can start my mom on. That will
    be 2 households that dump Windows. Hope is on the horizon!

    Wooo hooo!

  3. David Ribera

    Been a SuSE fan since old days. I find it is the best-in-class mixture between the raw power of linux and the user-fliendly approach of Windows. Of course, with its own personality.
    I have 2 web server and 1 file servers working with SuSE, and also 3 Windows 2003 Servers doing as application servers in our company. I can say I am delighted with the linux ones. On the other side, every 2 weeks when the Windows servers download new patches from the MSFT website, I’m never sure if everything is going to continue working.
    I have another PC at home with OpenSuSE that is used as a test machine. I’ve tried other distros like Ubuntu and Debian. They are OK, but I always come back to SuSE because it makes my life easier and it is rock solid.
    Next step is to install it in my kids PC, so they can learn and experience linux, and not only Windows.
    I don’t hate Windows. I think it is reponsible of the consolidation of computers in every home, and that has brough many benefits to this industry. But the fact is that now
    Microsoft has taken a dire way with Vista, messing with the media protection, and treating end users as if they were guilty of media piracy (some of them could be). The result is that Vista needs huge amounts of RAM and processor to barely start up. I think that we are going to see a lot of new people coming to here and to other places like Ubuntu.
    Anyway. My Choice is SuSE. Many thanks for your efforts in this new release.
    ¡Que viva la comunidad de OpenSuSE!

  4. IMQ

    Hi there!

    Just installed 10.3 using KDE CD version on of my machines.

    I installed additional packages. I want to know where can I find the rpms downloaded when installing packages using YaST’s Software Manager? Are they deleted after installations are completed?

    The reason for this question is that I want to save the rpms to a CD/DVD so they can be installed on a machine with no internet access.

    Is it possible?

    Thanks!

  5. iq

    The Best SUSE distro, did not had any problem during installation. Cool with new looks. Feel far superior than FC

  6. roy

    hello,
    automatic web address did not seem to work after file share type installation and connection had to be done manually (ie 10.3) but eventually ok.Not sure if this is to do with nature of installation or a more widespread problem. Look forward to using upgraded Yast and exploring other features. The only thing that maybe missing is an active partioning tool like Ubantu sports.
    Roy.

  7. atuor

    I was a bit disappointed, Installed it a first time (P4 HT 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM ATI Radeon 9250. First time (see tread above) Graphics problem (I Updated Online directly).
    Reinstalled w/o updating directly, updated late, and that worked fine. Seemed to work fine at first sight, except that the KDE Start Menu (Chameleon) was sticky. Anyway, tried to enable 3D Acceleration with OpenSource drivers (which worked fine on ver. 10.2), it didn’t work (distorted screen); well tried with ATI proprietary drivers… but the latest to support the 9250 is the 8.28.8, which doesen’t support Xorg 7.2; the more recent drivers don’t support that card. 10.3 It’s really a step back for me without support for the card. Anyone had the same experience or found a way to make it work ? Overall I think 10.3 is good but needs some patches; I also see the limits of these proprietary drivers (can’t force ATI to support specific card for a specific version of Xorg).

  8. Lars

    I am currently using both Vista and SuSE 10.2 on my Acer laptop (dualbooting with GRUB) and both seem to work okay. SuSE 10.2 is the best all around working linux distro of about 5 or 6 that I downloaded and tried. It seems strange as an APU (Average Public User) that I have to run lots of anti-virus software on Vista but not on Linux. At this time I am still more comfortable using Vista than SuSE because of the dreaded LLC (Linux Learning Curve) for average users like myself. I am now going to attempt to take one more small step forward on the LLC (Linux Learning Curve) by upgrading from 10.2 to 10.3. Wish me luck.

  9. Lars

    I aborted my attempt to upgrade from 10.2 to 10.3 on a dual booting Acer laptop after receiving a lot of unresolvable dependency conflicts during upgrade install. It seems that Open SUSE does not officially support this type of upgrade. I guess I will stick with 10.2 for now.

