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The openSUSE 12.3 Beta is Out! Time for Pizza…

January 17th, 2013 by

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According to plan, today openSUSE 12.3 Beta sees the light. The beta comes with mostly smallish changes as we’re in serious testing waters now – we hope you’re out there to help us clear the way to the final release! The first RC is already coming on February 7 so this Beta needs a good workout. As is tradition in openSUSE, the Beta will be celebrated with a BetaPizzaParty at the Nuremberg headquarters on Wed 30th of Jan starting 16:00 CET! Read on to find out a bit more about the Parties and Pizzas and what’s new and about the awesome 12.3 Polish Hackaton which is being organized this weekend at the SUSE headquarters!

Hackaton

Coolest things first: to make the release even better, we’ve organized a hackathon in Nuremberg! The goal of the meeting is to squash bugs, polish up some features, close the seams to make it all look and work well. We have a list of about 240 bugs to work on and hope to significantly reduce that number. Of course, there will be snacks, food and fun in between the hacking and anyone is welcome to join also remotely.

We will have a G+ Hangout, starting at 10:00 CET until about 12:00 CET, pause for lunch and continuing around 14:00 CET until an undetermined time.

If you’d like to be in the hangout, find the event here!

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.

BetaPizzaPartyTime!

Secondly, it’s time to organize a BetaPizzaParty in the coming weeks! In N├╝rnberg we have the usual event (this time planned for Wednesday the 30th at 16:00) flooded with Pizza at the SUSE offices and we’re hoping other SUSE offices will join our fun. Be sure to check the wiki page! for locations. History tells us it would be extremely surprising if there would be nothing organized in Greece – anyone up for organizing one in Brazil? Taiwan? India? But if there’s no party around, you can organize your own. Get the Pizza (and a place to eat it with room for testing laptops)! It’s not a big deal – do it in a local pizza place, at your home or in a room in your office… Just invite friends & colleagues and who knows, if you put your party on the wiki, a new friend will show up!

If you are unsure on how to do it, read this and this for some tips. In short, you don’t have to be too ambitious. It’s just about the fun.

Don’t forget the party part of a BetaPizzaParty! Make sure you’ll have some fun at some point. One way of doing that is of course to not just order pizzas but make your own following this awesome Geeko Pizza Party Recipe.

Testing and even helping out!

Of course the focus of the BetaPizza Party is on openSUSE 12.3 Beta. This means installing it and submitting bug reports when you bump into trouble. You can download the openSUSE 12.3 Beta from the openSUSE download site. It might make sense to download it and put it on an USB stick or a DVD so people can get to work right away!

Pizza that makes you wanna cry!

Bugs should be reported and can be tracked via Bugzilla. Find a how-to on reporting bugs on the wiki.
Discussions about openSUSE development takes place on the factory mailing list. openSUSE Factory is the development release of openSUSE. If you want to help out, please see the wiki page on contributing to Factory. Contributing is easy and very welcome! We happen to have this awesome tool called the Open Build Service. Think of it as a Github for packagers: Branch, Update and create a submit Request for a Package. In openSUSE terms you’ve just BURPed and we’ll be proud of you ;-)

OBS has a commandline but also a easy browser interface – you can even fix and build packages from a mobile phone or a Windows desktop!

There is plenty of help available on the Development page on the openSUSE wiki and you are more than welcome to ask for help on the openSUSE factory mailing list or on the openSUSE IRC channels!

Features

And now for an overview of what this new Beta brings.

Desktops and apps

KDE and openSUSE
The Beta comes with 4.10 RC2 of KDE’s workspaces and applications. KDE has announced a third RC due to some late changes and this version is part of a testing sprint organized by the KDE Quality team. openSUSE KDE packagers have build a special live Image to test this release but we urge you to get the Beta packages from software.opensuse.org as they are of course newer.

File manager Thunar (well known to XFCE users as it is the default file manager there) introduces tab support, improved bookmark handling (including easily adding remote bookmarks), improved UI and a check for free space before copying starts. There have also been extensive performance improvements.

Another filemanager part of this release is PCMan, part of the LXDE lightweight desktop. The 1.1 release brings some UI improvements like disabling items which cannot act (like ‘copy’ on selected items) in the menu and toolbar, the option to ‘treat backup files as hidden’, the ability to change the colums in the Detailed List View and search engine support. Underlying improvements were made to stability and performance, as well as bringing new support for unmounting removable media without ejecting them and some other small changes.
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In the browser area, the latest Firefox 18 is part of this release as well, bringing better performance and scaling of web content to openSUSE 12.3.

