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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Released

October 1st, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that the last openSUSE 11.2 Milestone  8 (M8) is available for download. Test now and give feedback via our bugzilla since this is the last milestone before the first release candidate.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

Milestone 8 includes the final version of the openSUSE 11.2 branding, fixes the most annoying bugs of Milestone 7. And, of course, it includes many updated packages:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31
  • GNOME 2.28 RC
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1
  • openSUSE 11.2 theming is in place
  • PulseAudio 0.9.17
  • Samba 3.4.1
  • postgresql 8.4.1

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 M8 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 M8 are:

  • Bug 542819 – gpk-update-viewer: Not able to update packages
  • Bug 482749 – yast2 modules do not work with Qt 4.5.0
  • Bug 539616 – Grub Error 17 after installation on RAID1
  • Bug 542792 – Update repo is named silly
  • Bug 505670 – Unable to boot – LVM/mapper does not create devices
  • Bugs 536581 and 535888 – OpenOffice.org with KDE4 integration is not usable
  • Bug 533989 – splashy still use 11.1 artwork
  • Bug 537112 – Intel 4965 wireless is completely broken
  • Bug 537343 – GNOME Live system asks for root password to mount file system after installation, work-around: just “Cancel”

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

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 M8 does have a few bugs that we know about and therefore may not be suitable for production systems — 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 8 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 release is scheduled for October 15, 2009. It will be the first of two release candidates (RC)  with the final release on November 12, 2009. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

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42 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 Released”

  1. Martin Jungowski

    Can’t upgrade through zypper. On two different 11.2 m7 machines:

    798 packages to upgrade, 18 new, 6 to remove, 3 to change vendor, 3 to change arch.
    Overall download size: 885.2 MiB. After the operation, 18.0 MiB will be freed.
    Continue? [y/n/?] (y):
    terminate called after throwing an instance of ‘std::out_of_range’
    what(): basic_string::substr
    Abgebrochen (Speicherabzug geschrieben)

    Both with the 11.2 repository and the 11.2 m8 DVD added as local ISO repository. What’s broken?

  2. Martin Jungowski

    Seems to affect zypper update and zypper dist-upgrade only. I build a list of packages to install and am feeding it to zypper manually line by line – seems to work so far.

  3. Martin Jungowski

    I found the culprit: opensuse-release

    • Martin Jungowski

      Found a workaround: open YaST2 software management, select opensuse-release and update it, then do zypper dist-upgrade – works like a charm :)

  4. Long time suse user

    Really, really disappointing.

    Reading “11.2 theming in place” I hoped that suse would add some polish to KDE like in pre Novell days when KDE was the default desktop. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

    The short support time isn’t helpful either. Before more or less saying goodbye to an “old friend” I tried an update a running 11.0 to 11.1 just to find a reason to keep suse. Actually, I never managed to successfully update to a new release when I tried it some years ago and this hasn’t changed. It left me with an unbootable system. I am sure that I could fix it but when these kind of bugs slips through quality control, it’s hard to believe that all the rest will work flawlessly.

    Anyway, thank you for all the wonderful releases but for me, it’s time to move on.

    • Anon

      > some polish to KDE like in pre Novell days when KDE was the default desktop. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

      What are you missing?

      • Eliasse Diaite

        I will reply for the gentleman. I have i.e both versions of KDE installed and the kickoff under KDE3 does no more show the applications categories after the upgrade from release 4.3.0 to 4.3.1 of KDE4. In older distribution releases, YaST used to automatically delete packages maid obsolete by newer ones or configuration changes. Nowadays, this is not the case. Even at development stage the system reboots smoothly after an upgrade. There is a lot to enumerate here but I prefer avoiding discussions about our favorite distro. Please do not ask a user these kind of question. Try to understand their feelings when they are disappointed because they can find answers to their problems.

        Anyway openSUSE Linux is unbreakable. Have a lot of fun …

      • Bobby

        The pre-Novel bootscreens were nice :) The Novel guys don’t seem to have it with theming. I would almost prefer if they would just leave the KDE theme as it is like the KUbuntu guys do.

    • European

      “but for me, it’s time to move on.”

      I moved already.

    • Bent Mathiesen

      A comment to the long time user.

      I am also a long time user of suse (10 years) – and Linux since 1993. Unix since 1984.
      My experience is the same, I have _never_ been able to update a suse system – it have always broken the installation.
      From time to time I have considered to move from suse because of this – but stayed trustful to this old friend.

      I am planning to build a new system (supermicro, 24 GB ram, i7, 6+ TB) for virtualization and move my 200 servers to it – with suse 11.2 as the base – but if it breaks I might move to something else (like redhat or ubuntu)

      Kind regards


  5. In openSUSE 11.1 and openSUSE 11.2 has ACPI Kernel BUG.
    Bug 527413 – kernel ACPI bug

  6. michael

    the yast2 keyboard and mouse components are missing?
    in the previous milestones only the keyboard component is missing, but now the mouse also.

