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Announcing openSUSE 11.0 GM

June 19th, 2008 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 11.0 — everything you need to get started with Linux on the desktop and on the server. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE Project provides free, easy access to the world’s most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE.

The 11.0 release of openSUSE includes more than 200 new features specific to openSUSE, a redesigned installer that makes openSUSE even easier to install, faster package management thanks to major updates in the ZYpp stack, and KDE 4, GNOME 2.22, Compiz Fusion, and much more.

On the Desktop

Whether you use GNOME or KDE, the openSUSE 11.0 desktop is a beautiful experience. Users have the choice of GNOME 2.22, KDE 4, KDE 3.5, Xfce, and more! See the screenshot page for a in-depth look at the openSUSE desktop.

GNOME 2.22

GNOME users will find a lot to like in openSUSE 11.0. openSUSE’s GNOME is very close to upstream GNOME, because Novell and openSUSE want to do as much work as possible in the upstream release. However, we do modify GNOME’s artwork to provide a unified look and feel for the distro. The default GNOME configuration, such as panel layout, is slightly different than “stock” GNOME, and the openSUSE GNOME team backports a number of bug fixes into our GNOME release to ensure stability and the best possible GNOME experience.

GNOME 2.22

GNOME 2.22 in openSUSE 11.0 includes the GNOME Virtual File System (GVFS), with better support for networked file systems, PulseAudio for better sound management, improvements in Evolution and Tomboy, and much more!

KDE 4.0

openSUSE 11.0 is the first openSUSE release to include a stable release of KDE 4.0. This release includes sweeping changes in the KDE desktop, and represents the next generation of KDE. This release includes a new desktop shell, called Plasma, a new look and feel (called Oxygen), and many interface and usability improvements.

KControl has been replaced with Systemsettings, which makes system configuration much easier. KDE’s window manager, KWin, now supports 3-D desktop effects.

KDE 4.0 doesn’t include KDEPIM applications, so the openSUSE team has included beta versions of the KDEPIM suite (KMail, KOrganizer, Akregator, etc.) from the KDE 4.1 branch that’s in development and scheduled to be released in July and for online update.

Note that KDE 3.5 is still available on the openSUSE DVD for KDE users who aren’t quite ready to make the leap to KDE 4.

KDE 4 on openSUSE 11.0

Compiz Fusion

The openSUSE desktop is not only a green glorious sight to behold, it’s also available in 3-D! Compiz Fusion is now the default in openSUSE 11.0. You’ll find a slew of interesting Compiz plugins, as well as easier configuration with Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) and the more comprehensive CompizConfig Settings Manager that allows detailed configuration of your Compiz setup. See the Sneak Peek for a detailed look at Compiz Fusion on openSUSE 11.0.

Firefox 3.0

Firefox is one of the most popular open source applications on the planet, and the openSUSE desktop just wouldn’t be complete without Mozilla Firefox. The 3.0 release has a number of new features and improvements that will make browsing the Web on openSUSE convenient and safe, including better site identification features, simplified add-on installation and management, detection of “phishing” sites, the ability to save tabs on exit, better download manager, and a new page zoom feature that lets you zoom text or the entire page.

Note that openSUSE 11.0 ships with Firefox 3.0 beta 5, and updates to the final 3.0 release will be available through online update.

Firefox 3.0

Banshee 1.0

openSUSE 11.0 includes Banshee 1.0. The Banshee media player has been re-written to improve performance and includes many new features, including video playback, better “shuffle” playback, support for iPods, MTP devices, and mass storage player devices, and support for podcasts and better Last.fm integration.

Banshee 1.0

OpenOffice.org 2.4

You can work hard and play hard with openSUSE. If you need a high-quality office suite that’s Microsoft Office compatible, look no further than Novell’s OpenOffice.org 2.4. This release includes import support for OpenXML, 3-D transitions in Impress, SVG import support, improved performance over standard OpenOffice.org, and better Excel support and VBA macro support.

NetworkManager 0.7

NetworkManager has been vastly improved since 10.3, and now includes support for multiple network interfaces and UTMS and EV-DO cards.

