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Announcing openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1

August 9th, 2007 by

The openSUSE team is proud to announce the first Beta release of openSUSE 10.3. There are many exciting enhancements and features in the new release. Among these are a whole new and greatly improved package management stack (libzypp), significantly faster boot time, parts of KDE 4, a 1-CD KDE Install and a 1-CD GNOME install, beautiful green artwork, a new One-Click Install technology that integrates with the openSUSE Build Service and much more

What’s New

CD Boot Screen Default Background SUSE greeter
For some more screenshots head over to Screenshots/openSUSE_10.3 on the wiki.

Desktop Advances

1-Click Install: As we recently announced, the openSUSE Build Service front-end got a complete makeover and now also utilizes the new One-Click Install technology. This new feature allows you to install applications at the single click of a button. More announcements on the way this is used are to come.

KDE 4: In the early stages of development we noted that openSUSE was to be among the early adopters of KDE 4.0, and we can start to see this coming through in openSUSE 10.3. The latest stable KDE 3.5.7 is included as the default KDE session, but this release also includes some KDE 4 applications (such as KDE games) in by default. All other parts of KDE 4 are directly available in the official online repositories, and of course the KDE 4 repository in the openSUSE Build Service will continue to regularly release snapshots.

New Media Selection

This new release has a few changes in media, which also includes two new CDs: one KDE installation CD, and one GNOME installation CD, so you no longer have to download three CDs to get openSUSE running! See below for more details.

Under the Hood

New Package Management: The new package management system (libzypp) is a significant improvement over the old one offering you many advanced features, increased reliability, and an incredible speed-up.

Improved Boot Time: Improvements in boot time were frequently-suggested enhancement requests from openSUSE users. As the result of continued tests (1, 2), we can now release the first set of improvements to the init (boot) scripts, with even more to come in the future.


  • Linux kernel
  • gcc 4.2.1
  • libzypp 3.12.1

Important Changes Since Alpha 7

  • GNOME 2.19.6
  • Revised DVD5 (the DVD is now made up mainly from patterns)
  • Revised GNOME CD (after a lot of valuable feedback – thanks)

It has only been one week since Alpha 7, but we have seen 575 package submissions since then, so we have got plenty of features finished. As a consequence you will also find a few more bugs around, so do not be too surprised when you find these..

A more detailed list of changes is available via the Factory/News page.

Information and Download

Most Annoying Bugs

  • Flash/nspluginviewer blocks Konqueror and takes 100% CPU (Bug 294385)
  • Registration fails in some cases (Bug 261239)
  • The signature of the Release Notes can’t be checked (Bug 283738)
  • GNOME x86_64 ISO is still too big for a CD (Bug 296915)
  • Missing calculation of installing RPM size (Bug 293039)

See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_10.3_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

Call for Testing

If you want to help testing our standard test-cases, please coordinate with others and subscribe to the opensuse-testing@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list to help with our organized testing.


  • The new HAL version unfortunately missed the deadline and we did not want to rush it in late. So we’re asking everyone to test the HAL update from home:/dkukawka:/hal-beta/openSUSE_Factory/ after installation and test if their devices are correctly recognized, if your burn applications behave correctly, etc. Our internal QA will do the same and we will integrate this into Factory as soon as possible.

Media and Download

openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 for i386, x86-64 and ppc comes as different media sets, all of which can be downloaded from http://software.opensuse.org/developer:

  • 1 DVD containing OSS and NonOSS software (torrents for: i386, x86_64, ppc)
  • 1 CD with a default KDE installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc)
  • 1 CD with a default GNOME installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc)
  • 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages on it (i386 or x86_64, ppc)
  • 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra languages (the DVD contains support for english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese, czech, danish, norwegian, khmer, hungarian, polish; the DVD has support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media) (i386, x86_64, ppc)
  • DVD/CDs containing the sources corresponding to the media

We have created Delta ISOs from openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7; please use them for download. The DVDs and the source media are only available via bittorrent. For more information, links to sources and the Delta ISOs, see the development version wiki page.

Comments, Feedback and Helping

openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 is a great time to start testing-out openSUSE 10.3 before it is officially released. You can directly help and contribute to the openSUSE distribution by filing bug reports and giving feedback to the developers.

Please report all bugs you find on in our Bugzilla as explained on bugs.openSUSE.org. Discussion and feedback is very welcome as well; the most appropriate place is the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. If you have specific bug queries or are thinking of helping by filing bugs, please also stop by for our first-ever Bug Slashing Weekend starting this Saturday!

For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community take a look at the Communicate wiki page.

The next planned release is openSUSE 10.3 Beta 2 on Thursday, August 23.

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56 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1”

  1. Dr. Daniel


    there is no portuguese language

    best regardes

    Dr. Daniel

  2. Erunno

    Argh, I posted my comment under the wrong news. Ah well, I’ll just post it again. ;-)

    I’m really looking forward to the final release and would like to express my gratitude to all contributors for all the hard work. I’ve switched from Kubuntu to openSUSE a couple of months ago and never looked back. Now let’s hope that more people will find their way to this excellent distribution, it would certainly deserve it.