  7. Edson T. Marques

    It’s great!
    I downloaded yesterday the DVD of Milestone 8 and installed it earlier today on my Notebook!

    – Chip-set Intel PM45
    – Intel Core Quad Q9000
    – Display 15″ WSXGA+ Active Matrix Display 1680×1050
    – GeForce GTX 260
    – 4GB RAM DDR-3
    – HD: SATA-2 320GB – 7200 RPM
    – Ethernet GigaLan 10/100/1000 Mbps
    – WI-FI Intel® Pro Wireless
    – Intel® High Definition Audio
    – Fingerprint Reader
    ) (NVidia seams was not detected (couldn’t confirm yet because Sax2 not appears in the YaST/Hardware, anyway 3d acceleration is disabled, so…) but, at least, max resolution was. Didn’t find “Fingerprint Reader” driver and couldn’t configure it yet… but…NO WORDS TO EXPLAIN!!!)

    The most beautiful work I’ve ever seen!
    My most sincere congratulations!

  8. kiky

    I get my usb to boot openSUSE 11.2 M8, but can’t boot on runlevel 5. I only can log in as “linux” user in terminal. Some errors let me know I got this issue with my ATI Radeon 3450 card. My machine is Dell Studio 1535, 4GB memory, and ATI 3450 vga card. Actually, I got this error a few day ago, when I boot openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 M7 CDs. How do I fix this and try openSUSE?

  9. Installed M8 today.
    So far very impressive. X-Fi is working excelently. Nvidia 185 driver installed easilly.
    7 hours of trouble free opensuse leaves me very excited about the release to come.
    I like the default branding too. Very nice.

    • Bobby

      How did you install the nVidia driver? I installed it from the online repo but it’s not working. I also tried to compile the driver but no luck. I am having this problem since M5.

      • Eliasse Diaite

        Hi Bobby,

        There is no package for the nVidia graphic driver of the newest kernel. You have to download the corresponding package from the NVIDIA website and then install it manually.

        Follow these instructions.

        Boot your system to runlevel 3 ( i.e add the boot option: init 3 to the line boot options of the boot menu at system start )
        login with your credentials, cd to the directory containing the downloaded package, su to became root user and run the install as follow: sh PACKAGE NAME.

        You will need a working development environment. GCC and others have to be already installed. This can be done with YaST.

        Have a lot of fun

        • Bobby

          Thanks for trying to help. I actually know the game, been doing it for years, GCC, Make, Kernel-Source etc. The problem is that I can’t get to compile the nvidia driver since M5. After I go to run level 3 and enter sh nvidia-linux blah, blah, blah I get an error message saying that the kernel-source needs to be configured or it’s in another directory or something. In any case it has to do with the kernel-source, which is installed. I don’t know if the SuSe guys moved it to somewhere else or what but I just can’t get the driver installed.

        • Bobby

          I tried to install both the 190 and 185 nVidia drivers but no success – the same error message that the kernel header needs to be configured, whatever that means.
          I am using a Laptop with the 9650M GT nVidia card btw. Maybe that’s the problem?

        • None

          I have had the same problem in the past. One way I fiex it was to run a “make” in the kernel source directory, which causes the creation of some files needed by the Nvidia driver. Then the driver compiled fine for me. However, this was quite a while ago so it may not be a fix for your issue. However, I hope it helps.

        • I have ati mobility card on my laptop. It works fine for me. There is no problem with ati cards.

        • Donald

          Bobby, I had the same issue until I recheck my packages. Apparently, I was missing the kernel-sym package. Once I installed it and re-ran the driver install, everything was fine. Eliasse Diaite was right. You are missing something. Heres a how-to http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA/The_hard_way.

        • JAG

          The kernel comes in 3 parts now.You have to install kernel-destop base and development. I don’t know why they’re doing this but whatever. That’s what screws up the nvidia compile.

  10. hawkshead

    zypper dist-up install did it for me. Nothing else to do. Problems incurred Neither FireFox or Konqueror function (cannot open web connections). modprobe snd-ctxfi brought my X-Fi Fatal1ty sound card alive. Opera is functioning absolutely. Not my browser of choice but little alternative until I can fathom out problem.Bug !! ?? Maybe its me.

  11. PhillipS

    Installation warning “Your computer does not fulfill all requirement for graphical installation – less than 96MB” – installing in text mode works fine – running VirtualBox 3.06 with 750MB allocated.

  12. J. C. Torres

    I downladed and installed OpenSuse M8 in my Asus eeepc 1000Hd (i had installed M7) and every thing is woking fine; not a single trouble.

  13. manolorossi

    network manager can only connect with one unsecured network, meaning not mine |)
    and anyways, why does it as k the password twice? and why doesnt it store it? AND: why does it work from the live CD but not after installing?

  14. Bobby

    @ None: Man you are a genius! Make didn’t work right away but I was indicated to run make oldconfig and then make. It took a long time to configure though but it was perfect. Now the nVidia driver is installed and the the desktop looks so much different, not to mention the performance.
    Thanks for the great tip.

