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Announcing openSUSE 10.3 RC1

September 20th, 2007 by

After quite a few rebuilds and testing, the openSUSE team is happy to announce that RC1 looks brilliant and is now available for download. We consider this release to be feature complete, stable, and suitable for testing from any user. For more information on the release schedule, take a look at the Roadmap.

10.3 - KDE Default Desktop 10.3 - GNOME Default Desktop
For more screenshots, head over to openSUSE.org/Screenshots/openSUSE_10.3

Technical Changes

  • libzypp 3.24
  • Virtualbox 1.5
  • OpenOffice.org 2.3
  • Countless bug fixes in every component: 535 bugs RESOLVED/FIXED
  • 485 packages submitted

A more detailed list of changes is available via http://en.opensuse.org/Factory/News.

Most Annoying Bugs

* Online update opens an annoying popup with the progress. We’ll prepare an online update for it, so it will only affect the first update (Bug #326247)
* On some machines we have problems with the kernel and ACPI – investigating, more data would be helpful
* GNOME is not yet final – we will update this right after RC1 and prepare a RC2. This one will be made internally, but you can get the update through Factory
* 32bit PPC machines have a problem with dependencies that try to install 64bit RPMs.

We’ll keep Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_10.3_dev updated as we go.

Call for Testing

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

There is no focus area, so please use the product and file bug reports as if it was final and you wanted to use it for real.

Please note that the live CDs will contain an installer, but that installer is still under development, so you can test it, but be more careful than with the normal install.

Media and Download

openSUSE 10.3 RC1 for i386, x86-64 and ppc is available as different media sets. All can be downloaded at software.openSUSE.org/developer. Here’s the run-down:

  • 1 DVD containing OSS and NonOSS software (torrents for: i386, x86_64, ppc). Languages supported: English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese (Simpl. & Trad.), Japanese, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Dutch
  • 1 CD with a default KDE installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc, English only)
  • 1 CD with a default GNOME installation (i386, x86_64, not for ppc, English only)
  • 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages (i386 or x86_64, ppc)
  • 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra languages (i386, x86_64, ppc, only to be used with DVDs!)
  • DVD containing the sources corresponding to the media
  • 1 Live CD for both KDE and GNOME (i386)

Comments, Feedback and Helping

communicate.pngPlease report all bugs you find on in our bugzilla as explained on http://bugs.opensuse.org; discussion is most appropriate on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community — including IRC, Mailing Lists, and Forums — take a look at the Communicate wiki page.

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178 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 10.3 RC1”

  1. likeatim

    Is it possible to install a completely encrypted system with openSUSE 10.3?
    So that /root, /swap and /home are encrypted, using the same password? I know that the partition manager has some options, but 10.2 couldn’t encrypt root….

  2. peter

    Thanx guys!!!
    Perfect work, also with Gnome! As old KDE user who disliked Gnome I’ve installed Gnome RC1 just for fun and now I seriously starting to think that I stay on Gnome forever!!! Finally Hibernate is working for me but still not working sleep to ram on Gigabyte P965-DS3 Motherboard.
    Also I like perfect working one click install! But new yast package manager is a less intelligible for me then before.

  3. hi there
    I really liked the OpenSuse 10.3 and i am looking forward to install it on my laptop,but i have used Suse 10.2 before and my wifi card(pcmcia) didn’t work,so i would to know if someone knows if the drivers for 3COM 3CRWE154G72 .Could someone confirm that to me.I really appreciate it
    Thank you all and the developers team

  4. Larry

    I use Opensuse 10.2 and tried to update to 10.3 RC1. The installation failed with the message it could not read my hard disk. 10.2 reads it just fine. I tried safe,and every other option but none worked.

    Please advice


  5. Rafael Martinez

    Just updated my openSuse 10.2 but the screen went black before presenting the log in screen, I can seleect to boot, but no video with ATI RADEON XPRESS 200, I want to try the live CD and also got the same issue, so how can we fix this?

    As always keep the good work. I have tried many Ditros and this is definitely the best.

    Thanks all, you are the guys….

  6. eingmt

    just cuz i just noticed: in case you are from the US, don’t try getting more trackers/peers for the torrent via isohunt, they disabled access to all the trackers they _own_, what – for some very strange reason, makes any torrents you donwload via them much slower than when you get them from the original sites, including these!!

  7. VF

    Absolutely unstable on my system (AMD Turion 64x TL-56), HP Pavilion dv9000 series notebook. 10.3RC1 64 Bit DVD

    System freezes randomly, even in safemode.

    Although I use the 64Bit installation DVD, when alowing the online sources connected in the beginning 99% of the installation is done online, which is kind of useless and slows you extremely down.