Under the Hood

  • Linux kernel 2.6.25
  • glibc 2.8
  • GCC 4.3

Media and Download

openSUSE is now available for immediate download. The openSUSE 11.0 release brings several new options for installation media, as well as familiar choices:

  • openSUSE 11.0 DVD 32-bit
  • openSUSE 11.0 DVD 64-bit
  • openSUSE 11.0 KDE 4 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.0 GNOME 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.0 KDE 4 64-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.0 GNOME 64-bit Live CD

You can download openSUSE 11.0 via HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, and Metalink from software.openSUSE.org.

You can also purchase a retail box with openSUSE 11.0 that includes 90-day installation support, physical media, and a printed Getting Started guide.


We want to hear from you! The openSUSE Project has many channels of communication:

To keep up to date with openSUSE, be sure to keep an eye on openSUSE News and watch Planet SUSE for blog posts from the openSUSE community.

Want to help the openSUSE Project? To get involved with openSUSE see the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki. We can use lots of different skills to help the project, so feel free to jump in!

All of the contributors who have worked on openSUSE deserve a huge thank you. Without your hard work, this release would not have been possible. openSUSE 11.0 is the best openSUSE release yet, and will help promote the use of Linux everywhere! Now, get openSUSE 11.0 and have a lot of fun!

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204 Responses to “Announcing openSUSE 11.0 GM”

  1. Congratulatiosn friends!

    I thinks that this is the best version of OpenSuse ever seen.

    My best regards

  2. Congratulations to the entire openSUSE Project! It;s been a lot of fun working with all of you this past year, and welcome to openSUSE 11.0 everybody!

  3. Pio Martinez

    Great! Thank you very much for the great work you people are doing. I am downloading the litle cd for network installation to install it later today. I love opensuse. Greetings from The Netherlands

  4. Miha

    Really good news!
    Thanks to the whole team of OpenSUSE!

  5. swims

    Well done everyone! :-)

  6. Dimble ThriceFoon

    Congrats to the opensuse team on what appears to be a great release, it will be running on my laptop before long.

  7. keiner

    Примите мои поздравления и огромное СПАСИБО за Ваш труд!!!

  8. Mike

    Congratulations! Thank you!

  9. Luc Levain

    Having monitored 11.0 progress since the early betas, I’ve got to say – fantastic job! Congrats to everybody involved on the best release to date of the best distro and thank you, thank you, thank you guys for making this happen! :)

  10. Maximus

    Aliluya! I waited this event more than all!!!
    Thanks to every team member and to the whole team of OpenSUSE!!! [img]http://files.myopera.com/Creat0R/Opera_AC/Icons/up_cool.gif[/img]

  11. Charlie

    An openSUSE user since “SuSE 9.0”
    I still remembered that I downloaded the mini “boot.iso” to install SuSE via network for 6 hours LoL
    And after that I enjoyed my Linux life with SUSE LINUX
    Now it’sname has been changed to “openSUSE”
    But it’s still the green desktop that I feel familiar with……

    These years are the hardest time for openSUSE developers
    the rise of Ubuntu,the Novell-M$ Pact etc.
    Yet you all still did a great job to release such a stable and powerful distro
    Hope you can continue your excellent work in the future
    Congratulations and long live SUSE! :-)

  12. Andrew

    Yay! openSuSE 11 is now ready & downloading! Good job & thanks for also including KDE 3.5.x! Congtratz from Canada!

  13. max

    congratulations and a big hug !

    thumbs up

  14. Andrew


  15. Viclame


  16. Jon

    Well Done team, it is an outstanding job !! My parents have been waiting for GA release so they now ditch MS Vista.

  17. Max

    It will be a Remaster with firefox 3.0 final?

  18. Большое спасибо!

  19. MMouXe

    Cool, this is great, respect to all

  20. Miguel Angel

    ¡Gracias, amigos!

    Downloading from the Great Tenochtitlán (a.k.a. “México”).
    I think is the best distro ever. However, the artwork is too green, too bright. That’s the only thing I don’t like.
    Well, the KDE4 is not too good either. It has lost a lot of options for costumization. It seems to be a “simplification” of KDE3, not an improvement.

