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openSUSE 11.4 – A New Hallmark For The openSUSE Project

March 10th, 2011 by

Dear openSUSE Community. Users. Contributors. Fans and friends. The time has come: openSUSE 11.4 has arrived!. After 8 months of hard work, you can learn what is new, download it and upgrade!

We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the openSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 release brings significant improvements along with the latest in Free Software applications. Combined with the appearance of new tools, projects and services around the release, 11.4 marks a showcase of growth and vitality for the openSUSE Project! Read on for more details about this release…

Get 11.4

Base System

openSUSE always concentrates on a stable foundation that is usable for different workloads. The base system of 11.4 brings better scalability and performance, an enhanced boot processes and significantly faster repository refresh, package install and update.

11.4 is based around Kernel 2.6.37 which improves the scalability of virtual memory management and separation of tasks executed by terminal users, leading to better scalability and performance and less interference between tasks. The new kernel also brings better hardware support, with open Broadcom Wireless drivers, improved Wacom support and many other new or updated drivers. It also supports the improvements to graphic drivers in the latest Xorg and Mesa shipped, so users will enjoy better 2D and 3D acceleration.

New tools for an enhanced boot process. The latest gfxboot 4.3.5 supports VirtualBox and qemu-kvm while Vixie Cron has been replaced with Cronie 1.4.6 supporting the PAM and the SELinux security frameworks. The more experimental software options include GRUB2 and systemd.

The ZYpp package management introduces a MultiCurl backend, support for zsync transfers, and Metalink download support. With simultaneous downloads from multiple servers, and fetching of only changed parts of files, the result is a significantly faster repository refresh, package install and update. The new backend gives better support for network proxies and allows for HTTP BASIC password-protected repositories. On the desktop, KPackageKit replaces the KDE applet and both KDE and GNOME applets now default to installing all package updates, not just patches.

Desktops and Applications

openSUSE is committed to flexibility and choice, providing all major desktops and a full range of applications, well integrated and supported. The desktops and applications of 11.4 take the next step with a revamped user experience, all the popular up to date Free Software applications and consistent functionality even in lighter desktops.

The KDE Plasma Desktop 4.6 introduces script-ability to window manager KWin and easier Activity management as well as improvements to network and bluetooth handling. Stable GNOME 2.32 improves usability and accessibility. 11.4 also has GNOME Shell, part of the upcoming GNOME3, available for testing. This brings a fully revamped user experience with a visual and intuitive way of launching and switching between applications, making heavy use of 3D acceleration, window tiling, integrating notifications and messaging in the shell. Xfce 4.8 now makes use of the GIO VFS implementation for better remote file system browsing as well as udev, ConsoleKit and PolicyKit. The lighter weight LXDE 0.5 hasn’t seen any major changes with this release but continues to enhance stability and usability with a series of bugfixes, improved file association and theming.

Firefox 4.0, first to ship in 11.4, introduces a major redesign of  the user interface with tabs moved to the top of the toolbar, support for pinning of tabs and more. Firefox Sync synchronizes bookmarks, history, passwords and tabs between all your installations. Firefox 4 also supports newer web standards like HTML5, WebM and CSS3. 11.4 includes even more of the popular up to date Free Software applications as it’s the first major distribution to ship LibreOffice 3.3.1. Delivering it’s cleaner, faster code base and features like import and edit SVG files in Draw, support for up to 1 million rows in Calc and easier slide layout handling in Impress. 11.4 also débuts the result of almost 4 years of work with the Scribus 1.4 release based on Qt 4 and Cairo technology. Improved text rendering, undo-redo, image/color management and vector file import are highlights of this release.

openSUSE offers deep integration of all these technologies. By carefully creating ‘patterns’ of software, openSUSE ensures consistent functionality even in lighter desktops like XFCE and LXDE. Keyboard shortcuts are set, menu layouts tweaked, user-friendly file associations chosen and branding and theming integrated. 11.4 furthermore improves on the LibreOffice and Firefox integration in KDE Plasma, using native file dialogs, oxygen styling (also for GTK applications) and respecting the user’s mail client and browser choices.

