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openSUSE 11.2 Released!

November 12th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of openSUSE 11.2.  openSUSE 11.2 includes new versions of GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, the Linux kernel, and many, many more updates and improvements. In 11.2 you’ll find more than 1,000 open source desktop applications. openSUSE also includes a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.

You can find a bevy of screenshots and more on the openSUSE wiki, and a lengthy list of packages and version numbers on DistroWatch.

Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting features of openSUSE 11.2!

openSUSE Desktop

As always, openSUSE provides everything you need to get started with Linux on the desktop.

openSUSE 11.2 includes KDE 4.3 as the “default” desktop. If you install from DVD without changing anything, you’ll have the KDE desktop by default. However, we still provide GNOME as an equal choice, and Xfce and other window managers as alternative desktops too!

KDE 4.3 is a major update to the KDE platform. It includes improved networking support, and work to make Firefox and OpenOffice.org better integrated with the KDE enviroment. The openSUSE Project also worked closely with the KDE Project on theming and branding to provide a look and feel that meshes both projects nicely.

You’ll also find plenty of GNOME greatness in openSUSE 11.2 as well. GNOME 2.28, the latest release of the popular GNOME desktop, is included with 11.2. This release includes a brand new theme, improved software update application, improvements in GNOME’s Webcam and video application, and many other enhancements and improvements to prepare the GNOME platform for GNOME 3.0 in 2010.

OpenOffice.org 3.1 is a complete office productivity suite compatible with Microsoft Office. This release includes improvements in change tracking and collaboration in Writer, and major improvements to the drawing application.

Social networking gets a boost in 11.2 with the addition of GNOME and KDE microblogging clients that handle multiple social network sites, Gwibber, and Choqok.

With openSUSE 11.2, you have the ability to install GNOME or KDE live media from USB, and numerous improvements to make openSUSE 11.2 much better on netbooks.

Under the Hood

The desktop improvements are the most noticeable, but there’s plenty going on under the hood as well in openSUSE 11.2.

Storage improvements include the ability to encrypt the entire hard disk, for users concerned about data security. Users can also take advantage of the next generation of filesystems for Linux with Ext4 or btrfs. In case you’d like to learn more about the new kernel features you can go at KernelNewbies.org and have a look at the “cool stuff” part.

Want to manage remote openSUSE servers with a Web interface? That day is coming soon! openSUSE 11.2 users can install the first technology preview of WebYaST: a Web-based remote administration tool for openSUSE systems.

Finally, you can upgrade in-place using Zypper! Though it’s been possible to do an upgrade in place for some time, with caution, it’s finally a “recommended” method of upgrade with openSUSE 11.2. For users who want to move from 11.1 to 11.2 using “zypper dup,” see Andreas Jaeger’s post on Lizards about the process. It’s quick, it’s easy, and almost competely painless.

Linux for Education

The openSUSE Build Service provides thousands of applications as 1-click packages to enhance your experience on openSUSE 11.2. The openSUSE Education Community provides hundreds of Educational applications suitable for students of all ages, parents, teachers and IT administrators of educational institutions via the Build Service.

The 11.2 release will be followed closely by a very special spin, Li-f-e: Linux for Education. Li-f-e contains GNOME, KDE as well the the award-winning Sugar learning environment for children. With packages from the Packman repository, Li-f-e provides everything required to get rich multimedia experience too.

Media and Download

openSUSE is now available for immediate download! You have several choices of installation media and live CDs (which are also installable).

  • openSUSE 11.2 Installable DVD 32-bit
  • openSUSE 11.2 Installable DVD 64-bit
  • openSUSE 11.2 GNOME 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.2 GNOME 64-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.2 KDE 32-bit Live CD
  • openSUSE 11.2 KDE 64-bit Live CD

Booting openSUSE 11.2 from a USB key: get one of the Live CDs available above, and 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!

We want to hear from you!

The openSUSE Project has many channels of communication! Whether you prefer forums, email, or IRC, there are plenty of ways to communicate about openSUSE.

