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openSUSE checking instrumentation — Prepare for Landing — openSUSE 11.3 RC2 now available!

July 1st, 2010 by

Following up on Michael Loeffler’s previous RC1 announcement, openSUSE is now doing a final check of instrumentation before landing.  The weather continues to be clear and all conditions continue to be smooth, and all systems are a go for final landing on July 15, 2010.  Now’s the time for us all to download the latest openSUSE RC2 release and all join in on a final check and get that 11.3 polished and in good condition.  You can download RC2 from our software portal and find detailed information on the evolving openSUSE 11.3 page.

You can find our most annoying bugs here.  And if you find anything new, please do report it on Bugzilla.  The ground crew needs your reports!

Have a lot of fun and let’s get to downloading!  They’re waiting to greet us at the terminal.

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61 Responses to “openSUSE checking instrumentation — Prepare for Landing — openSUSE 11.3 RC2 now available!”

  1. On bugzilla it says:

    “Yes, as the time I’m updating, 2.02.67 was still the latest.
    btw: You need to update device-mapper to 1.02.49.

    A while ago, the new packages were accepted into Factory.
    So I’m closing this as fixed.

    Thank you all for the help to resolve this bug.”

    In the most annoying bugs is: “Accessing LVM partitions is not possible – Bug #598193 “udev deletes device nodes”.”

    Now which is it? is the bug fixed or not?!

  2. Bruno Friedmann

    Marius, having an update factory daily, I can tell you that now creating lv work like it should.

  3. Haris

    This is so exciting. I hope the runway is not slippery.

    Good luck pilot!

  4. version2-0

    Am cruising on it. Looking good.

  5. Greenery

    Can anybody posts screenshots of OpenSUSE 11.3 RC 2? I could not find any even from the previous RC and Milestones.

  6. Ben

    The NET install didn’t work for me writing to a USB using dd (same method I’ve used forever)..

    I’ll try the GNOME Live CD, then try to rip all the GNOME packages out

  7. farid

    Can I install the 11.3 RC2 and then upgrade it to the final distribution release ?
    Please someone advise.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Farid Ansari
    Karachi, Pakistan

  8. Tom Chiverton

    There’s an ‘a’ in “release”.

  9. @Bruno Friedmann

    Thx a lot for the answer.

    I saw just now, that the most annoying bugs list is updated as well.

  10. host

    Yes of course. You have to use “zypper dup”
    http://en.opensuse.org/Upgrade/Supported

  11. host

    Yes, you have to use “zypper dup” command.
    http://en.opensuse.org/Upgrade/Supported

  12. Jardík

    Hey, is it finally possible to uninstall glibc-32bit and rest of 32bit stuff from openSUSE x86_64 without uninstalling grub and nvidia drivers?

  13. Kabel

    How about some screenshots people! You are getting lazy, announcing development release with few words come-and-get-it is not going to do any good, and on top of that no screenshots.

  14. Auris

    Does NTP configuration fixed also in RC2? This bug is in bugzilla.

  15. Bob

    Scenario:
    OpenSuse 11.1, 11.2 and now also 11.3
    KDE 4 point something (“The Unfinished”)
    Hidden WLAN (WPA/PSK)
    Intel 3945 WLAN interface

    Outcome:
    System will almost never connect to WLAN

    Resolution possibilities:
    1) Disable KNetwork Manager via Yast, use ‘ifup’ and lose all connection info.
    2) Dump Sony laptop in order to get one with OpenSuse compatible WLAN interface.
    3) Dump OpenSuse because virtually any other KDE Distro will work in this case.

  16. Wessel

    Please keep your negativity to yourself. OpenSuse is very obviously not a lazy man’s product. Best Linux distro out there

  17. manchette

    Hi ;)
    Installing in a virtualbox machine, 1st try for dvd x86 and kde : lacks many packages during install,
    2d try (new iso image) : switching to installed system fails, initrd and grub are not installed.

  18. dhruva

    installed a day ago… everything worked well… except nvidia driver installation from their site… but this is not a problem… many thanks from romania!

  19. I will agree that the storms have lessoned but the weather is still cloudy concerning the CD/DVD operations. After a disc is placed in the drive … nothing obvious happens. No offer to execute, browse or create. Then in order to even look at it you must search for it. I found it under “My Computer”. I have two Live CDs which, shame on me, are not marked. I wanted to find out which is which. Under 11.3 I could not read the disc contents. Right clicking on the CD symbol and then selecting Open in New Window produced:

    There is no application installed that can open files of the type block device (inode/blockdevice)
    Do you want to try to install one?

    To which I replied no.

    Now then, the DVD operations faired better. Even though I had to work at it more than with previous versions, I was able to read an openSuSE DVD and a VMware DVD. Which leads to my second part of this message. Since I was hollerin’ about VMware installation let me be the first to say it works. I have been able to install VMware 7.0 on my 11.3 system and it is working fine.

    Fix the CD/DVD ops and then I too will be able say this is a great release.

