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openSUSE 11.1 Released!

December 18th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 11.1. The openSUSE 11.1 release includes more than 230 new features, improvements to YaST, major updates to GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice.org, and more freedom with a brand new license, Liberation fonts, and openJDK. This is also the first release built entirely in the openSUSE Build Service.

openSUSE Installer

All of the Sneak Peeks for this release are available at on openSUSE News. You can also find a bevy of screenshots, and a list of features found in openSUSE 11.1. You can also find a lengthy list of packages and version numbers on DistroWatch.

Let’s take a look at some of the specific additions in openSUSE 11.1!

On the Desktop

Desktop users will find a lot to like in this release. Users can choose from the leading edge of GNOME and KDE development with GNOME 2.24.1 and KDE 4.1.3. We’ve also included KDE 3.5.10 for users who prefer the classic KDE experience.

What’s new in GNOME 2.24.1?

GNOME has gotten a good set of improvements since the 11.0 release. GNOME 2.24.1 features tabbed browsing and a new compact view in Nautilus, improvements for Gmail users in Evolution, along with mail templates, a new version of Ekiga, and additional improvements in F-Spot.

This release also includes a brand-new release of the ever-popular Banshee. Banshee 1.4 sports support for Internet radio, compilation albums, a Now Playing window for video and audio, support for syncing to Android phones, and many other features that make Banshee an excellent multimedia player for the Linux desktop.

GNOME Desktop

GNOME Desktop Apps

What’s new in KDE 4.1.3?

KDE 4 has a huge number of improvements since openSUSE 11.0. In this release you’ll find the KDE-PIM suite back in KDE 4, new games, the KSCD CD player, KSystemLog to keep track of system changes, improvements to Dolphin, Konqueror, and Marble integration with OpenStreetMap. KDE has now standardized on PackageKit for its backend, which means both desktops are using the same update stack.

KWin effects: cube

KDE cover flow

The openSUSE KDE team has also backported some key features from KDE 4.2, including compositing features for KWin to provide more desktop effects, and auto-hiding of the panel, and power management thanks to PowerDevil.

Classic KDE

If you’re not quite ready to make the transition to KDE 4, relax. openSUSE 11.1 includes KDE 3.5.10 for the “classic” KDE experience. Simply install openSUSE 11.1 from the DVD media and choose KDE 3.5.10 from the selection of other window managers in the desktop selection screen.

OpenOffice.org

This release includes OpenOffice.org 3.0, which features many improvements over the 2.4 release found in openSUSE 11.0. OpenOffice.org 3.0 Novell edition provides better Excel interoperability, performance enhancements, 3D slide transitions, and other features not found in upstream OpenOffice.org.

This release also includes support for ODF 1.2, import filters for OOXML, Gstreamer and Mono integration, and a lot more. For developers, this is the first release that includes the split build, making it easier to work on components of OpenOffice.org and get involved in its development.

Under the Hood

openSUSE 11.1 also includes several changes “under the hood,” including a new kernel release, updated Glibc, new version of PackageKit, Smolt integration, and many other updated applications and utilities:

  • Linux 2.6.27.7
  • Glibc 2.9
  • Python 2.6
  • Perl 5.10
  • Mono 2.0

YaST Improvements

The YaST team has been busy with this release, working on a number of improvements including new and re-written modules. openSUSE 11.1 includes a new printer module, redesigned partitioner module, and a security module that allows you to check the overall security of your system.

Media and Download

openSUSE is now available for immediate download. openSUSE 11.1 comes with many choices of installation media.

  • openSUSE 11.1 DVD 32-bit
  • openSUSE 11.1 DVD 64-bit
  • openSUSE 11.1 DVD PowerPC
  • openSUSE 11.1 GNOME 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.1 KDE 4 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.1 GNOME 64-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.1 KDE 4 64-bit Live CD

You can also purchase a retail box with openSUSE 11.1 that includes 90-day installation support, physical media, and a printed Getting Started guide.

Communicate

We want to hear from you! The openSUSE Project has many channels of communication:

To keep up to date with openSUSE, be sure to keep an eye on openSUSE News and watch Planet SUSE for blog posts from the openSUSE community.

Want to help the openSUSE Project? To get involved with openSUSE see the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki. We can use lots of different skills to help the project, so feel free to jump in!

Thanks!

openSUSE 11.1 represents the combined effort of thousands of developers who participate in openSUSE and upstream projects shipped in openSUSE. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE Project, should be proud of this release, and they deserve a major “thank you” for all of the hard work and care that have gone into 11.1. We hope that openSUSE 11.1 is the best openSUSE release yet, and that it will help to encourage the use of Linux everywhere! We hope that you have a lot of fun while you use openSUSE 11.1, and we look forward to working with you on 11.2!

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161 Responses to “openSUSE 11.1 Released!”

  1. Nice one. Upgraded my TC4400 tablet over Christmas. Only issue I had was first time I installed while I has an external monitor attached, then had problems getting it to detect the small internal LCD when not connected. Also the Wacom Tablet conenction for some reason detected as COM5, rahter than COM1. This had me stumped for a little while finding that out. All resolved now thou and it looks nice.
    Seems to be hard to find many good new KDE4.1 themes now, everyone seems to be making them for Beryl or Compiz 8(

  2. Joe

    I am keeping 11.0 for now. It’s stable and I really don’t see the point of updating an OS every 6 months or so just to get a few new bells an whistles. I would also like to see more support for fax modems. There are some people out there that still use them. Really don’t want to buy a stand alone fax just to solve this issue.

    • This sounds like a prime candidate for the new openFATE feature request I just read about in the openSuSE News. You might go over there and try it.

