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Final openSUSE 11.2 Release Candidate Available

October 29th, 2009 by

This is it folks! We’re almost there for openSUSE 11.2. Time to grab the final 11.2 release candidate and shake out any remaining bugs to get the lizard ready for release. This release includes an updated kernel, Samba, Firefox, and more.

This release should be almost ready for the gold master stamp, but there’s still time to shake out remaining bugs. This release should not be deployed on production systems, but should be ready for early adopters and contributors who want to help with testing and development of 11.2.

Changes Since openSUSE 11.2 RC 1

Release Candidate 2 includes a few new packages, and several of the “most annoying bugs” in RC 1 have been fixed for this release. New packages include:

  • Linux kernel
  • SeaMonkey 2.0
  • Firefox 3.5.4
  • Samba 3.4.2
  • xorg-x11-server 1.6.5

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 release candidate, we’re still shaking the release out for major bugs. However, at this point in the cycle, we’re almost ready to call 11.2 RC 2 production ready. We do know of one bug worth noting, however: The Net ISO images will call the factory repository. The URL for repositories needs to be changed from /factory/repo/oss to /factory-snapshot/repo/oss manually.

You can find more on adding repositories on the openSUSE wiki.

If any major new bugs do crop up, they will be listed on the openSUSE wiki.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As you can see, 11.2 RC2 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 Release Candidate 2 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 final release for 11.2 is scheduled to be released on November 12, 2009. See the detailed roadmap on the on the wiki.

We’re at the home stretch. A big thanks to all the contributors who have participated in the 11.2 cycle. Without you, we’d have no openSUSE.

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79 Responses to “Final openSUSE 11.2 Release Candidate Available”

  1. Graham P Davis

    I have been unable to use 11.2 since the introduction of a graphics bug associated with ATI Radeon – and, for a time, Nvidia GEForce FX 5200. As far as I can see, this doesn’t count as a “most annoying bug”. How annoying does it have to be? It’s certainly annoying for me. Crashes and freezes of sessions aren’t annoying enough to count?

    See http://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=547603

    • Pierre

      “several of the “most annoying bugs” in RC 1 have been fixed”
      Means that some are still left. Just be patient. I guess they will have fixed nearly every bug until the final release.

  2. greenmachine

    So far, great!

    zypper dup

    completed with no problems, including with all the extra repositories I had enabled. I also liked the nice clean output for the vendor changes.


  3. Tom Hel

    Open SUSE 11.2 rc1 was good to see and touch.
    kde 4 is great there.
    the menu is a bit laggy but i turned it to be like 3.10 (original)
    speed improved greataa

    lot of app under the hood. nice control panel, etc.

    however the updates dont work after the 1rst time it updates
    it goes to the error you said: finding updates on factory but
    it finds nothing. something weird.

    im downloading it.
    its the best disttro around, fedora 2nd.

    GOOD JOB and THANKS for all your hard work.
    thank you programmers

  4. gutaper

    Thanks for your work. openSUSE is the best distro.

  5. i”ll wait until final release.thanks, thanks a lot to providing this great distro ;)

  6. Bobby

    Last time I cheered too soon only to find that there was a terrible bug in OpenSuse 11.1 and the themes were terrible. This time the RCs are looking great, very stable, fast and the themes are much more beautiful than the privous version but i wll wait and test the final for a little while before praising.
    Btw I love the sleep mode with Tux. I hope that future versions will have something similar. Could you guys make an animated Tux at wake up in the future?

  7. Is rsync.opensuse.org::opensuse-full-with-factory/opensuse/factory still on RC1?

  8. Last time I checked list, I happy in the future. I will try as soon.

    Thank you,

  9. madbad

    Ath9k oder WPA geht nicht richtig fliege immmer wieder aus dem Netz. Mit dem KNetworkmanager wird die Verschlüsslung auch nicht richtig erkannt. Also auf meinem Notebook ist diese Version nicht zugebrauchen.

  10. Oliver

    Hi, coming from Ubuntu and being fed with all the prejudices about KDE4 you probably already know, I’m surprised how snappy and how stable the SUSE desktop is. I would like to contribute by testing, unfortunately my UMTS stick does not let me connect to a server (proxy not found, or the like).
    However, I stick with it and try to sort it out. Think it’s worth. This isn’t SuSE 5.x anymore. ;-)

    • NeoGraven

      Yea, Oliver, I’ve heard quite a few of them. What’s really bad is that although Ubuntu is a decent distro, it is getting way too much attention. On first impression for serious PC users may mar peoples impressions of Linux in general. It’s a big responsibility I hope they pull it off… There won’t always be second chances for some people, they won’t want to take it if their impression of Ubuntu fails them.