  10. Amazing distro … amazing release !!

  11. Ray

    have trouble with DVD action. My AMD slot processor board does not want to load Suse on DVD

  12. Arek Wdowiak

    10.3 sure looked promising and I’m glad lots of people are finding it beneficial. I too was looking forward to having it fix all my woes that I was going through with 10.2, but unfortunately 10.3 is turning out to be a real nightmare for me. Curerntly I’ve just finished intsalling it for the 4th time, 3rd day in a row. This time I’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, so a CD-only installation with no online repositories. The process took several hours and to my horrow the system is running… very… slowly… and what’s worse KDE won’t come up at all now, even on a completely clean, virgin install. I log in on the green welcome screen, it acknowledges me, I get the little progress circle, and then it just sits there on the welcome screen with no desktop. Whatever the system is doing it’s very busy, generating uptime loads of anywhere from 2.5 to 3.79

    AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

    • drxspace

      Lucky you ;) Me… I’ve lost the count. It seems that 10.3 dislikes my amd sempron or maybe my ati. The only way I managed to perform a complete installation it was after I set acpi to no. Then other problems came up… What a betrayal, what a pity so much wasted hours but… no compromise at the end my friend!

  13. germano

    i have to install opensuse 10.3 in 24 pc at school in dual boot with win 2K.
    i made the first and after a problem with the bootloader (solved) and the floppy (NOT solved), i got a goog working pc
    now comes the problems.
    i made a image of the partition whit opensuse using partimage (thanks to guy) to replicate to the others pc (after partitioning the disk like the first naturalmente!!!
    i made a copy of the MBR and copied to all pc’s
    it worked…..untill half boot
    then it stop waiting for the hard diskSata_MAXTOR_xxxxxx_xxxxxx to appear
    but hard disk id are differents.
    so how can i solve the problems
    thanks a lot
    germano

  14. faith

    Hello all! My english is bad…but i have a question for u linux boys…why don’t you make the linux more secured .. in the sens of the configuration .. if you make something wrong… the only way to restore it ..is by command line…and for newbies… it is imposible to know the commands.. why is not a protection of something… to not let you do bad thing… like in microsoft distributions…i’ve tested almost all os that exist… but windows ..is more well made at this thing..and vista comes with a lot of things that prevent the user from destroing the sistem…for me there are no viruses..i’m a virus myself… i love linux..is a great chalenge.. and very very good looking… i like it more than windows…but is verry hard for a newbie to understand the sistem.. for more times ..i had to read a hole forum ..for resolving my problems.. If linux had this preventing sistem it would have much many users!

  15. Did just download the 10.3 CD (not the DVD) via http with 6000 kilobit/s (thats A-DSL in Germany) – and thats over thr daytime in Germany – that was really good. thanks, reason for download : the open suse 10.3 DVD, added to the c´t computer magazin does not work, too many errors.

  16. ferdinand

    Just wanted to mention that the new X server has reduced main memory requirements dramaticaly.
    Opening KDE, OO, Kontact konqueror and many other services does not consume more than 256 MB. With 512 MB memory no more swap acticity (except sometimes using yast with many repositories) compared to 10.2 on the same box.

  17. Terry

    Performance scripts.

    OK, lets get this bit out f the way, I am a Window user, and want to get out of it, however, I am trying to determine what Linux flavour to go for.

    As I understand it, majority of the latest distros all use the same kernel and a lot of apps are the same, e.g. Mplayer, OpenOffice etc., so apart from the font end which has to be an individuals preference, I am trying to find out the differences between Fedora 8, Ubuntu 7.10 and Suse 10.3 both in KDE and Gnome setup’s etc. in definable measurable facts.

    So my question is: does anyone have or know about some performance utils/scripts that I can run across the various flavours of Linux e.g. something like LoadRunner in Linux (preferably more scripts than utils as this is a personal thing and I can’t afford to buy expensive tools), or has this already been done and published ?