  3. zk

    It seems that the link to the i386 DVD torrent is pointing to the ppc torrent :-) That could be fixed.

  4. Bob K.

    Wallpaper is not good at all! Way to much green and it looks like an insect. Not to professional looking. Blue was way better. Please change the wallpaper before release!. A nice landscape photo would be way better.

  5. Daniel Ryan

    I like how it looks so far,i hope conpiz-fusin is gonna be in it. I like the green desktop -way better than the blue.Looking foward to downloading final. Any idea on the release date?

  6. Cogar

    It looks like the controversial feature is the wallpaper. :) Add me to the “I don’t like the green” list.

    I am also looking forward to the final release. I hope the wireless networking is a little more stable.

  7. peter

    Also, I don’t like this green! The best theme was in 10.1!
    Anyway, do you know if user in KDE control center can change his login KDM picture by himself? Because in 10.3 alpha7 without root password can’t…

    • I think this feature is already in 10.2 and even older: the admin has to enable user pictures within the “Login Manager” module by setting the “User Image Source” option to something other than “Admin”. Then all users can set their picture in the “Password & User Account” module (which does not more than creating a ~/.face.icon file).

  8. paul

    Is it a live CD?

  9. Wes

    I very seldom like any wallpaper provided with distros, no big deal. there are usually alternatives supplied or I find one I do like. Just keep the green it makes Suse distinctive.

  10. Odysseys

    And not the version for Intel Macs..?
    How long I must wait? Another ten years?

  11. Green is Cool!
    Blue is Cool!
    openSuse 10.3 is really Cool!
    So, chill about the wallpaper! There is lot’s of other stuff to sink your teeth into girls and guys.
    Any idea from anyone on when KDE4 will officially ship with openSuse…SVG is cool ;-)

    • Anonymous

      Officially: probably the version after 10.3. However, as soon as KDE 4.0 is release you can be guaranteed that openSUSE will have packages available before anyone else. :-)

  12. ajmal

    I was hoping SUSE would come up with little Faster os,cause when i used opensuse 10.1 i felt terrible with speeds of my pc i have decent p4 i386 pc,now that it is under testing i would love to see speed improvements,both in os and Yast(software installation).Also cut-short this bulky os with Unneccsary softwares,what i need is basic running pc from the First cd then additional packages in other cd’s(or all
    in one dvd).I was happy to see single cd installs.I need multimedia support to be OUT OF
    THE BOX,just include kdetv and its drivers like v4l in first cd.Please include all neccesary codecs in addon cd with flash and java packages too.i hope to see suse XFCE version too.

    Thanks for everything,
    MakeSuse like a chameleon.
    different flavors.

    • Anonymous

      Have you tried the Beta 1? There’s loads of speed improvements around the place (package management, boot time, etc).

      The “minimal system” has also really been cut down, and that’s why there’s 1-CD installation media. There’s a far smaller minimal base system which makes it possible.

      The AddOn Non-OSS CD _does_ have Flash and Java, too.

  13. B

    I like the new green wallpaper. Keep it up!

  14. opensuse10.2

    i really liked opensuse. Apparmour was the only thing i dind’t like. it was so easy to manipulate it. I hope suse has made an improvements to the apparmour in direction selinux or kind of. if they did, then opensuse is going to be the greatest distro of all.
    about the wallpaper – the green version makes it more destinctive, so i suggest they should keep it – more eye-friendly

  15. Free Software fan

    blllleeeeeee :( MS-Suse :(

    • apokryphos

      MS-SUSE, why? Because they include code that was the result from interoperability agreement with Microsoft? I hope you’re not using any other popular distributions too, then, because they will all happily include the code as well. Take a look at the Novell-MS FAQ for a little more information.

      • Free Software fan

        Because this agreement split Linux world to 2 parts: bad (illegal, which breaks mysterious patents) and good (with Microsoft blessing)

        I had Suse for few years but after this agreemet I switch to Ubuntu/Debian

        • I’m really not sure what you mean about bad/good, but even if there is some type of split (thinking about things in this way is really quite tedious), I know it’s certainly not because of any direct aspect of the deal itself. I know this because I’ve had direct first-hand experience in literally countless discussions and I can honestly say people really don’t have a proper idea (at all) about what exactly is “offensive” about the deal.

          It’s the same usual, vocal poisonous people in the “community” who re-iterate endless negative headlines with little or no substantiation. I mean, the amount of people I have heard say, (i) that Novell has immunity from Microsoft (anything but true; they’re fierce competitors), (ii) that countless SUSE people have left because of this (just not true, but many people really enjoy speculating), or that (iii) the deal violates the GPLv2 (untrue), or that (iv) Novell will have “to pay” when GPLv3 comes out (and it didn’t affect them) is always astounding. The list, of course, goes on, which is why we have that FAQ.

