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openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 6: The Dust Begins to Settle

May 3rd, 2010 by

Milestone 6 (of 7), a snapshot of the Factory “work in progress” build, leading up to openSUSE 11.3 release in July, is now available for download.

M6 is the first release during the “Stablizing Freeze”: focus has transitioned away from the inclusion of new features and applications toward increasing stability and usability. To that end, 162 bugs were resolved during the M5 – M6 timeframe!


General & Hardware-related

  • radeon video driver has superseded radeonhd, providing KMS/DRI support. (Bug #574749, Bug #590248, Bug #595653, Bug #598123)
  • using the radeon video driver on an Atom-based system no longer causes graphical corruption. (Bug #589022, kernel commit message)
  • Added xorg.conf.d snippets so you can easily override defaults if your monitor has not been detected via DDC. (Bug #598125)
  • cups 1.4.2 now works properly on 64-bit systems. (Bug #575544)
  • Suspend works again.(Bug #586953, Bug #587779)
  • a buffer overflow issue in lockdev has been resolved. (Bug #588325)
  • a kernel-bootsplash bug issue causing corrupted terminal editing has been resolved. (Bug #594209)
  • a dependency issue with yum and createrepo has been resolved, allowing Live images to be built from Factory again. (Bug #588628)
  • libsane had some dependency issues resolved. (Bug #592143)
  • sane-backends, cups-backends, and yast-scanner no longer depend on hal (deprecated). (Bug #590707, Bug #593946).
  • libvdpau, the vendor-neutral component of vdpau is now packaged separately from the Nvidia vdpau component. (Bug #596481)
  • Thinkpad scroll wheel emulation has been repaired. (Bug #597214)


  • X11 server properly handles language preference specified in grub. (Bug #591048)
  • nm-applet.conf was moved to the NetworkManager package, instead of being in each NetworkManager frontend package. (Bug #476502)
  • NTP can now be configured during setup. (Bug #537859)
  • “Boot From Hard Disk” option on the DVD boot menu has been repaired. (Bug #597167)
  • perl-bootloader hdd detection has been altered to match the behavior of libstorage, resolving issues with incorrect grub configuration when installing to a drive other than the first detected (hd0,1). (Bug #597774)
  • sax2-tools has been added back to the LiveCD images resolving a YaST dependency issue in installation stage 2. (Bug #585432)
  • open-vm-tools are installed on LiveCDs to enable VMWare drivers. (Bug #591085)
  • Typos in start-ttys.conf (from upstart) were fixed. (Bug #591705)
  • LanguageTool is now included in patterns-openSUSE-office_opt, therefore installed by default. (Bug #592752)
  • YaST sw_single will now switch to the installation summary when resolving a conflict. (Bug #596519)
  • mkinitrd was patched to resolve an issue with SELinux. (Bug #598075)

Security & Administration

  • SSH login with a key is now prevented by pam_nologin when /etc/nologin is present. (Bug #530885)
  • SELinux packages are available and working, although there is currently no config for openSUSE. (Bug #581505)
  • serviceRefresh in yast2-pkg-bindings reloads the repos list and refreshes cache after a service change. (Bug #581766)
  • upgrade to syslog-ng 3.1.1. (Bug #590348)
  • upgrade to openSSL 1.0.0. (Bug #592955)
  • yast2-printer now checks if a CUPS server is accessible. (Bug #595612)


Gnome Desktop

  • reverted back to at-spi due to issues with at-spi2 preventing a usable accesibility stack. (Bug #595197)
  • gnome-desktop-sharp2 has been updated to reference Gnome 2.30 on openSUSE 11.3; this resolves an issue with gnome-do not reading .desktop files. ([Bug #584612, commit message)
  • a dbus issue with couchdb was resolved; this was causing gwibber to crash. (Bug #592720)
  • pulseaudio had some dependency issues resolved. (Bug #592155)

KDE Desktop

  • A crasher in System Monitor triggered by killing a process has been reported upstream. (Bug #597156)
  • xrdb configuration was changed to resolve some application crashes due to undefined color names. (Bug #598020)
  • powerdevil/kidletime no longer consumes excessive CPU cycles on idle. (Bug #584919)
  • KSystemLog now has proper paths to logs by default. (Bug #567615)
  • Sysinfo Display shows version information about the proprietary Nvidia video driver, if installed. (Bug #570200)
  • Smb4K starts properly. (Bug #593664)
  • Amarok informs users when they attempt to playback an unsupported format, and suggests a codec download. (Bug #537875)
  • Amarok can fetch cover art (again). (Bug #539978)

LXDE Desktop

  • vte was patched to resolve a segfault in lxterm when using a transparent background. (Bug #594590)
  • Files and folders can be selected in PCManFM. (Bug #593094)
  • xdg-open has been patched to successfully find a browser in more cases. (Bug #591714)


  • rpmlint no longer treats rosegarden files as scripts. (Bug #574650)

Party (Planning) Time

Now is a great time to start organizing 11.3 release parties; there’s no better way to enjoy the new release than with your fellow openSUSE users! If you, your LUG or openSUSE User Group are hosting one, go ahead and add it to this list at http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.3_Launch_Party_Locations

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As this is a milestone and not a final release, 11.3 M6 does contain bugs both known and unknown, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing.

