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openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap

July 2nd, 2008 by

With openSUSE 11.0 out the door, it’s time to start thinking about openSUSE 11.1. The public release of openSUSE 11.1 is scheduled for December 18, 2008, six months after the release of openSUSE 11.0.

The full schedule for the release cycle is as follows:

  • Thu, Jul 24: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1
  • Thu, Aug 21: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2
  • Thu, Sep 18: openSUSE 11.1 Beta1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 02: openSUSE 11.1 Beta2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 16: openSUSE 11.1 Beta3 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 30: openSUSE 11.1 Beta4 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 13: openSUSE 11.1 RC1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 27: openSUSE 11.1 RC2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Dec 4: openSUSE 11.1 GM – final release
  • Thu, Dec 18 openSUSE 11.1 public release

This is, of course, a tentative schedule. Any critical or show-stopping bugs may delay betas and release candidates.

Major areas of interest in this release include:

  • GNOME 2.24
  • KDE: KDE 4.1.1 (optionally KDE 3.5.10)
  • Continued improvement in the software update stack
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27+

Want to get involved? The start of a release cycle is a great time to get involved in openSUSE development. See the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki for details.

See the full 11.1 roadmap on the openSUSE wiki for more details and updates.

Note that Coolo and Michl are on vacation until the end of next week, so let’s start the discussion on features once they are back on the opensuse-factory mailing list,


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38 Responses to “openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap”

  1. magtec

    6 months is too soon, why don’t a release every year?

    • Rohan Dhruva

      Because, in general most of the projects in the Linux ecosystem are gearing up for a regular six-month release cycle.

      • user

        Six-month release cycle is not good idea from my point of view.
        Too many problems, too many changes, too many disappointed users due to unstable and untested environment…
        It is suicidal irrational concept. :-(

        • kreative-werners@t-online.de

          And – ther are problems users dont get, like in book: openSUSE “START” (Version 11.0 – German) on page 28 in chapter 1.12.2 booting it states: “other OS on the computer will automaticly be found and addet to the Bootloader” – this is pure nonsens, after the first boot you cant start your other systems – thats what happened to me and I just had to work for 3 days to get my data from other systempartition. openSUSE 11.0 dit resist that the other partition is not readable – whitch off course was not true, with new installed Linux-Mandrivia I had an other chance and I think openSUSE 11.0 marked the partition with a Flag to not read it anymore?

        • Vlado

          I have WindowsXP and Suse 10.3. After clean install of Suse 11.0 no problems at all. Grub was configured corectly.

      • Beineri

        That the next release will be in 6 months doesn’t mean that all future releases will be in 6 months.

      • some-guy

        The suse release cycle is set according to whatever is better for SLE

  2. Miguel Angel

    Nice! I want some blueish artwork this time, elegant, dynamic and professional blueish style.
    The green one was too brigth and annoying. And KDE 3.5.10 would be cool too.

    And support for the Ricoh Memory Stick/ MMC / xD-Picture Card Host Controller. That’s what keep me tied to good ‘ol WinXP.

  3. AlbertoP

    Keep it green, which is SUSE real colour.

    Blue looks so old-style enterprise stuff. ;-)

    • Bobby

      Green would be okay if it’s a bit darker than the present openSuse 11 green, which is a bit hard on the eyes. It could be like a dark green which goes over into a sort of black shade, like the chameleon changing it’s colour.

  4. Chris

    Please, by all means, include KDE3 in 11.1 as well (and continue to do so until KDE4 is on feature parity with KDE3).

    • Andreas Jaeger

      KDE3 will be available for 11.1, that’s what I meant with “optionally”.

      It’s always a question what you call feature parity, there might always be one feature missing ;-)

      • Chris

        Great to hear :)

        (I just got afraid by the TBD part on the list (TBD: KDE 3.5.x))

      • bico

        I am so glad to hear that. The lack of stable KDE 3 would have forced me to use another distro. Go openSUSE 11.1!

  5. jrdls

    how come there will be just two alpha releases? it seems too little for me. Guess from the road map you want it to be super stable

    • Andreas Jaeger

      We’re doing alphas in general every four weeks – that’s what we done in the past as well, so there’s no change. The short time means we cannot break that much ;-)

      • Grósz Dániel

        But there are more Betas and RC’s that at 11.0. Does this mean that this release concentrates more on stabilization than on features?

