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Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available

September 20th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce the first beta release of openSUSE 11.1. openSUSE 11.1 includes quite a few improvements and new features over the 11.0 release, including new versions of KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel, improved YaST modules, and much more!

The ISOs for this release have been created using KIWI and RPMs created in the openSUSE Build Service. This caused some delay in the release of beta 1, but is part of the transition to using the openSUSE Build Service for all development of openSUSE.

What’s in openSUSE 11.1 beta 1?

There are plenty of changes in 11.1, here are some of the most notable improvements, upgrades, and new features.

GNOME 2.24

  • PulseAudio improvements (PulseAudio 0.9.12)
  • Ekiga 3.0
  • Empathy Instant Messenger based on Telepathy framework
  • File manager improvements, including tab support and “compact” view in Nautilus
  • New deskbar plugins
  • New screen resolution controls
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Power Manager improvement: Tab added to configure time to automatically wake from suspend/hibernate
  • Banshee 1.3

KDE 3.5.10
openSUSE 11.1 will include KDE 3.5.10 on the DVD media, but moved to the “other window managers” selection.

KDE 4.1.x

  • KWin has compositing enabled by default, testing welcome!
  • Amarok 2.0 beta 1
  • KWin cube effect
  • Accessibility support
  • SVG support “almost everywhere”

Basic SELinux enablement: This was announced on openSUSE News previously.

New YaST Modules

Cluster stack features significant usability changes and has adopted OpenAIS, an industry standard also supported by leading vendors, for its core infrastructure.  See http://openais.org/ for more info.

Support for Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) – using KIWI, users can easily create an EC2 cloud based on openSUSE 11.1. (Documented here: http://svn.berlios.de/wsvn/kiwi/kiwi-head/doc/kiwi.pdf?op=file&rev=0&sc=0)

Improvements in OCFS2: Full integration with userspace cluster stack, POSIX file locking, extended attributes, and file system sizes up to four Petabytes (4PiB).

IPv6 improvements: openSUSE can be installed in an IPv6 environment and run an IPv6 Web server.

New BlueTooth features with BlueZ 4.6.

Other major packages:

  • Samba 3.2.3
  • Python 2.6beta3 and 3.0beta3
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27rc5
  • Xen 3.3.1 RC
  • PackageKit 0.3.2
  • GCC 4.3.2
  • X.org 7.4
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC

See DistroWatch for a full list of packages and versions being shipped in the Factory distribution.

Most Annoying Bugs

  • Bug #427678: Build key ring of openSUSE-build-key missing in initrd. Workaround: hit “Import” on Public GnuPG Key error message, to import openSUSE:Factory OBS Project key.
  • Bug #427664: openSUSE-images missing from install media. Note: Installation will be slower. Images will be added for Beta2.
  • Bug #427692: Desktop selection still offers KDE3. This option will go away in Beta2, and KDE3 will be moved to “other window managers.”
  • Bug #418585: Error: Failed to detect print queues. Workaround: Just hit OK.
  • Bug #427741: 2nd stage install: Error: no network running. Workaround: hit OK
  • Bug #427738: Autostarting compiz doesn’t work on Thinkpad R51 — white screen after login in GNOME. Workaround: remove “ati radeon radeonrandr12″ from /usr/bin/compiz-manager line 71

OpenOffice.org has been split into new packages for 11.1beta1. OpenOffice.org should be usable, but there are a number of known bugs:

  • Optional packages are not really optional, because the registry files are not correctly spread over the subpackages.
  • Java and Python components are not registered, so wizards do not work.
  • Dialog to change macro security level is empty (other dialogs may be affected as well).
  • Macro editor does not highlight lines with breakpoints.
  • Macro editor does not mark the line where the code is stopped (arrow).
  • “Help” and “From Template” dialogs do not have icons.
  • Wizard to select document type is not shown.

The most annoying problems should be fixed before beta2 and beta3.

See the wiki for the latest on annoying bugs.

Call for Testing

Please remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems. However, this release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta release. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find.

If you want to help testing using the standard test cases, look at openSUSE.org/Testing, and in particular see the new features specific to openSUSE 11.1: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

Media and Download

The 11.1 beta is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available here:

http://software.opensuse.org/developer

See http://en.opensuse.org/Mirror_Selection for a full list of mirrors. Note that you don’t need to choose a mirror yourself, but you can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror manually.

Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

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36 Responses to “Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available”

  1. R. J.

    Thanks for the release, and thanks for all the work that has gone into this beta.

  2. Michal Kubeček

    There seems to be a problem with openSUSE-11.1-Alpha2_Beta1-DVD-x86_64.delta.iso (delta ISO for x86_64). It’s only 261 MB long (i386 is 896 MB long) and applying it fails (but SHA1 sum of the delta is OK).

  3. Does the new GNOME 2.24 include Epiphany with WebKit by default? (or: Why not?)

    Is Firefox 3.1 beta included? (or: Why not?)

