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openSUSE 12.2 RC2 Ready for a Final Test

August 2nd, 2012 by

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Today, the openSUSE project makes available openSUSE 12.2 Release Candidate 2 for widespread testing, with a final release targeted for mid September. In the two weeks since the previous release candidate, a flurry of last minute fixes have arrived, mostly in higher level packages as the basic stack has been stabilized and locked.

Get it

Download it from software.opensuse.org/developer. As usual, a list of the most annoying bugs is being maintained and you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. Read on for detailed coverage of the changes and some tips and hints on testing and helping out.

Main changes

In a late change to the layout of the release, it was decided to move many manuals and books off the DVD medium to save space. These are now part of a ‘books’ pattern which can be installed separately.

Smaller low level fixes were made to systemd, kiwi, clicfs and udev. The kernel firmware package and PCI ID lists were updated with support for the latest hardware. GRUB2 saw fixes and a branding update for its terminal views. Mesa was updated to the latest version.

The base system saw some cleanups to the default filesystem package, including the removal of legacy symlinks to removable disk devices from very old versions of SUSE Linux, as well as many fixes in bind, patch updates and a security fix to bash, systemd improvements were made to autofs and rsync, the SSL feature of ntp was unbroken, and an AppArmor profile was added to colord. NetworkManager received a patch to enhance certificate checking in enterprise networks. Plymouth, the new splash screen in 12.2, had a version bump and received many minor fixes. IPv6 support was enabled in avahi.

Polkit privileges were relaxed slightly to allow all users to install online updates, when logged in. Several errors in PackageKit’s zypp backend affecting the GNOME client were resolved.

As security issues become apparent in the software versions to be shipped in 12.2 become known, fixes are proactively applied. This includes openjpeg and tiff libraries. libjpeg-turbo and libgadu received minor version updates, and crashes in libimobiledevice and gphoto2 were fixed. GPhoto2 also received the latest USB IDs for PTP cameras and devices.

Mysql had an important bugfix that caused excessive disk usage on UPDATE queries, security fixes came to apache2, systemd support was fixed in tomcat, and postfix and kvm both saw minor version updates.

YaST fixes were relatively minor: the bootloader utilities saw a few GRUB2 fixes, including support for adding failsafe kernel parameters, and the ntp tool had a couple of fixes including one that the ntp service is actually started when configured to do so.

Developer platform updates came to gcc, llvm, python (2) and php5. Python 3 was updated to version 3.2.3.

The intel video driver was updated to version 2.20.0, enabling new SNA and GLAMOR backends, and including many fixes to the default UXA backend. A critical bug was found and fixed that caused gnome-shell to crash after resume or suspend.

lxdm, the LXDE display manager, received a bugfix preventing excessive CPU usage. A patch was added to XFCE’s panel clock applet to show a calendar popup, and its netload applet was updated.

KDE 3 was patched for udisks2 to properly unmount optical devices when a physical eject button is pressed.

KDE PIM had a long-running mail duplication bug when using local filtering fixed, and USB sticks are now mounted with flush instead of async options by KDE’s Plasma Workspaces, preventing an error on unmount when a long-running write is still in progress.

GNOME saw many bugfixes across its packages, including inkscape, rhythmbox, Eye of Gnome, gnumeric, evolution, gnote, rednotebook, vinagre, virt-manager, texmaker, and gnome-screensaver. Gnome Shell was updated to 3.4.2 with many fixes, gtk went to version 3.4.4, and the accountsservice backend for Gnome Online Accounts also saw many improvements. Tap-to-click and disabling the touchpad while typing were set by default. Additional translated documentation was added to Gnucash.

LibreOffice got a version bump, and its artwork and branding was updated to the final release versions.

Finally, the translation teams have been hard at work and those have been integrated in 12.2, and the multinationalisation developers made fixes to input methods.

openSUSE Factory workflow

Factory Workflow

Help out!

Of course you’re wondering how you can help. This can start with testing. Go to software.opensuse.org/developer, download the latest RC and try it out on your system! You can then check the
most annoying bugs to see if your problems are there, if not, you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. If the bug you find is very serious, add it to  the list of annoying bugs!

