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Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1

May 29th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The good news is that we’re closing in on the final release of 11.0, but it’s not time to relax just yet. We’re getting really close, so we need all hands on deck to help test this release candidate. Since beta 3 we’ve fixed 578 bugs and resolved 1,118 bugs! Read on to see how you can help get 11.0 into top shape.

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Information and Download

The first step is to download the release candidate. Please remember that RC1 is not a stable release. As a release candidate, openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 is almost ready for day to day use, but may still have some interesting bugs that make it unsuitable for running a production system. Be sure to have backups of any important data before using openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 on a system.

Media and Download

You can download openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 for x86, x86_64, and PPC at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

Most Annoying Bugs

This is a list of the most annoying bugs, that we’re aware of, that still exist in the release candidate.


  • GRUB config broken for other partitions. Bug #395085
  • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch


  • GNOME asks for the root password on first login. Bug 390658
  • GNOME has wrong icon theme by default. Bug 391865

See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

Call for Testing

To help testing, take a look at opensuse.org/Testing, and the Feature Test List page. The Feature Test List page includes a definitive list of new features included in openSUSE 11.0.

We need to test these features in particular, so please look through the features on the page, pick one that has not yet had its test completed, and make sure it passes. If not, be sure to file a bug in Bugzilla and mark the test “failed.” See the full instructions on the Feature Test List page.

Comments, Feedback, and Helping

With RC1, openSUSE 11.0 is almost ready for release, but we can still use help with testing before the official release. This is a great chance to contribute to openSUSE, by filing bug reports, testing features, and giving feedback to the openSUSE developers.

Here’s a few ways to help:

  • Report bugs: If you do find a bug, be sure to report it in Bugzilla using the procedure given on bugs.openSUSE.org.
  • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.
  • Let the world know! Be sure to spread the word about openSUSE 11.0! Blog about it, tell your Linux User Group, start planning a Launch Party — whatever you can do to let the world know about openSUSE 11.0!

Thanks to all the developers and contributors for all the hard work that’s gone into openSUSE 11.0 so far, we’ve come a long way and only have a little more work to do before we have a final release. Fire up openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 and have a lot of fun!

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322 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1”

  1. From India, We are waiting for OpenSUSE 11 !!!

  2. Koni

    Will KDE 4.1 (Beta for the moment, but on the good way) be included in this Suse release ?

    • Beineri

      No. It will be part of openSUSE 11.1 and Build Service repositories for earlier releases.

      • R. J.

        it’s sad that it wont, and it is bad for opensuse that people’s first experience with 11 will be all the old stale kde 3.5 software in it. So 8 months until people get an opensuse 11 supported with kde 4.1. Pathetic. Obviously they don’t give a damn about what the opensuse community want.

        • Joe

          OK, so why don’t you help them with this?

        • James

          Actually, they do give a damn…so, unlike some other unnamed folks, they don’t want to release buggy software if they can help it! KDE 4.1 is almost there, but no business relies on software unless it is under “general production release”. Opensuse is probably tired of waiting for KDE. Cheers!

        • Bassel

          Well said!
          Plus, one can install anything, if you want to install the beta kde, just do it.

  3. Galo

    As always, a great product is coming… thanks for all.

  4. pete

    hi vienna calling :-)
    the rc is beta quality (many many bugs ) and why can’t u wait to release it till all of the main apps like kde 4.1 or firefox went final.

  5. Micia

    Italy here, please do your best:D
    This is my favourite linux distro, and my very first one!
    I am counting on you!!!
    Keep it up with this great work!

  6. Hi, openSUSE 11.0.

    We’re in Jakarta, Indonesia are always patiently to waiting for your release day :)

    • calm28

      Yes, that’ right.Indonesia here and everybody on opensuse-id comunity… looking forward, for the final release.

  7. Raavi

    The World is here. Another 20 days to go.

  8. Djan

    Belgium gives 12 points to openSUSE 11.0 !