To keep up to date with openSUSE, be sure to keep an eye on openSUSE News and watch Planet SUSE for blog posts from the openSUSE community. We also update the @opensuse account on Twitter and Identi.ca regularly with news about the project.

Want to help the openSUSE Project? To get involved with openSUSE see the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki. We can use lots of different skills to help the project, so feel free to jump in!


openSUSE 11.2 represents the combined effort of hundreds of developers who participate in openSUSE, and thousands of developers in upstream projects that are shipped in openSUSE. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE Project, should be proud of this release, and they deserve a major “thank you” for all of the hard work and care that have gone into 11.2.

When we say “contributor,” we don’t mean only developers and packagers. This includes translators, openSUSE Ambassadors, the openSUSE Board, and the users who help power our forums and support users who are taking their first steps into Linux.

We are confident that openSUSE 11.2 is the best openSUSE release yet, and that it will help to encourage the use of Linux everywhere! We hope that you have a lot of fun while you use openSUSE 11.2!

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134 Responses to “openSUSE 11.2 Released!”

  1. Steve

    Several things are still not fixed from 11.1
    * Okular still ignores the printer settings (Duplex).
    * The openSUSE packaging of OpenOffice messes up the rendering of subscripts (this problem does not exist with official OpenOffice version – so I now am forced to use this version, making all your desktop integration efforts redundant!).
    * The rendering of math screen fonts in LyX is still broken (but hey who cares)

    some positives (just to show I appreciate your efforts). Its clear that kde 4.3 reacts a lot snappier. the install ran pretty smooth. And yes, the artwork is lovely.

    but really guys, make my day (make my year) I have been hoping for months that the above mentioned problems would be ironed out by 11.2

  2. Bobby

    The best openSuse release so far. I haven’t found any issues as yet. I was running RC2 on my Laptop but decided to do a clean install this morning. The installation was very smooth and fast. Yast in this release is a big improvement over 11.1. Nvidia drivers are working but I didn’t find nVidia in the YasT community repository. I had to add it from the openSuse additional repository page. By the way, for those (KDE users) who want a kickass DE with all the bells and whistels. Go to the additional repository page and add the KDE 4.3.x Repositories (including Playground and Community) and then update the packages. You will love it! these repositoriey have packages that are not available with the “normal” openSuse installation.

  3. fred

    Its no Windows – that’s for sure. But good for you for trying!

  4. Bert

    I have problems installing OpenSuse on my Dell Dimension 9200 PC. It is a Raid PC and the install hangs at the formatting stage of the HD. Anybody any idees how to solve this problem? Is it a bug?

  5. Dogan YILMAZ

    Intel Corporation PRO Wireless 5100 AGN still does not works on SuSE 11.2.
    You are gradually killing the reputation of SuSE…

  6. Guys you have done a great job. I just finished publishing our OpenSUSE 11.2 Review and am quite impressed.

  7. kabel

    This incredible release, a really good work from devs. Currently i use openSUSE 11.1 NAS server that i built it from SUSESTUDIO to fit on 1GB drive and on my performance desktop i use Ubuntu 9.10. After this great experience with openSUSE 11.2 on my test machine ubuntu goes bye-bye. Thank you devs!!!

  8. Daniel

    Very nice! Getting sound to work took a bit of work…(all worked except firefox).

  9. Dogan YILMAZ

    S O L U T I O N
    You have to install ipw-firmware package after instalation finished!
    SuSE 11.2 could not recognize this wireless device during the installation!

    Intel Corporation PRO Wireless 5100 AGN still does not works on SuSE 11.2.
    You are gradually killing the reputation of SuSE…

    • headache

      Yeap, it is fine that you gave the solution. But you could have also apologized to the programmers who (seen the overall comments up to now on the net) did a awful job compared to the last release. But then, heck, a new release always get the people so emotional…. Eventually, even if this WOULD have been a real bug, an excellent distribution, given away for free, nicely packaged…….is for sure not “killing the reputation”, isn’t it? I for myself would prefer to wait 3 month to judge anyway. Cheers.