  6. Bharat

    Am I the only one seeing a 14 day gap between GM and public release? Whats the need for such a big window?
    And another thing, I did my first ever bug report with 11.0. I will try to do more with this 11.1.

  7. Paganel

    Why not have one in a while (for instance per year, or every 18 months) a LTS (long term support) release that would be supported longer than the others ? Well, OK, like in …

    Wouldn’t it be a dandy solution for both people who need to be at the cutting edge of releases and other that are looking for the less maintenance effort ?

  8. R. J.

    why so many negative comments?

    Thanks for the new roadmap, I’m looking forward to 11.1. An early xmas present if we are lucky. Although I do wonder how you can improve on 11, it is just such a beautiful release.

    • jrdls

      I don’t think it’s negative. I my case I would have loved to have more alpha releases, just to be able to introduce more features. But I guess Novell is taking a more conservative approach. BTW if openSUSE 11.1 is shipped with kernel 2.6.27, I heard that there’s a driver in the making that will support more webcams, so that would be a major improvement. There’s always margin to improve when it comes to hardware support (I’ve read on some blog that oS 11.0 has issues with atheros wifi cards)

  9. Anonymous

    Just have a better welcome sound. The current one is horrible, I had to change it myself after it droved me nuts.

  10. mati86_dl

    … Xfce 4.6!!!!!!! XD

  11. How about Debian?
    It’s a kind of solid distro, isn’t it?
    Anyway, this distro doesn’t follow that six-month cycle.

  12. praveenkunjapur

    I wish we have better screensavers in GNOME. I installed the DVD version of openSUSE 11.0 on my computer. Sure, there are lot of screen savers in GNOME of openSUSE 11.0 but they give the feeling of computers being in the 70’s or 80’s era. Today a computer is seen more as a necessity and as a stylish product (Macbook Air for e.g). Using a computer now is so easy that everyone’s grandma can use it with ease unlike only scientists or programmers of 70’s and early 80’s. So in that sense we can great looking screensavers for GNOME or openSUSE in general. Screensavers which features slides of “real” valleys, mountains, rivers, trees, bridges, cities, trains anything that occurs naturally (environment) in our planet or great man made monuments or buildings.

  13. praveenkunjapur

    It should read as “So in that sense we can have great looking screensavers….” and not otherwise. Typo-error!!!

  14. WoW! Four Beta releases?! So this means that we’ll make more testing than feature adding.
    Then OpenSUSE 11.1 search stability and optimization to became the base of Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server!

  15. gainde

    Hi Guys,

    For all those openSUSE users who are not shy und are not afreas of beta releases, please give KDE 4.1 development snapshots from the openSUSE Build Service Factory and you will appreciate the great job beeing done by the KDE development team. A lot of improvements.

  16. noname

    What about X.org 7.4, is it also plan to be included?

  17. George

    I have a Dell Latitude D830 with an Intel Wi-Fi card. Although I can get the default drivers to work on openSUSE 11.0, I never can get the LED above the keyboard to illuminate. This is not an issue with Ubuntu 8.04. I didn’t bother to check other distros. Is there any way to have that feature in openSUSE 11.1? Is it available in openSUSE 11.0 and need to make a change a configuration file?

    Besides that, I really like openSUSE 11.0.

  18. dihya

    my Toshiba laptop, I’m running vista and openSUSE 11.0 and works fine there be no problem at the current moment. I put on KDE 4.0, then KDE 4.1 everything works.I think that being out the openSUSE operating system, it is too early to my point of view. I think that Novell should take more time working on the next openSUSE, to make it perfect and people would use it everyday without any bugs and problems.
    I do like openSUSE 11.0

  19. stasik

    in my opinion 6 moths is a short perioud. why not every 2 years? or at leans 1.5 years. people like to stick to what they like. so i’d better reinstall my os once in 2 years knowing i was using the most stable version, then reinstalling every 6 months and get “not as stable” version. BTW, i use 11.0 with kde 3.5 and i am very delighted. very good job. been with suse for a long time, and will be. waiting for 11.1))

  20. delphic

    Just because there’s a new release every six months doesn’t mean you’re forced to upgrade..

  21. Bob

    Yikes, I agree,6 months is too short, so many comments with holes in them here! Not forced to upgrade thats right but when quite a few things don’t go the same as they did the time before you are kind of forced to upgrade, or go to a different distro. It’s such a shame cause’ suse is a styly cool os, but quality of packages consistency lets it down. Releases are just so hit and miss.