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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Released

August 24th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 (M6) is available for download. This release includes new packages on the GNOME and KDE live CDs, Python 3.1, and Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6.

This is a Milestone Release, one of several that lead up to the 11.2 final release in November. It may not be suitable for production systems, but is ready for contributors who want to help with testing and development for 11.2.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 5

Milestone 6 includes new packages on the KDE live CD (Choqok, KNode, Kompare, KSystemlog, Okteta and more) and Transmission is now on the GNOME live CD. This release includes Python 3.1, PackageKit 0.5.1, and a number of updated packages, including:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc6
  • Firefox 3.5.2
  • GIMP 2.6.7
  • GNOME 2.28 Beta
  • Konversation 1.2 Alpha 6
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 Beta 2
  • VirtualBox 3.0.4
  • Wine 1.1.27

A more complete list can be found on the wiki and an updated list of Factory packages can be found on DistroWatch.

11.2 is looking fantastic. Want screenshots? We’ve got ’em! Check out the shots here, and/or add your own.

Most Annoying Bugs

As this is a milestone release, 11.2 M6 does contain a few bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing. The big bugs in 11.2 M6 are:

  • Evolution not on the GNOME live CDs.
  • Second stage of live CD installation runs in text-mode.
  • Calling “Install Software” from start menus of both KDE and GNOME fails, work-around: start module over YaST Control Center.
  • Downloads/updates with aria/metalink support will fail, work-around: “export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0”.

You can track the Most Annoying Bugs on the wiki along with 11.2 development.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M6 does have a few bugs that we know about — but there may be more lurking somewhere in the release that haven’t been found yet. If you want to make sure 11.2 final is free of Most Annoying Bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. 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.

Get Milestone 6 Today!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release today! Downloads are available at software.opensuse.org/developer/ now.

Note, if you need to try the live DVD on a machine with no CD-ROM drive, you can copy it to a USB key with the following command:

dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M

Replace “image.iso” with the name of the ISO image that you have downloaded, and replace “sdX” with the actual device name of your USB drive. Be careful! This will erase the target device, so make sure you have the correct device name and have any vital data backed up!

The next milestone is scheduled to be released on September 10. A reminder: only two more milestone releases are planned for 11.2, followed by two release candidate (RC) releases. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

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38 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Released”

  1. Andy Nguyen

    I use flash drive to run liveCD (M6) but I can’t install !
    Installer can’t find partition. This is a error ?

    • baraujo

      I upgraded OpenSuse 10.3 to 11.1 and it were only problems.
      First the graphical system wouldn’t start at 1440×900 60 hz the monitor would complain. I had to run low resolution. Then I upgraded the kernel and the graphical system didn’t start and it was a pain.

      I enjoyed OpenSuse but it is time to move on to Ubuntu.

  2. kaker

    opensuse <3

  3. ColinP

    I love the KDE4 integration with OpenOffice.org; it looks a million times better than the standard menu interface. It’d be great to see something similar for other non-QT apps, especially Firefox and GIMP. Are there any plans for this?

    • ColinP

      Colin you might wish to have a chat with the OpenSUSE web admins, – on logging into the news site, it displayed your name and email address (a gmail one so you know I’m not joking) in the reply fields. Given that this info is private and should NOT be published, there’s clearly a privacy issue here.

    • WooLang Sharma

      You’ll note Firefox is integrated into the KDE4 look (see the screenhots; however, if that does suit you or if you want the Firefox KDE4 look now (before installing Suse 11.2) then you can also download the KDE4 theme from Ramon Antonio Parada which is perfectly integrated with KDE4 look. Search for using “KDE4 firefox3” firefox’s theme/extension search function.

      BTW be VERY careful using KDE4 for any production work, KDE4 can seriously corrupt your data, especially over Samba or NFS mounts, something that does not happen with KDE3.5 or GNOME. The specific bug occurs when the filenames of the files you are transferring via Dolphin/Konqueror(i.e. copying from your machine to the remote machine) onto a remote machine (either via SAMBA-especially and NFS-lessoften) contain unicode characters. Dolphin or Konqueror in KDE4 will silently commit the transfer without informing you about any errors. You only discover the problem when you got to check on the newly transferred files on the remote machine and find that some files have been horribly butchered (not just the filename). The arrogance exhibited by KDE developers in taking 6 MONTHS to fix it (and only for KDE 4.2 and NOT for KDE4.1.3) is astonishing = They refuse to backport the fix for a data-corrupting bug into KDE 4.1.3 to the point that the Ubuntu developers were forced to implement their own patch for KDE4.1.3 & KDE4.3. As much as I hate Gnome (ugly and slow), I have NO choice but to order my Managers to implement our production deployments only on GNOME (mostly) or KDE3.5.9. See the following bug: http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=158639

      • Prefer KDE for most of my workstation tasks. Am trying to setup up two web servers that will need Samba access to an NAS for backup. And, kept at RnLvl 3, but startx for others to do backups. Have been fighting Samba for two days. Dolpin just dies with a non-descript error message that have no decipherable debug codes in it. Now I know why. Guess I’ll switch to Gnome. Or,just dump openSuse and get Ubuntu. Would hate to do that since I’m a Novell fan from Netware 2.15g days. What happened anyway, did KDE get some programmers from Microsoft?

