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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. mi

    Em, I don’t why you say there is no 3D support with the nouveau driver, but glxgears works excellent in a freshly installed opensuse 11.3. However, I admit, I haven’t managed to start the composite effects of kwin

  2. obiwan

    I installed it yesterday. It has been smooth sailing so far. Thanks!

    Hint for laptop users with ATI Radeon GPUs:
    1. install a 2.6.35.rc kernel from the repositories.
    2. echo “low” > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_profile (do this as root)
    3. enjoy basic power management from the radeon driver for your GPU! :)

  3. linuxgroupy

    Have been using suse+kde since opensuse 10.0. Congrats for the hard work of keeping up this
    elegant distro!
    Do bring back some of the functionality of Konqueror. Dolphin still not quite there.

  4. dhruva

    for nvidia drivers:


  5. angelbert parungo

    I installed 11.2 before on my hp dv7-3065dx and almost burn my video card ati radeon hd 3200 and then it burn my surge protector. I want to install 11.3 on the same machine with dual boot windows 7 and I want to know If i will encounter the same problem or a good result from 11.3 I love suse my favorite linux os. please send me a response on my email address. I check hcl or hardware compatibility list 11.1 support my video card ati radeo hd 3200, please let me know if there are improvement with this issue on 11.3. more power to suse, thank you.

  6. Installed it today.
    Works smothly…:)

  7. Bonzo

    I don’t know but I’m not so happy with this release. There is an nscd error, I get graphic relics sometimes, the whole system is significant slower than 11.2 (11.3 new installed). Java Software is very slow. Maybe an openJDK issue? kwallet opens sessions 4 and 5 times instead 1 time on the start (with amarok 4 times?!?!). I didn’t test everything yet but every time i test something new I get some issues. I thought because of the longer release-cycle the distribution would be more stable, but unfortunately it seems the developers got out of time to check some important issues (ncsd again). That’s the first release since I use Suse (5.x) that I’m unconvinced of.

  8. Netscapist

    Thank you dhruva! It works!

  9. xarcass

    Doesn’t work with my radeon 4870. it freezes without “nomodeset” at boot time. it boots only without KMS support, but then it turns off all accelerations – very wise! i believe, if you can’t turn on acceleration, then there’s no driver at all: what it for then? i’m opensuse user for about 5 years, and i’m very disappointed. i’m just sitting without working environment now, because that bloody fglrx doesn’t install at all.

  10. obiwan

    You may want to try this to get Catalyst 10.6 (most recent fglrx) installed on OS 11.3:

    ATI haven’t updated their drivers yet to support OS 11.3.

  11. obiwan

    @angelbert parungo:

    You need to install GPU power management support for Radeon cards. You have basically two choices:

    a) either install fglrx (proprietary ATI Radeon driver)
    b) or update your kernel to 2.6.35.rc (includes power management for the open source radeon driver coming with OS 11.3)

    See my other posts on this page.

  12. That’s awesome. Can’t hardly wait to try this at my acer 4740G.

  13. Eng Cheng

    This is a great distribution release! this makes me even more proud to let everyone know i’m a Novell partner!

    Keep up the great work!

  14. Bobby

    I did all that and ended up getting only the console on boot. Not even the safe mode is helping me to get a gui and the nvidia installation keeps giving me an nvidia.ko error.

  15. Great release. Keep up the great work!!

  16. coorbes

    you need to go ->Yast->/etc/sysconfig Editor
    do a search for KMS
    go to
    chanche the setting of NO_KMS_IN_INITRD to yes
    say OK
    restart with init 3 option
    and make a normal install of the driver as usual..
    worked for me..

  17. lightningblue

    Grear Realease. Works fine on my HP6715s Notebook. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

  18. brian mckenzie

    just installed new 11.3 64bit – i am the only one having problems with shutting down computer ?
    only the HIBERNATE tab on main applications launcher menu shuts down computer – why ?

    previous install of 11.2 64bit successfully deleted and replaced with new 11.3 – new installation seemed to progress ok and completed successfully –
    using 2 x 500gb RAID mirror setup drives – internet download of software from sue.org during install was also fine as far as i can tell –

    why is it not possible to shut down computer using regular red OFF button on main menu or using icon on bottom of screen taskbar /
    RESTART tab on main menu doesn’t work either – why ?

