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Number Two Always Tries Harder: openSUSE Milestone 2

February 17th, 2010 by

Milestone 2Late last month we released the first milestone of openSUSE 11.3, now we follow up with the second. Milestone 2 is part of the milestones where we track new releases in the open source universe and test the building of our various distribution images with them. While milestone 1 introduced various pre-release versions of free and open source projects (KDE 4.4 RC1, OpenOffice 3.2 Beta4 or VirtualBox 3.1 beta 1) into our development distribution openSUSE Factory, this milestone is characterized by final releases of those projects. We are also preparing everything to switch to GCC 4.5.0 as the default compiler. Currently our staging version of Factory already builds with it and our compiler people document/fix the most serious issues, they aim at milestone 3 for the switch. To learn more about the benefits of GCC 4.5.0 check the Development Tools section below. As you can see, although we are steadily moving forward, there is still a lot to come!

Go on to read about the detailed changes that happened in the various areas…


GNOME got updated to 2.30 beta 1 (2.29.90). This release is the beginning of the user interface (UI) freeze so all new functionality should be completed. GNOME 2.30 will bring you for instance a new user interface for nautilus including a split view mode, unlimited scrollback in gnome-terminal and a completely new accessibility stack based on DBus. For further details please read the GNOME 2.29.90 Development Release announcement.

The KDE Software Compilation got updated to the final 4.4.0 version (“Caikaku”). We already shipped the release candidate in milestone 1 so there are not too many changes in functionality but tons of bugfixes included. If you missed the release announcement for 4.4 we suggest you head over to kde.org and read it! There are so many new things to discover. Netbook interface, Authentication Framework, Social/Web features and more.

And you are now finally able to choose LXDE as desktop in the installation work flow.

Desktop Apps

OpenOffice moved to the final 3.2 release ( so you can use all the nice new features this new release brings.

Digikam, the application that lets you manage your photographs like a professional with the power of open source, got updated to version 1.1.0. This version brings regular expression support for the replace modifier, a new tool that can add/remove vignetting and over 100 bugfixesdigikam 1.1.0.

With the latest release of empathy, which brings again bugfixes and translation updates, we’ll most likely feel comfortable enough to push it into the GNOME default installation since the UI has been improved a lot and it’s more solid now.

Other desktop apps that got updated are evolution (2.29.90) which  has a account-wide search scope for mails now and improves its sidebar and ECalModel interaction. And VirtualBox OSE (3.1.4), the latest maintenance release of the 3.1 series, which improves stability and fixes regressions, see their ChangeLog for details.

Base System

ghostscript-library(8.70) is the first release in a new stable series of ghostscript releases. This release fixes a large number of issues with transparency, especially as it interacts with color space conversion, mask contexts and patterns. There have also been a number of significant fixes to font handling, especially when generating PDF. And there are numerous robustness, correctness and performance improvements.

Our hardware library hwinfo received fixes for device renaming detection and detection of more cpu features and is now at version 16.12.

This milestone is based on kernel 2.6.33 with all its bugfixes and new hardware support.


Gnutls switched to the 2.8 branch (2.8.5). GnuTLS is a modern C library that implements the standard network security protocol Transport Layer Security (TLS). The 2.8.x branch and is the result of 7 months of work on the experimental 2.7.x branch. Want to know more? Read about details in the GnuTLS announcement.

Libgphoto2, the core library designed to allow access to digital cameras, got updated to version 2.4.8 with lots of improvements to EOS, Nikon and Fuji S5 capture support, stability fixes and translation updates.


Our network connection stack got updated too, this means NetworkManager (0.7.999), ModemManager (0.3) and the various plugins. This release brings no new features, but includes a lot of bug fixes and has much broader hardware support.

aria2 got updated to the version 1.8.1 to fix various ipv6 problems.

The IMAP client of fetchmail 6.3.14 no longer skips messages from several IMAP servers including Dovecot if fetchmail’s “idle” is in use and its SMTP client now recovers from errors (such as servers dropping the connection after errors).

Development Tools

monodevelopThe Ape is rumbling too! Mono got updated to 2.6. This release brings support for CoreCLR security, to prevent untrusted code from using dangerous operations. A new soft debugger that is integrated the co-released MonoDevelop 2.2 and the csharp shell now supports auto-completion. Of course there is more, check the release announcement.

The tool everybody uses to analyze why their system boots slowly, bootchart, is now included in version Bootchart in version 2.x is a cleaned up and re-factored version of the Ubuntu bootchart-collector, pybootchartgui and our own patches against bootchart 1. Michael Meek’s latest talk from FOSDEM should appear shortly in the FOSDEM youtube channel.

Also kiwi, the tool which we create all our distribution images with, got updated to version 4.16 with a new XML schema and a kernel/initrd update hotfix mechanism.

