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More openSUSE 10.3 Numbers

October 11th, 2007 by

Last week we released openSUSE 10.3, and we want to keep you updated on its very successful launch. I finally got some more numbers:

During the first 30 hours we changed the priority on our download redirector to prefer our network; these are basically the numbers of all people went to software/download.opensuse.org and not directly to a mirror. This was to help take a little load off the mirrors during the peak time.

And of course a big “thank you” to all our mirrors!

Image Download Proportion

64% openSUSE-10.3-GM-DVD-i386.iso
25% openSUSE-10.3-GM-DVD-x86_64.iso
05% openSUSE-10.3-GM-KDE-i386.iso
03% openSUSE-10.3-GM-GNOME-i386.iso
01% openSUSE-10.3-GM-Addon-Lang-i386.iso
01% openSUSE-10.3-GM-KDE-x86_64.iso
01% openSUSE-10.3-GM-Addon-NonOss-BiArch.iso
01% openSUSE-10.3-GM-GNOME-x86_64.iso
01% openSUSE-10.3-GM-Addon-Lang-x86_64.iso
~ 100 % 100 TB (the percentage above is rounded …)

That’s right, 100 Terabytes!

Registered Installation Figures

(Last updated on 10.10.2007)

Approximately 40,000 for openSUSE 10.3 GM. 45,913 were counted, but you have to subtract pre-GoldMaster installations in October. In comparison with openSUSE 10.2, and including only the first 4 days, it’s 34% increase!

Web Statistics

(numbers from Saturday)

Trended page views per day at openSUSE.org:
10.3 peaked at release to 780,000 (average day: 230,000) +85% peak

Trended visits at openSUSE.org:
10.3 peaked at release to 180,000 (average day: 80,000) +125% peak

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36 Responses to “More openSUSE 10.3 Numbers”

  1. Congratulations for this great release! Cheers! *cling*

  2. Ain Vagula

    Statistics of October at http://ftp.estpak.ee: ftp usage – ftp://ftp.estpak.ee/stats-ftp/usage_200710.html
    and http usage – ftp://ftp.estpak.ee/stats-http/usage_200710.html

  3. xavier

    Congratulations!!! you have the best desktop linux distro.

    I’m 100% openSUSE and SUSE, and a openSUSE/SUSE user since 9.0

  4. Kenny

    10.3 is an amazing distro.
    stable, faster and nicer than 10.2.

    keep up the good work!
    Thanks for providing us this beauty

  5. That’s great station
    i want to make this one hehe :)
    congrulations suse 10.3
    i use my computer realy good
    Pentium 3.0 GHz dual core
    256 mb nvidia 6200A-Le Some Problem but i make it Sax2 configuration safe mode
    ECS P4M800 Mainboard review 3.1
    1 GB DDR RAM 400 MHZ

  6. SLK

    So glad I can download, I was getting sick of Ubuntu.

    • Doug

      I totally agree. I switched last year from windows to fedora to ubuntu then onto openSuse 10.2 . This distro openSuse 10.3 was a breeze to setup compared any of them. Ubuntu community is not so professional as per say OpenSuse community.Cograts on your numbers OpenSuse they are well deserved for a rich featured OS.

  7. Nikos K.

    At last OpenSuse 10.3 is a reality!! Congratulations guys for this great release; it is absolutely amazing! Thanks for all the hard work.

  8. Paul Koshevoy

    I had difficulty upgrading from openSUSE 10.2.

    On one machine I had to reinstall from scratch because the updated install would not boot, it failed to create the initrd image, and to fix /etc/fstab due to hard drive partition name changes from hdX to sdX.

    On another machine I gave up and stuck with 10.2 — it looked like the kernel had problems accessing my 4 PATA harddrives (on 2 separate add-on controllers), even just to mount them. Actually, the installer corrupted the file system on my boot partition, I had to boot using 10.2 installer and run fsck to fix it. It appears there are major issues in this release with PATA drives, just take a look at bugzilla. I really hope a remastered 10.3 installer will be released with all these issues fixed, even if it’s just a net installer.

  9. Linuxoid

    openSUSE 10.3 is stuffed, can’t install from CD nor DVD, tried everything, it says “cannot find openSUSE repository” (I have an IDE DVD drive). never had this problem with previous versions. this is a pretty serious bug (there’s actually a few filed in bugzilla). So, I’m sticking with 10.2 for the moment. And I’ve actually bought a boxed version, now I’ll have to ask for refund. Imagine what first non-linux users will think when they can’t install it?

