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openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 3 is out!

March 15th, 2010 by

Geeko at work

The third of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 3 focuses on using GCC 4.5 as the default compiler, leaving a great deal of the work in the hands of the openSUSE Build Service after a few issues (such as kernel panics) were resolved.

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openSUSE Weekly News #91 is out!

October 3rd, 2009 by

news Issue #91 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

    • openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Released
    • Federico Mena-Quintero: The openSUSE Boost Team
    • Linux.com/Rob Day: The Kernel Newbie Corner: “initrd” and “initramfs”–What’s Up With That?
    • Amarok 2.2 “Sunjammer” released
    • Linux Weekly News/rebecca Sobol: An interview with Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier

      For a list of available translations see this page:
      http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/91/Translations.

      Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 Now Available

      November 13th, 2008 by

      Greetings, openSUSE fans! We have another development release ready for your testing pleasure. openSUSE 11.1 beta 5 is now available for immediate download and testing.

      You may have noticed that we were scheduled to release RC 1 today. However, as Stephan Kulow mentioned on openSUSE-Factory list on Tuesday, we have several blocker bugs and 11 P1 bugs still present. While we’re ready to do another release today, we decided that it wasn’t ready to be called a release candidate. This shouldn’t push back the final release, but it will mean that we will only plan to have one release candidate.

      With just a little more than a month before the public release on December 18th, there’s still plenty to do. So, roll up your sleeves and start downloading!

      Call for Testing

      We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta releases.  Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems. Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or beta release for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs.

      See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on testing.

      To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

      What’s changed since beta 4?

      Major changes in this release include:

      • More 11.1 branding is now in place.
      • Upgrade to PackageKit 0.3.9
      • Integration of Smolt finished
      • More translations!
      • Linux kernel updated to 2.6.27.5
      • KDE 4.1.3
      • Xfce 4.4.3
      • Many updated packages, including: Amarok, Banshee, Blender, Digikam, Bazaar, Frozen Bubble, The GIMP, LyX, and Wine.

      See the Factory News page for changes in the Factory distribution between release announcements. DistroWatch also carries an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

      OpenOffice.org 3.0 is shaping up nicely for 11.1. Petr Mladek has sent in the following new and remaining bugs for OpenOffice.org:

      + OOo does not start in KDE when OpenOffice_org-gnome is installed (bnc#442678)
      + Pyuno components are still not registered
      + Mono integration is not correctly installed
      + Localized strings are not updated from extra sources
      + The user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead of real files. This may be a feature, but it might also cause problems in the future
      + Missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (bnc#428403)
      + Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About” works but the “Shuffle” does nothing. Also, you can’t move the puzzle pieces with a mouse.

      These bugs are being worked on for RC1.

      Media and Download

      11.1 beta 5 can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. You can find mirrors that have beta 5 images here:

      http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1-Beta5/iso/

      This release does include PPC media, so users with PowerPC machines have the opportunity to test beta 5 on those as well.

      Most Annoying Bugs

      While many bugs have been eliminated since the last beta, we still have a few remaining (and new) bugs that testers should be aware of:

      Selecting KDE 3.5 also installs KDE4 workspace and defaults to KDE4. Workaround: Choose KDE3 desktop at login manager.
      Installation via network on Pegasos2 and Efika is not possible since the initial image does not contain the network drivers (they are available after installation)
      Bug #439126: Hibernation does not work with 32-bit PAE kernels.
      Bug #432980: On some Intel chipsets (945GM) display can’t wake from sleep.
      Bug #444127: kupdateapplet shows error when license is requested
      Bug #437735: printers are not installed
      Bug #444519: the i586 DVD does not contain any i686 glibc

      Future Release Announcements

      Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to call out for future release announcements, please send an email to Zonker with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

      Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Now Available

      November 3rd, 2008 by

      Hot on the heels of openSUSE 11.1 beta 3, the openSUSE Project is happy to announce the availability of openSUSE 11.1 beta 4.

      This release includes a number of important bugfixes since the last beta, as well as a few new bugs that need to be squashed before the final release. Read on for details about this release and how to get involved with testing.

      Screenshots

      KDE4 Cover Switch Effect

      KDE4 Cube Effect

      GNOME Desktop SearchF-Spot Photo Manager

      If you’re curious about what openSUSE 11.1 will look like, have a look at the rest of the screenshots on the openSUSE wiki. Thanks to Kevin Dupuy and Martin Schlander for taking the time to put up the screenshots!

      Important: Call for Testing

      We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta release. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems, however.

      We have a page of new features specific to openSUSE 11.1 here: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

      Please use this page to identify and test new features — and then mark them complete when you’ve finished testing.

      See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on Testing.

      To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

      What’s changed since beta 3?