If you are a packager (or want to be one!) there is of course also plenty to do. Fixing bugs in packages is a nice way of learning the ways of packaging (see the Packaging portal for documentation). You can read about how to do this here, via a simple set of steps which in openSUSE are commonly known as ‘BURP-ing’.

If you’re already a packager for openSUSE and you want to start preparing for the release after 12.2 don’t forget to get your packages in Factory or start to maintain one! The Factory tree has already been opened for development, altough we’d prefer fixes for openSUSE 12.2 for now…

Thanks!

We’d like to thank everyone working on openSUSE for being so cool. As we’re focussing on 12.2, no top-ten factory contributors this time but we might start releasing that number more frequently in the future ;-)

have a lot of fun!

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65 Responses to “openSUSE 12.2 RC2 Ready for a Final Test”

  1. Hi!

    I have made a spanish translation of this article for my blog and for the community:

    - http://victorhckinthefreeworld.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/opensuse-12-2-rc-2-ya-disponible-para-descargar/

    Have a lot of fun!!

  2. Atri

    Typo:
    The intel video driver was updated to version 2.19.0…

    The intel video driver is actually at version 2.20.0 now in openSUSE:12.2

    • Will Stephenson

      The correct version is missing in the .changes for xf86-video-intel. I corrected it to 2.20.0 in the article.

  3. lundgren

    Including MATE would be an awesome option for those who don’t get Gnome3!

  4. Eliasse Diaite

    Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Thanks a lot for the great job being done. Could you please make a repository of this release candidate available? Andreas Jaeger maid the promise last time and I really hope that he will keep that promise. What about KDE SC 4.9? It has been released yesterday? Will it make it in Gold Master?

    openSUSE Linux is unbreakable. Have a lot of fun…

    • Anonymous

      http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.2/repo/oss/ is available for usage.

      • Eliasse Diaite

        Thanks for the link. I hope that the development team is working on a thorough documentation about GRUB 2 usage with openSUSE. The switch is not that simple and a detail documentation about the configuration and the setup through YaST will encourage the users to adopt GRUB 2 without the fear of a system malfunction.

        Looking forward to reading any comment about this topic. I also noticed the upstream of libyui in the factory branch and this should be handled with caution for the next release. YaST is a core component of the distribution and changes in its infrastructure require a carefully planned development and test cycle.

        openSUSE is unbreakable. A lot of fun for the all the testers.

  5. Dich

    1. With the KDE LiveCD, after booting there’s a startup screen coming in, suggesting to check out a KDE4 introduction. In opens up a firefox on http://help.opensuse.org/kde4/ and tells us that (TADAAA) opensuse 11.3 uses KDE4.4 :) This isn’t really state of the art of openSuSE, is it? (though, frankly speaking, I liked 11.3 a lot!)
    More notes coming…

  6. Dave

    Last year I built a PC with the best bits I could afford. One of these items is an Asus built ATI now AMD HD6770 graphics card. The rest of the hardware is also Asus AMD based – Phenom II Quad core etc.

    I was going to use Opensuse as the operating system and gleefully downloaded 12.1.

    Despite my every effort to install the FGLRX graphics drivers this was unachievable.

    About April time this year I found this

    http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php?title=SUSE/openSUSE&oldid=8549

    and finally, although it is not exactly a one click install, managed to install the proprietary now AMD drivers so that my system functioned correctly with 12.1.

    The Xorg drivers do not work. If I may draw an analogy to a car if you throw away the cooling system your car will not last very long. Who wants that ugly radiator grill infront of there engine anyway and add to that think of all the weight you are saving and improvement in power to weight ratio. I think not.

    I loaded down 12.2 RC1 thinking my troubles were over and once again could not implement the drivers and mentioned this on this page then.

    I have just downloaded RC2 and this time although on my first attempt I seemed to implement the drivers my GPU cooling fan was still doing its best to emulate a vacuum cleaner which is the problem with the Xorg drivers – they do not control the cooling fan which tries to do more revs than an F1 engine.

    Once the proprietary AMD divers are implemented correctly on both Windows or Linux my PC is virtually silent.