    When reviewing the partitions the installer is ignoring the old root partition, but trying to re-partition the old home partiotion (suse 10.2) for the whole system.

    There seems to be a bug in the timezone setup, does not react to manual input (aber accepting changes the time is not changed).

    I also tried to install 10.3 RC1 in a VM ware but no joy… system does never boot up.

  8. Jojo

    Good work, but my usb adapters to Memory Stick dont work anymore.
    They worked on my firts boots, but now, dont work…

    What happens?

  9. G.O.D.

    On some machines we have problems with the kernel and ACPI – investigating, more data would be helpful

    My,my, they finally woke up ,I had this problem with 10.1 & 10.2 ,when I posted a very angry comment on the English forums ,I was the one who didn’t know what he was doing and even got a comment about ” Suse not handling SATA’s” . Ofcourse Suse doesn’ handle the Satadrives ;the KERNEl does!
    But the SATAs are not the problem ( as far as I know SATA is in the kernel for at least 2 years!)
    So what’s causing it? I know ( in my case that is ) ,but I’m not willing to share this after the treatment I got on the forums ,when I was actually right in my conclusions ( as if a industrial technician doesn’t know how to troubleshoot toys like a PC ;-p)Here ‘s a hint , trouble already starts during installation ,Graph. installer freaks and pops up an error console ,passing any boot options was impossible (there was simply nothing there to pass!)In other words :no install.
    Text based installer distro’s don’t hick up , not even the the graphical installer from e.g. LinuxMint or PCLinuxOS .
    How come ? Mystery to you ,knowledge to me,
    Happy hunting Susecrowd ;)

    • Richrd

      wow, looks like you are a bit of a snob. If you don’t want to inform opensuse of what you know of the problem why even post except to show your ignorance and arrogance. opensuse, how about deleting this post, since the person is just posting to be a bit of a dick. Oh and posting on the forums, the forums aren’t run by novell or opensuse, unless you post in the novell support forum. I guess you just don’t understand the linux way of helping people out.

  10. piranha

    So, will Reiser4 ever be included?
    I would like to try it, but I don’t fell like dealing with the manual installation.

  11. Hi,

    I’ve encountered an annoying problem while downloading the ISO file (more than once) and then burning/transferring to another media.

    1. I was not able to burn the ISO media with K3b on my existing openSUSE 10.2 system since I get an error saying the media not found while I was able to install anything else other than this specific ISO in the same drive and same media.
    2. I tried adding my current user to ‘cd-rom’ group and tried burning the ISO (suggested in some forum), but I has the same problem.
    3. I tried copying the ISO to my USB drive so that I can burn in my Ubuntu system or Windows XP system, but it stopped at 98% giving error that the protocol died unexpectedly.
    4. The only way I was able to copy the file into USB drive was; login as root.
    5. Then I took the USB into my Ubuntu and burned it with K3b, it burned.
    6. The problem now was; when I tried booting from DVD and install, it failed to add the DVD in repository.
    7. I ran ‘verify installation media’ and got error that the media is corrupt.
    8. I tried burning the ISO as root in my openSUSE 10.2 system and got the same error that it’s invalid media.

    What shall I do?

  12. Eddie

    “Absolutely unstable on my system (AMD Turion 64x TL-56), HP Pavilion dv9000 series notebook. 10.3RC1 64 Bit DVD”

    I have Acer 5102, 10.2 was very stable, but not supported webcam (ALI M560) and cardreader (ENE CB712/4). Guys, 10.3 will support that devices?

  13. DHull

    I have loved SuSE linux for 10+ years.
    I installed RC1 on my HP Pavilion dv9000 64-bit notebook with bcm wifi. The install goes well until the first reboot and the system locks up. if you turn off acpi then the system will boot normally but then in the boot log states that IRQ0 is timing out so unable to configure wifi card. Any assistance will be appreciated.

  14. VF

    Pavilion dv9057ea… same problem with the system freeze, but when I boot up the system in safe mode, installattion continious to the user set-up (best case) and then freezes again and again and again… I never managed to finish installation, whatever I tried…

    Quiet often after the first freeze the installer comes up in text mode.

    think there is a severe propblem with the kernel involved at least for our hardware.

  15. dining phil

    downloaded the 10.3 rc1 live cd to try on my dell laptop 620 which is running XP pro. I’ve run SuSe on various
    machines for many years but never tried any of the “live” versions. after I burned the iso, and checked
    the md5sum, it booted into the welcom screen, tried loading a few modules, and then failed to recognize
    the cd player. is there some option I should have tried in the boot options?