  4. oldcpu

    Great news about milestone-6. With many of the annoying milestone-5 bugs fixed, I find it much easier to use for testing.

    one minor correction in your above news, … I think you mean to say live CD instead of live DVD in this sentence:

  5. I’m from Norway and must have set you the following questions, because I had installed 11.1, precisely because “acpi” was ON by default.

    Have you set “acpi” in off by default in this version! as you did in openSUSE 11.0!!

  6. Dich

    I’ve installed the M5 from a usb stick (blind install since Yast gave an error and continued without any progress indicators), and then did ‘zypper dup’ every few days. Last time it complained about several packages claiming they did not exist on the server. Between retries I tried to download that same packages from download.opensuse.org manually without any problem, very fast and clean. I think this is worth reporting in the following way:

    -> if the download fails, aria (or zypper or whoever is in the backend nowadays) should report the actual mirror that failed, not just download.opensuse.org
    -> optionally, it should (automaticallt) try to get the same file from another mirror, probably with a corresponding message printed on screen.

  7. Dimitri

    Knetwork manager is finally connecting to my wifi network and works just fine!!
    That’s really great to fix it! :-)
    What about to bring back the old icons with “bars” for a signal strength instead of numbers? ;-)


  8. Benjamin

    Can we get some more screenshots of KDE please! I don’t think there are enough yet. Seriously, how about some screen shots of something else in that link?

  9. Reinert

    The md5 checksums of the downloads I have tried (64-bit Live-CD and DVD) do not match the ISO images. The media self-check on the Live DVD fails with a checksum error. The media self-check on the Live-CD crashes with a kernel panic (no init found, it says).

    Are any of these checksums supposed to be correct for milestone releases?

  10. Xie Qiao

    Would you give two options while installing boot software like Grub and Lilo? 1. Boot from USB; 2. Main hard disk. Dual boot menu is absolutely unnecessary. I want to reset Bios boot sequence to DVD/CDrom, USB device, hard disk. You simply plug and unplug USB drive, and the PC knows whether to boot to openSUSE or Windows OS. There should be no change to MBR (master boot record), as it is risky for newbies. Cracked Mac OS can be installed this way on a USB hard disk drive.

  11. Dimitri

    Curiously kde4-networkmanager works well with wifi on one of my laptops, and not at all on another…
    Both Toshiba, both using the same Intel wireless chip, both scanning well and finding the spot, but only one is able finally to connect and not other…

    Well, there is still a progress because with M5 release no one was able to connect :-)
    So, it seems to be half-fixed now, and need a full fix :-)


  12. Bobby

    I am tempted to say that Milestone 4 was the best so far. I had no issues installing it, the Kernel-source, and the nvidia driver. M5 was a big disappointment and M6 can’t load important repos so I can’t install neither the kernel-source nor the nvidia driver. I installed M6 twice but got the same result. Pity though because it seems to have improved in a lot of other areas.

    • Just enter sudo export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0

      It\s listed as one of the annoying bugs. After you have made the export, it will function as usual :O)

      • Davide Nabais

        I’ve tried that…
        export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0 didn’t help,
        sudo export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0 gave a command not found error.
        I also tried logging in as root and then did the export thing but still gives the same error:

        There was an error in the repository initialization.
        ‘repo-oss’: [|] Valid metadata not found at specified URL(s)
        – SKIP request: User-requested skipping of a file
        – Can’t provide /media.1/media : User-requested skipping of a file

        Any ideas??

        • Ian Sutherland

          Same here;export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0 didn’t help,
          sudo export ZYPP_ARIA2C=0 gave a command not found error.
          I also tried logging in as root and then did the export thing but still gives the same error:

          Did you find a solution?

          Thanks, Ian

      • Bobby

        It worked for zypper dup but not for YaST. I still get error messages that says it failed to download content or can’t acess Media 1. I keep getting these error messages if I try to install the kernel-source or any package from the openSuse server.

  13. Dwight Paige

    Can I even comment here???????????

  14. Carl Fletcher

    Is the spam protection thingy broken? Test post.

  15. Sum of f-our + s-ix is ten or 10

  16. I tried to install build 249.
    I seems to run kernel 2.6.31-rc7-4-default.

    Installing the NVidia driver fails because kernel-syms installs linux-2.6.31-rc6-3 source.

    Any suggestions?

  17. PhillipS

    MySQL 5.4 (5.1.36 included) – any reason why it cannot be included? – thank you for a greeat product :)

  18. Dannyt

    i have m4 installed on my hdd how do i update it to m6? (kde4 version)

  19. P.H.Connell

    Installation on my Intel XM25 SSD – with EXT3 (and EXT4 earlier) – went fine but:

    (1) Cannot find keyboard admin in YAST – I had to “repair installation” to get my spanish keyboard recognized.

