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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7 Released

September 14th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7 (M7) is available for download. This release includes GNOME 2.28 beta 2, KDE 4.3.1, RPM 4.7.1, and much more.

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. This release is of “beta” quality, and would have been labeled a beta in past openSUSE development cycles.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6

Milestone 7 includes an initial version of the YaST2 installer theme, new KDE theming, is built with RPM 4.7.1, and adds the “–download-only” option for several Zypper commands. And, of course, it includes many updated packages:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31-rc9
  • Valgrind 3.5
  • Samba 3.4.0
  • Evolution 2.27.91
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 RC 1
  • Gwibber 1.2

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 M7 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 M7 are:

  • grub and bootsplash still use 11.1 artwork
  • Bug 537343: GNOME live system asks for root password to mount
  • Bug 537470: GNOME YaST Control Center cannot be started

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

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M7 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 7 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 CD 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 October 1, 2009. A reminder: only one more milestone release is planned for 11.2, followed by two release candidate (RC) releases. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

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32 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7 Released”

  1. lukaszSA

    New installer and login screen looks fantastic!
    Is GRUB still doesn’t support EXT4?

  2. Yes, new installer the excellent work! When will be ready new artwork for bootsplash?

  3. onk

    In 11.2M7 GRUB support ext4 successfully
    but I can’t install grub with BtrFS !!! :(

  4. DAVEM

    WOW… to say it in MS therms.
    really nice art work there! and the Gnome apps have the same theme as the KDE ones! at last.
    Hope that the RPM install system works nice (like Ubuntu) or better make one installer system for AL Linux distributions the same (deb).
    I’m thinking of getting back to OpenSUSE (now I use Kubuntu, I like the Deb package system more.)
    But still like the OpenSUSE spirit to make a good distribution. (*spirit*… despite the MS deal).

  5. Burke


    I would have wished that KDE and Gnome would have a unified theme. I like the Gnome-theme, it is very unique and SUSEish. Why not apply something similar for KDE?
    Besides that, the KDE4 desktop appearance has been improved. No Ozone, no aya. Now it looks far more modern.

    The only thing to critisize is the type of green in this release. IMO it is awfull. I adored the type of green in the last two releases, but this one looks like some bogey. Very unattractive and dark…

    • hwalle

      Yes, the green is, hum, a little bit strange… if you believe you have been feeling well so far, that may change after looking at this “non-colour”.

      Another minor point: the analogue clock widget for the KDE taskbar has been changed, and it is now all but useless: due to the very broad white-ish hands on a white clock face, it is virtually impossible to read the clock at any size less than 60 pixels high (which was absolutely no problem with the analogue clock shipped with 11.1).

  6. Jorge Manjarrez Lerma

    Well …

    The gnome theme is very ugly, the same icon theme, etc, etc. I hope that my actual themes works fine in this new release and update my system to 11.2 ext4 with minimal problems.

    Darkness theme … I think thath opensolaris or standar gnome theme is much better than the proposed theme for the distro.

    For the rest of changes, very good work and I wait for november to get this release.

  7. Dich

    I updated to M7 via zypper dup, all ran well, then at next reboot I couldn’t login due to the lovely hal feature. Booting into text mode and reinstalling hal helped, though. I wonder if there’s a mechanism to propagate this change to M7 or factory somehow so that next time people don’t need to reinvent the wheel or come here whining that their system broke…

    Another problem I hit is acroread – it now dies silently, and only strace shows that it segfaulted actually. Does anyone know a cure for that?

    Quite annoying is the KDE4 plasmoid concept. I used to have a sysguard applet running on the toolbar with several widgets. The new sysmon kind of tries to reproduce these features, with MUCH less customizability (you can’t have both CPU cores on one graph with different colors, it HAS to be two separate windows), and also at every reboot it spits ALL of the enabled monitors randomly over the toolbar and then I have to clean them up manually. Also the start menu button jumps somewhere. I suspect these all are the remnants of the live-CD install.