Professional tools for administrators and developers

openSUSE aims to be the perfect power tool for system administrators to keep their network safe and their systems under control. And as developing and maintaining free software is the bread and butter task of the openSUSE Project the distribution naturally brings everything a software developer needs. 11.4 ships the latest virtualization and web server stacks and all the major development languages, platforms and associated IDEs.

11.4 brings the latest virtualization stack with Xen 4.0.2 introducing memory overcommit and a VMware Workstation/player driver, VirtualBox 4.0.4 supporting VMDK, VHD, and Parallels images, as well as resizing for VHD and VDI and KVM 0.14 with support for the QEMU Enhanced Disk format and the SPICE protocol. As guest, 11.4 includes open-vm-tools and virtualbox-guest-tools, and seamlessly integrates clipboard sharing, screen resizing and un-trapping your mouse.

openSUSE ships with the latest web server stack featuring Apache 2.2.17, lighttpd 1.4.26 and ngninx 0.8.54. As well as the main databases like version 9.0.3 of PostgreSQL, a release that brings major features like easy-to-use replication, a mass permission-changing facility, and anonymous code blocks. And MySQL 5.1.53 (community edition), and its fork MariaDB 5.1 that offers a drop-in replacement with better performance and some extra features are complemented while SQLite features a new transaction control mechanism using a write-ahead log.

openSUSE 11.4 comes with all the major development languages, platforms and associated IDEs. Qt 4.7.1 and QtCreator 2.1 bring a better and faster WebKit and support for the QML Declarative language, also supported in the KDE Development Platform 4.6 which in turn introduces a ‘Mobile Build Target’ for a thinner version of its libraries. The GNOME 2.32 platform brings Vala and Python support to Anjuta and Glib 2.26 supports Gsettings. 11.4 ships with GTK+ 3 bringing improved device input handling, fully Cairo based drawing (with multiple backends) and much easier theming to developers who want to develop for the upcoming GNOME 3 release. For developers who are interested in working on LibreOffice, openSUSE offers the unique advantage of using a ‘split build’, making it easy to get involved.

Around 11.4

Additionally to the distribution the openSUSE project also provides a variety of tools, projects and services to its fellow Free and Open Source community members and its users. Supporting 11.4 are Tumbleweed, a rolling release repository, the Build Service to easily create and release open source software and 11.4 inside susestudio for you to experiment with.

For this release we are particularly pleased to introduce Tumbleweed, a rolling release repository containing the latest stable versions of projects instead of relying on a rigid, periodic release cycle. The project does this for users that want the newest, but stable software. Additionally the popular third-party package provider Packman has reorganized and optimized its repositories for the openSUSE 11.4 release. The Packman team, which provides a large number of new and updated packages for openSUSE, simultaneously introduces support for Tumbleweed.

The Free and Open Source software developers are greatly aided in the distribution of their software by the innovative technologies developed or initiated by the openSUSE Project. Like the newly released Build Service 2.1.6 which provides the infrastructure to easily create and release open source software for openSUSE, Fedora, Debian and many other Linux distributions and projects like Bretzn or Appstream which support developers in building and distributing their applications and users in getting it.

We are also happy to also announce that Novell’s SUSE Studio, building upon openSUSE technology like KIWI, offers 11.4 as a base to build appliances upon from its convenient webinterface. We invite anyone to visit susestudio.com to experiment with 11.4, to create custom versions as Live CD, USB or VM images and to share them on susegallery.com!

Get 11.4 now

openSUSE is now available for immediate download. You can also purchase a retail box with 11.4 that includes 90-day installation support, physical media, and a printed Getting Started guide. Read more about what is new in openSUSE 11.4 in our Product Highlights!


openSUSE 11.4 represents the combined effort of thousands of developers who participate in openSUSE and projects shipped in openSUSE. The contributors, inside and outside the openSUSE Project, should be proud of this release, and they deserve a major “thank you” for all of the hard work and care that have gone into 11.4. We hope that 11.4 is the best openSUSE release yet, and that it will help to encourage the use of Linux everywhere! We hope that you all have a lot of fun while you use 11.4, and we look forward to working with you on the next release!

About the openSUSE Project

The openSUSE Project is a worldwide community that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. It creates one of the world’s best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. The project is controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise, speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds.