  9. Macedonia loves you Novell :) and can’t wait for the final release of openSUSE!! :)
    Hoping that KDE will rock the socks out :D

    • Spiros

      There is no macedonia. The only Macedonia is the GREEK (HELLENIC MAKEDONIA).
      Your macedonia exists only in your mind!!
      Alexander The Great is greek!

    • Christos

      Are you serious?
      In what way you say the word “Macedonia”?
      When the Greeks in Macedonia were building theatres, Acropolis and Parthenon,
      you were still chasing animals.

      Oust Palioligouria!

      • Goce

        The name of my country is MACEDONIA and it is not in Greece. It is pathetic and silly to think that such a great Empire can be reduced to only one area in today’s Greece. BTW, great job Novell!!!

        • Christos

          The name of your country is NOT MACEDONIA! You are just slavs, a phylum of the 7th century!
          Greece (and thus greek macedonia) exist over 5000 years!!
          You cannot to characterize us as an empire, since we discover democracy and advance the
          modern western culture! If you don’t see it, open your eyes!

          P.S. We see a terrible comedy in your last political elections! You have problems that
          we had many thousands years ago!! Culture it’s not just a name my friend!

        • Christos

          For other people of the forum MACEDONIA is a greek word it roots from MACEDNON.
          Irodotus (one of the greatest and first historians) names this a area as a greek about more than 2300 years ago!

        • This discussion has nothing to do with openSUSE and really isn’t appropriate here. Please take it elsewhere.

        • Robert

          Its more than inappropriate, its CLEARLY RACIST and should be DELETED!

        • shibanGoce

          Apla xynoume panw sta sapia kokala mesa ston tafo ths nekrhs sou manas Goce .. eilikrina kai tapeina.

  10. Waiting for openSUSE in Pakistan! :)

  11. lestath

    Keep up with this great work!
    Greetings from Hungary!

  12. Milan

    Serbia waiting also! Keep up the good work, SuSE deserves to be No1. again!

  13. Thomas

    Wir warten auf openSUSE 11.0

    (We wait for openSUSE 11.0)

    But there are too many bugs, my athereon W-lan card doesn’t connect, my nvidia grafik card don’t run and so on.
    Why can’t you wait till KDE 4.1 and Firefox 3 is ready?

    Gruß Thomas

    • Maybe 6-month development cycle stops openSUSE from waiting at Firefox and new KDE? I think so.

      PS: Deutsch ist einfach klasse :) .

      • Grósz Dániel

        Not 6 months but it was planned for long ago and KDE might even be late as at 4.0. There is a software everytime which is released in 1-2 months so we could wait indefinitely. But you can always download the newest version from the repos.

  14. Greece is waitng for opensuse too… come ooooon hurry up. we can’t wait:D

  15. Dutch

    Holland enyoing 11.0 to !!!

  16. sundar

    we Indians Waiting for the 19th june

  17. husar

    Poland is looking forward to the new Suse release!

    ps. See you soon in Klagenfurt :D

  18. Laecio

    Poland is looking forward to the new openSuse release!

  19. Lucas

    Brazil is looking forward to the new openSuse release!

  20. porageous

    1. Running 11.0 RC with KDE 3 – the conservative approach.
    I’ll wait at least one more cycle before switching to
    KDE 4. This isn’t an openSUSE issue. It’s in KDE’s
    2. Downloaded new NVidia (173) driver and built kernel module.
    So twinview works perfect.
    3. Had to move sliders on KMix to get sound level to be
    4. Had to use Xine engine with Amarok to play cd’s.
    5. Installed multimedia stuff using “one-click”. Mplayer
    had to be installed separately. Both Kaffeine and Mplayer
    work on encryped DVD’s.

    As I have it configured, it’s not all that different from
    OpenSUSE 10.3, but I was a big fan of the old version and
    expect to like 11.0 even more.

  21. moi

    from Quebec, going 11.0 very soon..

    un gros merci

  22. gerd

    Hello, RC1 seems to have trouble to discover the right video mode. After booting it asked me manually to type in the correct video mode. Anyboby had this too?