    The Desktop folder is also weird, to add a new application (shortcut) one cannot just set the name and location, but has to create an empty application shortcut, and only then edit and put all necessary data in. I should repeat my opinion – by the feature-richness and usage comfort KDE4 is ~2 years behind KDE3, and including it as the MAIN windowmanager in opensuse11 series was a big mistake. I personally know several people who got annoyed by this single fact and switched to ubuntu. I’m sure people at openSuSE know many more examples.

    Generally I’m very much impressed by the speed of the system, it’s now lightning-fast. Some minor improvements on the look and feel are also present, I find the new openSuSE boot theme and the Yast mascot also cute.

    • obiwan

      I have a pretty similar opinion regarding the KDE thing. I am running openSUSE 11.1 with KDE 3.5.10
      and would hate to be forced into using KDE 4.3 with the next release. Please, PLEASE, keep KDE 3.5 at least
      as an installable OPTION also in openSUSE 11.2. Otherwise I might have been a happy SUSE user for the longest
      time (since release 7.1) and be forced into switching to some other distro.

  8. duke

    Several times the knetworkmanager crahses. I notice that most of these crashes came after waking up from suspended mode.
    Also Wifi could’nt connect WPA2 Enterprise -> PEAP, with given CA Certificate. this problem was also in 11.1. Maybe it’s fixed I don’t (I don’t use 11.1).

  9. ac

    For what it’s worth, if you have problems booting because all of your partitions mount read-only, this appears to be a bug in how this release handles time zones. Set your system clock to UTC and all should be well.

  10. Bertold

    I don’t follow the development in detail, but would like to know, whether there is support for Intel’s Nehalem processors (turbo boost etc.) Thanks in advance

  11. bobdevis

    I’m having trouble installing this as a VirtualBox guest.
    After the reboot that follows the install, there is the “Automatic Configuration” thing that doesn’t go anywhere.
    It gets stuck at some percentage (it varies what percentage exactly) and gives you a busy mouse animation for ever.

    Anyone has any tips? Thanks.

  12. wiri

    Viendo algunos screenshots de la Milestone 7, les sugiero cambiar el color verde, se ve muy oscuro, simple, muy palido, se ve sin vida el camaleon, los verdes aaanteriores eran my bellos y llenos de vida y no se que significado tienen los circulos que tienen

  13. Dich

    Just noticed a funny thing: on KDE website in section “Try KDE” there are all sorts of liveCDs from various distributions, and guess what ? no mention of openSuSE on that page! Indeed when you click the first link it says these are *based* on opensuse 11.1, but the fact that ALL recent openSuSE milestones and factory snapshots are basically KDE4 bleeding edge liveCDs is not mentioned. If someone looks at that page (http://kde.org/trykde/) one finds familiar names like Debian, Kubuntu, Mandriva and Fedora, then thinks – cool, these guys did a great job with KDE liveCDs… I think this should be corrected, anyone from KDE team here ?

  14. Martin Jungowski

    I have also noticed the acroread Problem. Big issue, we use it professionally, it now dies silently, both 8.1 and 9.1

  15. Robert

    I installed it to an esata drive and told it to boot the drive. It failed indicating it didn’t know what the partition type was. The partitions was formatted as ext4 by default. Is gfxgrub still not recognizing ext4?

  16. Bob

    OpenSUSE 11.2, Build 7 Network Problem–Cant find the network

    First off, I want to thank the developers for making changes to the installation on LiveCD, because my Dell 2400 couldn’t install production OpenSUSE 11.1, or beta OpenSUSE 11.2, Build 2.

    I was able to install Build 7 through the entire LiveCD. When it finished, I received the message to remove the LiveCD and reboot to finish the installation. Unfortunately, Build 7 could not detect the network.

    OpenSUSE 11.0 was reinstalled (that’s the last version of OpenSUSE that I could install on my Dell 2400) and it found the network without any issue.

    Then I reinstalled OpenSUSE 11.2, Build 7, again, and it still could not find the network. I went back to my OpenSUSE hardware detection file and extracted the following information from probing my Dell 2400 using OpenSUSE 11.0.

