Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3

19. Mar 2008 | News Team | No License

After four regular weeks and one hack week after Alpha 2, we are very happy to announce openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3.

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See more screenshots on the Screenshots/openSUSE_11.0_Alpha3 wiki page

Changes since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2

The highlight of course is the reworked ZYpp framework, which gives you a much faster package management experience. This release also contains a new and professional installer theme.

A lot of packages were also updated to newer versions:

  • linux kernel 2.6.25-rc5

  • GCC 4.3 final

  • GNOME 2.22 final

  • Compiz 0.7.2

  • KDE 4.0.2/3.5.9

  • Zypper 0.10.2

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There were 1855 checkins since Alpha2 - you can get a more complete list at Factory/News

Most Annoying Bugs

Due to the huge amount of changes, there are also quite a few bugs that slipped in:

  • The kernel OOPSes early in the installation on hardware probe on some hardware (Bug #371997)

    • Workaround: boot with hwprobe=-parallel,-misc.par [including VirtualBox]
  • “Use Automatic Configuration” checkbox is highly experimental, this feature is not yet finished.

    • the root password will be “*****” by default, feel free to change it
  • network startup is racy (Bug #359793)

  • the artwork is not yet complete (e.g. Bug #368624)

Find an up-to-date list under Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev

Media and Download

We created the same media as with Alpha 2. They can all be downloaded at

  • i386 live CDs for GNOME and KDE

  • x86_64 and i386 one CD for GNOME and KDE

  • DVD for ppc, x86_64 and i386

  • language addon CD

  • non-oss addon CD

The next development release will be openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1 on April 17th (Roadmap).

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