Platform

This version brings us up to kernel 3.7.1, bringing a bunch of fixes and new features over the 3.4 release in openSUSE 12.2. New and improved features include:

  • support for metadata checksums and improved quota support in Ext4
  • I/O failure statistics, subvolume quotas, quota groups, snapshot diffs, faster fsync and the ability to disable copy-on-write on a per-file base in btrfs
  • userspace probes for performance profiling with tools like Systemtap or perf and a new “perf trace” tool modeled after strace.
  • Many improvements to networking. The TCP protocol performance work with support for the TCP “Fast Open” mode for both clients and servers and TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827) as well as inclusion of the a “TCP small queues” feature and a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat. Other low-level protocol enhancements include support for checkpointing and restoring TCP connections and a new tunneling protocol that allows to transfer Layer 2 Ethernet packets over UDP. New is experimental SMBv2 protocol support as well as stable NFS 4.1 and parallel NFS support and the ability to have safe swapping over NFS/NBD.
  • The kernel now allows for Android-style opportunistic suspend and has support for suspending to disk and memory at the same time which prevents these “yup, ran out of battery so now you lost data” annoyances with suspend-to-ram.
  • In the security area we see added support for signed kernel modules, the Intel “supervisor mode access prevention” (SMAP) security feature, VFIO, which allows safe access from guest drivers to bare-metal host devices and a sandboxing mechanism that allows to filters syscalls.
  • Other improvements include the ability to do SCSI over Firewire and USB, support for the PCIe D3cold power state; and the usual huge number of new and improved drivers.

LLVM, which was extensively described for Milestone 2, is updated to the final 3.2 release.

Other larger changes in this version unclude an update of gdb to 7.5 and postgresql got updated to version 9.2.

LibreOffice 3.6.x will be what ships with openSUSE 12.3 as we’d like to ensure availability of a dependable and a stable set of office tools for everyone, but 4.0 packages will be available and openSUSE 12.3 contains all the required dependencies for users to build 4.0 themselves if they like.

Distribution

libzypp 12.6 got further improvements and bugfixes, while some more work in the package management area is coming for RC1 including an update to PackageKit and a solution to the PackageKit-blocking-zypper issues.

Note: as part of the SuSEconfig removal work, permissions now applies changes following installation or upgrade, to ensure new permissions are effective regardless of package installation order.

Have a lot of fun

You can get the goodies at this page. Have fun – we think it’s already a pretty decent release and we’re working as hard as we can to make it even better. Whatever bugs you find, remember: even a Beta testing (with or without Pizza Party) is about having fun! It doesn’t matter what technical knowledge you have – as long as you are having fun. And don’t eat too much pizza, overeating tends to be unhealty.

Enjoy!

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32 Responses to “The openSUSE 12.3 Beta is Out! Time for Pizza…”

  1. Hi all!

    Spreading for spanish speakers Geekos!!
    - http://victorhckinthefreeworld.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/opensuse-12-3-beta-1-ya-disponible-para-descargar/

    Have a lot of fun!!

  2. Stefan Sauer

    Would be nice to also mention the Gnome version under “Desktops and apps”. Thanks!

  3. Rizki Aulia Rachman

    Wow!, First Beta realease, i cant wait the openSUSE 12.3 that will be realeased soon!

  4. Torrent do not work!

  5. ludolph

    Installation on VirtualBox always crashed?! So, any testing is inpossible.

  6. KCheck SHA1 944f60dc70891c99140a384bdcd74cfb30d845ae

    SHA1 b5ed426a1bd3ea88ccae15a7e929416957cc7876 openSUSE-DVD-Build0348-i586.iso

  7. dingletoot

    I hope they finally get rid of that random penguins easter egg. It makes openSUSE look quite unprofessional.

  8. Johnfm3

    I have a huge functionality suggestion request….

    As a parent raising kids in todays era of tech, it would be nice to build a firewall using SuSEFirewall2 which can open an close ports on a time schedual. I have squid running for my proxy which has time rules for HTTP, but many of the games such as Guild Wars an WOW dont run on port 80.

    It would be cool to enable/disable port(s) such as 6112 (used to play GW for example) between specified hours.

    I have done this via scrips an the cron, but that makes my install not “Out of Box”. So for anyone having to admin my network if I am away becomes 1 step harder.

    All in all, I have been very satified with the work SuSE/Novell team have done. Been using since 7.2. Keep up the great work.

    John

  9. vrm

    does grub2 now work with non-ext* partitions ? I hate ext4 and would like to revert to xfs ( which I was using with grub1).