    On Board Devices: #2562
    Ethernet: “Intel Pro 1000 MT Network Connection”

    PCI 109.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
    [Created at pci.301]
    UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_14e4_4401
    Unique ID: rBUF.iShmefsNM+5
    Parent ID: 6NW+.5o60iem1mwE
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:01:09.0
    SysFS BusID: 0000:01:09.0
    Hardware Class: network
    Model: “Dell BCM4401 100Base-T”
    Vendor: pci 0x14e4 “Broadcom”
    Device: pci 0x4401 “BCM4401 100Base-T”
    SubVendor: pci 0x1028 “Dell”
    SubDevice: pci 0x8127
    Revision: 0x01
    Driver: “b44”
    Driver Modules: “b44”
    Device File: eth0
    Memory Range: 0xfe9fe000-0xfe9fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
    Memory Range: 0x30000000-0x30003fff (ro,prefetchable,disabled)
    IRQ: 20 (519 events)
    HW Address: 00:0f:1f:52:4d:23
    Link detected: yes
    Module Alias: “pci:v000014E4d00004401sv00001028sd00008127bc02sc00i00”
    Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: b44 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe b44”
    Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
    Attached to: #21 (PCI bridge)

    When I probed my Dell 2400 using OpenSUSE 11.2, Build 7, Selecting YaST2 – Hardware – Hardware Information, it failed with the following messages:

    YaST got signal 11 at YCP file /usr/share/YaST2/clients/hwinfo.ycp:188
    /sbin/yast2: line 451: 4305 Segmentation fault
    $ybindir/y2base $module “$@” “SELECTED_GUI” $Y2_GEOMETRY $Y2UI_ARGS

    I hope this helps someone figure out what the problem is.


  17. Tom

    I could not figure out how to properly report this (I ended up in a login loop in novell.com) I hope that my observation will be useful here.

    When installing milestone 7 in Virtual box 3.0.6 r52128 (32b)

    The install completed OK, but the system was not useful:

    License agreement @ install is in German only
    Broken keyboard and mouse straight after install. Keyboard works during boot – before runlevel 5.
    Repair – always fails check package database check.
    Repair – check initrd fails. Repair fails too.
    Repair – bootloader configuration error.
    Repair ruins the system (will not boot anymore)


  18. We have a problem of not reliably booting. It hangs in various spots, but mostly in HAL. The cures differ but most of the time I must power off, wait till the electrons run out and then re-start. It will claim some bad part in Part-9, which is my root in this setup, check them and then continue on and re-boot. If I start to soon, there are a bunch of messages flashing by that end in Read-only File System. Once in, it looks nice. Tried to get nVidia driver installed but it kept claiming that the X-sever was still running … even though I had just performed an init 3.
    NTFS, by the way, DOES work. I tried to load VMware 5.5.9 but could not. Reason: There is a slight difference between the C header files and the running kernel. I attempted to compile a new kernel and met with disaster. After re-installation and not changing or updating a thing, I tried again. Same thing. So the source and the objects do not agree at this point. One other thing. M7 keeps messing up the date and time. I believe that it has something to do with the UTC difference cause it is usually 7 hours off … which is the defference between UTC and Phoenix, AZ.
    Other than that, thanks.
    If you want more details please check out http://www.trcompu.com/Computers/LinNotes/NewSuSE-11-2.html
    Have fun,

  19. samuel

    damn. after upgrading from suse 11.1 to 11.2 M7, system failed to reboot. many errors found after the reboot, but I cannot login to the system now.

    Damn. I cannot even enter bios settings to reboot from CD. the system changed my bios setting?

    Help, please, let me know I can restore my system or fix the new one.

  20. ian

    I’m using this to rescue data from a Windows laptop NTFS partition and copying across the network is so slow. It takes about 3 minutes to copy a 3Mb file on a 100mb LAN. I had to use my tower system as the “nfsserver” as the CD does not have this functionality, it only has “nfsclient” in YaST. I initially try knoppix but i couldn;t get the LAN to work at all, i couldn’t even ping the router.