    • Anonymous

      how you install ipw-firmware package after instalation finished????The ethernet driver missing too!!!And manualy it is very hard to find this package compiled in the internet.I am still looking for it!!!

    • Michal

      I installed ipw-firmware, restarted and nothing hapens.
      How can i detect my intel 5100 wifi now?
      Thanx for any help!

  10. chavdar

    Someone please tell how can I install 11.2 on a laptop with ATI Mobility x1600?!? Update from 11.1 to 11.2 didn’t work(wont start xserver), live KDE install won’t work (won’t start xserver)…..how can I fix this?

  11. Delfino Lopez Reyes

    Felicidades, es un gran trabajo, saludos desde Mèxico

  12. Greg

    Just installed it
    Thank you!

  13. dining_phil

    I loved being able to upgrade directly from 11.1 to 11.2

  14. sasha

    I’ve always loved the sleek graphics of the openSUSE releases and this one really keeps up the good work. I love the SUSE flavour of GNOME, especially when compared to Ubuntu.

    However, the installation graphical interface was very slow when running in my VirtualBox. Once installed, everything was snappy as usual, until then… oy

    Congratulations from Romania!

  15. Eliasse Diaite

    Many thanks to the whole development team for the great job done with this release. I would like to address a special thank to the lady or the gentleman who is maintaining the KDE3 repository of the OBS. This kind of contribution is what people expect from members of the openSUSE community and not declarations of the death of KDE3. There are still users who like KDE3 and we can fulfill their wish by making improved packages available until those users decide in the short future ( I presumed that )to switch to KDE4.

    To all the folks out there I would like to address the following remark: the default desktop environment is the one the user has chosen during the installation. Please stop the discussion on this topic and have fun running the best Linux Distribution of the world.

    openSUSE Linux is UNBREAKABLE.

  16. Satish

    I have installed with the final release. RC2 had some problem with the 64 bit installation on my AMD laptop. I liked the GNOME. Hats off guys…You guys have done it.

  17. mukk

    don’t have sound, in system is sound but in amarok and firefox no sound. Why is that?

    • Chika

      I kept getting this problem in 11.1 at one point following a kernel update. It might be worth checking to see if your sound card is correctly configured under YAST –> Hardware –> Sound.

  18. Gopinath

    Hey just tried installing 11.2 on my AMD 64bit machine but land up with a white screen every time … can someone pls help me out with this…

  19. Robert


    i like the new version. The four-way scrolling of my red thinkpad stick and my logitech usb mouse works out-of-the-box!

  20. Arlen

    WOW! This release is amazing! I feel my old love for SUSE starts coming back :)
    Playing around for three days by now showed me that it works even better if I upgrade to the latest 2.6.32-rc5 kernel-desktop and to many other recent stuff from the openSUSE repositories.

    Thank you all, Novell and SUSE team, for the greatest experience I’ve ever had. I wish you every success for many long successive years!

  21. obiwan

    Well, I thought I shall also share my emotions after having run 11.2 for several days.
    Unfortunately, for me 11.2 is two steps forward as well as two steps back.

    On the one hand there are great improvements in the speed, feature-completeness, and memory
    consumption of KDE 4.3. On the other hand that same KDE release is still full of very annoying
    bugs, as is the integration of OpenOffice and yast into that desktop.

    Moreover, kernel-version 2.6.31 screwed-up sound support for my HDA Intel AL262, so I had to get me
    a recent 2.6.32-rc6 kernel to fix that, and installation of full multimedia codec support
    has never been as troublesome as with 11.2. I have spent an entire day to install fixes.
    I am currently dual-booting between 11.1 (using KDE3.5) and 11.2. I will stick to 11.1 for
    as long as this is still supported, submit bug reports for 11.2, and come back in a year to check
    out 11.3.

    For me as a long-time SUSE user (since 7.1) it’s truly sad to see that openSUSE has taken the road
    of putting more emphasis on the looks rather than on the functionality of the distribution (at least
    when it comes to KDE, cannot comment on GNOME). With better bug-fixing this could easily be the best
    distro out there.

