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Its here! openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1

February 1st, 2010 by

Download Now!Its here! The first openSUSE 11.3 Milestone. This is the first step toward the next openSUSE release. The most important goal of this first milestone is to test the build interactions between newly added features in openSUSE Factory, also known as “get the snapshot to build”. It is in no way feature complete or ready for daily usage. There is no code freeze for any component yet, so many major changes are still to come.

This 11.3 Milestone build will give you a first glimpse of the direction we are pushing the distribution. Read more to learn about the major changes that happened since the release of openSUSE 11.2.

Desktops

GNOME is at the development version 2.29.5. It is the first GNOME release for year 2010 and fifth development release towards 2.30. A lot of things happened. The webcam booth application cheese completely dropped its HAL dependency. The accounts dialog of the instant messenger Empathy has been reworked to reduce the number of steps to add a new account and Epiphany, the web browser, now stores all form authentication data in the GNOME Keyring. Want to know more? Check out the GNOME 2.29.5 release announcement!

KDE was updated to the first release candidate of the new 4.4 Desktop. The Nepomuk Semantic Search framework has made leaps forward. A new storage backend makes it a lot faster and a timeline view of your files makes finding files used in the past easier. The Plasma Desktop has been further polished. The new widget explorer provides a richer experience for managing desktop widgets. Plasma widgets can now be shared with other users over the network and the handling of storage devices in the desktop shell has been streamlined. Also, in 4.4 Plasma’s little sibling, the Netbook shell debuts as a technology preview. The KDE Development Platform adds the new KAuth authorization framework for easy and secure privilege escalation. The KDE project has a detailed release announcement!

LXDE – the “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment” is a new player in the openSUSE desktop selection. It is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. It comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. It is especially designed for computers with low hardware specifications.

Desktops

Desktop Apps

The world’s best browser Firefox got updated to the latest version 3.6.0. It supports a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox’s appearance with a single click.Firefox Personas The protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse got improved and the mozilla developers brought JavaScript performance, the overall browser responsiveness, and startup time up to speed. Thunderbird the award-winning email application from Mozilla was updated to version 3.0.1 which includes a lot of stability and security fixes.

OpenOffice, the free and open productivity suite, in the version 3.2-beta4 (3.1.99.4) is included. OpenOffice 3.2 will bring faster start up times, make further strides in compliance with ODF 1.2 and improve support for other common office document types.

VirtualBox Open Source Edition ships version 3.1.0 Beta1 (3.0.90). It brings quite a lot of new and long awaited features. For instance live migration, moving virtual machines across hardware machines, 2D video acceleration for win hosts and performance improvements for AMD64 guests.

Other updated Desktop Apps include abiword the multiplatform word processor (2.8.1), amarok KDEs media player (2.2.2), the KDE Photo Manager digikam (1.0.0), and the BitTorrent clients ktorrent (3.3.2) and transmission (1.82).

Base System

This milestone is based on the kernel 2.6.32. The GNU C Library, version 2.11 brings many new interfaces and optimized string functions for different platforms. Also in this milestone is Udev version 150 which includes many bugfixes, removed support for the deprecated non-libata IDE devices and introduced a new “input_id” prober for input devices such as keyboard/mice, touchpads or tablets.
Zypper showing the weak requires of the git package

Our command line package manager zypper bumped its version to 1.2.15. This includes better error handling for media exceptions, for instance the possibility to eject a non-accessible drive or turn of an SSL CA check. A download option was added to in, up, dup, ve, and patch commands to set the package download mode to ad-hoc. Available download modes: only, in-advance, in-heaps, as-needed. And finally weakly required packages (recommended/suggested) are now shown in the summary.

The tool that is handling all your package downloads in the background, aria2 was updated to the version 1.8.0 with a lot of new XML-RPC methods and support to save metadata as torrent files.

Libraries

The amazing clutter library that is used for visually rich and animated graphical user interfaces like the Moblin UI moved to the latest development snapshot 1.1.4.

QT, version 4.6.0, introduces an animation framework that helps to build animated high performance interfaces. Also multitouch and gesture recognition are now possible. The guys and gals from Nokia added of course a lot more neat and interesting things. Read the 4.6 introduction to find out more.