The following annoyances have already been reported:

  • gconf2-branding-openSUSE isn’t installed by default, which causes no default settings (e.g. Sonar theme isn’t used by default, two panels instead one-panel arrangement, etc…). Workaround: install gconf2-branding-openSUSE package.
  • nouveau video driver for Nvidia hardware has some issues detecting monitors via DDC. Bug #596740 – workaround: use nomodeset and configure monitor manually.
  • KDE System Monitor crashes when killing a process Bug #597156
  • A number of issues have been encountered using KMS with Intel/nouveau/radeon drivers and specific hardware configurations. Workaround: use nomodeset boot flag to disable KMS.

Please see http://en.opensuse.org/Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.3_dev#openSUSE_11.3_Milestone_6 for the current list.

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

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21 Responses to “openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 6: The Dust Begins to Settle”

  1. Eliasse Diaite

    Great job guys. The 64 Bits DVD is again usable. I am just wondering why there was no Xorg.conf file on my system. Does the development team intend to replace it? If so, where should the user look for the X Server configuration files in the future?

    I would like to thank here the maintainer of the Nouveau driver repository of the OBS. She/He is doing a great job.

    • patser

      There hasn’t been a xorg.conf file for like 2 or three releases now, or maybe even more didn’t even bother to keep track.
      This file is no longer important sinds the xorg server detects most of the hardware automaticaly and works fine with that.
      TIP: If you would like to have a xorg.conf file anyway I think you could generate it with Xorg -configure and find the out-
      put in your /root/xorg.conf.new.

  2. Hi guys I have download the live cd of Gnome and burn it whit power iso but he don’t boot something about can’t aces var/bin….. but I most to look on wiki chek that

  3. Rainer Hurtado Navarro

    Well, it seems that openSuSE 11.3 M6 is nice, but as far as I run it, sysinfo:/ protocol doesn’t work; KNetworkManager often fails and crashes, and the network connection falls, and it is a mess to link to hidden wireless networks; and does not provide support for SATA HDDs attached to SouthBridge VIA VT 8251’s SATA, which are not detected, although they should (broken since 10.3 for x86_64). And it is not an old hardware: it was bought new late 2006, due to the goal was to assemble a computer in which install the next to release 10.2 Final.

  4. obiwan


    The radeon video driver and with it all ATI users are becoming first class citizens in openSUSE!

    Thanks a lot people, you guys are great! I am off to downloading Milestone 6!

  5. oldcpu

    I booted 11.3 milestone-6 liveCDs on 6-different PCs, and then installed it on one of the 6 from DVD: http://forums.opensuse.org/get-help-here/pre-release-beta/438084-opensuse-11-3-m6-experiences-5-different-pcs.html

    Mostly pretty good results where 5 of 6 were good. A big improvement in the installer over milestone-5. Still more to do, but glad to see things moving forward. Don’t stop with the pressure to make this better. Many thanks for the efforts.

  6. Daniel Soares

    Hi all, great work! I believe 11.3 has everything to be the best OpenSUSE release ever!

    I would like to suggest one extra: please add support for CUDA in the Nvidia binary driver package. I always have to install from the nvidia.com self-contained executable instead of the Yast package to get CUDA working. Why can’t you do to CUDA (libcuda) the same you did to VDPAU?


  7. obiwan

    I am simply blown away by the HUGE progress openSUSE did in ATI graphics support over the last month.
    First Milestone 6 impressions (with the radeon video driver and a Radeon HD 3470 mobility card):

    – Install: flawless
    – KMS/DRI2 support: smooth, stable, fast
    – Composite under Kwin: excellent
    – OpenGL (2.0): nice, works well even with composite enabled
    – Suspend/resume: instant, much faster than using ATI’s fglrx blob, incredible …

    Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

  8. madbad

    The Creative X-Fi sound card is not detected no 5.1 in KDE. Sound card is not yet recognized in Yast. Otherwise, everything really super’m looking forward to the release.

  9. Alkan Gur

    Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!
    everithings wonderfull and hopefull!!!

  10. Denislav

    Problem with installation. “Your computer does not fulfill all requirements for grafical installation. There is less than 96 MB memory or the X server could not started.”
    My videocard is MSI 8800 GT (NX8800GT Zilent) 512MB video memory. ???

  11. I installed OpenSuse 11.3 Milestone 6 from a Gnome live CD on my Asus p7p55-WS based computer. When it gets to the bootloader manager installation the computer hangs forever. I installed OpenSuse 11.2 and it works fine. Is this a bug o what?

  12. delphi

    I try to install 11.3 M6 (I586) but when it came to about 87%, the system halted forever. I tried several time but still come across the same problem, but 11.2 is fine. My computer is AMD x3 425, Gigabyte 78GM-S2H ,9600GSO G92 384MB, sata harddisk, IDE DVD-RW,2GB DDR2

  13. aavvll

    Tried to instal system (openSUSE-DVD-Build0577-i586.iso) on different file systems (btrfs, ext4) but always stops on 86-87 %
    The disk rewrote some times
    Stop after installation a package (OpenOffice_org-calc-extensions-
    md5 and sha1 all OK

  14. PhillipS

    New ISO from http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.3-Milestone7/iso/?C=S;O=A