    ¡Nos olemos luego!
    Smell you later!

    • Bobby

      I agree with you pertaining to the artwork and especially the login screen. The green would be better if it was somewhat darker and not soo “green”. I hope that some creative people out there will be kind enough to make a nice theme for us.
      As for KDE 4.0.x, it’s lacking a lot of features that are already being integrated in 4.1 Beta 1. The first thing I did after installing openSuse 11 was to add the KDE 4.1 repository and installed the current development version, which I find to be very stable but don’t do it if you are not fond of experimenting and if you do don’t turn on Nepomuk, which will make you system crawl like a snail :)

    • Lucky the Leprechaun

      I like green, it’s my favorite color!

    • phontanka

      Opensuse’s green and bright colours: that’s why I like openSUSE, and also that’s why I like Windows XP too, they use a lot of bright colours and also a lot of white. Looking at a dark or grey screen is something that takes away my “appetite for work”. As for the KDE4 part: I agree with you, KDE3 had a lot more options which I really miss from KDE4. Hope that will change in the future with newer releases.

      But anyway, thanks to the entire openSUSE team for making such a great distro!

    • slayer

      why does this guy from Tenochtitlan like to smell people? too much time with his dog I guess.

      Anyway, outstading job openSUSE team.

  21. Поздравляю всех с релизом, огромное спасибо разработчикам, отличная ОС.

  22. pap

    Here i go again…
    I used suse from (6.3) for a couple of years, left it and now, thanks to the awesome distro you’ve managed to assemble (i tested RC1) i’m back !!!

    And since it’s always good to return home…

    Thanks !!!!

  23. asstrib

    Дякую Вам за роботу, яку ви зробили!!!!

  24. S

    I like SuSE, like openSuSE, and I can start my work on the OpenSuse 11, I feel very good now!!

  25. Tahvok

    Congratulations!!! You was the best for me and always be!!!
    Greetings from Israel!

  26. Here we go… Downloading!

  27. Felicitaciones amigos del proyecto OpenSuse!
    Descargando desde Santa Fe, Argentina. Muchas gracias!

    Congratulations guys!
    Downloading from Santa Fe, Argentina. Thank you very much!

  28. Ptomaine

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

    openSUSE is the best distro in the world!

    Novell and openSUSE are forever in our hearts!

  29. Bobby

    Although I am running it with KDE 4.1 (which just reached Beta 1) since RC1, I can only say that this is a rock solid release and the best openSuse that I have used unto now. There are a lot of improvements (especially speed) all over they place.
    I would just like to say a big thank you to you all at the openSuse team and congratulations for delivering yet another powerful, stable and beautiful Desktop OS.

  30. Atul

    Thanks guys !!! for all the work you have done to give us this great distro
    have been following development of openSUSE 11.0 from Beta 1 stage and it has come out very very good !!

    Thanks again

  31. I’m downloading the 32 bit DVD, i think that this is the best SuSE/openSUSE version ever seen!

    • Anonymous

      i can’t install the 32 bit DVD ,

      crc error (system halted)

      don’t know what’s wrong :(

  32. OMG Thank you a team of developers SUSE

    I am downloading the x64 version :p

  33. scottishduck

    Finally a good OS with the 2.6.25 kernel! Not only that but easy install for the LATEST NVIDIA drivers. LONG LIVE SUSE!

    • Velocity

      Where is this driver you talk about for nvidia? I have a Nvidia Geforce 6800 Go ultra, I do not see one for that. Am i just missing it somewhere? PLease point me to the drivers you are talking about:)

      • Beineri

        Did you read http://en.opensuse.org/Nvidia ?

      • John Byrne

        Best advice is you need KDE 4.1 instead of 4.0 becuase the stability in 4.1 is much greater by far it can compare to 3.5.9 in terms of stability and many of the features are comming back again in 4.1 also Amarok 2 is very much useable allready if you use 4.0 then you get Error messages for the masses. “Please Contact Your System administrator” after the first time you use it. and it will pop up no matter what kde application you click on even the desktop. As for Nvidia Drivers, your card is probably supported by drivers in the repositories becuase the drivers are meant to work with all nvidia cards there is a legacy version for old cards eg. (geforce 2, 4…..)
        Good Luck and Open Suse 11 is promising but ill stick with The Hardy Heron on my laptop.