Network/Security

The courier IMAP server stack received several updates including improvements for support of Mozilla Thunderbird clients. Nagios 3.2.0 includes several bug fixes, including fixes for service and host check scheduling and availability reporting. The network management protocol daemon, net-snmp (5.5) includes various new IPv6 features and the ability to “alias” transports to a more simple name. Samba 3.4.5, the latest stable release of Samba 3.4, which is a bugfix release is also included.

Development ToolsCMake

For the Hackers we include several updates too. The GNU Debugger (7.0) now has python scripting support. Handles reverse debugging, process record and replay and multi-architecture debugging. CMake version 2.8.0, the cross-platform open-source build system, is included with the new QT gui, support for Visual Studio 2010 and significant improvements for the Eclipse project generator. The openSuSE KIWI image system was updated to 3.95 with countless bugfixes, some new features around LVM and other storage topics.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As this is a milestone release, 11.3 Milestone 1 does contain bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing. The big bugs in 11.3 M1 are:

General

  • You need to ACK the license Bug #571846
  • “Unsupported combination of hardware platform x86_64 and bootloader grub” Bug #571850
  • Graphical installation fails with less than 750 MB Bug #571852
  • No titlebar when using Compiz desktop effects Bug #575559
  • The module YaST isn´t a valid configuration module Bug #574864
  • Nepomuk isn´t running Bug #575149

You can track the most annoying bugs on the wiki along with 11.3 development. If you want to make sure 11.3 final is free of annoying bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list (Subscribe | Help | Archives) and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

Get Milestone 1 Today!

Download Now!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release from software.opensuse.org/developer today!

Outlook

There is a detailed timeline with all the important dates around the development of openSUSE 11.3. It will help you schedule your life around 11.3! You can access it at Stephan Kulows (the openSUSE Project Manager) homepage at http://www.suse.de/~coolo/opensuse_11.3/

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34 Responses to “Its here! openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1”

  1. Carlos

    Now that’s what I call an awesome release announcement – well detailed with the newest changes and lots of pictures. Keep them coming Henne!

  2. Really impressive! Thanks!

    And well, I want that theme for Firefox… or should I say GeekoFox? ;-)

  3. Now become an interesting playground for developers of Linux-based systems where creative engineers let their imagination run freely!!nice work.

  4. Alex

    “and the mozilla developers brought JavaScript performance”

    SUSE builds are very slow. My x64 build of ffox 3.6 gets 1400+ ms in sunspider benchmark, while the mozilla x86/i686 build from mozilla.org, gets 800 milisecond.

    SUSE builders must do something, because firefox is losing a lot of speed. Visual improvements are ok, but not at the cost of losing so much speed compared to the mozilla build. Hope speed improves in 11.3 otherwise we’re doomed to using chromium.

  5. Luis Medinas

    Loved you release announcement Henne!! This is good news for openSUSE i hope to see more features on the next milestones (i’m already working on a few)

    @Alex
    I’m sure it’s not openSUSE builders fault but mozilla people do benchmarks on other platforms than Linux. These days Firefox don’t get the same attention on Linux that was a few years ago.

  6. Congratulation for new feather in Suse cap!!It will help more colourful SUSE surely.

  7. Bissig

    After updating via zypper up and rebooting the system halts with a green lines graphics bug right after selecting a boot option at grub and confirming. It does load the splash screen obscuring the console though right before it hangs.

  8. duke

    Where is the roadmap

  9. Bobby

    A plea to all openSuse devs:
    OpenSuse 11.2 was a great release – the best so far BUT there are still a lot of short comings for newbies and normal end users.
    I am begging you openSuse devs, please focus on Multimedia and especially sound and video in OS 11.3.
    New users want to use YouTube, Skype and watch their DVDs or BLU-RAYs etc. Please make it easy for such people. They don’t want to or know how to configure this or than so make it just work, make it Easy Linux.

    I know that openSuse isn’t distributed with some codecs but make those people using the distro for the first time be aware of the fact that they have to install these codecs in order to view certain files. Give them a pop-up windows with a link to the one-click site so that they can easily install stuff that they need.

    For Skype users: Please pre-configure the sound system so that these people don’t have to curse Linux for weeks (like I did in OS 11.2) before finding the mic options. It was easy but hidden and a lot of people don’t have the time to read a thousand lines before finding out how to do simple things like configuring a mic. Also make a WebCam software be installed automatically if an integrated Webcam is found during the installation.