    Thanks

  18. cubiclegrrl

    I had 10.3 installed on an AMD-64 system that, unfortunately, had a flakey motherboard. Motherboard was replaced (ASUS, VIA chipset), and all the other hardware (memory, hard drive, CPU, NIC, etc.) transplanted. Not only will 10.3 not boot anymore, when I try to reinstall, the installer can’t find the SATA hard drive. No luck Googling several different ways. Bummer, because I was impressed with OpenSuse’s friendliness and not having to fight tooth and nail to get a JDK up and running. I really don’t want to go back to Ubuntu or Mandriva because I don’t want to fight those battles all over again. But right now I have a doorstop instead of a development machine, so unless there are any blinding flashes of insight from those most in the know here.

  19. Slightly urked over Novell's amateurish work

    I’ve been a fan of SuSE for many years now having started with 4X versions, but after “upgrading” my Dell laptop with 10.3, I’m dismayed at the idiotic way of handling video drivers. Yes I have an ATI, but come on, surely you could handle problem by installing a generic driver rather than ensuring that those of us with ATI or nVidia cards have many additional steps to get a system working. Nice to see a distro that guarantees that it will drive many potential adopters away for lack of a functional display after installation. Sorry, Novell, but this is stupid and amateurish work here.

  20. Hi All,

    I was a long time user of SuSE from 9.0 to 10.0, plus tried SLED. I was also once very active in the old” SuSE Forums.

    I’ve drifted over to the .deb Distros rather than those using .rpm.

    The one thing that made me leave was the lack of WiFI support. I never could get NDISWRAPPER to work, and ended up buying the Linuxant Driver. All good, but I didn’t need to do that with either Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I simply bought a USB or PCMCIA card.

    I’m now running Ubuntu Gutsy, on a H-P Compaq V6000Z laptop, that was shipped with Vi$ta. I’m not using the built in WiFi card, but a USB MyEssentials 802.11g-54Mbps one.

    Before I do the down load, and install is there any hope, especially with 64-bit? I’d like to come back to SuSE.

    Comments welcome.

    • tom2215

      By the looks of things, you would bebetter off with 10.2 until 10.3 matures a little. At least that’s what I am doing. ;)

      • Anonymous

        It’s already two months after release, imo it has already matured: the most annoying bugs have been fixed with online updates meanwhile.

  21. Richard

    I have downloaded suse 10.3 live 3 or 4 times, and each time there was nothing in the iso file and of course would not burn to cd. The file was 600+ mb, but with no files. All other iso files I’ve downloaded have files in them for burning (such as other linux live distros). Anyone with thoughts on this? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Did you verify the checksum of the ISO file?

      • Richard

        Thanks for your reply. Checking ‘checksum’ is new to me. I ran a checksum calculator and it gave me “numbers” for CRC32, MD5 and SHA-1. I don’t know what to do from that point. Any further thoughts? Thanks.

  22. Matt

    Good old SUSE, how I’ve missed you.
    I began with SUSE 5.3, about a decade or so ago. I’ve tried many distro’s and *BSD’s and I have always found SSUE to give me the perfect blend of setup simplicity, power user tools and a large and varied software repository.
    Having just tried 10.3 I can say ‘thank you and congratulations’. It is a fine distro and runs beautifully on my AMD64 based PC.
    YAST is still as user-friendly, IMO. I love the quality KDE desktop (always one of SUSE’s strong points).
    My only minor criticisms are the lengthy (when compared to, eg debian) install time and the slowness of YAST when adding software (it must be all the repo checking).
    Getting the required nvidia drivers really was a 1-click deal. Very nice indeed. This is how Linux should be (except for those who *want* to go looking under the hood).
    Excellent software indeed.

  23. Alfred Liew

    Thanks OpenSUSE. This is the first time I ever use Linux. You have made installation very easy.

    Setting up my laptop on the company LAN and network printer is as easy as MS Windows. Thanks to Samba and OpenOffice, I’ve no problem opening up MS Excel files on the file server and save the new edition back on it.

    Wine works pretty well with some of my company’s software that runs only on MS Windows.

    I really hope you can improve on the KNetworkManager. Connection to any wireless LAN is slow and occasionally failed. Sometimes I have to reboot my laptop to get it to work.

  24. Jesus

    Hi!

