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Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: A Plethora of Improvements

June 19th, 2008 by

In this final Sneak Peeks article we will be taking a look at some of the other improvements making their way into openSUSE 11.0.

Firefox 3.0

openSUSE features the new and latest Firefox 3.0, with the final version distributed through online update. This new version features several improvements to the interface, from user name and password management to changes in the download window.

OpenOffice.org 2.4

The OpenOffice.org team has been working hard over the last few months to produce the latest 2.4 release. It features a broad range of changes, most famously the new OpenGL Impress effects, giving you a lot of visual eye-candy with animations during each slide change:

Xfce 4.4

openSUSE 11.0 features the latest Xfce 4.4.2, with a string of new changes including composite effects.

Banshee 1.0

Aaron Bockover and the Banshee team recently announced the availability of the very substantial 1.0 release. It features a broad range of exciting new changes, including video support, speed improvements, a redesigned interface and better integration with Last.fm.

Wine 1.0

With Wine approaching its monumental 1.0 release, openSUSE 11.0 features 1.0 RC3. Wine has been in development for over 12 years!


The LTSP5 implementation on openSUSE continues to dramatically improve, with the initial setup taking less than a minute on openSUSE 11.0, even for non-administrators. The final images will be available in the openSUSE Edu build service repository and the upcoming add-on Edu DVD.

Kepas – Easy File Sharing

With the previous release we saw the addition of Giver – an easy GTK+ file-sharing tool, enabling you to quickly send files to others on the same network as you. With openSUSE 11.0 there is now also a KDE application, Kepas, to perform the same task, with several additional features.


Another nice thing to make its way into the openSUSE Build Service is Command-not-found (for 11.0: 1-click-install), which is very handy for general usage in the shell.

Demonstration of what it does:
20:52 geeko:~> dragon
The program 'dragon' can be found in the following package(s):
* dragonplayer (/usr/bin/dragon)
Try: sudo zypper install dragonplayer
bash: dragon: command not found
20:52 geeko:~> amarokk
Did you mean: 'amarok' ?
bash: amarokk: command not found
20:52 geeko:~> ifconfig
Program 'ifconfig' is present in package 'net-tools', which is installed on your system.
Full path leading to 'ifconfig' is '/sbin/ifconfig'.
Please check your $PATH or maybe program 'ifconfig' is intended to be run only by root.
bash: ifconfig: command not found

After you’ve installed it, see the /usr/share/doc/packages/command-not-found/README file for how to enable it by default.

Complete Product Highlights

For a more complete product highlights and package list, see the Product Highlights/11.0 wiki page.

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10 Responses to “Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: A Plethora of Improvements”

  1. When, when, when. I’ve been up since 1:30 a.m. Going fishing. Please let it be there when I get back. Been waiting for months now…

  2. Eric

    Well done on another polished and solid release.

  3. It is now within my reach …. cool. Now waiting for my 11.0 box to be delivered, for collection and supporting the community.

  4. Ian

    And what about hinting in firefox 3? FF does not accept fonts.conf only system default. I prefer medium for system and light for firefox (https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10301)

  5. Joe

    Running v10.3 and I have this stuff on my system already… Really!

  6. Joe’s right, I can get all those stuff on 10.3. What I can’t get on 10.3 easily is the super-fast new zypper! That’s the killer feature for me; I don’t have to envy debian users for their apt anymore!

    Another important feature is the improved power management in the current kernel greatly increases 11.0’s value for laptop users!

    In addition, the very nicely polished KDE 4.0 would have been worth mentioning in my eyes, although it might not be the perfect desktop solution for everybody.

  7. Momoh Ibrahim

    Woops…. i cant wait to get this dope version running on my notebook. I look forward to drive KDE 4.0 beserk.

  8. Jim Clay

    Any discount for retail version if you just purchased 10.3 ?

  9. Chika

    Good release, though I’m a little less than delighted with KDE4 which appears to be a lot more resource hungry than its predecessor (to the point where some processes that need all the processes they can get will not run adequately, for example some videos on MPlayer will go out of sync), and I’m happy enough with Konqueror so I’ll stick with KDE3 for now, ta.

  10. I really appreciate the new openSUSE’s developments, I have tried two earlier verions before, but the new version has been tweaked to an extent that the most unnoticable bugs have been fixed.