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openSUSE 11.3 is here!

July 15th, 2010 by

11.3 is here

openSUSE 11.3 is here!

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of openSUSE, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 11.3 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird.

Among these many new features, openSUSE also provides support for netbooks and the Btrfs file system support. Users can expect to see improved hardware support with the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and updated graphics drivers. And support for the next generation of interactive computing for touchscreens like the HP TouchSmart.

openSUSE continues its tradition of delivering the popular KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and now also provides the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. With GNOME, you can use the latest 2.30.1 version or take your installation for a drive with a preview of the upcoming GNOME 3.0. Or choose KDE SC 4.4.4 for the latest updates. They all feature the polish and integration that the openSUSE distro has been known for.

Click the desktop screenshots for a full view or see the complete collection of screenshots here.

GNOME Shell in GNOME 3.0

GNOME Shell in GNOME 3.0

Plasma Desktop on KDE SC 4.4.4

Plasma Desktop on KDE SC 4.4.4

For servers and development platforms, administrators can take full advantage of the new MariaDB and MySQL Cluster services as well as Conntrack to filter network packets for iptables. Developers will appreciate the plethora of tools available at their fingertips with GCC, GDB and Mono and IDEs such as Netbeans, Qt-Creator and many others. This is all on top of the countless libraries available through the openSUSE Build Service (OBS).

Visit our Product Highlights page for a detailed list of new features.

The next release will be openSUSE 11.4 in March, 2011. Thank you, and have a lot of fun!

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111 Responses to “openSUSE 11.3 is here!”

  1. That’s great :)
    Thank you !

  2. str

    Thank you for this release!!!

  3. Bertoldo Fonseca

    I cant wait until I get home in the evening to install it.
    Great job guys.

  4. Haldrin Figueiredo

    Thanks for the very nice distro and very hard work ! I can’t wait for use it.

  5. Thanks. It’s a really great distro

  6. dhruva

    many thanks guys! Great release!

  7. Felipe A Rodrigues

    Thanks for the very nice distro and very hard work ! I can’t wait for use it.[2]

  8. dhruva

    I hope you’ll make available very soon repos for this release including nvidia

  9. Brad55

    Thanks for the great distro and i have been like a kid waiting to go to the candy store waiting for this release.

  10. nils


  11. Спасибо! Линукс – большая альтернатива Windows

  12. Heh, domainhacked the torrent path and been one of the first to get it :P
    Can’t wait to install! Thank You Guys for the Good Hard Work involved!!!

  13. Dich

    Great job, nice selection of new features, congratulations!
    A bit sad the documentation didn’t meet the release deadline, hence putting the question here: How does one upgrade a system running 11.2 to 11.3 SMOOTHLY (I guess this was one of the hot features foreseen for 11.3)

  14. Arun

    Thanks guys….
    i have been waiting for this…

  15. MatthewEhle

    I don’t know if this is the new official way, but here is what I did, and it worked like a charm.

    Update all your repo information by replacing all 11.2 with 11.3
    Run zypper dup and accept the license
    Enjoy a nice meal while you wait ;)

  16. MatthewEhle

    This was by far the smoothest distro upgrade I have ever done. The quality level of openSUSE has really gone up in the last couple of years, and the switch to 11.3 really hit it home to me. Great work guys!

  17. Anonymous


  18. Finally! Said 1 day until release 2 days ago! I’ve been watching the clock count down!

    Dissappointed to see KDE as the default desktop now, but I think I’ll live, since the option is given at installation for GNOME or XFCE (would be nice to see even more DEs on the DVD, or an option to install no DE and just X.org and use it as a CLI distro)

    Hope Yum is still good for LPIC-1 :-)

  19. Sammy

    Downloading now. I am hoping the multi-media support is better then in the past. The last version also stopepd running after I installed software from the repos. Looking forward to running this new version. I’ve been trying OpenSUSE since 10.1.

  20. Tushar

    nice one !!!

  21. Bobby

    Big thanks to the openSuse team for it’s hard work and dedication. I am in the process of downloading 11.3 x 2. The 32 bit version for my brother and the 64 bit for me. i will share my experience with you all after the installation :)

  22. stasik

    thaks suse team. have been waiting for long for this release. downloading right now. hope 64 bit have a better integration than the past versions, which pushed me to 32 bit.
    did they mention NetBooks???)))
    Thanks again!

  23. memo

    thanks it’s the best choose for my laptop and I love it.

  24. ashkan

    cangratulations to all open minds

  25. nachiket

    Thanks for such a great distro!

  26. The Thing

    Thank you. I’m doing the upgrade right now ;-)

  27. Hoooooorales super perron, yo uso Gnome ya estoy bajando la vercion de 64 bits para ver que tal funciona en mi lap hehehehe domo arigato gosaimasu ^_^ ajuuuua

  28. Thanks! You guys rock… I can’t wait to install it… Really.. I mean it thanks for all the effort you put into this distribution.