      • Oliver

        That’s true Ubuntu’s responsibility is quite…
        And that’s why I’m so disappointed ATM, because all I see from Karmic Koala is a blinking whity Ubuntu-logo, and then – nothing.
        I bought my box with Hardy Heron preinstalled, and had Jaunty/Crunchbang 9.04 on for months without any problems. On my girlfiend’s box Karmic won’t run either, and she has totally different hardware than me, but was happily working on Jaunty since May. I hope, we just have bad, bad luck.

        PS Concerning UMTS: Switched over to SUSE-Gnome, which is quite good, too. SUSE-Gnome is not second to Ubuntu at all, on the contrary. Administrative tasks are easily accessible and finally I have proper root-account from the start again.

  11. Itoriachi

    Since my last update I can no longer mount an NTFS device from Nautilus: an error dialog says “Unable to mount […] mount: unknown filesystem type ‘ntfs'”.

    > gconftool-2 -a /system/storage/default_options/ntfs
    fstype_override = ntfs-3g
    mount_options = [umask=222]

    Does anyone reproduce the same problem and can provide a solution?

    • Itoriachi

      I thought Nautilus uses gnome-mount, but I was (maybe?) wrong because this command works:

      sudo gnome-mount -vntd /dev/sda2

      So, no idea, any help will be very appreciated.

      • Pierre

        Maybe ntfs-3g got removed while updating?
        You could search with “zypper search ntfs-3g”. If there is no “i” infront of ntfs-3g in the results table, just install it with “sudo zypper in ntfs-3g”.
        This is the only idea I have for now.


        • Itoriachi

          The package is installed… unluckily. :)
          Thank you anyway.
          Still unsolved, I manually mount the drive so nautilus shows it. Anyway it was more ‘comfortable’ before. :)

        • Pierre

          It just came to my mind right now. If I’m right there is a nautilus-package that handles the automount. Maybe this one was removed?
          Just can’t remember the name. Maybe this hint helps you to fix the problem and to regain a little more comfort. ;)


        • IBBoard

          If you’re still having the same problem (or for anyone else who is having it) try re-installing the ntfs-3g package. I’ve recently updated two of my openSUSE 11.1 machines to the last RC release of 11.2 before it went final and one wouldn’t recognise NTFS partitions with the same error. I ignored it until I really needed it, re-installed the RPMs and it works fine now :)

        • mib1973

          I used to get the ‘unable to mount’ error message, so tried repairing the system from the installation dvd. Now Nautilus (and Dolphin) dont even display the drives at all. Installing and updating ntfs-3g makes no difference at all :-(

  12. Luis nogueira


    OpenSuse Final release candidate doesn’t boot up on my pc. Notebook Lg S1 P222P. After “start Hal Daemon” I get a black screen and nothing more!

    LG S1 P222P – C2D 7200, ATI MOBILITY X1600

    Please can someone help-me!

    It’s a shame I need to go back to kubuntu! :(


    • NeoGraven

      On the boot options at the GRUB screen, try nomce and continue the boot. If that doesnt work, also try nolapic and/or noapic

      Also, try failsafe if that doesnt help.

  13. trotter1985

    Does anybody know answers to the following

    1. Are NVidia drivers available 11.2-RC2 … or
    do we still need to download stuff directly from
    NVidia and build the appropriate kernel module.

    2. Are multimedia add-ons (like the one-click
    for 11.1) available?

    Thanks for any help.


    • Bobby

      I am not sure if the nVidia repository is working but you don’t have to compile the kernel in order to install the driver from the nVidia web site. What you will need to do is install the kernel-source and kernel-syms. Compiling the driver should be easy after that.

      If you add the Packman repository then you can install the libdvdcss and win32 codecs which are needed for multimedia files.
      I hope that helped :)

      • David

        I think you don’t need kernel-syms anymore.

        Just install the nvidia driver with:
        sh NVIDIA-etc-etc-etc.sh –kernel-output-path=/usr/src/linux-obj/your_kernel_arch/your_kernel_flavor/

        Also no need to run anything under “/usr/src/linux”.

    • NeoGraven

      Yes, but you have to download the drivers from NVidia and install them manually. Go to NVidia’s website and download the driver. There is a link for installation instructions on the download page specifically for SuSE as well.