    • gerd

      I was wrong, sorry for this. There was a sector read error on my Installation DVD (normally I check this the first, but this time I skiped that; arrrgh! :))

      Installation goes extremly smooth and everything went fine and looks good. Now it’s time to have a deeper look at the new KDE 4.

      Greetings from Germany!

  23. Installed 11.0 RC, my thinkpad’s volume control keys cannot be used under KDE 4

  24. matematic

    Bulgaria (България) here. Up and running RC1, waiting for final release.

  25. Roman

    Omtario – Canada here. We are also up and running RC1. Looking forward to the final release on June 19th. Great job guys! :-)

  26. susegebr

    What’s new ???? a not good working driver for Atheros chipsets
    problems with nvidia drivers
    an infant kde4

    better keep using opensuse 10.3 with kernel

    no kde4 shit
    madwifi drivers for atheros
    Nvidia 173 driver
    You can use themes wallpapers icons etc from kde-look.org
    you can use the kde3 programs from kde-apps.org
    you can use compiz for desktop animation

    Opensuse come back when kde4 is grown up that is rel 4.9 or better
    the rest off this version is hardly any better then 10.3
    and you use the madwifi drivers as good as you have the nvidia drivers in your repositories
    So dont eat off 2 walls

    And if you are realy sick off opensuse try Ubuntu Knoppix Fedora Mandrake because they listen to there users and dont push you kde4 down your throte.

    • Grósz Dániel

      openSUSE is not pushing KDE 4 down your throte. KDE 3.5.9 is also present, you can choose that if you like it more. (openSUSE is about choice. You have GNOME, KDE 3, KDE 4, XFCE and others, no default, use which you like.)

      If something does not work which worked in 10.3, please report it in the bugzilla instead of complaining about it this way. Damn, this is why it’s an RC.

      Older KDE series were also buggy at the beginning. KDE 4.1 is likely to fix most of the regressions and 4.2 will be likely to be superior to KDE 3.5 in almost all aspects.

      • My thinkpad’s volume control button works well under 10.3 but partially works under 11.0 RC, by “partially work” I mean I can actually control volume UP/DOWN/MUTE using the volume button, but it is not shown in the KMixer so I get confused about the volume – whether the volume is high, low or muted?

        • Joe

          Yes there are other distributions out there, and they work quite nicely. That being said, I like openSUSE because it works for me… Choice is the operative word here. So if you really are not happy with all the very hard work that the openSUSE team has done, switch to another OS. There are other choices.
          USA is looking forward to v11.0 and keep up the great work :-)

    • R. J.

      Nice comment, you are the reason many people are put off linux, because you go in and slam a distro to advertise another. bugger off

    • Kraemer

      Or instead of complaining about the above mentioned with KDE4 (I too agree that it is young and needs time to mature), you can install KDE 3.9 or use GNOME.

  27. FM-Rou

    Uruguay waiting………

  28. Jerom007

    France loves SUSE!
    (Also a drink over here, Suze ;)

    Good job only I could not easily upgrade from Beta3 (Yast disappeared from menus and command line!?)
    +mount the ISO from Beta3_to_RC1_Delta not working… v11.0 Gold will do good!

  29. bestiapeluda

    Buenos Aires , Argentina is waiting too !!

  30. Misko

    19 days to go. Slovenia is waiting. Thanks!

  31. Tom

    Hi there

    Finland is testing, testing, testing. I just downloaded, burnt into an already used cd rw and to my amazement> everything works properly!

    Good work / maybe I switch from Debian to OpenSuse


  32. Mugo

    Kenya is waiting for you, 11.0. Been waiting eagerly for weeks…

    • NiK

      I’m not the only one in Kenya then! How do you download it? Here in Malindi the connection is too slow and very expensive!

  33. FerXD

    Yeah! Now Waiting for OpenSuse 11! Hope this one is better than 10.3. Lovely Guatemala, we are waiting for OpenSuse too!