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139 Responses to “openSUSE 11.4 – A New Hallmark For The openSUSE Project”

  1. Van

    Some months ago, i tired of waiting for opensuse to perform properly, decided to try ubuntu/kubuntu and since then i have been enchanted by teh simplicity and lack of problems.

    Still, i like suse but will only try cd versions from time to time until it becomes stable enough.

    • ra

      Maybe your media was bad or your hardware has some special tricks. I have installed and tested openSUSE 11.4 over 100 computers now with no important issues disregards the desktop preferences. At early release I found small issues already fixed with the updates. And about stability is a rock despite the new open video drivers for NVIDIA and ATI adapters. You should check again your media or settings or looking for help at forums and irc channels.

      • Bob

        Thanks for your feedback. It might be interesting to know the following:

        – Gnome, KDE or both?
        – Mostly identical hardware?

        Thanks in advance if you can spare the time to answer those questions.

    • Keith

      Van, I think ra’s consideration of your media is a good one.

      I’ve been using SUSE since before Novell became involved with it and in my experience it has always been superior to all other distros.

      I have not had a stability problem with SUSE ffor many, many years.

  2. Contrats on the release!
    Keep up the good work.

    I’m using it in production since M3, around RC1, the only two bugs i had/found where corrected.

    @steve and @beavis, be more specific when you just drop a statement like “it’s buggy”….what does “buggy” mean to you?

  3. Aaron

    I’ve never actually used Suse before and am very, very impressed with the Gnome Live CD. I’m installing over the top of my Arch install as we speak. The installer hiccuped a little at the partitioning screen but a rescan seemed to fix it. Congrats on an excellent release guys!

    • I’m loving my openSUSE Celadon! Congrats on the release. I’ve been an on and off openSUSE user but after using 11.2 – 11.3 and now 11.4…I think now I’m staying for good… Looking out now for stuff I can contribute on this distro..

    • Aaron

      Rebooted into the new install, everything is functioning beautifully! It’s especially nice having compiz installed and configured without me having to do anything =)

    • Stephen Green

      Hiccup you say.? Whoa. Thats an understatement. I tried 11.4 the first day it was released, don’t know if I had a bad server (thru Distrowatch) or what.. It was a total failure. I too am an old SUSE fan from way back ( 8.6) and can’t beleaive.
      The installer would just quit, no amount of messing around with this or that. It flat out refused to install. Period. I am extremely disappointed..

  4. Bob

    Last time when I dared to mention some 11.3 bugs I was told to shut up because I failed to use the “keep up the good work” phrase. Now it seems that I am getting some support from other folks because 11.4 is even worse. It is probably time to dump my somewhat old but still working oSuse 11.2 and try something else. Before I go: no way to get WLAN working, logging out is sufficient to lose all screen settings, etc. Probably at least 50% KDE related. If I remember correctly 3.5.7 was their last useful version …

    • To all those who are having problems, please do come into #suse on freenode e-mail opensuse@opensuse.org for join the forums, for wifi issues did you install kernel-firmware? what wifi cards are you using, desktop issues on kde what video card are you using? its all well saying it doesn’t work, because from personal expereince it does howver some hardware can be fussy. Please post a support query and we will be happy to help – as for KDE4 it works well and I don’t have any problems with it.

      • Bob

        Thanks for your reply. After a bit of research it turns out that KDE’s network manager for some reason is unable to connect to a WLAN with hidden ESSID. KDE bug reports were filed long time ago – but nothing happens. Several solutions to this problem seem to exist but it would be convenient if KDE manages to catch up with Gnome and Windows in this respect.

  5. Mozzie

    Just installed it after trying Mandriva 2010.2 and Fedora 14.
    Mandriva is best so far but seems to be in all sorts of financial or management trouble.
    With open SUSE there are screen problems (flashing is the only way I can secribe it + slow and unreliable loading of programs via screen click) that I haven’t been able to easily fix. As the screen is not working properly, that carries its own frustrations.
    Getting ndiswrapper working for my netgear WG311v3 (libertas chip) has been no fun either (Mandriva does this well, Fedora only by recompile!).
    This is my first expereince of Open SUSE (but Ive been using Linux for 20 years). Back to Mandriva

  6. linux user

    A lot of problems still. Tried to use since 10 but a lots of tinkering with no good help from forums.
    Won’t try really again to glimpse on open suse [ MS friend ? ] , it will discouraged one to learn the good Linux .

