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Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1

May 29th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The good news is that we’re closing in on the final release of 11.0, but it’s not time to relax just yet. We’re getting really close, so we need all hands on deck to help test this release candidate. Since beta 3 we’ve fixed 578 bugs and resolved 1,118 bugs! Read on to see how you can help get 11.0 into top shape.

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Information and Download

The first step is to download the release candidate. Please remember that RC1 is not a stable release. As a release candidate, openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 is almost ready for day to day use, but may still have some interesting bugs that make it unsuitable for running a production system. Be sure to have backups of any important data before using openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 on a system.

Media and Download

You can download openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 for x86, x86_64, and PPC at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

Most Annoying Bugs

This is a list of the most annoying bugs, that we’re aware of, that still exist in the release candidate.


  • GRUB config broken for other partitions. Bug #395085
  • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch


  • GNOME asks for the root password on first login. Bug 390658
  • GNOME has wrong icon theme by default. Bug 391865

See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

Call for Testing

To help testing, take a look at opensuse.org/Testing, and the Feature Test List page. The Feature Test List page includes a definitive list of new features included in openSUSE 11.0.

We need to test these features in particular, so please look through the features on the page, pick one that has not yet had its test completed, and make sure it passes. If not, be sure to file a bug in Bugzilla and mark the test “failed.” See the full instructions on the Feature Test List page.

Comments, Feedback, and Helping

With RC1, openSUSE 11.0 is almost ready for release, but we can still use help with testing before the official release. This is a great chance to contribute to openSUSE, by filing bug reports, testing features, and giving feedback to the openSUSE developers.

Here’s a few ways to help:

  • Report bugs: If you do find a bug, be sure to report it in Bugzilla using the procedure given on bugs.openSUSE.org.
  • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.
  • Let the world know! Be sure to spread the word about openSUSE 11.0! Blog about it, tell your Linux User Group, start planning a Launch Party — whatever you can do to let the world know about openSUSE 11.0!

Thanks to all the developers and contributors for all the hard work that’s gone into openSUSE 11.0 so far, we’ve come a long way and only have a little more work to do before we have a final release. Fire up openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 and have a lot of fun!

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322 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1”

  1. iman

    Kuching, Malaysia is waiting for OpenSUSE 11
    can’t wait for the final release

  2. Lenny

    Downloaded the RC1 live cd (x86_64), booted up to a command line prompt, have no idea which login and password to use (and spent 20 minutes on the opensuse.org site and reading release notes trying to find them). I give up.

    • Erunno

      This is not as the live cd is expected to work. It is supposed to boot directly into a desktop environment without any need to log in manually. At least that’s how it works with the KDE4 32 bit live cd. Anyway, the live session user is called ‘linux’ and has no password set. I’d also suggest to file a bug report on bugzilla.

  3. Prasu&Anoop

    18 days how long it will be for us, nice Indians.$$ INDIA IS WAITING FOR YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $$

  4. Sergio1704

    I am very worried. I have spent a lot of energies advertising the upcoming openSUSE 11.0

    I found that loads of changes were introduced in RC1. But tons of bugs as well. In fact many more than Beta 3 had.
    Can the devs move directly to the GM in 18 days and make it a reasonably bugs-free release? I doubt it.

    1)Release [b]at least[/b] another RC
    2)Announce the world that openSUSE 11.0 is going to be delayed for the sake of QA and stability.

  5. mptrombone

    You have done really well. Great support for laptops.

  6. Roman

    NVIDIA driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.05-pkg2.run compiles with kernel-source with openSUSE 11.0 RC1. No bugs.

    • AFT

      Yes, I’ve also installed it OK (after installing all the required packages!) – Hooray!

  7. Romanator

    Toronto – Canada calling. Looking forward to openSUSE 11.0. Great improvement!

  8. eugene

    dramatically need full support for apple wifi and webcam by default

  9. Vas

    Macedonia is waiting for openSUSE 11!

  10. glumetu

    hell yes Romania can’t wait for my dear openSUSE 11!!

  11. Bruno

    Croatia here,
    Also waiting for 11.0
    Using openSUSE since 10.2

  12. manchette

    i ran the iso of kde live cd for i386, just for the sake to try the new Yast.
    I added the default repos (oss, non-oss, suse updates) and then added some softwares (approx. 600 mb) , well it took me 7 minutes only to be installed :)
    That’s something, isn’t it ? :)
    I wanted to thank all the team behind the Suse effort and would like to let you know that you’re just GREAT people. Thanks a lot for the amount of work being done !

  13. Grósz Dániel from Hungary

    Will be there an 1 CD KDE installation? As the DVD installer says, KDE 4 is not as stable yet as KDE 3 or GNOME so those who want KDE 3.5 but do not want to download the DVD need it.