    • Bobby

      Sometimes it’s surprising to see the issues that some people have with the very release that others have absolutely no problems with. Then one has to ask what cause those problems, if it*s the software, hardware or both.

      I have been running 11.2 since Mile Stone 4 and since RC1 I have had very little to no problems.
      The only problem that I am personally having with the recent release is sleep mode. If I suspend to disk at times it starts to shut down and in the middle it just freezes. Unfortunately I have the same problem on a different computer with different hardware and running 11.1 so it must be a software problem. Apart from that it’s smooth sailing and a lot of speed improvements.

      Maybe you should Install KDE 4.3.3 from here. http://en.opensuse.org/KDE/Repositories#KDE_4_Core_Packages_2
      That was the first thing I did after installing the system.
      Did you install the codecs via Packman and VLC? these are in the openSuse community repositories which you can easily add using YaST Software Repositories. After which you only need to go to software management and install the codecs. I didn’t have the least problem. Maybe you are doing it all too complicated.

      • obiwan

        Yes, of course I used the Packman and VLC repositories. The trouble with 11.2 is that so many
        packages depend on (the useless) factory-shipped xinelib that deleting the latter truly breaks
        the system (which wasn’t the case with 11.1).

        So I disabled *all* standard repos, enabled just Packman, and tried to update all xine-related
        stuff, only to find that some packages needed by the Packman xinelib could not be found.
        So I had to start all over again (enable oss and non-oss repositories, install missing packages from them,
        disable these repositories, enable only the Packman repo, update xine packages, enable oss and non-oss
        repos again). Now, come on. If it takes me as an experienced SUSE user so much effort, what are
        novices going to face if all they want is to play their mp3s or videos.

        Thanks for the hint with KDE 4.3.3. I am going to give it a try. Why isn’t this version used by default?

        PS: The Spam protection on this page still doesn’t work. Or is the sum of 1 + 9 something different from 10?

  22. RokK

    Being a long time SuSE user, I think I can say that 11.2 is shaping up to be the best release ever. Installed it on my laptop and my work computer and everything is working ‘out-of-the-box’, and it (at least) feels a lot faster than previous releases.

    All I can say is : thank you, and keep up the good work!

  23. Itoriachi

    I started from milestone 7 daily using zypper to be updated, and I’d like to avoid reinstalling the full OS. Apart some cosmetic problems, I never had blocking issues so my question is: do you suggest to do a clean install of 11.2, or my dist-upgrade from release candidates are enough to have a full working and updated system?

  24. outside_n_wnc

    11.2 is a horrible release- I have been using Opensuse since 9.x and have dealt with the ati issues and broadcomm wireless issues no problems, but it would always install- when installing 11.2 I have never had as many problems- my machine will not even boot to a text mode/ terminal while 11.1 installed effortlessly- I’ve done the install media checksum checks at every stage- the Opensuse team has failed miserably on this one-

  25. duke

    seems plug and play does’nt work any more.
    I mean in 11.0 I plugged my printer on and everything installed automatically and worked perfectly.
    11.2 does’nt even want to know about my printer.

  26. Bharat

    Great release. I upgraded to 11.2 from 11.1 through zypper -dup and everything working nice. In fact I get the feeling I am still using 11.1 sometimes. No more hassles of burning disks, and all that come with installation. Congrats to the devs on making this possible. Both KDE & Gnome are great & polished. And I installed 11.2 with XFCE with netinstaller on an old laptop and its working like a charm on it too.

  27. Easterner

    11.2 is a great release. I was unable to install from DVD iso image. I burned the iso image on DVD however the DVD was not recognized. I have used this process before with 11.0 and 11.1 and worked. The zypper upgrade process was excellent the upgrade was very smooth compared to upgrades of past. The new gnome is awesome!

    Thanks to to great effort by the extended team of developers and testers who have contributed to this endeavor and results speak for themselves.

    Keep up the great work!

  28. Dich

    Wow guys, try the “weather” background plugin in KDE4! Still needs some tweaks and extra weather service providers, but the idea is cool! Imagine having the weather backgrounds from different cities on different desktops, named accordingly! :) Respek!