      Major changes in this release include:

      Inclusion of Nomad, a set of components that provide an unmatchable remote desktop experience to openSUSE. See more at: http://en.opensuse.org/Nomad

      Timo Hoenig reports that fingerprint reader support is now feature complete, and he’s accepting bugs. The most common fingerprint readers on the market should “just work,” and users can register their fingerprint using the YaST module. Once registered, users can log in using their fingerprint. Console, GDM, ‘su – $USER’, gnome-screensaver, and gnomsu should all work with fingerprint support. KDE status is unknown.

      • Linux 2.6.27.4 kernel
      • Mono 2.0.1
      • GNOME 2.24.1
      • VirtualBox 2.0.4
      • Evolution 2.24.1
      • Banshee 1.3.3

      See DistroWatch for an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

      Webcam Support Re-enabled

      Some Webcam and framegrabber drivers had been removed from the kernel, but are now re-enabled in beta 4. The list of supported drivers includes:

      Mediavision Pro Movie Studio
      Quickcam BW
      QuickCam Colour
      W9966CF Webcam (FlyCam Supra and others)
      CPiA
      CPiA2
      Stradis 4:2:2 MPEG-2
      Zoran ZR36057/36067
      Sony Vaio Picturebook Motion Eye
      Siemens-Nixdorf ‘Multimedia eXtension Board’
      Conexant cx23416/cx23415 MPEG encoder/decoder (aka ivtv)
      USB 3com HomeConnect (aka vicam)
      USB IBM (Xirlink) C-it Camera
      USB Konica Webcam
      USB Logitech Quickcam Messenger
      OmniVision Camera Chip
      USB W996[87]CF JPEG Dual Mode Camera
      USB OV511 Camera
      USB SE401 Camera
      USB STV680 (Pencam) Camera
      USB Philips Cameras
      ForteMedia FM801 + TEA5757 tuner

      Thanks to Jean Delvare for the report.

      Media and Download

      11.1 beta 4 is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available at http://software.opensuse.org/developer.

      See http://en.opensuse.org/Mirror_Selection for a full list of mirrors. Note that you don’t need to choose a mirror yourself, but you can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror manually.

      Most Annoying Bugs

      The list of annoying bugs is getting smaller! Still, a few things that we need to mention:

      • Bug #440816: OpenOffice.org 3.0 cannot be started
      • GNOME branding is broken with DVD installs, looks correct on live cds
      • GNOME updater will ask for registration, this is broken. Just ignore the question
      • KDE updater will not ask for smolt integration (which the GNOME updater should ask for too).

      Future Release Announcements

      Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to call out for future release announcements, please send an email to Zonker with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

      Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

      Status Update for openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4

      October 31st, 2008 by

      After work on the remaining show-stopper bugs we found this week, we have solved the blocker bugs, but were unable to generate all the necessary media and have it propagated to the mirrors in time for a Friday release per our release policy.

      We are confident that we will be able to release on Monday, however, so please check back Monday for the release announcement. Or subscribe to the openSUSE announce mailing list (opensuse-announce+subscribe@opensuse.org) to receive the announcement as soon as the release is ready.

      Thanks again for your patience. We look forward to this beta and moving closer to 11.1!

      openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Slip

      October 30th, 2008 by

      Just a quick note. The 11.1 release is slipping by at least one day due to a few major problems with the DVDs found during testing.

      Specifically:

      • The network is broken during second-stage installation
      • No update repos are registered

      There are some further problems with missing branding for GNOME, the slideshow and release notes don’t display, and some bugs that we hope will be ironed out shortly.

      We are still aiming to release beta 4 this week, and will be providing further updates as events warrant.

      While we don’t like to slip the schedule, we still consider it important to release betas in a condition that allows significant testing. If you’re interested in following openSUSE development and testing more closely, we recommend subscribing to the openSUSE Factory mailing list.

      Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available

      October 22nd, 2008 by

      The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the availability of beta 3 of the 11.1 release. It’s a few days late, but much better for the delay. Beta 3 is now available for immediate download and testing.

      As mentioned on news.opensuse.org, this release was delayed significantly by the power outage in Nuremberg over the weekend of October 11th.

      Important: Call for Testing
      We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta release. Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems, however.

      We have a page of new features specific to openSUSE 11.1 here: http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.1 This is a definitive list of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

      Please use this page to identify and test new features — and then mark them complete when you’ve finished testing.

      See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on Testing.

      To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the openSUSE-Factory channel #on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

      What’s changed since beta 2?
      Major changes in this release include:

      • Live CDs for x86 and GNOME and KDE
      • OpenOffice.org 3.0
      • Mono 2.0 Final
      • Linux 2.6.27.1 (fixes e1000e issue)
      • CUPS 1.3.9
      • Parts of 11.1 branding are now in place
      • Amarok 2.0 beta 2
      • Banshee 1.3.2
      • GNOME 2.24

      Installing openSUSE 11.1 beta 3 on Mac OS X machines should work fine.  Previous openSUSE releases would not write the partition table correctly to the MBR, but it should now be possible to install openSUSE on Macs more easily.

      KVM is broken in this release due to a kernel configuration change before beta 3. It should be working in the next release.

