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openSUSE Announces Fifth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch

December 23rd, 2010 by

The openSUSE project released the fifth of six milestones in the development of openSUSE 11.4 some days ago. Milestone 5 (M5) brings a wide range of updates, both major and minor. As usual, you can get it here.

Major Features:

  • Kernel 2.6.37rc5-12 is the basis of M5, including the famous “200 line” per tty task groups patch to improve desktop interactivity, and featuring the almost-complete removal of the so-called ‘Big Kernel Lock’, which should improve scalability. This kernel supports new drivers, including Broadcom wireless and updated open-source graphics drivers, and a host of the usual other improvements.
  • Libzypp 8.10.2 adds improved support and fixes for metalinks, the multiple download URL specification.
  • On the desktop, the KDE Platform makes the leap to version 4.6 beta with many improvements in the UI and underlying infrastructure. This includes a complete rewrite of Kontact and is undergoing heavy testing. There is a serious chance KDE PIM 4.6 will not make it into the final openSUSE 11.4 release, testing and development is needed!
  • KOffice is updated to 2.3 RC superseding beta1, including the exciting Krita natural media painting app. Meanwhile OpenOffice.org is removed, having been succeeded by LibreOffice which is updated to
  • GNOME 2.32.1 is now available as the 2.32.2 is the final version planned for openSUSE 11.4, which is notable for being the last stable release before GNOME 3 in March.
  • GNUCash 2.4 RC comes with a new complete dress-up.
  • Pidgin updates fixes several MSN and ICQ issues.
  • In the Virtualization area, available now are kernel-xen 2.5.37 features and kernel-ec2 2.6.37 with improvements for cloud sync services and Virtual Box 4 Beta including USB devices support and more than 2GB RAM support on 32 bit guest, Intel HD Audio, asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels image support.
  • systemd 15 provides aggressive parallelization capabilities to start multiple daemons at the same time with dependencies which offers improvements to the boot times on some systems. More testing (and porting of init scripts) is still needed for systemd, which will most likely make it into 11.4 as experimental and optional feature.

Get it!

A list of most annoying bugs is being compiled; please check it before installing. We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences! Automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been very active to ensure that your download of  M5 will be at least minimally functional, thanks for that! now go and download it!

The next milestone is scheduled for Thursday, Jan 20 2011, and will be the openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 6 release. The final openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.

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13 Responses to “openSUSE Announces Fifth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch”

  1. jospoortvliet

    And in the hecktic of getting this out, I managed to forget the king who wrote the announcement this time: : Ricardo Chung!! Thanks dude! Nobody had time to finish it, and he stepped in. Great work!

  2. pistazienfresser

    Maybe this announcements/descriptions of the Milestones could be added from the different authors to the wiki, too?
    1. The technical terms could be linked – both for defining and for further reading.
    2. It may be easier to make a description of all the developments/improvements in openSUSE 11.4 in the future.

  3. Did a fresh install and the one thing i was looking forward to play with in this release is not working, gnome-shell.

  4. i sincerely hope that KDE 6.6 PIM gets all the testing it needs, as it would be a crying shame to regress to an older model, and opensuse 11.4 is showing so much promise as arriving as a cutting edge release.

  5. Is the ugly font-rendering of Suse 11.x now finally solved with freetypes bytecode patents issue being over in ver 2.4 or is opensuse still mad for “patent infringments” ?

    i love suse for tech, but its a horror to my eyes when I sit all day before horribly looking fonts. I use ubuntu for that matter now. Just compare a default fresh install of gnome in suse and in ubuntu and you see what i mean.

  6. for enterprise business i like SLES and SLED. for small business i love openSUSE

    I will be try openSUSE 11.4 in the future as soon.


  7. Adi

    Wonderful release, using it already as main desktop (KDE 64bit) and I found a problem: won’t connect to an sftp server. I remember this problem was also present in KDE 4.5 and it got fixed through an update. Anybody got an idea if this can be fixed manually until the next update?

  8. XITIX

    I have tested the openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0957-i686.iso on a s10-3t netbook and on a HP Compaq d530 Ultra-slim Desktop Desktop PC with a Horizon 2206SW 22inch/5ms Monitor.
    Not even the desktop monitor where unrecognized (was replaced found as a wrong choice), but more trouble on laptop. No Broadcom wifi, no touchpad buttons… very bad. O fourse, you may try to say that i686 is not for N450 (386) processor, but the lack of other support and the miserable windows refresh is not because Intel.
    As a prime conclusin, this is the worst Suse distro I’ve tested.. faraway from Ubuntu 11.04 alpha. If openSUSE think to grow again, please take a look on Ubuntu. With their distro, almost everything seems work…

    • boo

      Guys, did you understand that it’s Linux, not Windows? I’m sick and tired reading stupid comparing Linux distro. In Linux word it’s just individual preference and fulfilling your needs!
      Ubuntu working much and much worse(freezes, errors, not detecting scanners, printer, slower Internet connection and more,more) that Suse 11.3 on my desktop. On laptop Ubuntu works fine, but I would never recommend Ubuntu, because I don’t like it. I prefer Gentoo on my laptop.So, what better? Noting! It’s my preference, that’s all.With Gentoo I install exactly what I need, and set it up exactly as I need.And whom I must blame if I wanna be super guy and using bleeding edge packages?
      Until companies do not stops stupid racings, do not expect good, stable version of any distro. Period!

      • Euber Alexdre

        Seem almost everything running fine on my Dell, and I think HP-Compaq & Horizon suck that will be fine, if their doees not have support from Linux Drivers…lol

        Die Shit Branchs(Compaq-likes), Buy an Dell, Sony or Hp, throw this shit away!!

    • Abhishekam

      Dude, you are using an OS that isn’t even BETA yet. Are you completely dunce? The i686 is perfectly fine for your N450, I have an HP Mini with that same chipset. You will need to install the broadcom_wl driver to get wifi working. GO into terminal and type “uname -a” It will say default or desktop, so be sure to install the broadcom_wl package that also names same as your Kernel. You get that from the Packman repos. Either use ethernet or DL to removable media. Your miserably screen refresh rate is most likely because you are using Nouveau drivers, find out what your graphics card is and find the appropriate vendor supplied driver for it.

  9. nehemiah jacob

    Well, Today I downloaded the stable release openSuse 11.4,

    To say this would be the WORST linux I ever experienced. So MANY errors to list in this place. I felt sick !!!

    For ex it says one of the Gnome images has been hacked by an external party “Do you still want to install?” That was funny and shocking !!! Shame on Novel