    P.S. Second attempt to bypass this idiotic spam filter
    P.P.S. Third attempt
    P.P.P.S. 4

  29. Dich

    and after posting the last comment I see in the Name field Michael, and in Email his full email address starting with pf…
    Folks, looks like it’s just the time to fix this page…

  30. Dich

    Folks, did anyone get ATI drivers successfully installed on 11.2? 1-click install is not available, the repositories would refuse to add, rpms downloaded from ATI site are 64 bit (though you specified 32 bit) and if you manage to modify the download URL and finally get the 32 bit ones, they are for older libstdc++ version. Are we ever getting proper accelerated graphics for linux? :(

    2nd try to bypass the spam filter
    3rd try

  31. dhruv

    virtualbox not starting VM after upgraded to latest version

    upgraded to kde 4.3.3. please post some tips regarding xen to handle nvidia driver!
    great release opensuse 11.2!

  32. Alejandro Flores Prieto

    I read that the gpt mbr sync works with this version, but already tried to install several times on my macbook 2,1
    On my Desktop Pc works great… congrats!

  33. jbarkley

    Only complaint: Still no place to enter a proxy for 1st boot automatic configuration which tries to reach out to the update site….

  34. Bent

    I was waiting for this distribution. Downloaded the same day.

    However, my conclusion is, after testing it, after 10 years with S.u.S.E, Suse, OpenSuse, … – that it is time to move on.
    I have enjoyed Suse a lot, used it every day. on many pc’s – in virtual machines, but I am tired of the problems with the installation and the upgrades that never work.

    I wish all that work with it, good luck and thanks for your effort over the years.

  35. Alan Gruskoff

    Release 11.2 really is the best Linux ever on my systems. Very nice look & feel. Dolphin is much improved. And so many excellent Packages included. Having PostgreSQL 8.4.1 in the Distro was nice. Still a manual process to load my Nvidia driver, but once done its gets 1920×1080.

    Keep up the good work.

  36. R.S. Tse

    I have not succeeded in making openSUSE 11.2 to print on the Brother MFC7440N printer at which I have been using with open SUSE 11.0.

    Printer installation was smooth, and pinging was fine, but when a test page was sent out — to nowhere. The MFC7440N.ppd is the same. However, if I use a wrong .ppd, the printer would respond, by printing a large number of blanks.

    I have noticed that openSUSE uses CUPS 1.3.x. Ubuntu 9.10 uses CUPS 1.4.x, and it prints fine. I wonder if this makes a difference; in any case, openSUSE 11.0 which cannot be using a later CUPS version, printing is fine.

  37. Scott

    After 5 years with Suse, OpenSuse, … I feel it is time for me to leave and move on

    I have enjoyed Suse a lot, and I used it on many PC’s every day on both production and test LAN environments, but I am tired of the problems with the installation and the upgrades that never work under different conditions. I am also tired of creating bug reports who resolution is to fix them in the next version. I am also very tired of reporting bugs 5-6 months prior to release of a new version only to find my bugs closed with the same duplicate still in the new version.

    I keep wishing for a Problem Manager to manage Bugzilla and FATE, but that is a pipe dream.

    Without malices, nor prejudice, nor bad feelings I wish all that work with it, good luck and thanks for your effort over the years.

    I hope in time, there will be more than 4 members in the whole of Australia, (same geographical area as the continental US) which now has 3; that others and Industry will take up both the Open and Enterprise Solutions

  38. Minde

    Four big distros are just released: Ubuntu 9.10, Mandriva 2010.0, Fedora 12 and openSUSE 11.2.