      As for the multimedia addons, try adding http://packman.inode.at/suse/11.2 to your repository list ;)

      Remember, this is not the final release, only a candidate. Don’t worry, I’m sure it will all be straightened out by the final release.

  14. Natasa

    If NVidia and ATI drivers doesn’t work for older and newer cards, I am definitely not going to rush to upgrade.

    I agree 100% with the first poster

    “How annoying does it have to be?”


  15. Like everyone, I really appreciate all the long work the testers and programmers have done to make openSUSE so very fine. It’s really a distro that shows what Linux can do in the right hands.

  16. Dr. Philip Westling, MD

    WoW! Great release. I’ve been with SUSE since 2000 and I’ve never been disappointed. You guys ROCK. It is awesome to use this OS. You have made it the object of “OS desire” and set the bar above the rest. To all those who contribute I say thank you for such a tremendous product. It’s truly hard to fathom — at times — all the money and time Microsoft has thrown into their OSs’ and they still fail to impress. You should be proud to produce something that people, like myself, enjoy using each and every day — a challenge and a reward sweetened by your impressive coding abilities. You are my earthly hero’s.

    Phil Westling, MD

  17. XOR

    But this bug fixed? For me he is very critical.


  18. Jide Ogunmekan

    Just finished upgrading from 11.1 to 11.2RC_2 on my VB test platform. Smoooooothly. Thanks guys for giving us such a great distro. openSuSE has come a long way from when i started with it as SuSE 7. Great work!

  19. 6205

    For Christ sake.. Why is DVD so extremely huge? 4.2GB for what? Now when you’re have dropped KDE 3.5 i was finally hoping for inclusion of all languages, like in old times. But nooo.. So what is on the disc when is so bloated?

  20. JustinHu

    Does the 11.2rc2 fix the install issue that is when we install from ISO image in NTFS partition, the source partiotion is double mounted by install process and target SUSE kernel?

  21. pranjal

    There were a lot of problems in configuring wireless networks in previous versions of opensuse.
    Does new released version include broadcom wireless network(Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WLAN) support as getting an OS without drivers support is very annoying.
    plz email me your answer at the email id specified in the comment.

  22. Gerrit Jan

    Looks fine here.
    But i lost vmware-server x64.
    Fresh install, won’t work to.

    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vmware.h:38,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:99:
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_basic_types.h:108:7: warning: “__FreeBSD__” is not defined
    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vcpuset.h:103,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/modulecall.h:37,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./common/vmx86.h:33,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.h:29,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:101:
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_atomic.h:329:7: warning: “_MSC_VER” is not defined
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_atomic.h:333:7: warning: “_MSC_VER” is not defined
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_atomic.h:401:7: warning: “_MSC_VER” is not defined
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_atomic.h:407:7: warning: “_MSC_VER” is not defined
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/vm_atomic.h:460:7: warning: “_MSC_VER” is not defined

    • Gerrit Jan

      more info;

      /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:2007: error: too many arguments to function ‘smp_call_function’
      make[4]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o] Error 1
      make[3]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only] Error 2
      make[2]: *** [sub-make] Error 2
      make[1]: *** [all] Error 2
      make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-’
      make: *** [vmmon.ko] Error 2
      make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only’
      Unable to build the vmmon module.

  23. dhruva

    – nvidia driver is working. (with driver downloaded from nvidia.com)
    – gnome, gnome-apps not working

    a snapshot of my desktop:

    superb job, superb distro guys!

  24. dhruva

    above I mean gnome, gnome-apps repo still not working

  25. Andre

    Hi there.
    Upgrade by zypper from rc1 to rc2 and no big issues at all. Great work, guys!
    The only problem i found in my laptop is that, although having the requiriments, i could build last Virtualbox, no errors, but when it’s time to load if fails with no error at all (in dmesg :/)… but i can always use the ose version (a little older, but it works).

  26. Terry

    RC2 is very stable, fast and kde4 is working great. The dev have done a fantastic job THXS.
    I reported a bug (Bug 549447 – Able to ping, no DNS) that was present and fixed under 11.1 and is back again. I know changing the dsl modem router will take care of but this router is a common one (Motorola 3347), it is the default modem for Qwest. Well I hope we have time before 11.2 is released.
    Thxs all of you.

  27. Norm

    DVD boots and loads kernel, but once installation starts, cannot find DVD! Same if just try to verify media. This is on a Dell Precision M6400 laptop. (Suse 11.1 worked fine.) Very disappointing since I wanted to try this out (normally a Mandriva user). Any suggestions??