  34. ANNNDDD… we’re on the front page of Digg. Top story ;-)

  35. mejason69

    Miami FL, is waiting on OpenSuSE 11!!

  36. els

    Mars is waiting for OpenSuSE, and yeah we don’t use Windows on the Red Planet ;)

    • Otomon

      manssage from Pluto
      we are waiting
      We are desperate
      the connection tend to crash
      we loos … a critical mat….
      please send a…

      (ERR)[interestellar network connection fault]

  37. Lorna

    We are eagerly awaiting the new SuSE in Namibia. I have been tempted to jump ship to other Distros, but apart from package management, SuSE has been my most stable Linux Distro thus far.

    I hope the new software installer lives up to my expectations?

    One NB running SuSE since 2002, One NB running various Distros since 2006, currently Mandriva 2008.1

  38. Vinzent

    A currently very stormy Midwest USA waiting as well!

    • subzero

      nice to see some Midwest USA love — started w/ openSuSE, tried others, but looks like I’m coming home

  39. Reza

    Is it going to be an update process (like ubuntu) for those who already have opensuse as their Os, or I have to install the whole thing from scratch?

    • Kraemer

      I was able to update mine via the factory repository with the update tool :)

  40. Anil Thilsted

    Denmark is waiting for OpenSUSE 11!

  41. Guy M. Broome

    It might be worthwhile to note that the 173-series NVIDIA drivers are now *out of beta*… meaning, the 173-series NVIDIA drivers that compile fine with 2.6.25 kernels are the official recommended drivers. Switch over, and nix the patch.

  42. Nestor F. Bueno

    from Philippines! eagerly waiting for openSUSE 11!

  43. gali

    maybe u don’t know semarang….
    but Semarang city waiting for OpenSuse 11 too….

    keep doing great works guys..

  44. Vitaly M. Lyakhovich

    Kazakhstan waiting openSuse 11.0….

  45. didencool

    one more ukraine wait :) mykolayiv region
    i have some troubles with alpha and beta 1 release, and then roll back to 10.3
    after that i only try livecd version to look on…
    I don’t like kde it looks like a nice toy… I have some troubles with pulse audio… And also wine have troubles with pulse audio
    I like opensuse, I like one click install… I like opensuse package search
    thank you guys for great work…
    In repository I found comercial german product arcad by linuxoffice it seems. It looks also that i can user it for my work. but I did not found any tutorial how can i work with it(it complecate for me) And one more hardness that in repo it only in german. And i didn’t understand it. thank in adwise :)

  46. Kraemer

    To the devs,

    You’re almost there! Congrats on this amazing release! Opensuse 11 has come a VERY long way since the early alpha stages and things are looking nicely polished. Everything also feels much faster in this release and the new Zypper platform is wonderfully speedy. I’m still experiencing a few update issues that I hope are ironed out in the final release, but I’m sure you all will catch those.

    The new GNOME and KDE artwork/branding also very clean and professional.

    You all have done a lot of work on KDE 4 and I’m confident in saying that it’s absolutely the most polished KDE 4 release of any distro I’ve tested, period. Even over Kubuntu.

    Your hard work is appreciated. I look forward to the final release!

    • No offense but I can’t believe u compared suse with something like kubuntu. Everybody knows kubuntu is an insult to kde or linux, its that bad.

      OpenSUSE 11 is going amazing, I just tried 11 rc1 yesterday and its awesome.

  47. tulkas_odt

    keep the good work ppl Mexico waiting for Suse 11!!!!

  48. woif

    austria here – surprised by the speed of opensuse 11rc1… thats not the suse i know from 10.2 and 10.3… great improvement!

    • Alx

      running on a Lenovo R61 with a former preinstalled SuSe 10.1 Enterprise Edition via update install and it’s GREAT!

      Many Thanksm from Vienna,Austria

  49. openSUSE 11.0: Brasil is waiting for you! [2]

  50. shadowman

    openSuSE – Serbia is waiting for 11!!!