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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3 Available

June 29th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3. Images are ready for download and testing. This release includes the 2.6.30 Linux kernel, KDE 4.3 beta 2, GNOME 2.27.2, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Alpha, and more!

This is a Milestone Release, one of several leading up to the 11.2 release in November. It may not be suitable for production systems, but should be stable enough for testing.

Screenshots of the milestone releases and factory development can be found (or added) on the wiki.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2

A lot has changed since the M2 release, and many packages have been updated for 11.2 M3. Some of the major changes in this release include:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.30
  • GNOME 2.27.2
  • KDE 4.3 beta 2
  • PulseAudio 0.9.15
  • Konversation 1.2 Alpha 3
  • VirtualBox 2.2.4
  • Wine 1.1.23
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Alpha

See the openSUSE Wiki for additional changes in 11.2 Milestone 3. You can see the latest packages in Factory on DistroWatch, which tracks 203 major packages in openSUSE.

Getting Milestone 3

The latest development versions are available from http://software.opensuse.org/developer/. Choose from x86 or x86-64 install DVDs or the KDE and GNOME Live CDs.


Help us make openSUSE 11.2 the best release yet! Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a milestone release, and is not suitable for use on production systems.

Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or testing releases for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs. See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on Testing. To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

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41 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3 Available”

  1. Excellent ! I’m excitedly waiting for the official release in November and I am especially looking forward to the Debian-style live updates/upgrades.

    Also I am getting a new laptop (lenovo G530) later this summer so I am quite excited to try openSUSE on it !

    All the Best !

    • Eliasse Diaite

      Why a Debian-style live updates/upgrades. We are openSUSE.Have never heard about zypper update (up) or zypper dup commands. There are several better ways to update / upgrade a openSUSE Distribution.

      • Right now, the zypper method of upgrading is unsupported and some people have reported problems. Version 11.2 aims to make live updating official.

        There is a discussion about it here https://features.opensuse.org/305634

        Please don’t be ‘alarmed’ at the mention of ‘Debian’ – although I too think mentioning it is partly misleading. We should be open to each other’s ideas and that is want GNU/Linux is all about !

    • Armando Rodriguez


  2. Excelent !

    Now it can’t be installed. (tested in VirtualBox)

    • I had this problem as well when I was installing version 11.1 ! I am surprised installing GRUB for the first time still throws this error !

      This oughtta be priority 1.

    • ra100

      it’s already filed a bug, but system boots without any problems.

    • jrdls

      I have issues with VirtualBox too. When I tried to install it for the first time it told me that pcscd failed to start and then when I rebooted my virtual machines it didn’t start ksysguard too. I tried to install it a second time but this time around the issue with grub showed up.

  3. No most annoying bugs entry for 11.2 M3. Really ;-)?

  4. bmalewski

    I installed Milestone 3 but it doesn’t want to boot. I have kernel panic bug.

  5. Michal Kubeček

    GPG signatures for 11.2M3 images are missing but http://software.opensuse.org/developer links to them (so it doesn’t seem intentional).

  6. Bananikus

    On KDE 4 Live CD (x64) X Server don’t start. :( I use GeForce 6600GT.

    • Eliasse Diaite

      The KDE 4 Live CD you used is a daily build and is not supposed to satisfy all the expectations of the user.None of those builds of June, 25 reaches the X window.

  7. Roman B.

    After installation of openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 3 DVD 64-bit, the system installed info under My Computer shows up as openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2.

    • Eliasse Diaite

      The openSUSE-release package of the factory tree will let the system display the right information. For the users mentioning the Live CDs, be aware that those builds are not dedicated for end-users without enough Linux experience.

  8. nivritchari

    Same thing here. I had downloaded twice thinking i got the wrong milestone version. Also 3d problem is still there.

  9. I’m both sad and glad to see the above two comments. I had the same issue with the last update, complained and never heard a thing. Maybe now since there are more complaints on this version, we will get the version number corrected…. or not. Seems like a trivial complaint but you don’t want your sporty car to just say Chevrolet, you want it to say Corvette. Likewise I would like the System to say “openSuSE 11.2 Milestone 3 and KDE4.3 Beta 2” and not something else. It would be more comfortable and produce better bragging rights…. if you know what I mean. Thanks

  10. Montana

    I just finished downloading the KDE Live 64 cd and tried to run, started in terminal mode, ran startx, returned no such file found or something like that. not a very happy camper.

