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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Released

August 24th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 (M6) is available for download. This release includes new packages on the GNOME and KDE live CDs, Python 3.1, and Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6.

This is a Milestone Release, one of several that lead up to the 11.2 final release in November. It may not be suitable for production systems, but is ready for contributors who want to help with testing and development for 11.2.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 5

Milestone 6 includes new packages on the KDE live CD (Choqok, KNode, Kompare, KSystemlog, Okteta and more) and Transmission is now on the GNOME live CD. This release includes Python 3.1, PackageKit 0.5.1, and a number of updated packages, including:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6
  • Firefox 3.5.2
  • GIMP 2.6.7
  • GNOME 2.28 Beta
  • Konversation 1.2 Alpha 6
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Beta 2
  • VirtualBox 3.0.4
  • Wine 1.1.27

A more complete list can be found on the wiki and an updated list of Factory packages can be found on DistroWatch.

11.2 is looking fantastic. Want screenshots? We’ve got ‘em! Check out the shots here, and/or add your own.

Most Annoying Bugs

As this is a milestone release, 11.2 M6 does contain a few bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing. The big bugs in 11.2 M6 are:

  • Evolution not on the GNOME live CDs.
  • Second stage of live CD installation runs in text-mode.
  • Calling “Install Software” from start menus of both KDE and GNOME fails, work-around: start module over YaST Control Center.
  • Downloads/updates with aria/metalink support will fail, work-around: “export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0″.

You can track the Most Annoying Bugs on the wiki along with 11.2 development.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M6 does have a few bugs that we know about — but there may be more lurking somewhere in the release that haven’t been found yet. If you want to make sure 11.2 final is free of Most Annoying Bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. 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.

Get Milestone 6 Today!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release today! Downloads are available at software.opensuse.org/developer/ now.

Note, if you need to try the live DVD on a machine with no CD-ROM drive, you can copy it to a USB key with the following command:

dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

Replace “image.iso” with the name of the ISO image that you have downloaded, and replace “sdX” with the actual device name of your USB drive. Be careful! This will erase the target device, so make sure you have the correct device name and have any vital data backed up!

The next milestone is scheduled to be released on September 10. A reminder: only two more milestone releases are planned for 11.2, followed by two release candidate (RC) releases. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

openSUSE Project Announces csync

January 8th, 2009 by

Andreas Schneider has unleashed the first public release candidate of csync 0.42, which is now available as source from the csync Web site, or via one-click for openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1.

As mobile computing becomes more and more important, file synchronization is more important than ever. Our jobs often require working not only on multiple computers, but in multiple locations, and disconnected from our networks. To help solve this problem, we need effective strategies for replication of user data and files.

csync is a bidirectional file synchronizer for Linux and allows to keep two copies of files and directories in sync. It uses uses widely adopted protocols like smb or sftp so that there is no need for a server component of csync. It is a user-level program which means there is no need to be a superuser. With pam_csync it is possible to create roaming home directories.

For more on using csync, see the user guide. Please report bugs using the bugtracker. For more information on csync, or to get involved with development, see the csync Web site and join the devel lists or find help in IRC.

Release Party In Nuremberg

December 10th, 2008 by
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Just a reminder, we will have a party on the releasy day in Nuremberg. If you are nearby, don’t miss it! We plan to have some demo systems, burn service and of course some food and drinks. It’s on December, 18th, 18:00-21:00 CET.
The address is Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nuremberg, Germany :-)
Google Maps, Stairs up, turn left and you will see the entrance like in the picture.
Please send an email to me if you want to come to the party, mlasars _at! suse !dot_ de (subject: party).

If you are not from Nuremberg, look first at the party locations at the wiki, or make your own party!

openSUSE-Education: Live-CD, CD-Cover and 1.0 Beta2 for openSUSE 11.1

December 4th, 2008 by

Here are the first results of the great last Meeting of the openSUSE-Education Team two weeks ago…

We are proud to announce the first openSUSE Live-CD containing applications from openSUSE-Education – created via Studio by Andrea Florio!

http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Education_1.0.i686-0.0.5-LiveCD.iso (696M)

This ISO image is based on openSUSE 11.0 (x86) and enhanced with a few of our applications for Education. We are currently testing the possibilities of SUSE Studio with the Live-Media – and might release updated versions in a shorter timeframe. Stay tuned!

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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.