  34. Lucky the Leprechaun

    I have been playing around with (open)SUSE since version 10, and I think 11.0 could possibly be the version to finally break me of the Windows XP crack habit. If only openoffice writer would fix a glaring shortcoming (for me at least) would I then be able to dump Word XP. I will give crossover office a try and see if Word runs under 11.0, and if all goes well, bye bye Windows forever!


    p.s. openSUSE 11.0 is magically delicious

    • Bobby

      You can install MS-Office using Wine, you don’t have to buy CrossOVer. I have MS-Office 2003 installed (even though I hardly use it) with wine and it wors just fine. It integrates in the start menu like a native app and runs just as good with wine as it does with CrossOver. Btw, Wine has reached version 1 at last.

      • Lucky the Leprechaun

        I tried installing MSOffice XP using Wine 1.0RC and it wouldn’t install, so I thought I would try the Crossover Office demo and it seems to work okay (although I haven’t fully tested it). If OpenOffice Writer would only allow me to hide the top/bottom margins in Page view I might seriously make the effort to ditch Word, but this lack of feature bugs the @#$% out of me, especially on my laptop where screen real estate is limited. It might seem minor but it’s important to me. I hate to spend money for Crossover Office just to run an old version of Word XP.

  35. Bharat

    Congrats for the good job guys and danke.
    When are the factory repos updated with GM packages? Currently they are out of date.

    • Beineri

      They likely never will but rather jump straight to the 11.1 development stream.

  36. Congrats openSUSE!
    Thanks community!
    This’ another great release!
    As we say here in Brazil: Muito obrigado! (Thanks so much!)

  37. Yes, Congratulations to the entire openSUSE Project, this is awesome,
    Good job guys!!!


  38. Mario Colindres

    Congratulations to the openSuse team. I been using suse since the old version 7, and as usual, always worked rock solid for me.

    Thanks from Guatemala, Central America


  39. Jaromir

    Wspaniała dystrybucja linuksa, na którą tak długo czekalem !!!!
    Dziękuję wam ludzie za waszą pracę!!
    openSuse 11.0 rzÄ…dzi.
    Pozdrowienia z Polski/Lechji

    Thnx for great linux distro! great work!
    Greetings from Western Slavia-Poland\Lechjia ;]

  40. Martin

    Congratulations openSuse Team, I’ve been using SuSe Linux since release 9.0 a rock solid distro. Downloading from Colorado, USA.

  41. Marius

    Congratulations! and thanks for your hard work!

  42. alex

    my opensuse 11.0 system is now up and running!
    i want to say thank you to all those who helped with the release.

  43. Tushar

    Congrats!!!! a very slick product indeed.
    Thanks to all for the effort.

    Now i have to upgrade/clean install opensuse 11 on my new lenovo T61 and remove SLED 10 SP2.


  44. Rajen

    Congratulations to the openSUSE team !!! Keep up the good work.

  45. Bruno Gama


    Greetings from Brazil!!!

  46. Emil

    Suse was better and better with every release.
    I know it since 9.0.
    Missed only one: 10.2
    Can hardly wait to have it installed.

    – from Romania

  47. Xavier Callejas (El Salvador)

    My favorite color is green! and the best Desktop env. for me is KDE.

    I have been using SuSE since v9, and since then I have not been interested in try another linux dist. for my desk/laptop.

    I cannot wait to see the dvd iso download finished.

    Great job! contratulations.

    Regards form El Salvador, Central America.

  48. Yaay!! I’ll download this now

  49. David Blaine

    В рот мне ноги )))))
    You congratulate best

  50. Khodani Modau

    Great work guys, now i am finally leaving Windows for Linux OpenSuse 11.0.
    To all developers who worked on this project you rock!!!

    Once again congratulation!!!

    Regards from Khodani Michael Modau all the way from South Africa