  19. dhruva

    I have 64 bit version of OpenSUSE 11.3 and it works shutting down. Probably it is your own problem…

  20. Dich

    kuickshow missing in 11.3 in all repos :( It’s there for 11.2, it’s there for factory….

  21. Vladislav

    Thank for release!!!!!!

  22. Jorge

    Congratulations for the new release! However, the NVIDIA drivers are missed….

  23. abdelkader

    انها توزيعتي المفظلة على الاطلاق مبروك عليك يا سوس و كل سنة و أنت بألف خير يــا سوس , أحـــبـك

  24. mjt

    Why don’t y’all just add the NVIDIA repo that’s in the Community section?

  25. Kunle

    I just upgraded from opensuse 11.2 to 11.3 and I’m using the KDE desktop environment. Everything work well except the fonts looks thin compared to the fonts I had in 11.2.This really strains my eyes. Can some one tell me all to solve this problem. I’m using an MSI laptop with an intel chip set.

  26. Rohan Mendon

    Thanks for a good release. I installed on my Dell inspiron 15R with no problems.

  27. FRLight

    you did it guys. upgrade from 11.2 to 11.3 was flawless. Even issues I got had with VirtualBox 3.26 on 11.2, are gone with 11.3 Upgrade. It runs smoother, faster and cleaner then before.

    you guys really did it. Good Going OpenSUSE Team!! And to All who helped make this possible!!

  28. Netscapist

    Thank you so much for nVIDIA repository! Now I feel better.

  29. andrei

    I’m a KDE user and used Suse for more than 5 (five) years now. Anyway, I’m disappointed by this very poor release and seriously think on moving to Kubuntu or Fedora KDE spin.

    OpenSUSE 11.3 it’s a very poor release because:
    1. After installing the 11.3 GM 64 bit DVD, the release notes that were automatically downloaded were about the Factory version :)
    2. After installation, the system keeps on freezing (I thing it’s a KMS related problem). Insufficent testing for a mainstream distro like openSUSE.
    3. The whole installation system is antique and less shiny compared to the one in Kubuntu. It should auto detetct and use the display’s native resolution, bu it doesn’t.
    4. And not to forget that whole green theme. It is a bad joke and appropriate only for a Factory version.
    5. When you type in a console “yast2 runle” and press the TAB it doesn’t autocomplete anymore (like in 11.2). This is just one example (the same applies to disk module, lan module, sw_single module, etc)
    6. It doesn’t provide a live DVD from within you can start the installation.

    I used to love openSUSE. Now I think that the SUSE coordinators should catch up with the times and take a look at a modern linux distro like Kubuntu, especially for the mentioned points (1,2,3,4 and 6).

  30. dhruva

    are u stupid?

  31. Eamonn Kenny

    Just to make it clearer for people who are not experts:

    $ su –
    # sed -i “s#11.2#11.3#g” /etc/zypp/repos.d/*.repo
    # zypper dup

    1. log in as root
    2. replace every occurrence of 11.2 with 11.3 in the zypper repos
    3. perform a zypper distribution upgrade

  32. Anonymous

    sed -i “s#11.2#11.3#g” /etc/zypp/repos.d/*.repo

  33. Anonymous

    This may not always work, because “packman” != “Packman” :


    @ current date

  34. Eamonn Kenny

    Not sure you can call it antique. The problem I’ve found in most cases is that the correct NVIDIA drivers have never been updated correctly for openSUSE 11.x, so you don’t have CompizConfig or Desktop Effects working correctly out of the box making the system look really crap. If you manage to find the working NVIDIA drivers it will then work really well. However, any upgrade requires logging in as root to in single user mode or non-graphics mode to rebuild the drivers. So using twin TFT screens of different sizes in particular, is quite problematic. Amarok, banshee, mplayer, I’ve also had problems with constantly. Then this seems to be a common problem because of x86_64 OS installations having conflicts with firefox. Other than that, I’ve found that you have just as many repositories to choose from as Ubuntu and Debian (Lenny). I’m having the same old problem however with gnome-screensaver that I had with openSUSE 9.3 (i386) where you get lockup. Somethings don’t change! :)

  35. Greg

    Looks pretty good from what I’ve seen.