      OpenOffice.org 3.0 integration continues and should be much better in this release. The most annoying bugs with missing icons, broken dialogs, Java registration, and others should be fixed. However, a few bugs remain, and new ones have been reported. Current issues include:

      • KDE and GNOME integration is ignored (bnc#433076)
      • GNOME quickstarter does not work (bnc#434778)
      • localized strings are not updated from extra sources
      • optional packages are not really optional because the registry files are not spread correctly
      • the user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead of that real files; it might be a feature but it might also cause problems in the future.
      • pyuno components are still not registered
      • Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About” works but the “Shuffle” does nohing. Also, pieces can’t be moved by mouse.
      • some missing hacks from ooo-build/bin/package-ooo and older OOo.spec
      • missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (to build voiko…, bnc#428403)

      See DistroWatch for an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

      Media and Download
      The 11.1 beta is just one of the releases that will lead to the final 11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap. Downloads are available here:

      http://software.opensuse.org/developer

      See http://en.opensuse.org/Mirror_Selection for a full list of mirrors. Note that you don’t need to choose a mirror yourself, but you can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror manually.

      Most Annoying Bugs
      * no x86_64 LiveCDs available
      * no PPC ISOs available (due to Bug #431945)
      * Bug #432732: yast2-x11: Broken xorg.conf written during installation (GeForce 6200TC/7300LE/7300SE/Go 7300, Intel 965G/965GM, Radeon, vmware). Workaround: Use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch to console, login as root, init 3, sax2 -r, init 5.
      * Bug #436949: screensaver crashes gdm
      * Bug #437411: su and console login do not work. Workaround: sudo vi /etc/pam.d/common-auth and remove the pam_fp line. We will release a test update.
      * Bug #428963: dbus-1 session bus connection policy bug / was gnomesu.  We will release a test update.
      * Bug #436835: sbl installed and running by default
      * Bug #436524: GDM autologin – somewhat broken …
      * XEN does not work [a huge number of bug reports]

      Future Release Announcements
      Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to call out for future release announcements, please send an email to Zonker (zonker@opensuse.org) with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

      Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

      Status Update: openSUSE 11.1 beta 3

      October 19th, 2008 by

      A quick status update on openSUSE 11.1 beta 3. The DVD installation ISOs were not complete by Friday night, and only the x86 live CDs have built correctly — the x86_64 images are too large to fit on CD-R media. Building the distro was not finished until end of business (EOB) Nuremberg time.

      The team will try another test build Monday morning and see what the state of the build is. If those work well, we should be able to push out a release Tuesday. Otherwise beta 4 will be delayed further and we will provide further updates.

      We’re sorry for the delays, but we are more interested in pushing out a usable beta 3 release than rushing something out the door that isn’t suitable for widespread testing.

      openSUSE 11.1 Beta3 Delayed

      October 16th, 2008 by

      openSUSE 11.1 beta 3 will be delayed by several days. We originally scheduled the release for today (October 16) but the power outage last Friday left us unable to check in packages temporarily, and pushed the schedule back by several days.

      We had a first build this morning and have checked in more than 20 packages to fix the most serious problems. We expect to release the third beta on Monday (October 20), or later, depending on the status of the builds on Friday.

      We’ll give an update Friday as to the status of the next beta release. Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to your help in testing and working on openSUSE 11.1 when we release beta 3!

      Status of the e1000e Issue

      October 3rd, 2008 by

      This is an update on the status of the e1000e issue. Our openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 release contained a bug that would cause the non-volatile memory (NVM) of the e1000e controller to be corrupted in certain hardware combinations. This NVM is shared with other components of the system.

      We are still working on root-causing the issue, in close cooperation with developers from Intel and the general Linux community.

      In the Beta 2 release, the e1000e driver has been augmented with several kernel patches that prevent all of the plausible scenarios where the NVM would be overwritten. This includes a patch that enables write-protection of the NVM. In order to corrupt the NVM with this patch in place, an application or kernel module would have to undo this write protection explicitly before being able to erase the NVM. Most of these protective measures have been implemented within the e1000e driver.

      All tests performed so far have shown that with these protections in place, we are unable to reproduce the NVM corruption that could be seen with beta1. On some machines that were tested, a beta1 installation could lead to NVM corruption within 10-30 reboots, whereas a beta2 installation would perform 270 reboots without corrupting the NVM.

      Therefore, we have made a conscious decision to leave the e1000e driver enabled by default. We think with the additional safeguards in place (most of which are part of the e1000e driver), the NVM is better protected than without loading the driver. This is based on the assumption that the e1000e driver shares the NVM with other parts of the system.

      Nevertheless, users have the option to install beta2 with the e1000e driver disabled, by adding the following to the kernel command line when booting from the installation CD/DVD:

      broken_modules=e1000e

      This will prevent the driver from being loaded during installation, and will also add it to the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, which will prevent it from being loaded automatically in the future.