    • Jos Poortvliet

      “MS linux” is really a silly comment. There is nothing more “MS” about this than Ubuntu or Fedora or any other distro, get your facts straight. I would even say openSUSE is LESS corporate as it is more independent from Novell than Fedora or Ubuntu are from their companies. We’ll soon have an openSUSE Foundation – read up on why Red Hat and Ubuntu don’t have a foundation protecting them but just a company telling ppl what to do…

      And if you have problems – file a bug so this can be fixed. Your bug report will, as openSUSE always does, help us fix the problem where it is – kernel or anywhere else. So it will benefit other linux distributions, making sure for example the next Ubuntu or Fedora will work properly on your desktop ;-)

  7. suseuser

    on notebook (intel atom n270)
    freez after grub menu with error:
    “soft lockup cpu stuck for 61s”

    • Jos Poortvliet

      Would you be willing to file a bug so this can be fixed? bugzilla.novell.com – if the engineers don’t know about it, they can’t (help) solve this… Your bug report will, as openSUSE always does, help us fix the problem where it is – kernel or anywhere else. So it will benefit other linux distributions, making sure for example the next Ubuntu or Fedora will work properly on your desktop ;-)

  8. Works fine on my HP ProBook 4520s, (K)Ubuntu have some wireless driver issues. I’m using 64bit version

  9. Disappointed

    Still no joy. The installation works fine, but reboot ends with a black screen. Using ‘nomodeset’ as boot option finally gets me into a working kde-session. Next boot the same problem. Interestingly, this appears only with Opensuse, since 11.3. Other Linuxes such as Ubuntu, Mandiva, Mint or Pardus have no difficulty with my bog-standard graphic board (ATI Radeon HD 2400, RV610, AMD 64 Bit system)at all. Until Opensuse sorts some of the Xorg-related problems, I’d rather stay with other distros.

    • Jos Poortvliet

      probably some updates to Xorg might fix it. You could file a bug with your specific hardware at bugzilla.novell.com, it would help fix this sooner.

      And yes, if it works in older versions of openSUSE and in other distro’s that are less up-to-date – it’s a Xorg issue which we simply didn’t find. Too much hardware out there… ;-)

  10. Bob

    Tried the Gnome Live CD and this one seems to work better than its KDE counterpart. Update size after only a couple of days is impressive, however. OpenSuse could actually be released as a brand new 11.4.1 version now since an impressive number of packages seems to have changed after the 11.4 release.

    I am a bit worried about trying the KDE version again – not because of its bloat and the bugs. But the login sound combined with the initial audio volume level is almost scary. It might be a sensible thing to adjust KDE defaults to something more mature in the next Live CDs.

    • Anonymous

      @Bob that’s the first I’ve heard about the audio volume being off. It was always at a comfortable level on the machines I’ve tested. I’ll compare both LiveCDs when I get back to the office.

  11. James

    This installed great on my laptop however on my desktop, it fails to install properly (partitioning issue with the RAID setup). I tried destroying the RAID and rebuilding it – no joy. However, openSUSE 11.3 works like a champ.

    • Jos Poortvliet

      could you file a big for that on bugzilla.novell.com? I’ve seen more complaints but know nothing about raid – and the devs need to know before they can fix it…

  12. Hey openSUSE team..

    Not sure if you guys are reading this far down, but just wanted to chime in and point you to our review on The Linux Action Show: http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/?p=6068

    Great work!

    • James Mason

      Yes we are – and thanks! I wanted to chime in live but the time change threw me off this morning. I’m looking forward to watching the show tonight!

  13. noone

    Thx for the fine distro, it’s the first one to work (out of the box) with my audigy se sound card.


  14. outwest

    Everything works in 11.4 on Asus P5QPL-AM but I have lost my Printer Parallel Port, it worked in 11.2 and 11.3, any Fix anyone ? Exept for this I do like the Distro for Speed in KDE.