  15. satch

    Installation of 11.2 64-gnome on laptop with turion 64 and hd2400 ATI. After the installation, the screen goes dark and the desktop are a bit visible. the system seems to function normally. If i try to install the driver for my video card, the screen has a good brightness but, the moving of windows goes very slow. I have some errors with glxinfo command

    • Martin Jungowski

      That’s because current fglrx drivers don’t support Kernel 2.6.31 yet, hence there’s no 2D or 3D acceleration whatsoever. You can enable 2D acceleration by switching to radeonhd instead of fglrx, just make sure to uninstall fglrx completely before you modify your xorg.conf

  16. Dimitri

    There is firmware missing for ipw2200 – no way to use wifi on several Toshiba laptops..


  17. author40

    Congrats! This is so beautiful…….Go on! And have a lot of fun!

  18. pete

    seems to be a good release but the main things (as usual )do not work . no nvidia or ati driver or flash , java etc available .
    i know opensource bla bla bla , but u should provide eg a VISIBLE link to dl all these things .
    why should a user go through the pain called contol center and the not working software manager to NOT get what he wants/need.
    do u get it ?

    but thx for your work anyway ….

    greetz pete

    • Bobby

      Please don’t forget that it’s a test version! OpenSuse 11.2 is not finished yet so there is no need to complain about such things. Apart from that you can download and compile the nVidia driver from the nVidia site. Flash works, at least on my system with openSuse 11.2 Millestone 8.

      • duh

        Now is precisely the time to bring up the many problems that have plaugued opensuse since Novel bought SuSe.Maybe then, the release won’t be so bad.

  19. On a positive note: M8 installation was much better than M7. M8’s reboots were reliable. Could, and did, setup apache2, DNS and Samba for a working local Network. It appears to be faster in operation.

    Now the other note: NVidia 185.18 will work fine -but- 190.36 (which is BETA) will not. You CAN get 190.36 installed and it will appear to work -until- you open 2 or 3 or more windows. The last one (cause you can’t proceded) will be an empty black box.

    Quanta keeps asking for some files that I loaded after the first time it asked. However, it keeps telling me they are not installed.

    Could not install VMware 5.5.9 because of changes in init_task.c. The mm_struct has been moved and I am not sure … yet … if there is a fix. Yes I know Kang has one but I do believe his fix was before they totally removed the mm_struct from init_mask.c. Just may have to scape together the coins to move up to VMware 6.5.
    KDE4 – We have a little confusion here. It appears that “we” are changing from a Desktop full of icons to a Desktop with containers full of icons. At initial startup we get a Desltop with a “Desktop Folder”. However, IF you right click on one of the items in the launch panel and click on Add to Desltop, that’s just what it does. It does NOT put it in the Desktop Folder. So which are we really doing??? The Desktop Folder can be moved AND IF its background is not transparent you will cover up the other items on the Desktop. Yes, I realize that will happen with any folder -but- this one is supposed to be there all the time. Or at least I would think that is the premise. I prefer the Desktop anyway so if it is not changed I will be happy. Just a little confusing on the concept. Oh, and I have had a Firefox icon ON the Desktop and IN the Folder. The one on the Desktop was NOT always reliable. Hmmmm… that could have been part of the nVidia 190.36 problems. Not sure at the moment.

    Haven’t seen anyone else make a remark about compiling/building a kernel so either all were successful or no one has tried. In both of my attempts it was a complete failure. There is either something wrong, something changed or whatever. A point in the right direction of the “proper” procedures for building an openSuSE 11.2 kernel would be appreciated. The way I have done it in the past isn’t working.

    Flash is not loaded by default. There is a “place holder”. You must install it yourself. You can either wait until you are notified of the need -or- download and install the latest version.

  20. nedux

    hi guys ,
    i have install clean M8 and absolutely all man pages are missing!!!

    • nedux

      and i know: zypper in man-pages
      but even then most man pages are missing!!!!! can please anyone shed a light on this (very important) issue for me

  21. jeff-cao

    I couldn’t install it from live-cd (x64-KDE4). The installer crashed after chose timezone. any ideas?

  22. mukk

    Can I upgrade, for example, my 11.1 version to 11.2 by changing just the repos?

  23. mukk

    Does the final 11.2 release come out with KDE 4.3.2 or still 4.3.1 ???

  24. John Manship

    (my anti spam answer of (t-en)+(n-ine)=te2ni wasn’t accepted. Where’s your sense of humor?)

    I installed this over my current 11.1, but the last portion of the install began to lag greatly. Has to abort and retry, and we all know how fun that can be.

    Lost most of my original apps that were resident in my prior install, some of the new apps wouldn’t run. I’m going to do a fresh install, but SuSE is going a different direction that I would normally choose. I’ve been a faithful user since version 7, but it’s been downhill ever since 9. 10 was good, but 11+…. not so much.