    • Michael Taylor

      Try installing OpenSuse 10.3 GM with the NIC cable connected. I have done 3 GM installs without any problems. The last one only took about 30 minutes from the KDE CD, much faster than the 3-4 hours during the first days of the release.

    • Henry S.

      It does appear that they need to do some work on installations without internet. I had an issue since my laptop needs ndiswrapper. However, I plugged the laptop straight into the router and it installed without a hitch.

  10. Koen De Jaeger

    Interesting results! Who would have thought the DVD would be so popular. I took CD 64 bit since I only want the “core” and the rest to be downloaded. I used to go with the network installation.

  11. AlbertoP

    Wow! This is good news!

    Add three systems to i386 and 3 to x86_64…I skipped registration ^_^


  12. Tom

    I got my KDE CD (My Pc doesnt have a DVD drive!) using the torrent link on download.opensuse.org. Are the torrent peers included in these figures? The actual total could be so much higher.

    10.3 i such a great release, congratulations!

  13. Hello,

    Thanks a lot for this fine release!! openSUSE-10.3-GM-DVD-x86_64 worked out of the box!

    Here are my HW specs: Motherboard : Gigabyte 965P-S3
    Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo 2 6600 @ 2.4GHz
    BIOS : Award v F11a, 21/06/2007
    RAM : 2048 Mb
    Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT ~256 Mb
    NIC : Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
    Chipset : Intel(R) ICH8
    Hardrive : SATA 160Go

    All HW is perfectly recognised except the Sagem ADSL modem F@st800. If anyone can help, here is my email casanon at gmail dot com


  14. Fred

    For those who keep thinking openSUSE is ” bloated”. I’ve just finished a small test. I performed a default installation of kubuntu gutsy RC1 i386 from the live-CD and a default installation of openSUSE 10.3 i386 from the 1CD KDE medium. Both installations in a VirtualBox. both installs are almost exacly the same in size (1.9G). Giving the added admin tooling of YaST, and firefox as a bonus. openSUSE is actually less “bloated” than kubuntu :-))

  15. redrum781

    Went thru all the alphas, betas, rcs and I must say every with every new release it’s getting better and better. 10.4 now… :)

  16. George

    Count me as one of the happy downloaders now running OpenSuse 10.3 … I was a happy user of 10.2 before that. Keep up the great work!!

  17. Bharat

    These days very few people keep CDs around. Atleast in my cirlce, I rarely find CDs. I keep a couple of RW-CDs and they helped me in installing opensuse 10.3 on an old machine, I recently got. And the download figures confirmed my suspicions. I am writing about it because for this release there was a big fuss on what software to keep on CDs. Guess it shouldn’t be such a big deal for the future releases. IMO, opensuse team energies should be more focussed on making the package management fast (not just fast, very fast. The current situation is not acceptable for me) and quick installation (These two for impressing distro-hoppers). And as a long time user I feel, the quality of the distro is going downhill with every release in 10.x series. I am seeing more & more bugs. Of course the bugs I see can be surmounted, but it gives a bad feeling. Please focus more on the quality in the future releases. Personally I don’t mind if the software is not so bleeding edge, if it helps in improving the quality.

  18. The best distro I’ve ever seen. The improvements to Yast alone are worth the upgrade. Thanks a bunch.

  19. Eduardo Cruz

    I downloaded the KDE CD to upgrade a machine dual booting XP and suse 10.0. It did not work. It corrupted the partitions and the system would not boot up at all.

    Had to ghost my hard drive with my XP disks. I am staying away from any Linux now. I have had too many bad experiences and I am tired of reformatting hard drives due to some Linux quirk.

    Besides, the wife would not allow anymore Linux distro in the house! Her laptop got corrupted with 10.3 also.

  20. I hope next time the torrents will include more than one tracker (because it went offline) and the metalinks will include the torrents.
    The metalink downloads should really be the preferred way of distribution, the clients are getting better with every release.
    This should help to handle the load much better and to give opensuse.org more air to breath during the peak times.

  21. Martin

    Congratulations and really thanks to developers. I use openSuse since firs version and I have seen big improve. Good work guys.