    Why is this such a problem. AMD in there literature state that any Linux distro can implement their drivers.

    Great if Xorg want to pat themselves on the back and say how wonderful there implementation/clone driver is but if it doesn’t work and wears your GPU out if you can stand the noise that is, in about two months then it isn’t much use.

    Or is it that AMD are just a backstreet garage operation so very few people will be using these GPU’s anyway. Again I hardly think so. Unless these drivers are easy to implement for the end user then any Linux distro is going to be unusable by anyone with an ATI/AMD graphics card.

    Other than that RC2 looks great if I could use it although it keeps telling me their are 13 updates which when I agree to update fail.

    Real shame for the distro I consider the best.

    Dave

    • Bruno Friedmann

      @Dave you are refering to a page that contain mostly only dead horse informtation (Feel free to fix them)
      The fglrx drivers are now well explained in the new wiki page see http://en.opensuse.org/AMD and as you have a hd6xxx you will need to read the amd-fglrx series article.

      I’ve no clues if the 12.2 prepared version will work actually, they were prepared on a <=RC1. So depending on the changes (I'm afraid about the Mesa update) they could crash or work. At least the module is compiled on your system. If you don't understand why, then simply read and understand the licence offered by AMD for those proprietary blob. As community member, I'm only allowed to package the .run in rpm form and offer those to download (which is now the way it work for almost 2 years, and seems satisfied around ~70000 unique ip by month).

      Could it be more convenient for the user, sure. But we have to stay in line with the law. If you can change something on that field please act. More efficient than rambling on my opinion.

      • Dave

        Hi Bruno

        Thanks for the reply.

        I stand completely corrected.

        Having gone thru this with 12.1 I didn’t even try the one click install and went straight for installation with the run file as this had been the only thing that worked with 12.1.

        I have just gone for the one click install very much expecting the same and much to my surprise I have a virtually silent PC running fglrx drivers with my favorite Linux distro ie OpenSUSE.

        Can’t seem to load Catalyst with administrative privileges via Settings Manager though.

        Thanks
        Really happy now.
        Dave

        • Pierre

          Great to see that the issues are resolved by using the correct documentation.

          One thing left: Why do you need the proprietary driver? I’m using RC2 on my laptop which has an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 powering my graphics and I’m just fine with the open source driver.
          Might be that some people are doing graphic works and therefore need the extra power, but every normal user should be all fine with the less hassle option to just stay with the open source drivers.

  7. Dich

    2. Same old issue with grub2 (https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=771393). The fix is ready made by Michael Chang, still didn’t make into this release. Let’s hope the final version gets it. And just one question – if I (for some strange reason) want to add the “nomodeset” option during boot – where/how do I do that with grub2 ?

    • Dave

      Press e

      • Dich

        I know I need to press ‘e’. And I know I have to scroll down two and a half pages and add ‘nomodeset’ after ‘showopts’. This doesn’t mean it’s normal for a mature linux distro and RC2 release. I mean – WHY do this step back, huh? The options input line has been working fine since ages! Why discard a working software (grub) and build something new (grub2)? Seems like dropping the fork and trying to eat with swiss army knife – it’s possible, but is it really comfortable ?

        • Dave

          I suppose it looks prettier – functionality seems to have gone out of the window these days – have you had a look at Windows 8 Yuk

          • Dich

            Now, I’m lucky to only see/use windows once every fews years, and then I really feel I’m being overcritical to openSuSE :)

  8. Dich

    Dave – you are absolutely right. Somehow those-who-decide think it isn’t that important – just make a solid core system with graphics and the rest of hardware, and then build what people call “system software” and “application software” around it – with less dependencies…

    It is indeed also AMD/ATI’s fault – their pages of driver downloads are a disaster, so please don’t believe when they say “any distro can implement it” – this is nor true neither trivial.

    It’s slightly better with nvidia, at least that’s what I tend to take when chosing hardware. But all in all – please don’t expect something proprietary (read – NOT made by the open distro community) to work well in a Beta/RC release. These drivers *may* come out in a more or less working state months after the GM release.