  28. rei

    I just installed oss 11.2 RC2 on two test system. One as an update over oss 11.1, the other one new from scratch.

    First impression: both seems to work.

    There is one big question open (for me): how upgrade from ext3 -> ext4 will work? the first steps (use tune2fs, then fschk, then mount as ext4) are clear. But I want to make use of the oneline defragmentation, because our main server has a lot of large files. I couldn’t find the tool e4defrag in the distribution or anywhere in the factory. Is it from your point of view not in a stable state?


    PS: The rest of oss 11.2 looks very nice :) … very good job

  29. Some User

    RC2 looks really great! KDE 4.3 offers a great experience. However, the OpenSuSE team should consider reintegrating SaX2 into YaST (because for me and maybe for others, the display autodetection didn’t quite work, so I had to search for SaX2… for new users, this would be a major drawback IMHO)

  30. duke

    smartcard drivers does not work
    [pkcs15-tool] card-mcrd.c:838:select_file_by_path: unable to select MF: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] card.c:554:sc_select_file: returning with: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] card-mcrd.c:799:select_down: unable to select DF: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] card.c:554:sc_select_file: returning with: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] pkcs15-esteid.c:81:sc_pkcs15emu_esteid_init: select esteid PD failed: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] pkcs15.c:532:sc_pkcs15_bind_internal: unable to enumerate apps: Transmit failed
    [pkcs15-tool] pkcs15.c:794:sc_pkcs15_bind: returning with: Transmit failed

  31. Murdoch

    in RC1 LDAP auth stop working !!!

    in M8 LDAP client works well.

  32. Hi, very nice version,but immediately find some problem to use wireless connection on my laptop Fujitsu Amilo PI 1505: there is no Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Driver and can’t download from repository. I can use the Oss 11.1 repository?!
    But I love the lizard Os, the first I can use and the most friendly. Thanks

  33. renzo

    In my experience knetworkmanager fails to handle static IP. I tried to configure the connection but the applet keep skas for the password 3-4 times in a row until it stops trying to connect. (I triplechecked, the password is correct). Fonts rendering and ooffice kde integration look great, though.

  34. kaddy

    what rubbish… use KUBUNTU! the Superior kde distro!!!
    Just kidding…
    Good job Guys…. as usual :)

  35. hans

    Have tried to update my system from Linux 11.1 to Linux 11.2 RC2 (64 bits) and received during installation update with no auto configuration the following messages on the installation settings panel:

    Packages: Can’t resolve conflicts. Manual intervention required. Problem with installed package kernel-default-base-

    0 keep kernel-default-base-
    0 kernel-default-

    Have tried both options but do not get a xwindows environment when I logon to Linux… Only commandline.


    • John Winter

      I have the same problem – retaining an old version of the kernel does not sound like a recipe for a brave new 11.2 world. In my case it claimed this was because of the wacom kernel module, which I removed, but all that did was remove the wacom module from the list. The two “keep kernel” options still remained. Since you say this ends up with a broken X11 system I have shelved my 11.2 for now. Any ideas to get around this?

  36. Oops.

    Well, I’m pretty well hosed. I’ve a Compaq N600c (older but solid notebook – 1.2 GHz – Radeon Mobility LY) which was stable and fast under 11.0. 11.1 buggered the display slightly, along with u-scraying my WIFI but I fixed things without too much weirdness other than an extra helping of artifacting under Compiz and the lights on my WIFI card behaving in a strange and unpredictable manner.

    ‘Course, I nearly lost my fixes when the hard drive died because 11.1 switched off my fans. Following the clone and replacement, I added a line or two to my rc to set all the fans on and high at startup

    The other major annoyance was a thoroughly buggered login screen; I had to write my own login manager because the included stuff simply would not work.

    Fast forward to 1.2. First of all, the installer was VARY assertive about trying to cook my drive and system. During the upgrade (net upgrade, by the way) I went over to vc-2 and cleared the bits in /proc/acpi/fan/*/state (0 is high) and it immediately set ’em (fans off) again. I had to do the following:

    while [ 1 = 1 ]; do for NAME in /proc/acpi/fan/*; do echo 0> $NAME/state; sleep 1; done

    All through the six hour download/install the fans would cycle on, then off, then on again; at least my drive’s still O.K.

    Now to the system. A great huge number of missing modules during start-up (this will be fixed in a later release ad absurdum) and missing .conf files.