  22. Frank Schutz

    Thanks for another great release! I installed it on my laptop (HP Pavillion dv9000t) and EVERYTHING worked right out of the box – even the webcam, headphones, and media buttons! 10.2 did pretty well, but 10.3 blew me away! The one click installs worked wonderfully and I had to content myself with personalizing touches to KDE to satisfy my urge to fiddle!

  23. Mike Barnes

    I have been pretty happy with the install. A couple of issues though. I have 2 usb devices which appear to not be recognized

    1- WD Passport
    2 – multi card reader

    both of these are very important to my wife (whom I am trying to convince that XP is not that great)

    Also, it would be nice if when setting up the printer that suggested options are used. Especially since the information appears to be available from at install time. I will second the person who said that it would be nice if the installs were not as network centric since one of my systems is using a wireless connection.

    Other than these

  24. Duncan H.

    While many people are happy, this is a REALLY BROKEN release for people with ide drives.
    I am a long-time SuSE user, with four OpenSuse 10.2 instalations.

    The dvd install of 10.3 had great problems starting.
    allowed the first part of the install to work, but on the reboot
    it cannot find the swap partition /dev/hda1 to resume the install from.

    The internet is littered with questions from people trying to solve this problem.
    Related problems seem to have occured all throughout the developemnt phase, but have
    not been properly fixed.

    Shame on SuSE for putting out a distribution with a fundamentally broken installation
    for a significant minority of users.

    This will be a disaster when people buy the boxed set.

    Its presumably some ide issue with the new pata drivers, but the fix is not obvious.

    (installation hits this brick wall on a Macbook with Parallels 2.5_

    • Anonymous

      Why are you sure that it’s not an issue with Parallels? People seem to have no problem installing openSUSE on real hard ware.

  25. I’m getting a “Cannot find OpenSuse repository” error as well trying to install 10.3 Gnome from CD on a Gateway M275 tablet pc. I’m typing this on the same pc just booted up with the 9.3 OpenSuse LiveCD though so I don’t know why there would be any network issues in the 10.3 install CD….. Guess I’ll try installing 9.3 and keep my fingers crossed…..

  26. Anonymous

    Thanks a lot for all your great work on openSUSE 10.3! It’s a great distribution, which just works out of the box. I tried Ubuntu but I had a Windows XP and Mac OS X background, so I was used to intuitive an easy user interface. I got my troubles with the GNOME environment when I tried to mount my Windows C: drive. And there it kicked off: the Linux “hacker” cliché; I ended up in a file called “fstab”, editing it, rebooting and then having my Windows C: drive on my desktop. A little complicated for my taste. So I switched to openSUSE 10.2 and KDE and my problems were gone: no editing config-files, a central tool for administration (YaST), and a easy-to-use desktop environment with all the tools I needed: OpenOffice.org, GIMP, amaroK etc.

    Now I have my new Mac Book Pro (generation 3: Intel Core 2 Duo, GeForce 8600M GT, 2048 RAM) and my wonderful triple boot Mac OS X, Windows XP SP2, and openSUSE 10.3 system with a super cool Leopard desktop, a super shiny openSUSE compiz Desktop and a super “useful” Windows gamer desktop.

    Cheers, you rock!

  27. Anonymous

    So has anyone been able to install 10.3 through Parallels? I’ve tried booting the install directly from ISO and DVD, but keep hitting the “Could not find the openSUSE Repository” message.

  28. AJ

    I am not able to intall 10.3 via Parallels either. Here I am ready to give SUSE another shot after years of Ubuntu use, and I can’t get it to install…. Maybe it’s a sign?

  29. SuSE Freak

    I have very easily been able to install OpenSuSE 10.3 in Parallels on a Macbook (Intel) 2nd generation. I had no issues and used the Parallels 3.0 SuSE preconfig built into the program. Again, no problems here. It is quite beautiful. Way to go SuSE!!!!

  30. Leadsoup

    Been so very pleased with my retail OpenSuSE 10.3, I’m slowly leaving windows behind. Really tired of the Microcrap thing. I have tried many distro’s of Linux but none seem to be more friendly than OpenSuSE. Although Mandriva seemed to run nicely it had too many gliches so I would call it a close 2nd to OpenSuSE. My system updated perfectly and the control, configuring are great to say the least. Just wished I never wasted $10,000 dollars worth of education on Microcrap. The system I purchased came with an Intel celeron an windows vista basic (Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop) runs great with the OpenSuSE 10.3, blew away the partition installed OpenSuSE an been nothing but fun and pure enjoyment learning Linux. Just my opinion thx…