  20. manchette

    Hi ;=)

    I have the same error with kde live cd ( md5sum is ok : 1dac8bcb36183742122c7b78a083ddea /dist/install/openSUSE-11.3-RC2/iso/Build0694/openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0694-i686.iso ) :
    initrd is not loaded.

    Is this due to virtualbox settings ?

  21. Lamn

    x86_64. There is no sound in Flash player plugin (10.1 r53) on Firefox (3.6.4, OpenSUSE 11.3). For example, no sound when playing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQN5fV5PWSQ . However, Amarok plays sound well.

    Can anyone confirm?

  22. Lamn

    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=408247

  23. Carlos

    I have problems with OpenOffice, when I open it it consume about 90% CPU and the program freeze about a 10 secs, then all works ok. I have a fresh install of OpenSuse 11.3.

  24. Daniel Soares

    Hi everyone! I’ve tried RC2 on my laptop (acer 4530) and so far so good. I’ve got only two things not going on as expected:
    1) the gnome notification for lcd brightness does not appear when adjusting. Actually, the gnome brightness applet does not respond to fn+keys (brightness control is ok, it just doesn’t show up AND I’ve tested it OK under Linux MINT 9 and Fedora 13);
    2) is it too late to get NetworkManager 0.8.1 as Fedora13/RHEL6 did? The wizzard to connect with a bluetooth phone is awesome on Fedora…
    Thanks!

  25. @dhruva
    Replacing the default nouveau driver with the proprietary nvidia driver seems a bit trickyer.
    I wanted compiz sooo..

    This is how i did it.
    Step1: Download the nvidia driver from the nvidia website.
    Step2: Reboot the system and when the grub menu comes up, write “nomodeset 3″ without the quotes in option field.
    Step3: login and become root.
    Step4: Blacklist the nouveau module. Insert “blacklist nouveau” without the quotes at the end of “/etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf”.
    Step5: Install the nvidia driver with “sh NVIDIA-Linux-…….run -q”.
    Step6: Generate a default xorg.conf with “nvidia-xconfig”.
    Step7: Open “/etc/sysconfig/kernel” end set “NO_KMS_IN_INITRD” to “yes”.
    Step8: Run “SuSEconfig”.
    Step9: Restart the system.

    I hope i didn’t miss anything.

  26. dhruva

    I’ll try it… but in my case errors appeared just at compiling module (I followed instructiion from nvidia the hard way section)… thanks in advance!

  27. @dhruva
    I had the same problem, compile error. But, after doing the steps i described above i didn’t get eny errors.

  28. dhruva

    ok! prietene!

  29. Daniel Soares

    Any devs to comment on the NetworkManager 0.8.1??

  30. Franz Bernasek

    Hi,
    now i install the openSUSE 11.3 RC2 64 Bit Release on my high-end development workstation and on my
    quadcore notebook, impression, great, openSUSE 11.3 is maybe actually the best distribution,
    before i have tested Kubuntu, CentOS 5.5 , RedHat 5.5 and the 6 Beta,
    on the same Hardware, 11.3 RC 2 are better

    regards

    frank

  31. Bobby

    How can I install the nvidia driver? Since RC1 the install just doesn’t work and adjusting the xorg.conf file doesn’t change the situation. I would really lke to test the RCs but no luck with installing the video driver.
    PS: the Nouveau driver still has a looong way to go.

  32. dhruva

    @bobby:

    finally I’ve done it with nvidia driver! It works after enough trouble… check post from Marius above. On my PC it worked removing nouveau driver completely after banishing as Marius suggested above. Don’t forget mkinitrd after modifying /etc/sysconfig/kernel. The rest is in the „nvidia driver the hardway” section to prepare for module compilation. Good luck!

  33. black screen

    Why oh why is SUSE pushing this nouveau driver, if it apparently does not work?
    And without sax2, there is no way to choose even a basic vesa setting.
    This will mark a new low in opensuse user experience.
    Developer’s time should be spent in making things work out of the box, not describing one workaround after another.
    http://wiki.opensuse.org/SDB:Configuring_graphics_cards#openSUSE_11.3
    If you can’t fix this, then don’t release it. Damage will be smaller.

  34. dhruva

    nouveau driver IS working by default…

  35. Bobby

    It’s working but the performance is terrible.

  36. Bobby

    Perfect Marius. I actually had the nvidia driver installed but it didn’t work due to the nouveau driver so I followed the other steps and it worked perfectly. Thanks very much :)

  37. dhruva

    @bobby: for a default install nouveau is enough for most video cards… for performance use proprietary driver of course…

  38. dhruva

    same problem had with nouveau driver in Yoper, only removing it resolved the problem…

  39. Bobby

    It’s enough for an install but not to work and test the system. You can count the seconds that a window takes to minimize. It’s like night and day when compared with the nvidia driver.

  40. Have a look here:
    http://grenangen.se/Content/Full/647c20e0-da91-4219-9740-21968222fae0

  41. David

    I have opensuse 11.3 rc2. I installed the libdvdcss2 and libdvdread*,but dvd do not play. please help

  42. @dhruva and @Bobby
    Glad i could help :)

    @black screen
    The nouveau driver is working, actually it set the correct resolution and refresh rate for my laptop, discovered my secondary monitor, set the correct resolution and refresh rate automatically, witch was kinda nice. Never happend before. The problem is that as for now the nouveau driver is really basic.