    The most people buy a preconfigured Windows machine so they don’t need to configure anything much, then they wonder why some things don’t work on Linux. We would like to change that in 2010 because we want to see Linux take over the Desktop!

    Please focus on end users and especially those who don’t have Linux skills or even great computer knowledge. Make it easy, make it work and make it beat Windows and challenge MAC OS X!
    My personal wish for OS 11.3 is to see it on the No. 1 spot on Distrowatch.

    • Carling

      Well said, well presented, by thinking of the home desktop users easy use and install, is the only way OpenSuse will take off once everything works out of the box, I stopped using OpenSuse at 10.2 never to install it again, because of all the problems I had with it,

      What needs to be done is to check out what other distribution are doing to win over users and supporters their developers think like the new users. For instance Linux Mint 7/8 distributions works out of the box everything is setup for them. Including compiz that works from the Live cd/dvd. It is the same with Knoppix 6.2 everything works from the live dvd,

      Another thing that needs to be done with all distributions is stop auto install of server and network installation for the home users they don’t need it. The question should be asked on installing “Are you installing for a server or network” if the answer is “no” then leave out networking and server software.

      For speed the OpenSuse team should have a look at Pardus 2009.1 that blows OpenSuse away. Sorry for kicking Suse were it hurts the most, but until you start thinking of the jon and jane doe home users openSuse will never catch up with Ubuntu, which I hate with a passion Grrrr just to mention the name

      Stop, Look, Listen, Think of the home users, if you want to make OpenSuse a hit to be proud of

      • Bobby

        Those are useful criticisms. i do hope that openSuse will take them seriously. They have a lot of time to fix things. Irt should just work like you pointed out and speed is always an advantage. Boot up, log in and shutdown speed are the desktop responsiveness are very important.
        I have seen where openSuse fall short when compared to other distros. I personally know one long time SUSE user that switched to Mandriva because of these issues: Videos didn’t play, mp3 didn’t play, Youtube, sound problems etc.

        I also hate Ubuntu with a passion. Mint is very good. I play around with Mint but I am not a Gnome fan so it will not be my default Desktop. I love openSuse because I am using SUSE for so long but they need to gain the edge, to fix the things mentioned in order to fly past Ubuntu.
        I HOPE THAT THEY WILL LISTEN!

      • Hey!!

        Bobby, Carling,
        Y’all are SO right!!
        I love openSUSE, hate Ubuntu, am sometimes stuck using windows(which is worse!!).

        I just want to add something.

        Software manager needs work!!!.
        Here’s the deal:
        With “jon & jane doe”, software manager does not cut it.
        you need another front-end- like ubuntu used to be, or like the game-store download from oSS.
        Heck, game-store could be modified to work!!.
        But something MUST be done about this!!!

        I’m Done.

    • Stepan

      SUSE team should really appreciate this comment, very important.

      SUSE must just work – sound, video, printers, etc.

      I would like to have a SUSE disk, with a minimal installation (base system + Desktop environment).
      And I do not want to get Open Office and lots of other programs with Desktop environment.
      I want to get clean system, and then install soft which I need.

  10. Xil

    Henne, a good announcement, must say its better then those for 11.2

  11. Bissig

    Update: RT2500 driver seems broken too. Driver doesn’t “know” managed mode is the claim. Also, vesa and nv driver are broken. They don’t work beyond init 3. So, I can’t boot into a desktop because all I get is a wild mix of colours. I can’t up or downgrade the system, because the wlan driver is broken too. And, to make it completely square, kernel-source wasn’t updated either, so I can’t recompile the CS nvidia driver. Oh, and zypper aswell as rmp don’t like the source rpms I downloaded from my Win7 partition. Typical SuSE: When it does break apart it does so with a loud bang.

    I will try fixing this by booting from a pre Milestone DVD and downgrading the kernel and userland tools.

  12. Now this is how you suppose to write a realease announcement. Nice job!
    Will the chrome browser be included in the release?

    thx and keep up the good work!

    • disintegrated

      Was gutenprint updated, or does it still have a version which is 3 years old, making it useless for printing?
      At least not for any printer still on the mareket.
      Was wacom support updated, or does it still not support Intuos4?
      Since for more than one year it is not possible to buy Intuos 3.