    Does any one know, If opensuse 10.2 or 10.3 work without problem in Hp-dv6000 (AMD Turion 64 X2, Windows vista)?????

  25. Pete

    I started to play around with Linux last year, started with Ubuntu but ended up formating, moved to PCLinuxOS again formated. Then installed Opensuse 10.2 and just fell in love. Moved on to the 10.3 and one-clicking away to formating the M$ partition.

    Thanks so much Opensuse, one-click is the way linux should be heading, more user friendly to install new software. NVIDIA drivers istalled with no problems even my grandma could install it. The more this feature is developed and refined the more people will move to Linux.

    Cant wait to test drive the 11.0 Alpha soon. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!

  26. Kudos and thanks to all responsible for the continued development of the best Linux distro. And thank yous to Novell for the openSuse project support, I do so luv getting my Suse fix free and timely, I don’t need SLED but will be happy to recommend your product in consideration for your efforts here. I have tried scores of distros and but have kept Suse as my main squeeze for a long time now. I have not had a chance to polish 10.3 yet, still using 10.2 daily, but I am sure I will like the new features, especially the package management changes.

    The only thing I encountered that was an issue on the install was a bug in xorg that misidentified my mouse and refused to let X start. However I also encountered this on several other distros so it is of course an xorg issue not a openSuse specific one. A simple cut & paste of my 10.2 X configs hardware description into 10.3′s solved it.

    Another issue I had been dealing with for while among several distros was confusion over my cd/dvd drive assignment. I had a lot of problems with distro installs and application errors where they had problems locating my drive. I solved this by installing my optical drives on the secondary IDE channel, the issue seems to be that many of the install scripts and apps and tools like dvdcss insist on the optical media either being on a master channel or as /dev/hdc only. So these days I have a read only ASUS cd/dvd as my secondary master (/dev/hdc)and mt burner as the slave(/dev/hdd). Cured all my distro install, media ripping and other application issues for optical drives. I seem to remember this same type of behavior in Linux from years ago, then it seemed to disappear, now it is back it seems.

    The only other little disappointment I see with 10.3 so far is also not an openSuse issue. While I generaly have found Compiz Fusion to be nice and solid, it does lack the performance I found in the last Beryl SVN version. Though since I am also dealing with diffs in Xorg as well the problem could well be in it instead. Also the Beryl manager in the last few SVN releases is to my tastes a much nicer app for KDE than the GTK thing in Fusion. Still many thanks to the Fusion dev’s for all their hard work.

    I just do not care for the new GTK/Gnome menu system at all, it seems like a backward step to me. But again I just prefer the QT/KDE GUI generally, and especially like the new kicker menu design. Again thanks to all involved in creating this wonderful thing called GNU/Linux especially those involved in the best distro so far, openSuse!!!!

    Matthew

  27. محمد امين احسن مقدم

    Suse 10.3 can support persian language for iranian user ?

  28. Anon

    Kewl!

  29. Nike

    I installed the opensuse 10.3 on my notebook MSI S425W (celeron M, GPU Nvidia 6200 go) and I hadn’t problems with the installation (I use the KDE desktop enviromental on the Live CD). The opensuse 10.3 recognized all the drivers, and I hadn’t problems with the wi-fi configuration, the GPU and the key buttons. The notebook is fastest: start in 63 sec. vs. the 120 sec. of win XP, launch OpenOffice in 5 sec. vs. 19 sec. of win XP and switch off in 23 sec. vs. 78 sec. of win XP. And so I’m very happy to use opensuse 10.3 and now I can enjoy the notebook finally fast and usefull.

  30. Adrian

    On my notebook I don’t see any benefit by a faster boot time of openSuse 10.3 because the KDE login is not really ready when the login window appears. I get access failures when I try to login at once. After a little while of about two minutes, when the hard disk purring have diminished, the login succeeds.

  31. seaotter

    Best release since the acquisition! Pluses are innumerable and well documented above. In fact my only two gripes have to do with 1) availability of repo’s and 2) Corporate attitude leaking into open product support.