And as mentioned in the introduction to this article we will switch, most likely with the next milestone, to GCC 4.5.0 with better link-time and whole-program optimization. Have a look at the gcc page for an impressive list of changes in 4.5.0.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

We would like to ask everybody to have a look at the accessibility stack of GNOME. There is a lot of new functionality in there that needs extensive testing. Please coordinate this with our GNOME team on opensuse-gnome (Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Help | Archives)

As this is a milestone release, 11.3 milestone 2 does contain bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing. The big bugs in 11.3 milestone 2 are:

  • libjpeg7 is not provided as 32bit package, possibly breaking 3rd party applications
  • Autologin doesn’t work on the KDE Live CD
  • Impossible to save data in the GNOME keyring Bug #580043

You can track the most annoying bugs on the wiki along with 11.3 development. If you want to make sure 11.3 final is free of 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 (Subscribe | Help | Archives) and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

Get Milestone 2 Today!


What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release from software.opensuse.org/developer today!


There is a detailed timeline with all the important dates around the development of openSUSE 11.3. It will help you schedule your life around 11.3! You can access it at Stephan Kulow’s (the openSUSE Project Manager) homepage at http://www.suse.de/~coolo/opensuse_11.3/

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31 Responses to “Number Two Always Tries Harder: openSUSE Milestone 2”

  1. Rocky

    Not sure why SUSE would publish this announcement with a bunch of commies in the screenshot. What a way to turn a customer off. It gives the impression that the person working for SUSE has a spot in his heart for people like Guevara, Trotsky, etc. Back to Red Hat I go! Now, let’s see if SUSE is honest enough to publish this comment. PS – The SPAM protection question is broken!

    • Calling George Washington and 4 other people who helped making the US the great nation it is today “a bunch of commies” is hilarious dude. Keep it coming!

    • acommie

      If that’s enough to make you go away all I can say is: bye.
      Narrow-minded conservatives never cease to amaze me.

    • terry

      The only missing one is Stalin which murdered 50 million people and was the mentor of some of the characters in those images. He is alone at the top and it should have replace Malcom X.

      There is NO justification to include a political spin in this newsletter. If this type of information start to spread on the net many users will move out of this distro.

      I will send my input to Novell, this is bad business.

    • terry

      There is NO justification to include a political spin in this newsletter. If this type of information start to spread on the net many users will move out of this distro.

      I will send my input to Novell, this is bad business.

      Thanks to the dev for this great distro. I’m running 11.2 and is fantastic. I’m downloading Milestone 2 now.

    • Joe

      WTF R U talking about. Get a life somewhere else…

    • Joe

      That screen shot was most likely of someone who is studying history in school. Maybe you need to go back and learn a few new things.

  2. Winkler

    Well, Rocky… we’re sure going to miss you ;)

    SuSE guys, keep up the good work.
    I’m with the don’t-care-who’s-in-the-screenshot crowd.
    I’m pleased with 11.2 (except the Firefox doesn’t render its fonts in sync with the Gnome antialias setting) so here’s hoping for a better 11.3.

  3. willnot@bepublished.edu

    A lot of criminals on the screen capture… mmmm… OpenSuse sucks!

    • Sergio

      …willnot, isn’t that cool that OpenSuSe does exactly what your mom does too? They both make people happy! ;-) Come on dude, OpenSuSE is one of the best Linux distros out there, even if it’s own by Novell! ;-)

  4. knurpht

    Anyone’s picture in the screenshots would have generated the same comments from other people. Useless, leading to nothing.

    Had a quick peak at M2 last night: keep on going, it’s gonna be even better than 11.2

  5. Rainer Hurtado Navarro

    I dislike those comments concerning to subjects not inherently concerned to the question risen: in this case, openSuSE 11.3 M2. It is a matter of manners.
    However, arisen this kind of chauvinistic comments, I tell the following:
    The pictures collected for show in the digikam screenshot are of men of so different ideologies that they just have in common being the men in which the demands of time incarnates, as Hegel could say; in other words, they are collected together due to the quality of being historically relevant men and due to their mythical appeal. The collection has to be taken as a metaphor message which claims that Linux (openSuSE 11.3 specifically) is historically relevant and, as the tool it is, is independent of those mainstreams of political thought, although, as far as Linux and the OpenSource/GNU has a social implication, Linux shares with them a peculiar secular manifestation of the humanismus; so, ultimately, Linux itself could be pointed out as an ideological agent, as those people collected are. That does not mean that they think the same!

    And, at last, but not at least, it is a matter of taste what we are challenging here: It was the taste of the collector. And, perhaps, nothing else.

    The call for unity implied in the screenshot is important at the sight of the comments that foment the hatred. In this case between users of software or between distributions; but in a different context it could be a call for hate between peoples on the grounds of religions, sex, gender, race, politics, economics,… oil?
    Keep those comments for you, please.