      Otherwise it will be just as useless as 11.2

      It is so sad to have open source drivers available, but for some reason they do not get integrated in our beloved distro.

  13. Rod Donovan

    Viva OpenSUSE! Using Linux in our computer labs has truly engaged the students and also saved the Technology Department hundreds of man hours in service and maintenance times. No more having to run clean disk, defrag, Spybot, Norton Anti-virus, redo the desktop, etc. anymore. Yet all student assigned tasks are done efficiently with minimal fuss. There is a suitable substitute program in Linux for just about every major program in Windows. We were still using XP. Software companies demanded we move up to Vista, or Windows 7. Nope! We are not software slaves anymore.OpenSUSE HAS MADE US FREE. Thanks OpenSUSE.org, Novell, OpenOffice.org, GNU, KDE, and the many many other software producers, developers, testers, etc. The tide is coming folks. Free and open source software (FOSS) will soon enough rule the land.
    Rod Donovan

  14. Senthil Nachimuthu

    Since openSuse 11.0, novellvpn/novell-nortel-plugins doesn’t work with KDE with KNetworkManager (see bnc # 400710). It also doesn’t work properly on Gnome. On Gnome, routing or nameservice resolution stops working after VPN is connected and disconnected. Many business users need to connect to Nortel VPN. Now, openSuse 10.3 is discontinued, and Nortel VPN connectivity doesn’t work since openSuse 11.0 (including 11.1. and 11.2). So, sadly, I’ve gone back to Windows after enjoying openSuse 10.3. Please fix Nortel VPN connectivity to work properly with NetworkManager (with both KDE and Gnome) at least in openSuse 11.3. Thanks.

  15. John

    I am glad to see others having problems as well. I thought I was the only one. I tried to load the cd but just get strange colors and can not get past this point. I know it is a milestone release but you think that items that worked well before would still work. I have the same problems using the Gnome live cd and also the KDE live cd.

  16. Romanator

    I was able to avoid the wild mix of colours ( I am using an Nvidia GeForce GTS video card ) by downloading the Nvidia drivers from .
    This was done before the first reboot after the installation.

  17. obiwan

    A very simple wish on behalf of all users who depend on open source graphics drivers:
    please make every effort to release the final version of openSUSE 11.3 with a
    kernel more recent than 2.6.32.

    Very important changes to the entire Linux graphics stack have been made
    or are being planned by the Xorg developers for kernel versions 2.6.33 and later.

    Without these changes it will not be possible to make good use of the free radeon and nouveau
    graphics drivers for ATI and Nvidia cards, respectively.

  18. leonardo12

    Please support and the developers too. Put the newest version of NetBeans and VirtualBox

  19. Thailandian

    Perhaps this is not the best time to ask for this, but could OpenSuse provide a service to let people know when the Nvidia and ATI repositories come online for the new release? After a disastrous start with 11.2, I promised myself not to update again until the proprietary drivers are ready.

    I do realise that you need testers for the betas RCs and so forth, but for those of us that need stability for our work, even the GM can be a dangerous thing to install until the video drivers are ready.

    • LXX

      Fortunately I installed 11.3 on a spare disc, because I too have the unuseable coloured screen (GeForce 9400 graphics). I have no idea how to make 11.3 accept 11.2 drivers so will wait for a milestone release I can use.

  20. Hallo all. one more thing share between Linux and Windows still difficult, make it easy pls thx

  21. Bissig

    After reinstalling 11.2, reupdating the system to Milestone 1 and putting kernel-default-2.6.33* into zyppers locklist (zypper al kernel-default-2.6.33*, kernel-desktop-2.6.33* etc..), I managed to get it run smoothly again. It seems that the trouble with the one minute timeout and the broken graphics are solely related to the new kernel series. 2.6.31 with everything else updated to Milestone 1 works flawlessly. Too bad they removed 2.6.32 from the factory repository.

    I am eagerly awaiting the final revision of KDE4.4 to make it into the factory repository.

  22. hbotl

    I had the same problem as LXX, a multicoloured rainbow kind of screen with a Geoforce 9500 card, substituted that with a GF 8400 and it worked fine. I was using the KDE CD live install disk. Everything else sofar works great, VirtualBox installed no problem and Window 7 runs much safer in a cage then in the wild.