    • Dave

      Thanks for the reply Dich. Next time I will be going for Nvidia GPU wise. I have an Nvidia card in my earlier PC and this doesn’t suffer so much with the Xorg drivers although it does run hotter (by feeling the outer casing) until I implement the proprietary drivers. I really want to run with Opensuse for one childish reason and that is that it is the only distro that can properly see my Logitech Driving Force GT steering wheel when I play Speed Dreams. I know that sounds daft and mainly use Windows for gaming but if it is getting that right and no others are then it is probably better all ways round other than this damn GPU issue.

      • Dich

        Well the problem is that there’s way too many things built in the system and windowmanagers that rely heavily on openGL these days. So it’s not just gaming that suffers, but also all screen effects, functionality, dual-monitor support etc. So yes – graphics drivers urgently needed! But the market seems to move towards intel cards, even Macs now switched to it…

        • Dave

          Hopefully someone will come up with the perfect distro and I’ll stop downloading them, installing them and then tryng another and instead actually start using some of the great software made available by the open community. It really is remarkable and I feel a bit like I am moaning when all this is given for nothing but please Opensuse be that distro developer.

  9. Anonymous

    NADA ON DISTROWATCH!

  10. sieg84

    excelente, a esperar la final en septiembre.

  11. anon

    Hi,

    I can´t add PackMan-Repo. Need MP3 and MPEG2.

  12. gumb

    Another brilliant job with the release notes, Will. You receive my nomination to do them every time (in addition to your 101 other roles!)

    • Will Stephenson

      Thanks but it’s no work of literature. I just read opensuse-commit@opensuse.org for the changes since the previous versions, identify the important changes, group them and write them up in a human-readable fashion. It keeps me from becoming too much of a KDE tunnel vision idiot ;).

      Jos adds the fluff like the Most Annoying Bugs links, headers and images – I didn’t have time to take any photos for the stories this cycle.

  13. coldblue

    Please ship cpufreq utility with distro. It is really important software for laptop and netbooks.

  14. Sergio Mancini

    News about Bumblebee? Any chance that it be supported in the repositories?

  15. I have google chrome OS built on suse !!!! will updates be available

    Just asking :-)

  16. Biff

    There are too many outstanding bugs. Calling this a RC is a sick joke. It is still alpha quality.

    • Help fix them please… We can’t delay the release forever :(

    • Dich

      Can you quote the bug numbers from bugzilla? I’ve reported a few from RC1 and I’m fairly pleased to see them mostly disappear with RC2. Though I was disappointed by the overall quality a little bit, too…

    • Instead of ranting about quality with words like: sick joke, shitty (not helpful at all), try to help for the project if you like it! Be more productive if you can! It is linux world, so everyone can contribute

  17. 1. when booting up with an encrypted LVM in 12.1 you only need to put in your password once, now i have to do it 3 times which is very annoying can you guys make it so i only have to only do it once..

    2. stop removing VLC every time i do an distro update

    3. sort out the wireless i keep on having to “connect to a hidden network” when its not hidden every time i log in.

    i did not have these problems with 12.1

  18. also i get a sigfalut when i try to netinstall with wireless,… i had to use the hard drive install

  19. Sethu

    I could not load gnome-shell extensions from https://extensions.gnome.org. Is it a feature or bug .

    • That’d be a bug, please report it. There seem to be incompatibilities coming in these extensions, it’s why I think the extensions are a bad design decision :(

  20. Hennes

    Hey Guys.

    Really great RC2. Works nearly perfectly on my Laptop an on my Desktopsystem.

    Thx for the bugfix on the evolution calendar. :D

    Just one thing: It is possible to add that rpmpackage “libstlport_gcc4″ into the standard installation?

    It is necessary for the correct installation of the “Duden Korrektor 8.0″ in Libreoffice as I have described in the german wiki –> http://de.opensuse.org/LibreOffice

    I guess that it is very important for the german users that the Korrektor can work out-of-the-box.

    Thanks for the great work guys. ^^

  21. Dich

    Well, nouveau fails on my laptop exactly the way it did on RC1 after an online update. Now this update is obviously in RC2 already, so the first reboot already comes with a corrupted X and hanging system, if Ctrl-Alt-F1 isn’t pressed in time. Reporting to bugzilla

  22. i have a question:
    is it possible to upgrade 12.2 RC2 to 12.2 final with regular updates if i install openSUSE 12.2 RC2 on my laptop? or i should download install final version again?