    The Repo site(s?) are borderline unusable due to either high demand or outage. Perhaps increasing the number of mirrors or additional pipes for the downloads would be a positive gesture.

    Test case support questions have been treated dismissively by _senior technical resources_. This was never, never the case when SuSE was Gmbh. RH and MS treat their Developers and Users that way. Novell/SuSE might want to try not to.

    Personal note? I live the green. I’m so sick and tired of BLUE!

    Thanks, Vielen Dank’, Muchos Gracias, Merci, Gratziah Tutti!

    bman

  32. Why does linux 10.3 overwrite the mbr in windóws and how do i get the manger back for my windows under linux?

    thomas.

  33. Eerde

    @thomas carr

    Try: http://www.google.com/search?q=Linux+Windows+dual+boot+MBR

    Result:
    http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux/grub-w2k-HOWTO.html
    and:
    http://highlandsun.com/hyc/linuxboot.html

    That should help ! :)

  34. Chris

    Bueno, gracias a OpenSuse entré al mundo de Linux, Felicitaciones!!!
    Hicieron un gran trabajo – Saludos de Chile

  35. Tarun Brari

    openSUSE really rocks. I’ve tried many distributions, but really there is nothing as superb and as powerful then openSUSE. I really love YaST. Its simplly rocking. The only wish I’ve is that it should be more capable of detecting ATI onboard graphics and LCD Monitors. I also recommended it to my many friends who were just fed-up of the viruses on Windows. Now they’er using openSUSE and broadband and they’ve not even seen a single system crash. Waiting for KDE4!

    All hail openSUSE

  36. Just DLing Suse 11.0 Alpha… for my HP 530…. Was a previous MS user but the virus threats and the constant upgrade req.s is not for me… i like to be free from the chains of money and spread some spiritual enlightenment before i die….

    :-) too much to ask off you guys but lets see…

  37. Cool OS ! Just upgraded my TOSHIBA from Vista to openSUSE 10.3 GNOME.
    Just 1 problem. this has a screen resolution bug as discussed on other forums. There has to be a fix for it !

  38. Matt

    Excellent Operating System. It was easy to install and configure for my needs. I even got the Wireless Card from my HP ZV6000 Laptop working without that much trouble since the installation DVD already installed the required packages I needed. This was the first Linux Distro I used that I was able to get the Wireless card working without pulling my hair out!!

    KDE 3.5 is beautiful and I am looking forward to v4.

  39. very good

    بسیار عالی ! :-)

  40. JT

    I was a “distro junkie” for the past two or three years, trying them on old (AMD K6-III) and new (Core2-Duo and AMD Sempron) systems that I use for different things. Burned through LOTS of CD’s & DVD’s.
    The first OpenSUSE I tried was 10.0. I’ve been running openSUSE 10.3 for the past 4 months. OpenSUSE 10.3 pretty much just works on everything I’ve tried it on, with the best HW compatibility yet. The one-click nVidia installer is icing on the cake; makes my GT-7300 card very easy to set up compared to the hoops I had to jump through before to enable 3D, if it would work at all.
    I keep an XP Pro machine around as sort of a security blanket and to run a couple of proprietary apps for work, and I’ve got a Vista Ultimate box running for training purposes , but for my day-to-day use I always reach for one of my openSUSE boxes. Looks to me like 10.3 is ready for the masses. If people only knew….
    My best regards to the whole development team. Thanks for a fine release.

  41. milton

    hola! soy de El Salvador y tengo en mi pc suse10.3 y esta mas q grandiosa me encanta el diseño y las nuevas caracteristicas. Es para mi una opcion para migrar de windows al software libre. Solo un detalle aplcacion como java en firefox no funciona desde la instalacion original y los drivers de video solo son los de vessa osea los genericos q instala. Pero a pesar de todo esto es SUSE10.3 para mi mi primera opcion para migrar a Linux

  42. Ian

    Hi! I am downloading openSUSE GNOME! I am able to virtulize it in Virtual PC 2007 in safe graphics mode (Failsafe). I can’t wait for it to do its magic! Thanks openSUSE! Thanks KDE! Thanks GNOME! And most of all, Thanks LINUX distrubitors!