    (2) Why did “installation repair” find some packages not loaded – but then load them OK – why not get it right first time?

    (3) Does a “fast boot” both in EXT3 (and EXT4) – cant find “ext3” ???? – why.

    (4) SSD is fast but boot up is slow because bootup is looking around “fd0” (with EXT3 and EXT4) and finding about five “errors” – why.

    (5) Where is the power info in the “system tray” – that is how I can check my CPU frequencies.

    (6) Got my time zone wrong – I had to go into “date and time” in YAST to fix it – why?

    Otherwise it seems OK.

    It also grubs up with a possible boot to Windows 7 – fantastic.

    But the keyboard thing really pisses me off.

    • Michael Stark

      > (1) Cannot find keyboard admin in YAST – I had to “repair installation” to get my spanish keyboard recognized.

      I had exact the same problem.

  20. P.H.Connell

    I forgot to add that my system is a GA-EX58-UD5 with a Core-i7 920, and 12 Gbytes of 1600Mhz RAM – running at 1066 Mhz otherwise the system cuts out, probably because of want of the “correct voltage” on RAM or vtt etc.

    It has hard disks for software development and data processing. It can also do quad boots to Vista and Kununtu.

    Another advantage of Suse 11.2 M6 is that is seems to find or recognize my r8169 (for RT811B/8168B NIC) drivers and is stable.

    Before this the UD% was famous for losing the network on reboot.

    You had to switch off and reboot – that doesn’t happen now – so I don’t have to try splurging 250 Euros to see if ASUS PT6 V2 can do it better – I was surfing the computer shops until I took a gamble on M6 – thanks for that.

  21. Michael Stark

    Ich möchte mich zuerst bei allen Leuten die openSUSE ermöglichen bedanken!
    Das man das ISO-Image so einfach auf einen USB-Stick kopieren kann ist echt Super.
    Die Programm-Zusammenstellung von der KDE Live-CD gefällt mir auch sehr gut.
    Der neue KDE 4.3 läuft sehr schnell, meiner Meinung sogar schneller als Gnome.
    Ich kann nur sagen, vielen vielen vielen Dank für diese Super Distro!

  22. P.H.Connell

    The lack of a “keyboard layout” in YAST is serious – and mind boggling that it should ueberhaupt happen – SUSE seems to lack an “attention to detail” which is disturbing.

    Can SUSE also publish a guideline to creating partitions for a SUSE-11.2 installation using EXT4 but EXT3 for a boot partition.

    Mostly we just install and let the installer decide or suggest some optimal partitioning. Can you change 11.2 to suggest a root partition, boot partition and home partition, or a menu of “most probable” partitioning – depending on the user expected.

    That would be a big help.

    What would be good is a graphical interface with a suggestion for partitions – say root, boot and home – and then the user can shift a boundary between each to change the size of each partition. You can type in partition sizes but a graphical layout with shifting boundaries is more intuitive to some and simple to those who don’t want to spend time getting lost in what is a simple task for most SUSE users.

    Instead of a suggested partitioning you could ask the user to type in the partitions they want – let the installer make an initial partition size suggestion – then allow the user to change the size of each either directly (by typing in a size) or by shifting boundaries – SuperSuse 11.2.

  23. P.H.Connell

    Can someone tell what is a “fast boot” and why does this happen?

    Is it a SUSE, KDE or disk hardware (INTEL X25M SSD in my case) problem?

    Another interesting addition would be a guideline (with lots of lovely EXAMPLES) of what to type into a file like /boot/grub/menu.lst to set up any initial selection of operating systems. There are not too many commands and it is not that difficult to explain the relationship of each to disk/partition locations.

    I say this as most people have to surf around forums to find out just what will work – and it is useful for those who might want to choose between SUSE 11.2 or earlier distros that worked for them in some way – or who need Windows because of the documents they have to write.

  24. f.leerink@xs4all.nl


    I was doing an install of openSUSE-DVD-build0233-i586.iso.

    Nearly at the end, after downloading the release note and after detecting/configuring my printer, soundcard and TVcard the system tried to do an online update and generated the following message:

    Online update:
    Failed to download /media.1/media from:
    -[AbstractCommand cc196} URL=http://widehat.opensuse.org/factory-snapshot/repo/oss/media.1/media

    If I click the OKE button the system presents 3 options retry, skip autorefresh and skip but whatever I tried the same error continues to pop up, so I am stuck.

    What can I do to correct this situation or should I press the power button to interrupt/stop the install

    Thanks for the help
    Regards, Frans

    • soggydoggy

      I get exactly the same and cannot find the answer anywhere. This is a shame because everything else seems really nice.

      The URL it is trying to access works fine through a browser. Help us SUSE community! :)