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openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 Release

March 25th, 2010 by

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The fourth of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 4 focuses on switching to upstart as init daemon.

Here’s what you may find interesting in the new release:

  • OpenOffice.Org has been updated to 3.2.1 Beta1 with new features
  • NetworkManager has been updated to version 0.8 with fixes to better support bluetooth and GSM.
  • cups has been updated to version 1.4.2, it “adds over 67 changes and new features to CUPS 1.3.11, including improved Bonjour/DNS-SD support, supply level and status reporting for network printers via SNMP, an improved web interface, and the CUPS DDK tools.”
  • The conntrack  – network filtering system has been added. These are userspace tools that allow system administrators interact with the Connection Tracking System, which is the module that provides stateful packet inspection for iptables.
  • The Mono stack has been updated to the bug fix release 2.6.3 together with MonoDevelop 2.2.2.
  • Python was updated to the bug fix release 2.6.5 RC 2
  • samba has been updated to version 3.5.1
  • The Moblin team has started with the integration of the Moblin UI into the distribution and plan to have everything ready for the next milestone.
  • The LiveCDs  have virtualbox guest tools.  Now features like  screen resizing, seamless mode, and shared clipboards work fine and automatically after boot-up! Check this (~8,5MB) ogv video to see the guest addition features in action.

Gnome/GTK desktop users:

  • GNOME has been updated to the GNOME 2.30 release candidate (2.29.92)
    • With the next milestone, empathy will be the default IM client for GNOME. Empathy supports now sending files via drag & drop and the IRC module now includes support for common IRC commands such as /join.
    • Tomboy’s startup time has been drastically improved. Syncing is now done automatically.
    • Natilus’ user interface now includes a new split view mode and the default is set to browser mode.

KDE desktop users:

  • KDE has been updated to version 4.4.1 the most important changes:
    • A performance problem in KMail when sending emails has been fixed
    • Various fixes in Plasma widgets and other addons, such as the analog clock and the picture frame
    • A number of fixes in Konsole, KDE’s powerful terminal application
  • Amarok is now at version 2.3, “Areas such as podcast support and saved playlists have seen huge improvements, as has the support for USB mass storage devices (including generic MP3 players)”.
  • k3b is updated to 2.0 RC2

LXDE desktop users:

  • Switch to pcmanfm 0.9.3 and libfm 0.1.9. Now lxde fully supports trash, automount, gvfs, “menu-browsing” and much more.
  • lxsession: upgrade to 0.4.3 with d-bus support

As this is a milestone release, 11.3 milestone 4 does contain bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing.

The known bugs include:

  • gwibber has been updated but depends on desktopcouch and that stack is not yet integrated into openSUSE.

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.

The next openSUSE Milestone is scheduled to be released on Friday, April  the 9th, with additional new features and bug fixes.

Get Milestone 4 Today!

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

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19 Responses to “openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 Release”

  1. Minton

    Great job! It really boots faster and works almost perfectly (already reported a bug on that ‘almost’ =)))

  2. osman

    great release, downloading it right now.

  3. Bobby

    It’s like night and day when compared to M3. Mile Stone 3 was a disaster. There was nothing that I could do to make my nVidia card work. I updated all the M3 packages on Wednesday and M4 was installed in the process. it installed the nv driver and I could see the light once again.
    M4 is quite stable so far. I have installed Skype – it’s working fine. I also installed the multimedia codecs and they are also working fine.
    I only have to try and install the nVidia driver and see if that works out.

    Yes it’s a great release. Please keep on that track I would like more speed yes but this time around it’s more important for me that the system is stable and that everything works without hitches.

    Thanks for M4. I am now testing and looking forward to M5 :)

  4. Any chance of FreeTDS with the unixODBC library compiled making it into the final? That would be so much icing on my large cake…which currently has no icing…lol

  5. Jordan Clarke

    This Milestone still has yet to give me more than a blank screen after installation (I also tried M2 and M3 earlier)… I’ve finally gone to the trouble of adding myself to the (rather small…) list of affected users.
    Anyway, besides this annoyance, openSUSE’s implementation of KDE SC 4.4.1 looks very pretty indeed! I have yet to try anything on the live session yet though, as I optimistically went straight for the install.
    (Also, why is the spam protection so annoying?!)

  6. obiwan

    Yet another disappointment for ATI R600/700 GPU owners who want to make use of modern open
    source driver technology.

    -X failures during installation that have to be worked around by switching to a console.

    -Once you get X working you are greeted by the crappy radeonhd, still the undisputed
    default driver for ATI cards on openSUSE, despite its inferiority to the much better radeon.