    I tyied to install KUbuntu for my fried in his ASUS laptop (with ATI). (I usually installed Ubuntu for others, because I believed that Ubuntu for them would simple then OpenSUSE and they haven’t seen Linux; (K)Ubuntu is most lacalised and most popular distro in my country). In VESA mode KDE4 wasn’t impressive :/ and manuall ATI installing wasn’t succesfull – sreen was black…
    Other fried uses Ubuntu for about half years, and in his Dell laptop he hasn’t problems.
    But I prefer ubuntu, because it automaticaly provides to install proprietary drivers (nvidia, wi-fi) and sometimes to choose – that drive. (Yes, openSUSE installs b43-fwcutter, but don’t inform, that I need to run /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware)

    I tryied to install Fedora for first time – at first glance this distribution attracted me with SElinux integration. Fedora automaticaly installed driver for wi-Fi just from installation DVD (with opensource Broadcom firmware package b43-openfwwf). But this is not localized to my language…

    After an hour I replaced it with Mandriva – very nice distribution. For me, it is most similar to openSUSE. I prefer a bit Mandriva, because it’s DVD contains restricted codecs, VLC, Mplayer. It boots for me a bit faster (60 seconds in Mandriva and 72 sec in openSUSE – countiing from grub to KDE4 notification sound and stop of reading/writing of disk – but It may be because I in openSUSE installed nvidia). Besides, very nice, that it includes much more translations in DVD. The most user friedly step of installation in Mandriva (then comparing with ubuuntu, Fedora and openSuse) – partitioning. OpenSUSE should creat a option for simple partitioning… Mandrive – only distribution, that automatically detected IrDA dongle stir4200 and asigned to irda0 (openSUSE not – and yast IrDA tool doesn’t helped – so manually editing of /etc/sysconfig/irda required).

    I use openSUSE in my laptop more than 2 years. But I adopted. Summarizing – openSUSE 11.2 is better than earlier opensuses. I don’t think to leave suse and go to another distro. Each distro have something attractive. I loved KDE3 and I lack some minor things in KDE4 after migrating from 11.1 to 11.2…

  39. Scott

    (….sorry the SPAM protection bug got me before my post earlier……)
    What happened to the traditional free boxed set of OpenSuse, for all the users/members who contributed
    many testing hours, or made significant contributions?
    In the past myself and most members all welcomed a small thank you from Novell,
    by sending out a Free Boxed Set of the new version, which in this case is OpenSuse 11.2
    Its a small gesture I know, but one I greatly looked forward to – I suppose that practice has gone for good now…

    • Mark

      Scott, you see how it works now don’t you?
      First M$ muscle in and start taking away your goodies. Then…well you can guess what happens next.
      Maybe you should switch to Linux instead of MicroSuSEnux.
      I recommend Debian.

  40. jason


    Even I am getting only 341MB for the 64bit download. Its the same case with all mirrors. Will someone let me know whats the reason for this?


    • scott

      Jason I have the same problems – I think you should open a bug report to get this fixed
      Scott :-)

  41. terry

    I gave up updating my PC to suse 11.2 from suse 11.1, because wireless network connection is not successful. I use PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection. I found my connection is O.K to my rooter. But to the outside of the rooter, the connection is always failed, namely, maybe DNS can not be resolved. In the case that I use a network cable to the rooter, everything seems all right. Under the circumstances, I have decided to still use opensuse 11.1 for a while. I am looking forward to the day when I can use suse 11.2.

  42. zczc2311

    Would someone mind activating the 11.2 X64 NVIDIA Repository – I think we would ALL like to have access to Video Drivers

  43. nexus

    worst opensuse ever seen and most unstable
    installation broken completely
    good luck with opensuse project. you’ll need it

  44. dhruva

    bullshit for the above obs…

    the best opensuse till now!

  45. bart

    to resolve network device problems with a aspire 7730G from Acer just disable ACPI support in the boot settings of grub.
    I don’t understand that this problem still excist today.

  46. parvas24

    Gr8 !!! It is user friendly and nice …..

  47. Trent

    11.2 seems very beta.

  48. Анонимус

    Поставил, прикольная ОСь, не то что винда. Винда — хуйня. Билл Гейтс лох. Он должен сдохнуть!

  49. Rondinelli

    The most great Linux distro ever seen before. (sorry my bad english)

  50. Dnp

    This is annoying. On T400, with Intel wifi 5100 AGN still can not connect to internet. The NetworkManager sees the wireless network and also tries to connect to it. Then it saying configuring the interfaces and gives up still not able to connect.