  43. Doug

    Loved 10.3 for a while, but it seems to not like my Atheros Wireless card, installed Madwifi to solve it, and it was working well, now will not talk to the card in any form, although sysinfo recognises the presence of the card. Seems that it cant use the driver. Ok under Windows XP.

    Will reinstall 10.3 or will wait for 11.0, not decided yet. Still love the SuSE product.

  44. Thanks so much Opensuse, one-click is the way linux should be heading, more user friendly to install new software. I love it.

  45. FJ

    Been a SuSE user since 5.2 – mid-90′s. Tried others but keep coming back to it. Not 100% happy with it, but it’s miles better than anything Microsoft has to offer. Had issues getting Compiz to work properly though and ended up having to re-install the whole thing. Installinng into VMWare at present.

  46. Novell and the SuSE development people have done excellent work with the 10.3 distribution. I don’t pretend to be a PC expert, but the stability alone is unbelievably better than Windows, and as a bonus, it runs substantially faster.All the hardware I own is supported; in fact, supported better by SuSE than by Windows XP or VISTA. I don’t have the most expensive toy computer; my motto is, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. I have been plodding away with 1800+ AMD Duron and 1.5 GB PC3200 for quote some time now. SuSE makes it run like a brand new PC; the newest VISTA-equipped PC can do no better.As with all Linux distributions, when migrating from Windows, there is a bit of a learning curve; but the SuSE curve is very, very shallow. This OS is so easy, a child could use it.

    In fact, a child does use it. My 6-year old loves it, but he isn’t as picky as many of the posters on this board. He only really cares about Sesame Street, a few games (which SuSE came with), and a couple of educational applications. Perhaps it is the failure of my imagination, but I can’t imagine SuSE getting any better than it is right now. Considering that the main competitor is a huge international monopoly, Novell has done a remarkable job. I’ve tried three other distributions – Mandriva, Ubuntu, and Fedora – but none of these had the polish or feel of a “finished product” quite the way of SuSE. If those previous three versions were cars, Ubuntu would be a base-model Chevrolet economy car, Fedora would be an upper line Chrysler, but SuSE is a BMW. It doesn’t really have an equal. Like a good BMW, there are others that cost more, and there may be others with higher luxury features, but there are none that work better.

    It is just my two cents, but I think you folks have done a superb job and deserve all the kudos you get.

  47. Carlos Morales


    I have SuSE Linux 8.0 installed in my AMD 500. I have downloaded the OpemSUSE-10.3. For some reason I cannot isntall it right from the DVD (I downloaded the ISO imaged and burned it to a DVD. I tried to copy all the files to a hard disk partition (as I did with 8.0), but for some good and not-evident-to-me reason it fails when is trying to create the repository.

    So, I tried to start right from my Suse Linux 8.0 and using Yast tried to update from 8.9 to 10.3. That did not work at all.

    Can you tell me what would be the best way to upgrade from 8.0 to 10-3.

    Thanks in advance

  48. I am a Arch Linux user, but I’m a big fan of openSUSE, ’cause this distro converted me from windows to the linux world. Now I am downloading openSUSE 10.3 to replace my Arch install. Arch is one of the best distros around, but openSUSE is too, and is the most polished linux distro around, the best for a desktop user.

  49. Dr.V.K.Sethi

    I have used Suse 10.3 since launch. I can safely and confidently say IT IS BEST OS.

  50. I started with Suse 9. something after becoming down heartened with XP. I have since tried everything that resembled a half decent distro and here I am back with suse 10.3.

    I’ve had issues but nothing major. the occasional desktop crash, didn’t boot after update. I struggled like hell to get 3d support from NVIDIA on a 64bit machine so im back on a 32bit install on my athlon64 machine, but it looks great.

    Overall I think suse comes with all the right software, mainly firefox, amarok, k3b and open office. Its amazing the distros that dont include these core open source gems.

    I cant wait for v.11 but am resisting installing a beta over my current awesome setup.

    Dont mess it up guys 16 days to go says my site counter.

    cheers. Ive had a lot of fun