    -Deleting the crappy radeonhd, finally radeon takes over the screen and we have 3D support, and
    Composite in kwin under UMS, but no working KMS, even though the kernel is recent enough. That means,
    no openGL > 1.5, no working supend/resume, and no hope to get decent power management for
    the GPU in the future.

    Why are you guys hurting your own distro, at a time when both Ubuntu and Fedora ship
    working KMS support based on radeon for recent ATI cards???

    For god’s sake, leave politics aside and provide your user base with the best open source
    technology available! Make radeon the default and provide decent support for it!

    It is plain obvious that you stick to radeonhd merely because it is a
    Novell-led project. It has failed miserably, and instead of acknowledging that, you prefer to
    withhold the better technical solution from your users.

    This contradicts the spirit of open source software development!!!

    • CS

      You might see some real results by talking to ATI directly about this issue. Realistically they have a vested interest in having their Video Cards working in Linux and may have the money to throw at this and the expertise and drive to fix it themselves and provide via Build Services. Comment below by ‘roeland’ was opened as Critical in January 2010 and still on Needinfo in April and its a mouse driver issue in Xorg!!!!!!!
      I dont think, in the short term,(next 3 years), we are going to see Extended Video Support in the Kernel…
      “What Spirit ???” – I suppose its now Easter – just a different perspective.

      • obiwan

        Just to clarify things (for those who are not familiar with the ATI OSS driver situation).

        There are _two_ (essentially independent and _competing_) open source driver projects for
        R600/700 ATI GPUs: “radeon” and “radeonhd”.

        – “radeon” is developed under AMD/ATI’s lead, with major contributions from Red Hat and some
        independent Xorg developers. At this time “radeon” is the _only_ reasonably complete and well-working
        open source driver for modern ATI cards. It provides 2D acceleration, 3D support under both UMS and KMS
        (DRI and DRI2, respectively), support for OpenGL 2.1, working suspend/resume (both of these latter
        features need kernel mode setting, KMS), and basic power management features.

        – “radeonhd” is developed under Novell’s lead, again with contributions from independent Xorg developers.
        And although having been started first, the “radeonhd” project is far behind “radeon” in providing a
        useable driver.

        Your suggestion to talk about the problem to ATI is pointless, as they _already provide_ a reasonable driver,
        namely “radeon”.

        It’s up to the _distros_ to package this driver with their Xorg versions, and to take care
        of the order in which certain kernel modules and firmware files are loaded, which KMS needs to work
        (Kernel version 2.6.33 already _has_ support for KMS on Radeon cards enabled by default!).

        And here Fedora and Ubuntu are doing a great job, while openSUSE fails by making the inferior
        radeonhd their default driver which lacks essentially all of the above features. There is _no_
        technological reason whatsoever to prefer “radeonhd” over “radeon”. The only conceivable reason is
        a political one.

  7. Arlen

    WOW! This release is amazing!
    SUSE guys you are wizards of your business.
    Many many thanks and good luck for your great work!

  8. roeland

    while the system looks promising from a text console perspective….

    when can I start testing under vmware? it still doesn’t display *any* images…
    black when kde is started

  9. PhillipS

    Yes, it is booting much faster and the YAST / Software looks different.
    No, I cannot connect / open the M$ Windows Workgroup network.
    Did not activate SAMBA Server and the smb.cfg file looks Ok.
    Any suggestions…thank you in advance – Phillip

    • CS

      There were many contradictions in 11.2 Samba Default YaSt UI and KDE Samba UI. Principally Samba Yast UI shows shared Directories as Enabled as Read Only! This is not actual in KDE’s Samba UI. KDE Samba UI shows RW. KDE UI Defaults to Paranoid Security and Share level Security when there is NO DC. The default share in KDE Samba UI is RO. All maps to user NOBODY. If you turn SAMBA Server On in Yast AND create a new directory for share the directory is owned by Root. Directory ownership needs to be Nobody Nogroup for KDE Samba UI to work. In KDE Samba UI you cannot edit the printer default. Edit button useless and Add Printer Non-Functional. Then if you change the File Share via Dolphin Running in root you add a third dimension UI to an impossible task! If you can get a Samba Server to RW or simple Read Only in Windows Workgroup its not via the UI and certainly not by design and its been a problem that has never been resolved in ANY from 10.1 to 11.2 Release. Easy to see developers do not use their own UI’s to create a Samba Server!

  10. david

    awesome work guys

  11. seo

    Thanks great work

  12. PhillipS

    If possible, the latest version of Netbeans 6.8+ to the distribution.
    I did install / check and works 100%.
    Great for developing in PHP…

  13. david

    awesome work team!

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