  15. Stephen Green

    too bad you guys messed. I’ve been trying all day on an eMachines laptop. goes to the a Linux login blinker and just stops. Nice going boys.

  16. Hmmm.. Nice info, I will socialize this in my town Parapat City – Indonesia. THx

  17. VLara

    Well, one more time I decided to give a chance to openSuse with release 11.4 (Gnome)… everything was fine ’till I open Firefox 4 Beta… and one more time the nightmare began… the fonts displayed were horrible in my laptop… I installed Chrome… same results… I tried any other application… same… I’ll give one more try, this time with KDE Desktop…

  18. kabel

    All i can say is that OpenSuSE 11.4 is ridiculously good distribution. Good work people!!!

  19. Looks and works great folks! I am using 11.4 with Gnome Shell on both my HP G72 laptop and my desktop computer and it installed easily enough. It works wonderfully and I am greatly satisfied.

  20. PowrHaus

    I have to say so far I am a bit disappointed in 11.4. I first tried an upgrade from 11.3 and that failed miserably. I then blew away everything and tried an install from scratch…that failed to work as well…kept reporting an error on formatting the drive. Tried several more times and eventually decided to blow away my raid config and set the drives up as non-raid, 11.4 finally installed. Apparently 11.3 had no issues with my raid system, but 11.4 can’t install.

    I had high hopes for getting all the Compiz stuff working without too much effort but most of the options are disabled even though I’ve installed the nVidia drivers. I had no issues with this in 11.3 at all, even though it took a bit of effort.

    I also have to question the decision to include a beta browser in a released product. FF4beta doesn’t work with 100% of the tools that I use, so unfortunately I have had to revert back to my Windows 7 machine for almost everything. I may consider blowing this away and going back to 11.3 which worked well for me.

    • Jos Poortvliet

      Really sorry to hear this. I must admit that while I had no issues with the upgrade (just the benefits) and a fresh install has also worked very well on another system, kernel 2.6.37 crashes my gf’s laptop any time – even on other distro’s I tried. So yes, shit happens and it seems like it managed to bite you.

      For the raid stuff, it’d be really cool if you could file a bug on bugzilla.novell.com so we can try to fix it, it sounds like a serious regression compared to 11.3!

  21. Contrats for openSuse…
    It’s a good OS i think.

    I looked for the mirror for Indonesia, but i can’t find it.

  22. Ralph Martin

    Amazing job. I was able to upgrade with no issues and install Gnome 3.0, and everything is good. I have seen the performance boot which is great. So keep it up. Really nice job.

    openSuse User since 2006.

  23. factotum

    Great work! I have 11.4 KDE running flawlessly on my laptop. This one is a keeper! A few gotcha’s that I was able to fix myself but otherwise I’m staying with it. This is the fastest most reliable 11.x release I’ve run so far. It’s not leaving my hard drive any time soon. You’ve gained a fan.

  24. Eamonn Kenny

    Thunderbird slow!
    clipboard not working from x-terminal session.
    vmplayer no longer working or installation of modules into kernel using kernel-source not possible.
    Desktop effects still not working with dual screen when screen sizes are different. Only ever worked with NVIDIA drivers but that meant a rebuild every time a new kernel appeared in the updates.

    So unfortunately, I find its completely broken. Well done…

    • Jos Poortvliet

      Yes, linux has still issues – especially the graphical side (Xorg). While I’m sure openSUSE would love to single-handed try to fix graphics on linux, that would require way more resources than we have, Xorg developers have been trying for 5 years and frankly the result is mostly “more problems”. Sorry for that.

      I know it can take a while for updates from non-core repositories to update to building for 11.4, I hope that’ll solve your vmplayer issues, it should work just fine.

      Still, completely broken is a bit of an overstatement if these things are your most extreme issues, right?

      • Eamonn Kenny

        I wouldn’t be one to complain, since there was no problems in the move from 11.2 to 11.3. The VMware issue I’ve now realised is an issue with kernel 2.6.37 specifically, just happens to be that openSUSE 11.4 is susceptible. And Nagios in Firefox just needs extra toolbars turned on which are now hidden in Firefox 4.0 beta 12 which were there by default in previous version.