    Just one question, any idea of when or if xrdp/nomad will be available for 11.3 (64bit)?

  36. Eamonn Kenny

    okay I take it all back from my comment at 13:24:31 today. Amarok now working fine out of the box with 11.3 whereas never worked with 11.2 or 11.1. Nvidia-setting not required any more. Just remove /etc/X11/xorg.conf and remove many . files from home directory, otherwise screens turn upside down and its really difficult to fix. Might be .nautilus that is required to be removed and .gconf and anything else that doesn’t look like its needed. Then reboot and perfectly working system. Just as good as Ubuntu now, at last! I won’t be moving away from openSUSE 11 now if this is whats available for the future. Two screen option works for me with 1280×960 and 1680×1050 screens side by side which never worked before.

  37. JP

    I got a first shok from 11.3 – there is no rp-pppoe-xxx.rpm in this distro. You did not find a place for 386 KB. Why?
    I can’t get an access to internet after installation and so I can’t download this software for an access to internet.

  38. توزيعة رائعـــــــــة

  39. john Middlebrook

    Installed 11.2 at time of release. Was a little worried about warning of only 564KB RAM. Two PC’s in use, a Compaq and am HP, both 32 bit. Am wondering if support will continue as I see so much of 64 bit applications.Can I safely install 11.3? My financial resources allow me only refurbs and I expect these to carry on until death do us part. Can I upgrade without having to write my files to CDROM?

  40. John Middlebrook

    Comment on my own entry. Where the 564 came from I do not know! Please deduct 52.

  41. Zhang Xingtao

    Thank you all!
    And how can I upgrade my 11.2 to 11.3 online,not install from DVD again.

  42. Zhang Xingtao

    I upraded via zypper dup last night,It shown about 3.7G to be download. This morning , I found that it has some files cann’t installed. I tried zypper dup for more times,still not. Then I reboot ,The things,which I don’t want to see,happened, it cann’t start . 555…

    I cann’t but to download a DVD iso now. -.-

  43. charly

    Full ACK. Missing Kuickshow very hardly too. None of all the other Pic-viewers has such a good workflow like Kuckshow.

  44. that is something great I have ever used. all I am not satisfied of is its look, as I think light weight OS is always faster for slow computers too,
    I am trying to use it with gnome or kde3 lets see if it works, By the way great work, Its almost my favorite OS,

  45. John

    It’s the worst suse distribution so far. I have been using suse since 1999 and this is untesteted code.

  46. KenP

    Just upgraded to KDE SC 4.5 a few minutes ago on 11.3. There is one bug persistent since Beta1 of 4.5: if the desktop effects are on and you change any theme/style configuration, kwin hangs. I have to switch to a vt and restart kwin as “kwin –replace &”. Also, the machine freezes ad-hoc … sometimes just on a mouse click somewhere.

    My laptop is an HP 6530b with an intel graphics chip.

    For the record, I have Kubuntu and Fedora+KDE 4.5 on the same machine. Neither of them seem to have this “bug”.

    Has this been reported already? Right now, I am working with desktop effects off under openSUSE as both the above issues crop up when effects are on.

  47. Binoy

    Very bad release. Really disappointed.
    >> Issues in using wireless network. Very unreliable software.
    >> My Laptop hanged few times. Was able to move only mouse pointer. Everything else inactive. Very sad about that.

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  49. carlo

    I have a hp pavilion dv 8028ea. AMD processor ML-32 + broadcom bcm 4312. NETWORK MANAGER don’t go! I see that in hardware section you have the possibility of choice of network manager wicd or fake network but WICD that (function in my laptop) can’t be used! The icon is showed with a “?”. The idea can be select the network manager or wicd when start the machine in first screen…. PLEASE OPENSUSE make me use out of the ox my laptop! Please! good work guys.

  50. Luis Garza

    Hi, I’ve download openSuse 11.3 and install in my Compaq CQ41-226LA everything is fine during the installation, but when reestart to the first use and try to load the drivers my computer restart automatically and again and again, which could be the problem.