    Is kernel video-mode switching used? (or: Why not?)

    And Ext4?

  4. Congratulations and good luck with the Beta :), do not forget that there are some suggestions in writing News Suse in the theme of the Survey.

    openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results
    //news.opensuse.org/2008/09/11/opensuse-110-survey-results/

  5. David Strozzi

    I just downloaded the 11.1 beta 1 cd for x86-64. The install seems to go fine, except for an error when the boot loader tries to install. I wasted most of a day trying to fix this, and I can’t. I submitted a bug report with suggested ‘blocker’ status.

    There is no excuse for this. I had the / partition formatted by the installer, you can do what you will w/ the MBR, I did this twice, ran repair installation, and no luck. Maybe you should stop worrying about 3D effects and learn how to boot a PC.

    OK, take a deep breath

    • anon

      maybe you should understand beta’s are meant to have bugs, and drop your arrogance

      • Dean Hilkewich

        Sure but you can’t give alot of feedback on it because of it. It like a coach trying to help a long distance runner with their stamina only to have the runner trip an break their ankle 10 feet into the race.

      • dpeterc

        Typical suse attitude.
        No, betas are meant for people to report bugs.
        Bug reporter is your friend. Forget the anger of frustrated user, and look at the bug instead.
        If you don’t like the bugs and can’t handle people, then just keep releasing broken products.
        Suse 11 can’t print, but can spin boxes.

  6. Xil

    Just a question, why you moved KDE 3 to the “other” section ? I understand you want to promote KDE 4 but as you can see in the forums it’s still causing issues, so especially for new Suse users it would be more recommendable to have KDE 3 on the same spot as with the Suse 11 install, last thing you want is a new user installing 11.1 and ending up with lots of issues (both nvidia driver caused and because KDE 4 is still not mature compared to KDE 3).

    • jj

      It’s because KDE 3 is sort of dated, KDE 4 is the way of the future and that’s what will give users the most features and benefits. The KDE 4 that will ship with openSUSE 11.1 will be much more reliable than what the people from the forum are using now.

      And don’t worry, you’ll always have the option to install using KDE 3 or even install it after installing KDE 4.

      • Xil

        thanks JJ, and yes I agree KDE 4 is the future, but was just looking at it from a linux starter point of view, for him KDE 3 is probably safer and often faster (linux starters tend to use an old PC for their 1st install) and he won’t know that so he will click KDE4 or Gnome. Hence why I think KDE 3 should still be displayed like in Suse 11 install as the starter wont know he can select other desktops

      • anon

        Yeah, KDE4 is the future. Specially because it lacks the Mac menubar, it´s “built-in archiver” is actually a clone of file-roller that only does list view and both it´s panel and desktop are crappy and uncustomizable, in general it´s taken the GNOME “zero options” policy even further beyond what the gnome guys themselves did.
        Oops I forgot. This is the M$ linux forum, kinda expected to always believe that whatever M$ defines as good MUST BE good and whatever M$ says is ungood MUST BE ungood.

  7. Raymond

    Is the Factory repository already up-to-date with Beta 1 ? It seems to me as if the factory repository is no longer updated.

    I would like to install the Beta 1 version to start testing it, but I need to have the factory repository up-to-date for this.

  8. Bharat

    I’ll move to 11.1 when RC’s appear. I hope the upgrade from 11.0 will be smooth using zypper or 1-click install
    I am loving opensuse 11.0 and KDE4. 11.1 should rock with the progress you guys are making. I hope the sound framework will be stable in 11.1 and my audigy card works.
    Thanks

  9. Dux

    I correct my previous message, suggestions for the next time as it is now Beta.

    O.o

    Ubuntu and Canonical in trouble, a study revealing the truth about the contribution of Canonical:

    Link:
    http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/lpc_2008_keynote.html

    • Ryan

      Actually, that was always the philosophy of Ubuntu – to incorporate currently existing technologies and make it easy to use. One of the reasons why I like Novell is because they are more of a pioneer in the Linux community. The company is also an example of what can happen when a monopoly like Microsoft becomes too large. But now that Microsoft is a convicted monopolist by the U.S. government and the E.U., and were sentenced to ‘Linux community’ service, most rational Linux users would likely view Microsoft’s current role in partnering with Linux organizations and laugh. openSUSE 11.1 will be a big release. Looking forward to it.

    • Ryan

      For example, if you are picked up by the police for public drunkenness you may be sentenced to community service, at which point you would pick up trash on the side of the road for a limited period of time. That’s what Microsoft is doing by funding Linux. Get it?