  3. AussieBob

    I have successfully upgraded my Dell 9300 to openSUSE 11.1 (from 11.0). It was the smoothest upgrade yet.
    So much so I immediately upgraded KDE to 4.2 just to have some testing to do. Congratulations to all involved.

  4. keyur

    xyxyxyxyx

  5. jonzn4suse

    11.1 looks good, but I’m going to stay with 10.3 until KDE addresses some of features that are in 3.5, but not in the 4.2. ;-|

  6. Sorry, I’m not so familiar with Linux …
    I still have a 10.3 installation. How can I upgrade to 11.1 ?
    I’ve searched hours for an information bout that but did not find anything.
    Or do I have to reinstall my machine? :-(

    Have a nice day,
    Martin

    • #0. Make sure your PC is set to be able to boot from a CD or DVD.
      #1. Download the iso of openSuSE 11.1 (or purchase a copy)
      #2. If you downloaded the iso, create/burn a DVD.
      … “create” do not just copy
      #3. Insert the DVD (or if you have a set, the 1st CD) into your drive.
      #4. IF the auto loader wants to open a folder, just click cancel.
      #5. Now re-start your machine.
      #6. Follow the prompts and answer the questions … until …
      #7. … it will give you a choice of “Installing” OR “Updating”.
      #8. Choose “Update” and then continue following directions.
      #9. At the end you will have a “New” Version of openSuSE installed with most of your previous software still intact. Like all computer systems AND due to changes in software BECAUSE of the Upgrade, some of your previous software will also have to be Updated or Re-configured to work with the New System.

      Enjoy and Have Fun,
      Chuck

  7. That sounds easy!
    Why didn’t I tried to boot from DVD before?! :-D
    ‘Hope apache and the websites will run well after the upgrade.

    Many thanks!
    Martin

  8. Hi guys! I am using Soundblaster Live! – 24 bit – Audigi LS, and i do not have any idea how to make 96000 hz use custom sampling rate in KDE4 !!! Because there are not this option! Please help anybody !!!Thank you very myth!!!

  9. Manuel Keßler

    An upgrade of my notebook harddisk looked like a good time to update from 10.2 to 11.1. However, after some two weeks of trying here and there, I deciced to downgrade again, a step I have not taken before (I am using Linux since about 0.99pl5, firstly slackware, later on SUSE). Reasons:
    – My request during installation (complete install, no update) to use KDE3 instead of KDE4 was silently ignored for unknown reasons. Therefore I had to stick with KDE4 firstly.
    – Reconfiguration of the ?control bar?(Kontrollleiste in the german version) was very cumbersome. The inclusion of the small calculator made it completely unusable (about 120 pixels high, but starting around 20 pixels from the lower edge of the screen with wrap around to the upper edge, scaling all icons to this huge size). Took me about an hour to hunt the culprit down to the calculator applet.
    – Minor point: Several annoying changes for an experienced keyboard user, which probably would go away after some more weeks of getting used to it.
    – Keeping my notebook in sync with my 10.2 desktop PC became very difficult due to different incompatible versions (most notably korganizer, pine and lyx). Of course, this could have been solved upgrading my desktop as well.
    – Killer: Many hangs (sometimes five in an hour). No keyboard or mouse response, no external login via ethernet. Sometimes more or less reproducable with an innocent looking webpage (www.quietrevolution.co.uk, for the curious), but with any other interactive usage as well. No useful log info in /var/log/{warn|messages}, but due to the interactiveness it feels like an KDE4 issue.
    – Finally, after deciding to downgrade again (fortunately I had a solid backup), I did not succeed to reactivate the old 10.2 grub. After some three hours wasted I found out that the root partition (including /boot) reformatted by 11.1 used 256 byte inodes (which is apparently the default now), and the 10.2 grub can handle only 128 byte inodes. So I had to copy the 20GB once more from my backup – well, that is more a problem of myself than an 11.1 bug.

    Anyway, my experience may be slightly non-standard, but I will stick with my rusty-but-trusty 10.2. Rebooting several times a day is not an option for productive work (my desktop usually has uptimes – well, the average time between two power outages, that is, half a year). or more). Perhaps I will give 11.2 a test run on a more spare system in order to avoid breaking a running system. The gimmicks of KDE4 (especially compiz fusion) are certainly dispensable for now and may be in a better state then.

    Ciao,
    Manuel

    • Joe

      I would have to agree. After a full two years of trying the latest and greatest from openSUSE I have come to the conclusion that 10.3 is as far as it needs to go. I did have a stable 11.0 installed but after the attempt to upgrade to 11.1 it was too much of a hardship for me and I just thew up my hands and went with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. It’s really a shame too, I really like the flavor of openSUSE. I do have to say to the development team one thing… STOP tinkering too much… “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. That being said, I hope to find 11.2 a better flavor, and not a bitter one.

  10. Praveen Kunjapur

    openSUSE has a good marketing tool which is any version of openSUSE is supported for two years. This marketing tool is also a point to be considered when formalizing openSUSE 11.2 schedule.

  11. Hello!

    Since i got a new better computer (512MB Workspace, Intel P4), i wanted to change from Win to a linux os.

    I was testing all big ones yet, kubuntu, fedora, debian (only ubuntu will follow tomorrow). And so long, OpenSuse was the best. Why? IT IS STABLE.
    I only have one big issue for what i search and look: A operating system with no crashes, errors or weired things like that. Functionality isnt so important, if the system itself isn’t worth.
    So i hope, all developers change their opinion (if so), to be in trend of the newest things. I doont care about the newest things, newest functions.

    Hardware support, stability, thats the only big importantt thing. Sure, it is in second line also important, to change easiest things like hide or changve desktop icons/links (like trash-icon).

    thanks for OpenSuse and greetings