    As for the steps i described above probably won’t be needed once the final is out and the rpm version of the nvidia driver gets in ftp://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/11.3/ repo.
    Logic says it will just replace nouveau with nvidia proprietary driver automatically.

  43. black screen

    “The nouveau driver is working, … The problem is that as for now the nouveau driver is really basic.”
    @Marius
    For me, it is not a question of performance. I just get black screen and some stripes. On a computer that is 3 years old.
    Under suse 10.3, 11.0, 11.1, 1121, monitor is properly recognized, graphics card as well. Works perfectly with nvidia binary drivers.
    With nv driver in previous releases, at least I got the picture. With nouveau, I get nothing.
    On suse 11.3, only booting in safe mode gives me basic vesa picture, but then there is no tool in suse to do anything about the graphics.
    I don’t even bother to report the bug, since developers think this is normal and acceptable and described in release notes.

    So why is everybody struggling to get rid of nouveau? Because it is not working properly.
    Looks to me like kde4 disaster – force users into using an unfinished product, in hope the community will fix it.
    That is, if there will be any users left to play this game.

  44. @black screen
    I get a black screen with stripes in the konsole in any runlevel if i just remove the nouvea driver, gnome starts up fine though and it was the same with the previous release.

    I wasn’t implying that the nouveau driver is better for everyone, there are always going to be people who have problems, there is no such thing as perfect. But, it works for me…..friends of mine who tried previous version of opensuse and had no luck with it now, with 11.3 reported that everything is working like a charm out of the box, no more black screens an stuff.
    I’m no developer nor i’m entitled to declare it was good or bad decision to include nouveau driver by default.

    But, my personal opinion is that even if it makes the “out of the box experience” better for just 10% more people than before is a step forward.
    And i’m sure the opensuse team will work it like they always did and will strive to improve that percent.

  45. Otto

    Hi great start

    but you also have to install gcc and make and kernel source(at least the system asked for it)

    what is still missing,…is the software to configure a 2nd monitor

    cheers Otto

    2010-07-05 08:48:47

    @dhruva
    Replacing the default nouveau driver with the proprietary nvidia driver seems a bit trickyer.
    I wanted compiz sooo..

    This is how i did it.
    Step1: Download the nvidia driver from the nvidia website.
    Step2: Reboot the system and when the grub menu comes up, write “nomodeset 3″ without the quotes in option field.
    Step3: login and become root.
    Step4: Blacklist the nouveau module. Insert “blacklist nouveau” without the quotes at the end of “/etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf”.
    Step5: Install the nvidia driver with “sh NVIDIA-Linux-…….run -q”.
    Step6: Generate a default xorg.conf with “nvidia-xconfig”.
    Step7: Open “/etc/sysconfig/kernel” end set “NO_KMS_IN_INITRD” to “yes”.
    Step8: Run “SuSEconfig”.
    Step9: Restart the system.

    I hope i didn’t miss anything.

  46. Otto

    Configure 2nd Monitor (nvidia)

    for some reason whilst installing the driver the “setting sw” was not installed in KDE menu tree.

    To get the setting window….open comandline and type “nvidia-settings”

    …the nividia window comes up and you can configure eg you hdmi (TV) output.

    cheers from Oz Otto

  47. Nikolai Zhubr

    Slightly offtopic, but I wonder what has happened to factory? Is it out on a strike or something? The changelog (http://download.opensuse.org/factory/repo/oss/ChangeLog) is stuck at june 30th (for 10 days already!!!), this is even older than RC2, and the release is as close as 5 days ahead! There are important fixes pending (not in RC2, e.g. udev and device-mapper) – how are they supposed to get exhaustive final testing?

  48. sparksnl

    Tried 11.3 rc2 with fresh install. Run into same problems as reported before with my screen. Really bad that sax2 isn’t supported anymore. xorg -configure doesn’t help either. Upgrading my 11.2 works pretty good however sound is broken.
    Looks to me that quality hasn’t improved with this version. Had pretty good experience with rc’s of 11.2.

    On the other hand zypper dup works great.

    I’ll think I’ll wait another couple of week before I upgrade.

  49. Otto

    Re: Graphic-Cards

    The nouvaeu driver (RC2) worked after the install. But there was no way to configure that thing. I would highly advocate to re-introduce graphics-card config into YAST…!!!
    eg if you buy a new graphics-card…this needs to be configured.

    Other than that…RC2 works fine for me. to play videos I included Packman-factory into the repository.

    cheers

  50. pierre5933

    I have discover 2 problems

    I am using kde

    first : When I introduce a usb key , The logo wchich indicate that a device is connected, and , off course no suggestions open wiyh digikam or somteting else..

    Second , with Gwenview, If I use it to disabled some file , stanges error message appear. I Have seen the same problem with ubuntu , I suppose that it the last version of kde.

    I will stay with suse 11.2