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openSUSE Announces Fourth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch

December 2nd, 2010 by

On Monday, the openSUSE project released the fourth of six milestones in the development of openSUSE 11.4.  Milestone 4 (M4) brings a wide range of updates, both major and minor.

Kernel 2.6.37rc3 is the basis of M4, including the famous “200 line” per tty task groups patch to improve desktop interactivity, and featuring the removal of the so-called ‘Big Kernel Lock’ that will improve scalability.

NetworkManager was updated to 0.8.2, seeing several last minute fixes in cooperation with upstream developers.

Libzypp 8.8 adds support for metalinks, the multiple download URL specification.

On the desktops, KDE makes the leap to version 4.6 beta 1.  This includes a complete rewrite of Kontact and is undergoing heavy testing. GNOME 2.32.2 is the final version planned for openSUSE 11.4, which is notable for being the last stable release before GNOME 3 in March.  Zeitgeist, the activity tracker, is updated to 0.6.  KOffice is updated to 2.3beta1, bringing the exciting Krita natural media painting app to M4, while OpenOffice.org is removed, having been succeeded by LibreOffice in M3.  Qt 4.7.1 and Qt Creator 2.1beta2 will allow improved Qt Quick development.   Other major updates include the addition of the Midori lightweight browser, the Rosegarden musical notation editor in version 10.10 and monodevelop 2.4. Gnash, the free Flash viewer, comes in version 0.8.8, which has “100% Youtube support” and supports hardware acceleration.

And finally, the prize for biggest version number leap goes to xmahjong, which went from 2006.8.10 to 2010.11.8.  xmahjong fans will be happy to hear that the version bump is only due to a packaging change removing build support for SUSE versions earlier than 9.1.  The graphics and gameplay remain as they were in 1990.

A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences too. Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of  M4 will be at least minimally functional.

The next milestone is scheduled for December 16.  openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.

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12 Responses to “openSUSE Announces Fourth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch”

  1. Wendell MacKenzie

    Is that “200 line per tty patch” available for 11.3 kernels? Anyone? Say for version: 2.6.34.7-0.5

  2. Alex Bars

    Thanks, openSUSE 11.4 will be awesome!!

  3. stasik

    cant wait for 11.4 to come out. seems to be the best just for suse so far. from there, hope every think will be as good or even better, after all this stuff with Novell…

  4. Me

    Gnash re-introduced? Last time I have tried it I was happy to find some proprietary software replacement for it ….

  5. Joseph

    I’m sorry to hear the real OpenOffice is being replaced with a fork with no financial backing or support or long-term plan or finalized structure or even reason for existing (or even any differences at this point). I trust we can rely on the configurability and freedom of OpenSuse to replace LibreOffice with the real deal after install, or hopefully right from the DVD during install which would be better.

    I’m wondering if Gnash is going to be installed in lieu of pulling in Adobe Flash or again if there will be an option during install? Maybe 11.4 is being a little quick to jump on these open source spinoffs and clones without regarding the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” advice. Neither LibreOffice nor Gnash have proven themselves yet to be superior to what they’re intended to replace in terms of features and stability. I thought the mission statement that was drawn up touted openSuse as offering stability while allowing users to be cutting edge if they chose. It looks like 11.4 might be going for cutting edge by default.

    • Will Stephenson

      @Joseph Don’t jump to conclusions: Gnash is just included on the distro as an option. Unless the milestone stories say otherwise, version updates are just that, no change of defaults.

      Regarding LibreOffice, all the OpenOffice team at SUSE are now working on LibreOffice, so it would be foolish to ship anything else. Others are free to provide it using the Build Service but given that [Libre|Open]Office are both pretty hefty I’ll stick my neck out and say there will only be space for LO on the DVD.

  6. John Smith

    Trying to install: on System Probing/Initialize package manager I’m getting an YaST2 error:
    {
    Unable to create repository:
    from URL ‘cd:/?devices=/dev/sr0′.

    Details:
    [|] Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
    History:
    – Can’t hardlink/copy /var/adm/mount/AP_0x00000001/media.1/media to /var/cache/zypp/raw/cd-e7628009jw3PWi
    – Can’t provide /media.1/media

    Try again?
    }
    I had high hopes, any help would be appreciated,

    thanks,
    John