  14. Wallacy

    OpenSUSE rox!


    1) The layout brazil (ABNT2) this basic with a bug in accents.

    2) After the install, system detects only 800×600 (itautec n8618)

    3) Konqueror crash when opening a text file.

    4) Yast> Repositorios Software does not have the option of “repositories of the community” (yast> management software> repository manager, yes)

    5) After installing grub appears in “pae – kernel … etc” instead of “OpenSUSE 11” in boot options.

    In any case, I love this distribution!

  15. xajax

    Albania is also waiting for openSuse 11. Awsome works guys and don’t forget KDE4 forever.

  16. Russia is also using openSUSE and love it, this is great OS! :)

  17. Peter Delf

    Just installed RC1 into VirtualBox and it’s running great. Congratulations OpenSUSE!

  18. Comment by Coment by

    Great OpenSUSE
    But may I ask why the logo on the Menu in KDE 4 is not transparent?
    hope this will be fixed
    Another thing is, the welcome message in KDE 4 (the first screenshot) has a rather strange background)
    I am so glad to see OpenSUSE 11 Release

  19. John Doe

    Is instlux going to be included in the 11.0 distribution disks? For me it is the easiest way to install.

  20. Mohannad

    Jordan is awaiting openSUSE 11.0

  21. Could somebody of openSUSE team answer to my talk at:

    Thank you

    • melanopsis

      Could you please try Gnome and tell us if you are having similar problems?


  22. burpnrun

    Canada calling …I’ve been with Suse/openSuse since v7, and I’m very concerned that the developers might have bit off too much this time. In 11b3 I couldn’t even run the live CD past the initial selection screen. That got resolved.

    But 11RC1 (32 and 64 bit) crashes, locks, hangs just too much to be, in my estimation, ready for Final at the next version. Konquerer file manager, Dolphin, Kwrite, Firefox all blow up early on in use. I could not get other than 1600×1200 resolution, even though xorg.conf looked OK (only had 1024 defined, nothing else) and I tried to edit some files in ~/.kde4 which still had 1600×1200 in them, after the KDE Personal Settings thingy had “Apply” greyed out!

    As for the KDE4 destop, I agree with another commenter: This new desktop is a toy, a severe distraction, and seems oriented to the early adopters and fanboys/girls. Not for serious daily use. Many times I have lost the Kmenu icon abruptly from the taskbar. Many times. Don’t know why … it just happens. And what the heck are the new 4 symbols when you mouse over a desktop icon? Do the majority of users act on one or more of those symbols daily? If not, put the options on a left-click of the icon, and stop distracting me and using up valuable real estate with toys.

    No, this isn’t designed for 99.99999% of users, it’s constructed from a wish list of rabid experimenters. I’ve 40 years in IT management, and I certainly wouldn’t have any of my enterprises or clients subjected to a KDE destop of the type I’m seeing now.

    If v11 is stable (I’ll definitely wait to see if this is the case, before downloading), I’ll use KDE 3.5.x for sure until the screams of anguish of KDE4 users forces the KDE developers to come to their senses. Or switch to TexStar’s disto … now there’s a fully sane person with good instincts and a sense of reality.

    • Romanator

      The four symbols when you mouse over a desktop icon in KDE$ are for:

      1. Resizing icon
      2. Rotating icon
      3. Configuring permissions
      4. Delete

      I wish every one would cool down about KDE4. Ofcourse, you are not going to put it on a commercial client machine at this time. And the comment about TextStar – surely you jest??

    • R. J.

      Personally I have had no problem with KDE 4. I have not lost the menu icon or any other icon. I guess you should watch what you are doing instead of stuffing something up then blaming everyone else but you.

      KDE developers to come to their senses? Or people like yourself to grow up, because in whole I see very few KDE users complaining, just a few people who every now and then get their backs up because they haen’t bothered to understand the changes in KDE

      • Well, I understand changes in KDE but I think, same as burpnrun, that KDE 4.0 is not for production and I have no time to play, rotate desktop icons or resize them. KDE developers are, IMNSHO, addressing adolescents that like moving pictures like cartoons. Maybe this is the good strategy for adopting Linux and KDE, I don’t know. Nevertheless, professionals are often opinion leaders and if they say do not upgrade users won’t.

        I’m also one of pro’s and opinion leader in my area and this time I will say: No do not upgrade. Wait until it is completed. Not only KDE 4.0 but also openSUSE 11.0 (uses Firefox 3.0 beta with no option to install stable version, Skype refuses to instal, etc).

        So go ahead if you have nothing better to do but to play with beta version in guise of a stable one.