    None of the four boot settings (regular/failsafe, pae and otherwise) worked ’til I came up single user, did an init 3 and fixed /etc/iittab to avoid runlevel 5.

    X has undefined symbols and crashes in such a way as to keep my keyboard (no vc ability. My only option while attempting to fix stuff was to set a sleep command followed by reboot in another vc ere I attempted to use sax, sax2 et cetera. I found the undefined symbol complaint via:

    X 2>&1 | cat > LOG.

    Strangely, this wouldn’t work without a pipe, and syslog wasn’t catching it. (!?!)

    As cifs and vfat aren’t “in there” as yet, and because for some reason my ext2/ext3 IFS driver under Windoze ain’t working, I cannot post all those entertaining system complaints.

    Lastly, I cannot really work on these issues because this version continues the noble tradition of disdain for system cooling. Further, the fan.ko under modules won’t load: symbol mis-matches – go figure.

    May the actual release fix some of this as a roll-back, while doable, would be a grave disappointment.

    Russ Bixby, geek of the plains

    • Dich

      Hi Russ,

      This all sounds very weird. In your place I would first try to boot from the LiveCD or USB and check if my system runs fine before doing a full install (after all the Live systems are designed exactly for such non-destructive testing). It is also quite hard to believe the distro has unsatisfied dependencies in something so basic as the X11 binary! You might want to check which repositories did you put in the installation, perhaps something got screwed up (though even then I would expect these dependencies to be resolved properly, or at least reported during the install). Otherwise one may guess that your HDD has developed serious problems and the data you read from the disc differs from what you wrote on it…

  37. antonio

    11.2 rc2, rc1, m8 m5 my pc mx61 packard bell work a few minutes, after freez screen and caps lock led laplink

  38. yaoting

    Basically, 11.2 RC2 seems to be working fine. However, occansionally, it will just “Hang” for no reason, especially when I am surfing.

    • yaoting

      I think the problem lies with the Atheos Wireless Card which my system is running on. I remove the wireless configuration, use the wired connection and it never hang again. I think the Packard Bell system above me has the same problem as well because they uses Atheos Wirless Card as well.

  39. Florian

    It seems centrino-wlan is broken, at last the iwlagn 5100.
    “Hardware failed” …. With openSuse v11.0 no probs..

  40. Nick L

    Seems to be working well on my Novatech (clevo) W76K once the wireless is changed from a Realtek to an Intel card. The only thing is it does not seem to change to icon from a battery icon to mains icon even though the battery charge starts incrementing.

  41. There seems to be a mis-match between the Source and the supplied binary. The nVidia driver can be added successfully to the supplied binary source. Re-boot and X is fine. However, a straight, unmodified source compile of the kernel will NOT work. All it will do is startup in text mode. I have experimented with this for days. Then I tried the “vanilla kernel” sources, which this is supposed to be based on and the compile -AND- execution were successful. Before the release we need to make sure that the sources and the binaries match. I, or anyone else, should be able to get a working kernel, with X, from the supplied sources.

  42. Dich

    I did my usual “zypper dup” and ended up with a system that says “openSUSE 11.2 RC 1 –” in the boot menu, and openSuSE 11.3 “Emerald” on the console. Where is RC2 ? :) Shall I change the repositories?

  43. Dich

    Guys, the download page doesn’t work: http://software.opensuse.org/developer/en

  44. Pawel


    I never used OpenSUSE before, but I can’t wait for stable release to give it a try. The most exciting thing is your default DE is KDE 4 now! It brings user experience at much higher level and I’m happy, because it should get much more attention then KDE in (K)ubuntu which I’m using right now…


  45. Flavio

    The download page is not working! Please fix it.

  46. mar

    Today is 2009-11-12
    Is final release available somewhere?

  47. Thanks for your work. openSUSE is the best distro

  48. SuserUser

    rei asked a question about e4defrag support in suse 11.2; What’s the matter? Are you folks at suse too afraid to answer his question? It’s a legitimate question, that you folks at suse should answer. Let me try to help you rei, even if the answer is a few months late. e4defrag is available from the ext4 sources, you will have to go thru a lot to compile it and associated support in the kernel get it to work, HOWEVER it is not ready for a production system and your data might get pooched it you use it. The ext4 folks are supposed to finish off the online defrag tools, but they seem to be dragging their feet on this. I think the folks at suse should provide an official statement of ext4 defragmentation support so that doubts can be put aside.