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openSUSE 11.3 Launch Information

July 16th, 2010 by

We had a successful openSUSE 11.3 launch yesterday. The announcement itself saw many friendly comments. Many people retweeted the announcement from @openSUSE.

Besides the announcement on news.opensuse.org, Novell released a press release and distributed it through the press channel. We’re collecting all press mentions of the launch in the openSUSE wiki.

A couple of launch parties were held and more parties are upcoming, reports from them will show up on Planet openSUSE soon.  So far I’ve seen a report about the launch in Bucharest and in Nürnberg.

After 24 hours, it’s time to write up a few numbers as well. A total of 49599 requests for ISOs were reached via our download redirector.

The distribution of the media is as follows:

  • NonOss Addon CD BiArch: 995
  • 32-bit x86:
    • Net 1955
    • DVD 17130
    • GNOME-LiveCD 3047
    • KDE4-LiveCD 4287
    • Addon-Lang 313
  • 64-bit x86-64
    • Net 1286
    • DVD 16944
    • GNOME-LiveCD 1302
    • KDE4-LiveCD 2185
    • Addon-Lang 155

I’d like to thank our mirrors and those that funded them. Just some examples: RWTH Aachen was distributing openSUSE 11.3 with peaks of 4 GBit/s using two mirrors and they set up a few extra machines to seed via bittorrent – their largest server was sponsored by Fujitsu and will soon be upgraded from 2 GBit/s to 10 GBit/s.

Novell’s IS&T team helped us to distribute using the Akamai  network. Download peaked around 17 GBit/s and data transferred the last 24 hrs was above 90 Terabytes.

Update: GWDG had three ftp servers, ftp5 was saturating its 2 GBit/s for the first 6 hours, and the other two gave about half of their 1 GBit/s.

Looking at the torrents, our tracker tells us that 10668 ISOs have been downloaded during the first 26 hours.

Thanks a lot to all that made the launch a real success!

Have a lot of fun with openSUSE 11.3!

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12 Responses to “openSUSE 11.3 Launch Information”

  1. Isaak

    Wow, I had no idea there is so much demand for the DVDs. I only seeded the liveCDs via my server. I guess I’ll also start seeding the DVDs.

    And 90TB via Akamai, that must’ve cost a lot :O

  2. Greg

    I hope there is a fix for the mount.cifs problem. The inability to automount remote file systems makes 11.3 a no starter for me.

  3. Andreas Jaeger

    Is this already a known bug? Otherwise, please file a bugreport via http://bugzilla.novell.com

  4. YES!!! my upgrade from 11.2 has arrived. thank you linux team. another excellent job!!!
    this is my favourite OS side-by-side with Debian 5 Lenny Stable. now, all i have to do is wait for squeeze to come out ^)^
    again, more POWER to you all!!!

  5. AA

    Current Bugs at time of writing lists 11.3 has 1/82/201 Being Blocker/Critical/Major in number. I have NO concept of how an RC becomes GM at this huge number.
    View Detailed Bugzilla Report from

    For up-to-date figures – Sorry about the lack of a URL

    Sometime I think I the only member/user with a social/technical concious on the planet – not planet Suse – Just the Planet!

  6. AA

    Got to Love Novells
    500 Internal Server Error

  7. kjetil ervik

    But what about the nvidia drivers! and where is kde plasma increases! Would not any better to wait for the essentials were in place! I think otherwise this distro looks very interesting, but for my part that holds the nvidia had to unfortunately give up.

    I think most of them have each a little too quick to drop their respective distros. You should wait until the most crucial is in place, such as drivers, if possible! and see again all the mirrors are in place before a final release.

    Verry good as I see it, but:
    Well, I have dvd `s but must wait until you get everything finally in place! This I believe would not be necessary with a finale.

  8. mscroggi

    if the kernel param nomodeline is set, the standard proprietary nvidia drivers install and run fine.

  9. mscroggi

    sorry that should be ‘nomodeset’

  10. Lars Müller

    This is a different issue than https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=623763 ?

    Independent of the answer please follow the advice Andreas gave in his comment.

  11. Frank Hof

    I am a newbie running 11.2 on a x86-64 based iMac using Parallels as a virtual machine handler for windoze and Linux. I have downloaded the 11.3 iso file and put it on a dvd. ? If I “open” the dvd I can see all of the files, when double-click the autotun.inf file it trys to start, but complains that the sutorun function is not found. The question is what do I have to do to start an upgrade to 11.3 instead of a new install.

  12. #1. Make sure your System is set to boot from the DVD if a bootable one is in the Drive.
    #2. Place your new openSuSE 11.3 DVD in your DVD Drive.
    #3. Re-boot your system.
    #4. You will get all the preliminary screens of info and questions. Just answer them correctly.
    #5. When you get to the screen that asks, “Install -or- Update” choose Update.
    #6. Just continue following the directions and answering any questions.
    #7. You can look at http://www.trcompu.com/Computers/LinNotes/NewSuSE-11-3.html for further info.

    Take care and have fun.