    • Matti Rintala

      I have a similar problem. When I boot the RC1 live-CD on my Fujitsu-Siemens P1510 laptop with an external USB CDROM drive, it loads the kernel successfully. Then it loads a couple of kernel drivers, after which it just reports that it doesn’t find any CDROM drives.

      Just when I thought the live-CD would be a good way to check whether 10.3 supports the hardware on my P1510 better than 10.2 (the touchscreen, for example). :(


  16. UkrMaks


    AMD64 Distro RC1, HP Pavillion dv9000 Laptop

    1. Timezone – Not working properly, does not work manual input also. (Maybe thats the reason)
    2. Freezes randomly. But Failsafe works
    3. Please FIX This! :)

    If you need more info please write to ukrmaks@gmail.com

    • ivan

      same problem with timezone and random crashes on my hp pavilion dv9043ea laptop (10.3rc1 64bit)
      solving problem with crashes: add noapic nolapic as kernel options :)
      no idea why, but this helps. same problem was with 10.2 release 64bit :(

  17. VF

    I have filed a bug report… sicne on my system even nolapic noacpi helps to even finish the bloody installation…

    Together with the fact, that the system (if online sources are enable) to use those instead of the dvd first you might spend half a day for each attempt to install the system.

    I would be utterly disappointed bying the 10.3 just to relaise that I can’t even install it.

  18. Doug

    Will 10.2 be able to upgrade to 10.3?

  19. Arijit

    I am a Linux user for ~1 year. I use Ubuntu primarily at my home. But after using Opensuse 10.3 RC1, I am really interested into using it as primary OS. 1-click install is really amazing. Thanks everybody in the development. I just fell in love with this distro.
    Can’t wait for the final release.

  20. Arijit

    By the way, I have 8600GT and does opensuse has default driver for it? So that I can use 1280×1024 resolution? Or do I have to install nvidia driver? I’m not bothered about 3D-acceleration, just proper resolution.
    In RC1, I couldn’t get more than 1024×768 in default driver. I tried 1280×1024, but it couldn’t work in full screen mode.

  21. raxxal

    Just download Suse 10.3, looking great. I like the fact that it finds my nvidia and Wifi cars and install the driver on the fly. However, my Wifi is using hiding SSID, and Suse cannot find it. I have to make visible, then I have not problem, Suse finds it right away. I have setup my WiFi this way because I don’t want to use any encryption, of course I filter my Wifi by MAC addresses, and set the SSID to hiding, any idea?

    • DaveBailey

      Well, if you’re hiding your SSID, no operating system will automatically find it. Even tools like Kismet can’t find it unless others are actively using it.

      You’ll have to type in the SSID to be able to join it.

      If you want a secure network that you can browse to, you’ll have to enable encryption.

  22. Alex

    I consider myself to be a linux user with enough knowledge (self educated) to configure all required and desired options myself either graphically or console based, to get my hardware to work the way I want it to. Nevertheless I have to admit that Microsoft has put an impressive piece of work on the market with their Vista release (I use the x64 ultimate version). The ease of use is yet unsurpassed to my opinion. I work with Opensuse 10.2 as well by the way. Especially the hardware support is something linux should improve on before the real average personal computer user would decide switching to whatever linux distro. For the computer enthusiasts Linux offers way more than any windows version yet, but to really penetrate the market and grab a significant part away from Microsoft,the linux community still has a lot of work to be done.

    • matheus

      Seems that you don’t know that the easiest OS to use is Mac OS X. Try it (Intel and AMD x86 versions are disponible) and you’ll see. Vista is only copy-and-paste work. All its features are taken from other operating systems. Its performance is weak. Only open-source OSes can give you every thing you ever needed. So don’t pay fot S..T! ;-)

  23. Tuan Nguyen

    I’ve just installed 10.3 RC1 on my Dell XPS 1330 today. Everything works fine except my wireless card (Broadcom 1390 WLAN Mini-pci card) and my sound card (SigmaTel). The system can recognize my wireless card, but it can’t detect any wireless networks. I reboot to Windows, and Windows can detect my wireless network just fine. The thing happens with my sound card is very strange. I have no sound from speakers but I can hear sound using my headphones. I’ve checked my sound card with Windows, it works fine.

    Also the suspend to Ram doesn’t work on my laptop.

    I hope these issues will be fixed soon in the final release.

    • Melanopsis

      I have the same problem with sigmatel sound card on 10.2 and it seems like the problem still persists with 10.3 :(

      • Tuan Nguyen

        I’ve just replaced 10.3 with Slackware 12 and found out that Slackware 12 has the same soundcard problem. Maybe it’s the driver in the kernel which causes the problem.