  21. Tommy Thorn

    I tried a fresh install and selected LDAP for the authentication method. After I specified the LDAP server address and the base DN, I got a YaST2 pop-up:


    Download failed:
    File ‘/content.key’ not found on medium ‘http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss/’

    – [AbstractCommand.cc:195] URI=http://widehat.opensuse.org/factory-snapshot/repo/non-oss/content.key”

  22. Bobby

    For me M4 was the best up to now. I could install just about anything including the nVidia driver without a problem and it was quite stable. Since then it just got more and more difficult. Now I can’t install the multimedia codecs, I can’t install the nVidia driver (can’t compile it). I get an error message that the kernel-source (which is installed) isn’t configured, which is somewhat weird. it’s fast but not as fast as M4, it’s stable and the art work is shaping up but something is still missing. i do hope that a little more work will be done on the artwork, on SPEED and the overall look and feel.

  23. User89

    I also tried to use this issue. But I have the same problems mentioned problem with Yast. Also there is a problem with switching keyboard layout. Although i set custom shortcutz for switching default shortcut stays when logging. After Gnome/KDE logging my custom layout become enable.

  24. renegadeviking

    On a Athlon 64 X2, and Geforce 8800 GTX system, I had a kernel panic until I typed in ‘init 5’ then it was working after a reboot. Perhaps you can make sure it won’t kernel panic in a future release. A lot of the start up functions were failing. Also, I really miss SuperTux. Please add Aotuv Vorbis 5.7 encoder in Audicity too a future release. I don’t see 7zip package up and running in File Roller on first boot of KDE.

  25. Arjunbeer

    I have acer 5100 laptop. I instlled SUSE 11.2 Milestone 7 beta .wireless networking working,wired internet working,usb detection working.It works perfectly in fail safe mode with everthing working.

    But in regular mode it is unable to switch the laptop backlight on.I can see dull images ,mouse and even shut down it .But with no backlight on i cannot really work in it.

    will this issue be fixed in full release of this milestone .

    Thanks for all the good work done.

  26. 1st Try

    Well, my smartcard reader (Dell Keyboard reader, works under debian lenny) does not work at all. pscsd is installed and runs, however, I cannot find the ccid drivers, nor opensc nor openct in the software repository (DVD Version, online access fails constantly to update)

    Further, albeit in the sysconfig editor “displaymanager starts local x server” has been set to no, the X local servcer starts, when displaymanager is set to GDM. Works fine when set to XDM, though

    Why isn’t there a possibility to provide a proxy configuration script (proxy.pac) in the proxy settings?

  27. mycket

    I downloaded the KDE-CD and cannot boot from SATA-drives. On my laptop it crashes after the isolinux-prompt (unable to boot, then reset). On my desktop-pc the system hangs after loading 15% of the kernel.

    Booting from an IDE-CDRW works fine and ic could’t find any hardware problems so far.
    Anyway: great work!

  28. Peter

    I’ve installed Milestone 7 on a UMPC Gigabyte M912X. The installation process was okay. All hardware, touchpad and touchscreen too, was successfully installed. But some modifications were necessary to get a well X-server and a KDE with well fonts in a resolution of 1024×600. So I can say that 11.2 is okay.
    Only two problems are open:
    1. The GSM-connection via Huawei-Stick is configured in NetworkManager and connected to E-Plus, but the connection doesn’t get a route through the stick and also not the IP-address via DHCP and an DNS-entry. So I have manually set a gateway via “route add default gw” and set the two DNS-Servers to the resolve.conf.
    2. There is no tool to calibrate the touchscreen. I didn’t find an entry in section ttySX and not in ttyUSB too. I can’t find the device for touchscreen. I cannot find a config file in /etc and not section in xorg.conf. How can I calibrate this device?

    It was my first contact with 11.2 and I would say It’s okay. But I would say too, that it’s not necessary to upgrade all my machines with older versions of OpenSuSE.