  23. indrajith

    how to put a user name and password to opensuse squid proxy user s.

  24. indrajith

    my samba server get five minute to start after boot over opensuse 12.1 desktop. how to fix this matter thank you . help me!!! (prossor core2 duo ram 2gb . 160 hdd)

  25. Dich

    The betabugs link refers to 12.1

  26. Mark Misulich

    Opensuse 12.2 is a great new version of my favorite linux distro. I have been using it since Milestone 3. Only a couple of comments.

    I tried to install OS 12.2 RC1 32 bit on a friend’s computer but it wouldn’t install. It hung at several points in the install process, and finally I decided to give up rather than render his machine unuseable. He presently has Opensuse 11.4 installed. I have downloaded OS 12.2 RC2 to try again to see if the issues have been fixed. The computer uses a Pentium 4 CPU. It hung up first at the initial installation of the kernel, then after restart it hung when it was trying to find USB devices. It hung again when it was trying to do initial configuration for the install. That was the longest hang, and it never was able to resolve whatever was giving the problem. That was where I aborted the installation for the final time.

    On my laptop, a Toshiba U505-S2950, Opensuse 12.2 won’t control the cooling fan. It allows the laptop to overheat. This has been an ongoing problem with Opensuse since version 11.2 and hasn’t been fixed despite repeated bug reports on 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 12.1, and 12.2. It seems to be something that is common on various Toshiba laptops, but it isn’t being resolved in any linux distro that I tried on this laptop (Opensuse, PCLinuxOS, EliveCD, Mandriva, Xubuntu). So if you own a Toshiba laptop, better try the live CD first to see if the fan works before you install Opensuse 12.2.

    Thanks for the development work to continually upgrade Opensuse. Its a great distro and a lot of fun to use.

  27. venoos

    when opensuse 12.2 final release ??????

  28. Michael

    I have an Intel Core i7 3930K installed an an ASUS P9X79 board. When I installed openSUSE 12.2 RC2 it did not recognise the EFI partition, The system uses UEFI with GPT HD partition setup. The system failed to reboot after installation.
    Kubuntu and Mint Linux both install correctly on this system.
    Thankyou for your hard work on giving us an execellent Linux distribution.
    michael

  29. Vinod

    Does this support the nvidia latest graphics panel giving the option to use either my inbuilt graphics or the nvidia graphics with fan control.And my laptop over heats without the cooling fan control and when opensuse shows the welcome screen i hear a audio sound like the ear drum is bursted or something. I am using dell xps L502x laptop with i7 with inbuilt intel 3000 graphics and nvidia graphics too. I cant find a application for blu ray disk burning or reading.
    Can you please look into this.
    Thank you for your great improvement in the release.

    • monga

      I used nerolinux4 on kubuntu 12.04 worked well. Have not tried on Opensuse 12.2 yet. Suggest using a RW blu ray to experiment with. Selected blu ray udf , udf manual to 2.5 , no multi-session.

  30. I have just installed OS 12.2 yesterday on Toshiba R-830-138.
    It mostly works, but I have no sound on my Intel sound card and Bluetooth is not found. I was alos hoping that Cinnamon 1.5 would come as imporvement on 1.4, but it still hangs when hibernating…

  31. Does this version support 64bit processor which has Nvidia GT520M graphics with optimus technology without any issues on the first installation itself.

    I have tried various ways to install drivers but I’m not gettin into desktop GUI at all instead going to tty0.

  32. Sandy

    Hi ! Yeah, is getting closer to september.
    Actually, i’m using OpenSuse 12.2 milestone 1 X86_64 with many annoying bugs. I shall change my opensuse to OpenSuse 12.2 public release in september.
    Thank you.

  33. Penthotal

    Hello.
    I have a laptop Asus UX31A with EFI and OpenSuSE don’t recognize this and it’s impossible to install it in my system. With Fedora it’s totaly transparent.
    Good luck :)
    OpenSuse is very good with my other system.