  10. Sounds like a great plan. However, I still DO NOT recommend using KDE4 until they fix the most annoying of bugs, like a taskbar that still can’t group software together which is a mighty design flaw. Another problem is the fact that Plasma is still in its infancy stage and I still wonder who the hell decided let KDE4 being released. It makes KDE4 worse than WINE before it hit version 1.0.

    deltatux

  11. David Strozzi

    Now that I’ve calmed down a bit:

    The fact that I cannot install a boot loader seems like a serious problem. I suggest putting it on the most annoying bugs list. Since I had the installer format the / partition, I can’t imagine the problem being specific to my system. Perhaps it is specific to x86_64 and 32-bit x86 boots fine. But if I can’t boot on x86_64, my guess is no one else can either.

    Someone was nice enough to reply to a bug report I filed suggesting the answer is to go back to grub 0.97.140. I couldn’t figure out how to do this from the install dvd.

    Anyway, opensuse tries to stay on the cutting edge as a distro, and that is great. But if you can’t boot you can’t do anything.

  12. Anonymous

    So, right now this is only available as a DVD and only downloadable via bittorrent. That’ll attract lots of testers.

  13. draconiak

    same nasty bug here, x86_64 fail to install lilo and grub, after install all the OS kde4.1 i tryed to install it over a previous openSUSE, i dont know any way to avoid that problem.

  14. jajaja

    Hi,

    full disk encryption was announced for 11.1….
    Anyone have tested it yet? Is it already implemented?

  15. Dark Harry

    I just started the download via torrent: Seems that I have to wait till Wednesday :-(. Ain’t there no network install CD to avoid downloading the 90% packages that I don’t need?

  16. smurfd

    Hi, tried to install openSUSE 11.1 in a vmware session, but i got problems with my usb mouse, for some reason. Did not get this problem with my 11.0 install, which was also in a vmware session.

    other than that, it looks great.

  17. Evan McClain

    Is a ppc install dvd and/or cd going to be built?

  18. John

    The HP DC770 has the affected Intel NIC onboard:
    [summer@bobtail ~]$ sudo ethtool -i eth0 | tail
    driver: e1000e
    [summer@bobtail ~]$ lspci -s 00:03.0
    00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 82Q963/Q965 HECI Controller (rev 02)
    [summer@bobtail ~]$ lspci -s 00:03.0 -n
    00:03.0 0780: 8086:2994 (rev 02)
    [summer@bobtail ~]$

    Maybe its successor, the HP DC7800 too.

  19. why not to use KDE Partition Manager insteand of the yast one?

  20. Pete D

    I’m writing this from OpenSUSE 11.1 Beta1 running in VirtualBox and can honestly say that i’m loving it! I’d love to participate and report bugs, but I haven’t found any yet ;) These Beta releases seem to be a lot more stable than those for 11.0. Congratulations.

  21. Anonymous

    How about putting the e1000e issue in this release announcement, preferrably at the top in bold, that is a significant issue.

  22. ThePeople

    Comment by Ryan
    2008-09-22 04:33:04

    Actually, that was always the philosophy of Ubuntu – to incorporate currently existing technologies and make it easy to use. One of the reasons why I like Novell is because they are more of a pioneer in the Linux community. The company is also an example of what can happen when a monopoly like Microsoft becomes too large. But now that Microsoft is a convicted monopolist by the U.S. government and the E.U., and were sentenced to ‘Linux community’ service, most rational Linux users would likely view Microsoft’s current role in partnering with Linux organizations and laugh. openSUSE 11.1 will be a big release. Looking forward to it.
    —————————–

    Actually Slack and Red Hat are more of the pioneer of linux. That is when Linus was most involved with the kernel. Another one back then was stormix, which basically follwed mandrake. Then of course FreeBSD , BSD LITE, and Solaris was big back then as well, including Hp-Aux.

  23. People arguing that ubuntu is not one of the major linux kernel contributors or xorg contributors should also consider a couple of really important elements:
    in its history, ubuntu is the latest born distro. I bought my first SuSE linux 86.4) in year 2000, Slackware, ubuntu is born in 2004!
    That said, ubuntu mostly contributes in areas particularly important for a desktop consumer oriented distribution while RedHat or Novell are mostly interested in the Enterprise sector.
    SuSE and OpenSuSE are really good distributions out there, i often recommend them. At the same time I have to agree on the point that before Ubuntu was born there was not so much attention to the newbie. I remember my frustration with suse Linux 9.0, whan I was completely unable to connect my PC because in the driver for my TIACX100 based wireless card was not included. The same year I installed for the first time Ubuntu Warty and every worked like magic. Ubuntu philosophy towards the users (ubuntu should “just work”) has imho influenced other distributor. So, after all, I think we owe Ubuntu at least a bit of respect. It could be not the best distro for everyone but that’s not an issue of GNU/Linux operating systems: we can choose between distributions and competition is good, at the end, for users. So I hope fights between distributions will remain fair knowing we are all on the same boat. We can strive to create the “best” linux distro, but we should avoid any kind of attack who creates disappointment in our friend competitors. We’re all brothers at the end, so stop warflaming about this.