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openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase

May 26th, 2010 by

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

M7 is the last milestone release, the next release will be RC1 on June 17th. Now it’s time for testing and bugfixing!

openSUSE 11.3 Progress

Compared to M6, this milestone brings many bug fixes, an update to Linux kernel 2.6.34 and the integration of software translations and new artwork.

We plan to include in openSUSE 11.3 the following highlights:

  • Netbook support with both Moblin and KDE
  • The approaching Btrfs file system can be configured in the installer
  • The zypper package management command line client has seen further improvements:
    • Improve package dependency handling: if a package gets removed, dependencies needed only by this package can get removed as well (using option –clean-deps)
    • Better control over package selection: The package selection code has been enhanced to support the following syntax for use with in/up/rm commands: [+/-]repo:type:nameOPversion.arch
    • zypper will notify about updates with vendor change (from different repository)
  • Better graphics driver support for Nvidia cards with integration of Nouveau driver
  • Back up and File sharing with SpiderOak – still in negotiation but looking good
  • Kernel 2.6.34 which as usually brings a ton of new or updated drivers and assures better hardware support this time has as key features
    • support of a number of Intel processors and chip set which will be delivered in the future
    • improved visualization
    • more efficient usage of energy saving features provided through state of the art hardware
  • Great desktop experience with GNOME 2.30.1, KDE 4.4.3,  LXDE 0.5.5, and XFCE 4.6.1. LXDE has been newly integrated and is part of the DVD media.
  • On demand package installation in KDE, for e.g. debug info packages and missing modules.
  • Imagewriter tool to copy ISO images to an USB stick
  • Updated distribution with new upstream packages

A detailed list is available in the wiki.

Testing! Testing! Testing!

As this is a milestone and not a final release, 11.3 M7 does contain bugs both known and unknown, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing.

The following annoyances have already been reported:

  • Firefox crashes at start Bug #608087 – workaround: update gtk2 to the new version from the GNOME factory repo
  • Accessing LVM partitions is not possible – Bug #598193 “udev deletes device nodes”.
  • The x86_64 NET Install CD had a garbled screen for an NVidia GeForce Go 7150M graphics adapter. The workaround is to add “brokenmodules=nouveau” to the Boot Options line.

Please see http://en.opensuse.org/Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.3_dev#openSUSE_11.3_Milestone_7 for the current list.

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

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23 Responses to “openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase”

  1. madbad

    Fehler in Mozilla Firefox KDE Live x86_64. Super X-Fi kann man in Yast einrichten und dann geht auch Surrond. Nouveau erkennt meine Grafikkarte aber für Composit scheint nicht zu laufen. Nepomuk kann redland nicht finden wieso immer noch redland und nicht der schnellere virtuoso. Und Opera ist als veraltetes Paket vorhanden. Sonst freue ich mich schon auf das fertige Release.

    Mozilla Firefox bugs in KDE Live x86_64. Super X-Fi can be set up in Yast and then we also Surround. Nouveau detect my graphics card but for composite does not seem to run. Nepomuk can not find redland redland and why still not the faster virtuoso. And Opera is available as an obsolete package. Otherwise I’m looking forward to the finished release.

  2. iiihaaaa…finally! you can clean the unneeded deps after you remove an app. I’ve been waiting for years to be able to do that(without doing it manually).
    Awesome job guys!!!
    It’s a shame though i can’t test this, do to the lvm bug, i have a dual boot of mac osx and linux…..i can only use linux with lvm.
    Maybe the next version.

    Keep up the amazing job and have nice day!

  3. Andreas Jaeger

    Madbad, could you file bug reports, please?

  4. Fehler in Mozilla Firefox KDE Live x86_64. Super X-Fi kann man in Yast einrichten und dann geht auch Surrond. Nouveau erkennt meine Grafikkarte aber für Composit scheint nicht zu laufen. Nepomuk kann redland nicht finden wieso immer noch redland und nicht der schnellere virtuoso. Und Opera ist als veraltetes Paket vorhanden. Sonst freue ich mich schon auf das fertige Release.

  5. jrdls

    I’m missing screenshots in openSUSE’s release announcements. It’s like they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.

  6. Delphi

    Well, I have to say that I really, really love this one, M7. Thank you for your great jobs. It runs perfectlyon my computer.

    • I am Delphi

      By the way, my computer is AMD 425 cpu, 2G DDR2800, 780G, 9600gso(g92), 250GB SATA, DVI 19′ monitor, thank you again!!

  7. Installation freeze at startup. I set language French, resolution, start, and then black screen. It’s a very short, short test.

  8. Joe

    When is the openSUSE team really going to focus on quality? 11.2 was so disappointing for me that I switched to Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop. I couldn’t be happier about that but ideally I’d like to have my main machine and laptop use the same distribution, so I hope that 11.3 will be _much_ better than 11.2.

    • ngary@gmx.de

      You do not seem to know what qualify means.

      • Joe

        I should have been clearer: I was referring to User Interface quality and ease of use. Things like network manager in 11.2 were a pain to use: Cluttered UI in KDE’s applet when there are many Wifi spots visible (~30 where I live), inability to log-in to invisible Wifi networks without going to the command line and doing some manual stuff there, etc. Yes, the system is stable (if that’s what your view of quality is) but I find it a pain to use.