  11. Montana

    I just finished downloading the KDE live 64 CD and tried to run, it started at the command prompt and i logged in as root and tried to startx, an error came back that it couldn’t find the file or something similar to that. I’m not a very happy camper at the present moment

  12. Brad

    Hello folks,

    I’m a bit purplexed, I didn’t see anything on the website but as the kde live64 cd starts to run the live cd after I click on the line in the menu to “run” it starts doing its thing and the window comes up showing what it’s looking for and what it’s mounting, etc etc and then it asks for a Linux login and a Linux Password. I didn’t see anything on the 11.2 download page that it’s only for a select group of testers nor did I see a listing on the page regarding a LINUX user name or password?

    Did I miss something? Please help.


  13. Gregory Stec

    The M3 doesn’t boot properly. I tried the KDE and GNOME live image. The problem is probably with X.org system. The Gnome version produces some errors related to X11 (to see after ESC), and some co graphic boot window terminal.

  14. Kabel

    No new screenshots as usual

  15. scott

    “This is a Milestone Release, one of several leading up to the 11.2 release in November.”
    The concept of Date Driven GM Releases in software development is very foreign to me and I have been in it for over 20 years now and still am.

    Now I am feeling like the odd man out here –

    Can anyone else, working in the software development field, tell me what methgodology you
    adopt for new releases, inclusive of market forces if you are involved in commercial development.

    I find it hard to understand that an open release will be stable and have relatively little bugs in it by November.
    In the case of a NON open Commercial Release of Suse Linux, market forces play a huge difference, but we are not right there with this open release.

    I really am interested in others experience and models they adopt in other software development, so please join in. I would ask that everyone refrain form using the words ‘acceptable known bug in release’, as I read that no differently to ‘acceptable deaths in times of conflict and war’

    Thanks to all

    • Joe

      It used to be a 6 month cycle, where most components were updated to the latest KDE and Gnome available. Most of the bugs anyhow with these SuSE releases are mostly SuSE bugs, bugs in their wireless applet, Yast2, the installer and so on.
      Some of course are for KDE and Gnome and others themselves.

      But, the more stable and commercial variant, SLED 11, updates far less and is much easier to keep up with. But, it get’s old quick in the GNU world. But that’s just the usual “Life’s full of tradeoffs.”

    • Charles Hedrick

      I work with a large system intended to support instruction. Our releases are fixed by the academic calendar. If you want a stable product you can fix features or release date, but not both. Given a modular design and reasonable source control, you release the things that are ready.

  16. Peter

    I would love you to be able to put software similar to shockwave and flash into OpenSUSE so it will play swf and flv files in OpenOffice Impress.

  17. Jens

    KDE sieht ja immer scheußlicher und verwaschender aus! Da gehen wohl ein paar Möchtegerndesigner einen falschen Weg.

    • Bobby

      Und dein Englisch ist Scheiße. jedenfalls zwingt keine dich dazu KDE zu benutzen. Du kannst Gnome, XFCE oder sogar Windows benutzen.

  18. Ben Dover

    I like the “keep downloaded packages” option in Yast. Now all we need is a “download all packages and check them BEFORE installing” option when updating or installing. It is really annoying when one’s intrernet connection goes down during a big update as it can completely hose the system.

  19. scott

    I still cannot understand why we now use UTC time instead of GMT. Universal time is still based on the Greenwich Observatory in London,
    where time zone, date line were created to what we still currently use, by the observation of celestial bodies.

    Its needs no new name – Why Change It.

    Time changes have been expressed as + or – from GMT for over many centuries.

    Why is there a need to change GMT into something else – GMT IS the Standard and non obsevance of established acronyms
    only leads to more more confusions.

    During my hole like,

    I have never seen a well and historically significance established standard expression the require to be changed????
    now and the standard GMT

    • angus

      GMT is based on celestial movements
      UTC is based on atomic clocks.