  24. matheus

    I’ve installed openSuSE 10.2 on my IBM xSeries server. It works great! It’s very stable and easy to use (configurable). I have all I needed: samba, soft RAID and remote administration. Good work boys! You’re the best!

  25. Alex

    Well I have to agree with you, MAC is far superior, but the hardware is just too expensive for me, so I had to make a choice, such is life isn’t it? ;-)

  26. Paul

    This is simply the best. I particularly like the easy method now of enabling the restricted formats. One step closer the gaining mainstream !

  27. aielle

    I’m sorry if this is posted anywhere but which desktop environment is preferred when using opensuse? I mean, I know I can choose whatever but which one gets better support from opensuse?

  28. Michael Watson

    I’ve been testing RC1 in a minimal installation for use as a light-duty server. I used the gnome CD to install but didn’t install a GUI, and have been using the text-based YaST to configure the box.

    I notice that some parts of YaST that were in SuSE 10.0 don’t seem to be there in 10.3. Specifically, I see a place to configure automatic updates, but no way to simply “do an update now.” I also can’t find the runlevel editor that was present in 10.0. Maybe both of these features are there but I’m simply missing them.

    • Benjamin Weber

      The same modules should still be there. The base installation is much more basic now though, if you’re missing something try yast -> software management , search for yast2, and install the required modules.

  29. piranha

    “Convert to Vista :) ”

    Oh, dear god…..I think I might die……Vista…being promoted on a Linux website….

    It too much to deal with….STOP. NO VISTA.


  30. Assuming the fact that OS preference for the desktop power user is, for the most part, utterly subjective, Opensuse has given me the most fulfilling experience in an OS that I could as for. I’ve tried Vista, and it’s… confused… two clocks? I also run Mac OS X Tiger (or ran) on an iBook, and while, granted, the OS was too much for the hardware, the user experience wasn’t exactly the easiest for me either. For me, Windows XP Pro is a fairly solid OS, and Mac OS X is rock solid with great interoperability, but compared to Opensuse, they’re just not as much fun. True, I’m coming from a fairly strong pc/ppc admin background, and Opensuse wouldn’t pass the grandmother test (i.e. “Here grandma, just check your email!”) but it does pass the tell-the-other-IT-guys test (i.e. “Man, have you seen this configuration tool! And check out this redesigned start menu! And look what they have installed by default!”) I’m a pretty powerful user, and Opensuse is a powerful system.

    Okay, now release 10.3 Final already!

  31. Ethan

    It’s 12.25 pm Oct 4 here….still can’t find the download link….
    Can’t wait…

  32. Leso

    10:35 am here, October 4’th, still no 10.3 link. When is it going to be up???

  33. genesup

    Sorry for the post, Ive just been checking you time.

  34. Richard

    Are we working to Eastern Seaboard Time or something, been sat here in Yorp all morning waiting for the download link.

    Is this a no show ?

    Please, please don’t do an MS on us !!!

  35. EYE

    Where is 10.3 ?~~~~!

  36. raxxal

    Well, it’s 4:30AM here in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and still waiting for the link to download Suse 10.3. In some parts of the world the end of the day is very near. Where is the link to download 10.3?

  37. Deivis

    15:06 )3:06PM) here.. No link…for 10.3 of course

  38. Nischal

    its 4th October …i am waiting for the release so that i can dowload it….but i m unable to see the update
    has it been released or still pending

  39. Nischal

    wow man looks like am not alone
    its the evening of 4th Oct here
    its almost night hmm was so excited DUDE WHERES THE ISO

    DESPO Here
    Hope this will be resolved tommorow


  40. Samuel

    yeah!!! finally it’s downloadable ! Thanks for all all your efforts.

  41. Manuel Medina

    I installed Opensuse 10.3 yesterday on my old laptop (Compaq Presario XL111)… everything was fine until it started to download the online reposirories…

    the bar showed the time to finish the instalation was (3.42… hrs)

    when i went back to check the progress on the instalation the computer was freeze , no mouse , or any key responding… even the power button didn’t work !

    my laptop is dead now!

  42. Ben

    Hey guys I am hoping someone can help me out. I am attempting to install OpenSuse 10.3 to a Dell Optiplex 745. When I boot off of the cd I see the kernel loading and get to the welcome screen and then nothing! I have tried swapping out the ram, hdd and cd drives to no effect. Hopefully someone can help. I really want to use this OS!!

  43. Mike

    I have been working with OpenSUSE 10.3 for a couple of months now and the experience has been great! It was easy to install and everything went fine. I consider this one the best OS I have worked with. Thanks for the good work. I just hope version 11 can top it off.

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  45. Kevin

    I’m currently using 64bit windows vista. I want to use vmware to run openSuse, the question here is can i load openSuse i386 in this condition?