    • anantg


      Just Look & feel is not quality (Ubuntu 10.04) or just providing latest version is not quality (Fadora). Suse is the first and still the best linux os in terms of quality. Take any distro and run it for a month with heavy load you’ll learn what the quality mean. Now dont ask what I mean by heavy load ….. lol

    • AA

      OpenSuse is not concerned with Quality what so ever. I say this as New Releases are Year, Date Dependant. If that date comes we release the next version. Like all previous version release their will be a large number of Critical and Major Bugs at time of Release.
      The QA Manager appears to have no Authority.
      QA does not get involved in bugs that take forever to resolve.
      QA accepts what ever type of closure reason is used as in the example wontfix. QA does not ask Why this cannot be fixed?
      QA does not decide on an RC is good enough to go to master
      QA does not over see the Management of Bugs nor FATE and both chase their resolution or agrees a new feature is required
      QA does not care that within 2 versions of OpenSuse we still cannot get KDE4 Network Management icons to view or Impact Yast Network Management settings.
      Every Failure and Success of a release fall on the QA Manager when the buck stops.
      Without good QA management the project has little guidance, other than a few team members talking about stuff
      The QA Manager has NO teeth and until Novell Installs a professional QA Manager nothing will change.
      Many others involved in Software Development understands what a Professional QA Does and how the guide the project.
      I would just like to know what ISO’s are used to form the basis of the Quality System??????

  9. On boot for installation have BLACK screen. In installation with optiоn “vesa” written on display “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. ???. In M5, M6 and M7 have this BIG BUG, this is mass problem!!! Nouveau driver support this videocard. Hope this bug resolved in RC vesrion.

  10. Xavier Callejas

    Writing this from openSUSE 11.3 KDE Live-CD from my Thinkpad T61, excellent!!! great job!

    When openSUSE 11.3 rich release tag, I will upgrade from 11.2.

    Thank you! Long live to openSUSE!!!

    rgds. from El Salvador

  11. I’m very excited about this new release. I’m delighted about the advancements in zypper –clean-deps. I wonder, does this work together with the RPM database? Can ‘yum’ eventually do these things, if they borrow from zypper? I’m excited about advancements in KDE 4.4.3, too. Should make plasma smoother, and desktop less choppy (intel graphics). openSUSE does often release a bit buggy. I’m afraid I’m not able to do quality and quantity bug-testing. But it usually levels out about 1 month or two after release. openSUSE was my first distro, I’ve hopped for about 1.5 years with nearly 20 distros —— openSUSE is my favourite. Great stuff!!! —greetings from Australia—

    • Olaf.Knobloch@example.com

      I tried the 11.3 LiveCD yesterday and the graphics work right from the start on my laptop with intel graphics onbaord. Thx a lot !!!! This was not the casse with 11.2.

  12. EagleScreen

    All system (KDE + kernel) frozen when powerdevil notified me the battery charge reached the warning level.

  13. Ali

    Great (pre) release! I like it and corrently using it in VirtualBox. The problem is that the panel with no reason become black. How it can be resolved?

  14. opse

    The first unsuccessful attempt to install a 90% overhang. Intel video driver not work.

  15. Kirk

    Good looking release! I had to remove Mono support for Evolution to run properly and the smbclient is giving me fits working with Windows shares but overall a solid milestone.

  16. Tony

    I was very happy with 11.2’s support for my video card (nV GeForce 6100M Go on an Asus G1Sn-B1), but it seems that whatever fix was put in place for 11.2 disappeared from 11.3. The problem is that the memory is out of range (BIOS problem, it seems) and thus the card cannot be configured (ie, no nouveau driver). Choosing vesa as the driver gives horrible graphics, but it does work. This isn’t the only distro this has happened with, but it is somewhat concerning (and perplexing), that bugs that were fixed for previous releases don’t automatically get worked into the next release.

    That being said, we’re not even at RC1 yet, so I have high hopes for 11.3 final! Oh, and can’t wait for btrfs!

  17. Tony

    Oops! I make a mistake in my previous comment:

    My video card is an GeForce 9500M GS. The nouveau driver does not work, the vesa driver won’t give me a resolution above 800×600, and I can’t compile the nVidia driver the “hard way,” because the memory seems not to be set up correctly by the BIOS (there is no BIOS update, however, and ASUS is not willing to offer one).

    As I said before, this issue was resolved in 11.2 x86_64, and I know that before that, the IOMEM issue could be fixed by editing the i386.c file (in pci somewhere in the kernel) and recompiling.

    This problem still exists for 11.3 RC1 x86_64. There is a discussion of the problem and the fix here : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=849395 and a bug report can be found here : https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/288843

    This problem concerns me, as it makes this distribution – which I would prefer to use as my daily OS – unacceptable for use. I know that Slackware 13.1 (x86_64) does not have this problem. Perhaps I will have to give up on openSUSE 11.3 because of the lack of support for my machine. I’ll give it one more try in ‘final,’but as of now, my expectations are not high… This suprises me from a distro that typically has great hardware support, especially for laptops, and even more so because this issue had been resolved previously.

    Nonetheless, thank you for providing a very nice distro, and for all of your hard work.