    Concerning the real subject of this post, I am waiting for 11.3 eagerly. I think that the SuSE’s developpers do a great work, but I am a little disappointed with openSuSE 11.2.
    Also, I think that there were a lot of things that worked fine on konqueror that doesn’t on dolphin (and it is as if KDE 4 were gnomeized).
    I want Thorndale fonts and pdftk back.
    Please, remember that hidden wireless networks do exist.
    Improve the OOo stability and support for TabletPC (the wacomcpl from 11.2 final doesn’t work).
    Fix the radeonhs[RS780M/RS780MN/HD 2000/HD 3200]…
    Thank you.

  6. does the final release will use kde 4.4 or kde 4.5&

    • Bobby

      I would be happy if OS 11.3 would ship with KDE 4.5 but I don’t think it will since KDE has a different roadmap than openSuse.
      What would be nice though is if openSuse could make KDE 4.5.1 (a really stable version) available as a major auto-update so that even users that don’t have the skills to do a manual update can enjoy the goodness of the latest and greatest KDE.

    • ahmed

      Personally I don’t mind whether it is 4.4 or 4.5, as long as the performance is a stable one.
      What I wouldn’t like to see is the bleeding edge release only to hog my computing resources.
      That’s why I skip KDE 4.0 and 4.1 and 4.2 and stick to KDE 3.5 and Gnome over the past several months.

      KDE 4.3.4 in OpenSuSE 11.2 is the first KDE series 4 that I’m satisfied with although setting antialias in kdm is literally a painful experience.

  7. But I think you guys most come whit new layout ;-) or some change

  8. math3z

    Thanks for this release DevTeam! First milestone ended up with kernel panic or whole computer lock in other words, but this one – exactly KDE LiveCD booted up like a charm just with upper-mentioned KDE auto-login issue. But for my disappointment neither install from desktop icon in plasma folder view nor Install option during boot process worked. In the first case YaST showed up some error (sorry I can’t remember entire warning) and in the second case my LCD screen turned completely black without reason. Just hard-reset did the trick.. Anyway I’m fully satisfied with 11.2 version! THX again & good luck =)

  9. moritz

    Whats about X.Org 7.5 ?

  10. Another great release announcement…keep up the good work and thx guys!

    PS: @Rocky….all you got from this release announcement are the people from the pictures?…..a smart, creative and motivating observation.
    Hint: the above line contains sarcasm.

  11. LXX

    The installation worked ok, but I’m still getting an unreadable screen full of colours. I’m wasting my time here.
    Graphics card GEforce XF 9400 GT

  12. LXX

    The spam protection is broken too.

  13. romanator

    Boot in FailSafe and install Nvidia driver 195.36.03

  14. LXX

    Thank you Romanator I will give it a try.

    Spam protection is still broken. It looks as if o-ne has to be subtracted instead of added. eg. o-ne + e-ight = 7, not 9.

    • CS

      LXX – all users hear you and I am another one – from memory we have been complaining about since the beginning of Weekly News – In reality I dont think any of us expect it to be fixed its been almost 18 months now. Just take a copy of you text B4 you submit and then refresh your screen. If your text disappears – just paste the copy you took – Eventually after a number of refresh screen one will come up that works

  15. CS

    Do we really need another version to fix all the bugs
    It appears we are creating a new version, with all KDE/Gnome fixes in it and throwing it against the wall and see what bugs we can then close in the previous released versions in Bugzilla
    Why can’t we work through the current 2,000 odd bugs and fix them and put them out as online updates (Or is this concept so radically new)!!!!!
    We have current Kernel Bugs in 11.2 in bugzilla.
    In my mind A Kernel Bug should be
    Priority=1 Urgency=1 Affected Users=1 =========== 24/7 365 days work until closed, and then we have a debrief on why.
    I cease to be amazed at how poorly managed PMS is. Who is the Problem Manager???????????
    Anyone else have far different actual experience of the use of PM Systems and how they are managed.
    It is impossible that I am the only person to have experienced an effectually implemented and managed Problem Management Systems
    Another thought would be to more all development into either KDE or Gnomes Offices where we demand developers use day to day the default OPENSUSE version we use. Bugs can be identified before testers eyes and corrected before we have an Alpha Product.

  16. wolfspider

    I am very pleased with 11.2 and look forward to 11.3 openSUSE has given me a bit of trouble in the past. That being said, I still think it’s the best distro around. And I will continue to use it so long as it keeps getting better. So far it has…

  17. roger

    For the most part these are sociopaths and murderers who lived off the pain and suffering of others and then betrayed their own supporters when they consolidated power. A bunch of thugs. Not worthy of study other than to show how most people are truly gullible and stupid.