  23. Roeland

    ok, a few comments are nog for openSUSE but for the system integrators. Note that comparisions agains windows are flawed as those systems are carefully built by the hardware vendors. Stick an OEM in a laptop and you *will* find that you miss an awful lot of drivers. If you can start it, that is.

    Ok, now for milestone 1: I can’t get the live nor the std milestone to run under vmware wksta 7.01 BTW

  24. I have been using openSuSE from its 10.1 release. This is a great news to have a new release 11.3 soon after the 11.2. I found openSuSE 11.2 the best release and 2nd best is 11 release (I found 11.1′s graphics hardware acceleration little inefficient. Hope 11.3 will meet our expectations as in 11.2.
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    I know Gnome is under heavy reconstruction from its low level code. But, we miss the “Login Manager” in gnome which was a part of opensuse distro till 11 release. Hope this would be brought back.
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    Hope nautilus will be more consistent and informative with its applets.
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    Another thing, if nautilus can have a quick preview pane like windows 7 or somewhat like KDE4 for the commonly used files then it will be rocking! So, some may argue that why not using KDE?!! But with due respect to KDE I feel gnome more elegant, simple and sophisticated front-end for me. The preview file extensions should be like as follows:

    Docs: .pdf, .ps, .doc, .rtf, .txt, .odt, .xml, .html, .bin, .c, .cpp, .js, .vhd, .v etc.
    Images: .bmp, .jpg, .png, .tiff etc
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    Installing audio and video codecs in openSuSE is very easy than any other distros, but the problem lies in the repositories, in which any new comer will be puzzled easily with the jungles of codecs libs. For a beginner it is confusing whether to install xine, gstreamer, vlc, ffmpeg or fluendo and ultimately after several screwed up attempts he or she finnally gets the idea! ;)

    As linux movement is open-mind open-source I suggest that:

    There should be some codec packs installed and working just out of the box, so that we should not hear the strange statements from some beginners: “I don’t believe!! Your linux can play videos and mp3 too!!!!!!!!!”

    Repository dependencies of audio/video codecs, applications and various versions (sometimes same thing from different repos) should be more refined so that no software corruption should be there.

    Playing DVD-videos and encoding DVD-videos is still now a problem in linux distros along with openSuSE without any work around. Hope these issues should cleared soon.
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    Now a days Compiz as well as Desktop Effects have been a magic box of pandora. We love this application. Hope in next releases it will be more efficient with 3D rendering as I found it tearing screen when playing videos of higher fps. In spite of that compiz is the ultimate effects rendering application I recommend to others.
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    I wish openSuSE 11.3 a very good luck.
    Open minds- open source – think LINUX! :)

  25. Anonymous

    I second the requests to focus on sound and video because despite having booted to black screen directly after installing 11.2 (which will is gaurenteed to repulse newcomers) i ended reverting to 11.1 due to AUDIO… the audio is so terrible in 11.2, it spikes loudly when i close a window and i have to fear for my ears..It’s just not a viable desktop OS without audio… really 11.2 should never have been released because it is essentially beta…

    11.1 is far better but has recently had problems which i believe to be due to the latest updates which cause the sound to POP when running on battery power… Not nearly as bad as the sound spikes in 11.2 but disturbing nonetheless.

    The absolute worst thing about opensuse is the audio.. Other than that it’s a great OS, unfortunately that’s one of the most important aspects.

    Also, how hard would it be to configure video properly post install like every other distribution?

    Please make the next release more stable than 11.2, delay the release if you have to but save what’s left of your reputation.

  26. Shane

    Having difficulty with the installation of the proprietary ATI driver. After discovering that the “Easy Way” didn’t work, I went with the “Hard Way”. Running the latest download from ATI gives me the following error:

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ==================================================
    ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager
    ==================================================
    which: no XFree86 in (/usr/lib/mpi/gcc/openmpi/bin:/opt/lsb/bin:/home/shane/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/games:/opt/kde3/bin:/opt/cross/bin:/usr/lib/mit/bin:/usr/lib/mit/sbin)

    Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version
    default:v2:i686:lib::none:2.6.33-rc7-3-default; make sure that the version is being
    correctly set by --iscurrentdistro

    Removing temporary directory: fglrx-install.cDJzU5
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is quite strange to me, as I made sure to update the kernel and sources, then rebooting before running the app.
    If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them.