          Personally I love being in SUSE precisely because I know they are doing so, so much for free and open software every single day. No other Linux distributor pays the same amount of people to work on the Linux desktop, which Novell are actively pursuing. Novell are the ones that are sponsoring so many developers to work on the Kernel, GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice.org, GCC, ALSA etc which we all very-much-love using. It’s great to be in a distribution that does so much work and concentrates on contributing to the upstream rather than just making packages (obviously this isn’t in itself bad at all, too).

        • yadda

          Novell apologists would deny so, but the fact is that Novell is lately playing for the other side. With things that are ridiculous like forking openOffice into a version for windows that is more powerful (Seriously, wtf?) Spreading FUD against other distros (Which is just a shame) Pushing for MONO-fication of gnome (And thus make it dependent on MS) Letting MS make Linux a second class citizen by allowing it to be virtualized on windows but not complaining about MS not letting it happen otherwise. Advertising MS’ “optionally-open XML”, silverlight and other threats to open source. Pushing moonlight which – according to Miguel Icaza and Novell themselves – will only be distributable legally by Novell , not even in openSUSE.

          I think that by now it would be shortsighted not to call the deal harmful to Linux.


  16. Rich

    Does it have proprietary drivers for ATi, nvidia, and wifi? Or Does one still have to play around with different kernels, ndiswrapper, madwifi
    to get it up and running? Or do I have to download a DVD to get these running? A lot of other ‘open source’ distro’s have easy installs and work arounds for these .

  17. I honestly hope FreeTDS is going to be part of the default distribution as well as the PHP library built with support for SQL Server. I seriously do not want to recompile from source if I don’t have to. This would boost my development effort a bit as well as a few other people I’ve seen make the request.

  18. Ohh nooo :( please remove this
    GIMP Splash Screen
    and this Open office splash Screen (I mean this silver/gray background :P) It’s look horrible ….

    … SuSE rules :) Nice work !!!
    Looks almost great… :)

    Waiting for stable version….

  19. John

    great start so far love the wallpaper and the menu. how about for future versions adding 1-Click Install for the nvidia driver or including it on the dvd

    • Someone, opensuse-community.org or the community Software Portal site, will likely offer all the stuff you want for 1-Click installation. It only needs someone to host an xml somewhere :-)…

  20. Gary

    Green is distinctive for this distribution, and I’m happy to see a return to roots. The default design DOES look like an insect, but the color is still a very nice choice.

    If nVidia/ATI drivers will not be installed by default, then when will the openSUSE CNR plug-in be available?


  21. ra100

    Excatly, i think green color distinctive for SuSE,openSUSE….It fits.Like was SuSE 9.3, for example.
    Add me to the “I don’t like the blue” list. ;)

  22. likeatim

    what about font display? has it improved? is freetype enabled with cleartype?
    or do we patch freetype2 again? ;)

  23. Joey Pender

    Wow, nice work! I really appreciate the decreased loading speeds, its like I can finally breathe now!

  24. openSUSE

    I like openSUSE 10.3 Beta1, it looks promising and is really stable (no freezes, no X crash and even NVidia works with 3D games). I also like YaST with GTK interface but I noticed one regression there. In traditional YaST I could sort files by name or by size, in GTK version of YaST I can’t do that so it would be the only problem for me so far.

  25. Simby

    do you support 14.

  26. sorry, do you support EXT4?

  27. Don

    Is wireless supported now , specificaly adm8211 chips ?
    Thanks , good job overall !!

  28. Kumar

    I like Suse with green and hate the blue wallpaper.

  29. openSUSE

    There is also another small regression. Bug in gnome-main-menu. When I click on Install Software button and enter password – nothing happens. This bug appears also in openSUSE 10.2 but I suppose I will need to report it to bugzilla…

  30. Tito

    I just yesterday installed 10.2, can i upgrade to this release with yast?

  31. Carl

    Nice to see KDE on the screenshots, instead of Gnome. SuSE was always meant to be a KDE distro.

  32. openSUSE

    Yes, KDE is well supported in KDE. What a shame I’m a big GNOME fan :/ I wish openSUSE could improve support for GNOME (more polishing, more native apps like update manager etc.).

  33. openSUSE

    I meant “Yes, KDE is well supported in openSUSE” :rolleyes:

  34. Morphasella

    i really wish the official release will enable plug and play for usb wireless adapter (laptop and desktop), built in wifi adapter(mini pci perhaps), webcam. yeah, we can simply solve it by installing ndiswrapper or madwifi, but for newbie, it is too hassle. hehe, i was considered a newbie 7 days ago.. been stood in front of laptop 24/7 to get use to it.

    anyway, too many packages, hope someone can suggest any website have admin/moderator/author as well as users who review the packages. I need to know which is the best of the best. Im afraid if I try it by myself, it will KABOOM!


  35. jhbarnett

    I really love openSUSE, but tried the KDE4 Live CD and was not impressed with it so far — hope it improves!

  36. Linux User 147560

    Will OpenSuSE include support in the near future?

  37. Linux User 147560

    Drat! It’s supposed to say ReiserFS 4 support in the near future?!