  10. Majo

    Great stuff… MD5-Checksum does not match ISO-file

    go compare yourself: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.3-Beta1/iso/openSUSE-DVD-Build0348-i586.iso.md5

    correct one would be: 428b897052bd95578dc0961e6a195083

  11. ludolph

    Who is responsible for this extraordinary achievement? openSUSE team is drunk or what?

  12. frankenweenie

    openSUSE 12.2 with GNOME 3 is one of the stablest and most elegant of operating systems I’ve ever. Much better than all the gotchas I always encounter with KDE (no matter which OS it runs under).

  13. David

    64-bit does not install on system with ATI FireMV 2200 PCI installed. Install begins after video card is removed and onboard video is enabled.

    64-bit checksum error then occurs. Invalid installation and missing repository.

    • David

      32-bit begins installation but then reboots after the initial kernel load. Never get to the point to select packages.

      Install with onboard video works, put back the ATI card and the system reboots constantly.

      Pull ATI FireMV 2200 PCI off the compatibility list.

  14. Sajan

    Any idea about UEFI boot support for opensuse ?

  15. Problem rich the internet conneting

  16. eco2geek

    I don’t know if anyone on the openSUSE team reads these comments, but I’d like to say kudos to the openSUSE artwork team. KDE’s default artwork (wallpaper, colors, desktop theme, icons) look great.

    Other comments: It’s nice that the live KDE CD actually fits on a CD, but the 700 MB limitation means you’re missing important things. Like an office suite. And a PDF viewer (like Okular). And it would be really nice if you included utilities like gcc, make, and the kernel headers, so things like the current version of the VirtualBox Guest Additions could be compiled. In other words, maybe it’s time to think about producing a live DVD. (Actually, maybe it’s time to start using USB thumbdrives rather than plastic coasters…)

    To those griping about the beta not running in VirtualBox: Just go ahead and install the Guest Additions. The main module won’t compile from the live CD, but the graphics driver will be installed, and then you can get to the GUI by cycling to runlevel 3 and back to runlevel 5.

    • Tim Oosterhoff

      Also for me OpenSuse 12.3 beta 1 would not be installed in a Virtualbox. Can you give me some detail steps to fix it. (I red about runlevels but do not understand that.)

  17. Can we PLEASE have Mono 3.03 (the absolute latest) version as the default in 12.3 ?

    Yes, its marked as the BETA non LTS version on the go-mono page, but the features are worth the jump. Allow fallback to LTS 2.10.x in the repository.

    Features in 3.x vs 2.10 are:

    C# 5.0 compiler
    .NET 4.5 Profile

    Microsoft OpenSource Frameworks which include:
    System.Net.Http.Formatting.dll
    System.Web.Http.dll
    System.Web.Razor.dll
    System.Web.WebPages.Deployment.dll
    System.Web.WebPages.Razor.dll
    System.Web.WebPages.dll
    System.Web.Mvc.dll
    System.Json.dll
    EntityFramework.dll

    New SGEN, Garbage collectors etc etc…

    From memory the last build had 3.01… Which had a few issues.

    3.03 built from source seems very stable in my testing.

  18. hopeful

    Real men who dare to install this on real hardware should also be aware that their boot manager can be damaged by 12.3 Beta 1.
    And of course, that SUSE does not offer any way to fix boot manager, there is no such option in the DVD, Yast or whatever. Grub2 does not even have a menu editor in Yast.
    Just lost half a day in trying to get my other operating systems back. I would never dare to endanger my work computer, but this all worked with same partitioning with GRUB2 and SUSE 12.3 milestone 2.
    Anyway, the Yast message “The GRUB2 is still under develope and test. Proceed?” adds to the flair.
    Never trust software with typos in it.

  19. Bob Upmode

    When will UEFI support be implemented? Difficult to get any Linux on a new laptop.

  20. 64 bit DVD install hangs at little over 30% .

    Tried to install it alongside of win 7 on ASUS X5DC laptop.

    Partitioned as:
    sda6 /boot
    sda7 /SWAP
    sda8 /
    sda9 /home

    GRUB2 set to sda6

    Previous DVD iso hanged same way too.

  21. user

    When will be opensuse manuals available from KDE HELP CENTER????

  22. Hema Sathya Vinod Kumar

    Hi, i am using the dell i7 laptop with 16 GB memory. I start the Suse OS 12.2 and i see the temperature raises from 65% to 84% with just the firefox browser opened. Also i have a inbuilt graphics and a nvidia graphics card, i am unable to switch between the two, and as nvidia provides the install itself can we use that in the build itself. Can you please help in fixing these in the latest versions.
    Also can you please include the sesudo software and please also add the non oss and any other opensuse links in the repository.

    Sorry i did not meant to say anything negative, as i always love linux with Open Suse installed, just trying to make better of it.