      Planets and other heavenly bodies take different amounts of time to complete their cycles as the whole is a dynamic system (for example, an “Earth year” gets longer with time as Earth drifts away from the Sun)

      Atomic clocks are a more accurate way of measuring time for both short term times scales (tiny fractions of a second) and long term (multiple millennia)

      Of course, time is relevant to the observer so really there is no “proper” measure of time at all …

  20. The M3 doesn’t boot properly. I tried the KDE and GNOME live image. The problem is probably with X.org system. The Gnome version produces some errors related to X11 (to see after ESC), and some co graphic boot window terminal. (2)

  21. Axel

    What is the build for M3? 0146?
    My copy works, but in sysinfo it says M2….

  22. moshtaghi hasan

    please help me for 3d driver (for SiS 671 / SiS 672) in suse 11.2
    i’m use fujitsu siemens esprimo mobile v5515

  23. Houston, We have a Problem. I have a triple boot system with two 300GB HDs. The first HD is broken into 3 partitions. First is for WinXP Media Center, second is for SuSE 11.2 and the third is for SuSE 11.1. I had this working with SuSE 11.2 M2 -BUT- when I installed 11.2 M3 it wiped out the home dir on my SuSE 11.1 version!! Not sure how it did that, but I do believe that something got crossed in the installation when it was looking around on my drive at all the systems. Any ideas??? I have submitted this as a bug.

  24. Mark

    Sorry, I am reluctant to download 11.2 to test. I have trouble enough with 11.0 gold.I hope only that the final release of 11.2 enables (1) easy shortcut creation, and (2) easy restoration of the panel/task manager to factory mode so to speak. My greatest wish is that there is an easier mechanism created sometime to install programmes.


  25. Frances Mince

    It’s sad to see that gutenprint printer drivers are over 1.5 years old. In fact, they have not been updated since openSUSE 11.0.

    I will not open a bug in Bugzilla for this (it would be a duplicate anyway), but maybe this blog comment helps.

  26. P.H.Connell

    There is somethng seriously wrong here. I installed 11.2 Milestone 3 last night with a Vista (on sda1,sda2) dual boot and it is a disaster.

    (1) YAST2 will not display my keyboard setup for editing – I have the wrong one in practice but the correct one in xorg.conf
    (2) It does a “fast boot” due to “BAR 2 collisions” – so what do I have on board? Is this an EXT4 thing?
    (3) While it is installing there are a few wild messages saying that something is not valid to access partitions of type EXT4.
    (4) It just hangs sometimes when I pull up a terminal window
    (5) It also hangs for a while when I try to exit or reboot.
    (6) Trying to start Vista via GRUB destroys “boot manager”

    When I reinstall SUSE 11.1 on the same partitions in EXT3 – everything works – dual boot with VISTA runs smoothly.

    If you guys can’t even get the name right – it says Milestone 2 instead of Milestone 3 – just how are you organizing this software.

    I have a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 with Core i7 920 and 12 GBytes of DDR3 – and it installs and dual boots Windows 7 and Kubuntu just fine.

    So what is going on here?

  27. hello, well, i test Milestone 2, i don’t know if you has solved troubles with laptop models Dell Inspiron 1525 in this new version, but anyway, i report the follows bugs:

    -On Gnome first after installation finish, the system make flash my screen 1 minute and enter, but when i reboot after try start xserver flash again few seconds and sendme to login screen again. i make some test in kde and i found the almost trouble but when i active compiz-fusion with some plugings activated(close,shade,minimize,open effects)… (Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family)

    -Identify my sound card but say bad driver on a ballontooltip and i have’t sound (Intel(R) High Definition Audio HDMI)

    -With wireless, start driver b43, but dont work, when i try use it with ndiswrapper, almost dont work on kde, in gnome ndiswrapper works (Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card)

    -Last point, i always use a grub image for start my OS, but this time grldr dont identify partitions ext2 created for OpenSuSe Installer(ext2 is the first partition), i formated with BT2 after install without format in OpenSuSe Install, i think this maybe is for low version of grub image.

    My last full version was OpenSuSe 10.3 and work good without troubles

    I like this new kde desktop, its awesome…
    Sorry for my bad english, i have a low level :|, (need more experience!!!)

    Well, It’s all…