  29. A big tanks, the new release is awesome!

  30. Simply Stellar SUSE!

  31. stole

    Long live openSUSE.

  32. Jerry

    Great, this is the best Suse since 9.3

  33. Thanks for releasing such a great distro! I’m currently an ubuntu guy myself but after reading all these positive comments I’m just gonna have to download openSUSE and give it a go once again and see if it’ll make my mind this time. Cheers!

  34. Templare

    The image of lizard present opensuse 11.3 is cooooooool!!!! Really cooooool!!! Like the distro! :D

    Nice one opensuse!

  35. Yay, more OpenSuse to enjoy :).

  36. Xavier

    KDE is one of the more important things that make openSUSE the best distro. It is the more powerful and beautiful desktop env. for Linux, it should be the default desktop.


  37. Eliasse Diaite

    I used to say in this space and I am gonna repeat it: openSUSE is unbreakable. Thanks a lot to the development team and all of you guys who contributed to make our beloved openSUSE the best Linux Distribution.

    Have a lot of fun ….

  38. scotty55

    Thank you for your hard work and this fine edition from an SUSE oldtimer, who made his first steps with SUSE-4.2. I am using 11.3 since rc2, and except for some trouble with nouveau and VMware it worked out of the box. The nouveau problem is solved, but VMware still waits for a fix, as I can’t compile the kernel modules because of “missing kernel sources” which are present and working when I compiled the kernel itself. So I have to stick to 11.1 for a while, because I moved all DOS and Windows stuff into virtual machines ;-).

  39. AlbertoP

    It would have been a good release, but the live CD leads to a dirty installation (vbox tools, vmware tools, ncsd error at boot). Additionally nvidia and ati drivers are not available as pre-packaged RPM’s, something in clear contradiction with the goal of being a usable and friendly distribution.

  40. 我是一名来自中国的程序员,我看着自己喜欢的openSUSE发布时间一天一天减少,特别激动。特别是 还有一个小时时候,非常感谢openSUSE 给我们带来这么好的Linux 发行版

  41. Zhang Jie

    [b]Oh…thank you from China…Cause I am new to Linux, I am using Ubuntu now, I will try openSUSE when I get better in Linux. Thanks for offering us such a nice system!:)[/b]

  42. I don`t think Ubuntu is suit for programmer,openSUSE is much better!!

  43. Deanjo

    “The next release will be openSUSE 11.4 in March, 2011. Thank you, and have a lot of fun!”

    What happened to:

    November 2009: “Fichte” 11.2
    July 2010: “Rousseau” 11.3
    March 2011: “Voltaire” 12.0
    November 2011: “Lessing” 12.1

  44. Kanwar

    11.3 is great but i am having one issue with the installer (in fact, this issue has existed since 11.0, i think): after the first pass of the installer when it reboots the machine, my laptop does not boot until i pull its battery out for a few seconds, plug it back in and restart the laptop. This has happened consistently on 3 of my laptops and *only* with openSUSE.

    What change, if any, does the installer make to the MBR to cause this? All 3 laptops are from HP so it could be a BIOS issue. However, i have tried many other Linux distributions and none of them cause a similar issue.


  45. Hamed

    Thanks for your great work from Persia, openSUSE’s still got it.

  46. Michal Palma

    I never used ubuntu, why exactly is Opensuse better for programmers?

  47. Netscapist

    Oh yes, it is the first unfriendly release of oS. The default driver for my nVIDIA graphics card works terrible – no 3D support, no compositing support and so on.

    P.S. But my Canon CanoScan 8800F works for me at last! Thanks to oS Team!

  48. I use SuSE since ten years now. openSUSE 11.3 is the best! Thanks for all the innovations.

  49. dil bert

    I use SuSE since 5 years now. openSUSE 11.3 is the best! Thanks for all the innovations.


  50. Netscapist

    The words below are for your and my satisfaction.

    ”openSUSE-11.3 nVidia users (for the “Easy Way”, “Repository Way”, and “Hard Way” proprietary driver methods, should pay attention to the openSUSE-11.3 release notes to add nomodeset to the kernel boot command line prior to installing the proprietary nVidia driver. To set this permanently, add it to the kernel command line in /boot/grub/menu.lst.

    In cases when there is still a problem set the NO_KMS_IN_INITRD sysconfig variable to yes via yast > System > /etc/sysconfig Editor > System > Kernel > NO_KMS_IN_INITRD. Reboot your machine and proceed with the proprietary driver install instructions for your chosen method.

    The 1-click install repository links for the “Easy Way” and “Repository Way” will be populated after the mid-July-2010 release of openSUSE-11.3”.