        BTW, can anybody, preferably from openSUSE team, answer my question asked here: http://en.opensuse.org/Talk:OpenSUSE_11.0

    • Species8472

      Please make sure that your video/graphics card supports resolutions greater than 1600×1200. I thought I had a similar problem too until I found out that my Sun Java workstation could not support a new 24-inch Sumsang monitor I bought recently. The nvidia gforce4 nvs 280 sd card in the Sun box does not support the optimal resolution for that monitor at 1920×1200. Luckily I have a windows box with a high-end nvidia card which supports the resolution.

      I plan to upgrade the graphics card.

  23. WizardSlovak

    Slovakia is waiting for u 11.0 release ,used 10.3 and 10.0 great OS

  24. Miaplacidus

    I’m gonna try version 11 – I gave up on version 10.2 (the last one I used) because of endless dependency conflicts and updates which always seemed to break something up. I loved it, but I hated not bet

  25. pedro

    Congratulations from Argentina!!!!!

    I Think It’s a good work what you’ve done.
    And by the way, Kde 4 is MUCH faster than kde3, so it’s a step forward. The complaints are just about cosmetics that can be changed.
    I can’t wait for the final release . . .



  26. Jack

    Oklahoma is also waiting!

  27. Great Relase!!

    El Salvador, is waiting too for OpenSuSE 11 final!

  28. c_cinq

    can one just manually edit menu.lst as a solution to this GRUB bug problem?

    • AFT

      Well, that’s what I did,copying & pasting my menu.lst from Suse 10.3 (with about 6 other distros on it. Seems to work OK

      • Sl.

        Can you put it somewhere or point out a good text on writing a loader manually? I can’t get to my Windows :)

        • AFT

          Hi SI,um, well I don’t use Windows at all & I’m certainly not an expert on Grub, but I *think* that if you go into Suse 11’s menu.lst ( /boot/grub/menu.lst ) in SuperUser mode, edit the messed-up entry for Windows so that it looks something like:

          title Windows ….. (whatever your flavour)
          rootnoverify (hdx,y) (where x & y are the hard disc number & partition, starting from 0, that Windows is on)
          chainloader +1

          with a lot of luck you should be on your way! Hopefully somebody with more knowledge than me (not difficult) will correct that as necessary

  29. Geir

    Norway awaits and welcomes openSuSE 11 with anticipation and open arms!
    I am using 10.3 today and are VERY happy with it – and the v11 looks to be fantastic in form and function!

    17 days – 17 loooong days – to wait….

    Thanks to the openSuSE team!!!

  30. ali

    Republic of Indonesia waiting openSuse 11.0, thanks to the openSuSE Team!

  31. Greg

    Guernsey also looking forward to 11. :)

    SUSE imo is the best distro, tried many and always come back to good old SUSE
    That being said, KDE4 last time I tried it was craptastic, I really don’t know why they (KDE) released it in such a poor state.

  32. sendhil

    10.3 was super :) now waiting for 11 to rock the boat!! Writing in from India!!

  33. Vitali

    I thimk openSUSE is the best distro!
    I’m using it from 10.1 and waiting for 11.0

    PS. From Russia with love.

    • Joe

      I agree. Been using it for the same amount of time and I love it.
      The USA is grateful and waiting patiently. :-)

  34. Joe

    I here a lot of people complaining about what doesn’t work in v11.0 yet. I’ve observed over the years that all operating system new releases are buggy. I think the reason is that it’s damn near impossible to find all the bugs in an operating system. The ONLY way you are going to improve the operating system is to keep on testing it. What better way to do this then to release it after most of the major bugs are fixed and let the team keep working on the tweaks and let the people find the rest of the smaller bugs (remember you, the user are part of the team also). It seems to me that the openSUSE team has worked very hard to get to where they are today in a relatively short time, and I for one am very grateful for this. It has provided me with a choice. For the first time I now have an alternative to other costly and very proprietary operating systems. It has also spawned others to start making their own Linux distributions as well, and that’s a good thing. So, with all that being said. If you are really not happy with openSUSE, just don’t go there. However if you have found that you now have an operating system that works, and you are getting your work done, or you are having fun on your computer, well that would seem to me that openSUSE is a success. Keep up the great work. The USA is looking forward to this new release and the others to follow. :-)

  35. Joe

    I know I misspelled the word hear (here) This is how bugs work too. Something little can be overlooked and mess up something in the operating system. If you missed that little mistake, don’t worry, someone else found it as soon as they started to read the comment…

  36. Mike Glenn

    The American Midwest here, and RC1’s encrypted WLAN laptop support worked RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX!!!

    Wow; how fast and far things have come.

  37. Powr Haus

    Just tried installing 11.0 RC1 on a Thinkpad T42p. The installation went fine. Unfortunately on booting for the first time there are two options: 1 pae and 2 pae OpenSUSE 11.0 … with a long version number afterward. Neither of these will actually work on a T42 laptop. When selecting one to boot, option 1 was selected as default by the installer, I get an error message saying that the Kernel requires pae to be available and it is not.

    Since I didn’t select the kernel, it was selected by the installer, why would it select a PAE version when my processor apparently doesn’t support it?

    So unfortunately I am not able to help test RC1.

  38. Andrés

    I’ve been using OpenSuse 10.3 for a while and it’s awesome, I can’t wait to see the 11rc 1! Cheers from Colombia ;D

  39. Powr Haus

    A few other things I noticed during the install:

    Early during the installation I was asked to supply a username and password to create a user account and was given the option to make the root password the same. Later in the installation I was again asked for a username and password to set up my account. I provided the same details and was told there was a conflict with an existing user. The only way to get past this screen was to delete all the data, select NEXT and then tell the installer that you really don’t want to fill in information at this point (it’s already there). This is really buggy.

    Many times during the installation I could not click NEXT if my mouse was already over the button. I had to navigate away from the NEXT button, then navigate back for it to be accepted.

    Setting up my time zone was a bit strange. Rather than have standard time zone names, bizarre and random cities are listed. I’m pretty sure there is no Boise time zone. Why is Boise even listed? Also strange is that states aren’t listed after city names. Also a bit odd is that Novell has a large site in Utah, and yet Utah isn’t listed at all. Wouldn’t it be more common to list time zone names? There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to what cities are listed.

    I’d love to test further but since it somehow wants to boot a pae kernel (see above), I can’t get past the installation.

    • R. J.

      openSUSE is sponsored by Novell, I believe openSUSE still work out of Germany, as well as being an international project. So where Novell has offices is not connected.

      Remember to check the bugs database and if these are not listed in it, then file a bug report

  40. Alex Khisamutdinoff

    I’d like openSuse works perfect on Asus EEE PC. preferable installation method is by using USB pendrive. Will it?

  41. Dawydh

    Esperando al dia 19 de Junio para instalar SuSE 11.0 en mi Portatil.

    Saludos desde España.

  42. ro

    Romania here, waiting for openSUSE 11. Using 11beta3 now, congratulations guys, it rocks!

  43. Dub

    OpenSuse v11 РQu̩bec is waiting for you!

    Merci beaucoup! ;-)

  44. Alejandro

    I thought it would be nice to say that Costa Rica is also eagerly awaiting the release of OpenSuSE 11.0, I can hardly wait for the release date. My heartfelt congratulations and thanks go out to all those who are involved in the development of my distro of choice since 1998.

  45. med

    Are the Ralink wifi drivers includet in the OpenSuSE 11.0? If not – wy?

  46. Martin

    openSUSE 11.0 РMarkgr̦ningen needs you!!! ;-)

  47. Sen

    Hello from Utah, USA, the home of Novell.

    Waiting for 11 too. Since Utah doesn’t have its own language, let me just say “Oh my heck!”

    • kgroneman

      >let me just say “Oh my heck!”

      Hey, I understood that! Oh wait….I live in Utah too.

  48. ashraf

    I am from Bangladesh. Waiting for opensuse 11.0 with a nice cool desktop. Currently using 10.3

  49. And then there’s me. I’m in England and I’ve been a SuSE user since V6 or thereabouts when I switched from Red Hat. I currently have 10.3 as a server sitting downwind of RISC OS 4 (no problems interfacing via NFS and/or Samba) and the usual crapware (cried fits when I tried to use NFS, which is why I started using Samba… hey GATES! YO MAMA WEARS ARMY BOOTS!), plus one laptop happily on 10.3 (and another that has 10.2 but won’t go 10.3 no matter what! That’s old hardware for ya!)

    OK, so I have always preferred KDE, though I’m going to give KDE 4 a bit of a miss until it has had a chance to settle down.

  50. AFT

    I’ve just got Sunfish/RISC OS 5 to work with SuSE 11rc – took a while to sort it out though, might be because my router decided to choose for the linux box’s address instead of the usual …50! One awkward thing about SuSe,both 10.3 and 11 so far, is that I have to tell (guess) Sunfish (our RISC OS nfs client program) what server address to look for, whereas a number, most in fact, of the other distros reveal it as soon as the server window is opened – any thoughts how to overcome this?

    KDE4 seems to be running pretty stable so far although a lot less configurable than 3.5x ATM but I’m sure that will change.

    • Normally, I’ll fire up Sunfish, then right-click on the main icon which should then show you whatever is available on the network. As long as you have configured the NFS server on the linux box, you should be able to at least see it there. If you need any more help, try Usenet (comp.sys.acorn.misc would be a start). (And yes, I’m the same Chika as there!)