        The issues that are really getting to me now are:

        1. copy and paste not working with drag and click in gnome terminals.
        2. yast2 crashing before you even get to install a component.
        3. Ctrl-Shift-Tab on gnome-terminal opens new tabs, but moving them on my Dell box either, locks up the whole computer, mangles the Xorg session, or kicks me back to the login prompt.

        Also, removing tracker and tracker-miner-fs means you can actually use the OS. Without removing these, the system was totally unusable on my Dell XPS box. So I’m back to being able to at least do some work now, after wasting a day of work. This release wasn’t release quality. Its at best beta!

        • Don

          Majic jack will not work nor skipe
          and if loged on for hours it logs you out then displays out of time
          it looks and feels great
          performance well ….

          • ra

            As far as I know Magic Jack is for Windows and there is no drivers to make it work in Linux (no business if they do it). You could make it work with a lot of command line and knowledge to do exactly the other softphones and VoIP apps do. So why bother yourself trying that hard. By the other side making some tweaks and setting adjustments will make your system do what you like it does.

        • Jos Poortvliet

          Unfortunately this is a bad place to report bugs as our support ppl don’t check it ;-)

          Please use bugzilla.novell.com or ask on the #opensuse-GNOME as your issues seem to be mostly GNOME problems…

  25. Dylan

    Im sorry but this release of OpenSUSE could be summarized as follows:

    -Package management and Yast speed improvements.
    -Updated artwork.
    -Updated software packages.

    • Jos Poortvliet

      Don’t forget Tumbleweed ;-)

      And there is more than just package updates. openSUSE does a lot of work to provide a polished experience – we don’t ship vanilla XFCE or LXDE or GNOME or KDE. We make sure each of those actually WORKS. XFCE on openSUSE is a LOT more usable than a default XFCE. Ours can actually take screen shots and change the volume of your speakers, for example ;-)

      Serious, don’t underestimate the work that goes in that area. 11.4 has network issues for KDE users because our maintainer was sick for a week – and now those packages aren’t working very well. Just shipping upstream is NOT what we do…

  26. I love the design of OpenSuse, I also love the functionality and its ambitions.
    But its stability and installing comfort is an issue which needs to be re-evaluated urgently! It just still doesnot compeed with Ubuntu, which is faster, lighter en more flexible in every way.

    Still, a lot of work to do!

  27. Dylan

    How the hell does one enable their graphics card??

    I understand there are reasons why I stick with Ubuntu, and thats one of them!

    I still hate the way OpenSUSE has 2 control centers, its a pain if things are split into 2 separate apps.

  28. Chris Burgess

    Still have same issues with graphics on 11.4 as on 11.3, no ability to set the suitable resolution. My monitor’s best res is 1680×1050, being a Belinea 22″ LCD, pre 11.3 I could set the res, now it’s partially auto & only gives me a choice of what it assumes, wrongly, my monitor/Nvidia card set up can produce, distorting the screen. Also, the support for my on motherboard RAID 0 set up, with 2 SATA drives has gone & installation/’Parted’ doesn’t even recognise their existence. It only sees the 3 partions on the 2 attached IDE drives. Tried updating current 11.3 (which works fine with RAID) set up & a straight forward fresh installation, to no avail. We don’t want the ‘we know what’s best’ Microsoft approach creeping into opensource as it’ll encourage the lazy minded to return to the restrictive windows & skew ‘the market’ again. Graphics & RAID worked well for many versions before, so how come the new all singing all dancing versions screw them up?

  29. About the title for this article.

    You say “openSUSE 11.4 – A New Hallmark For The openSUSE Project”.

    I think you really mean “openSUSE 11.4 – A New Landmark For The openSUSE Project”.

  30. Gary Ernst

    Extremely dissapointed. Obviously lttle to no Q/A. Seems I find a new issue with 11.4 each day. Network not starting properly X not starting properly. Samba not working. All basic stuff. All non ardware related so can’t blame that. (this on a system that has been running OpenSuse 10.x-11.x without issues)

  31. I’m looking around for a replacement for Fedora 14, and openSUSE came highly recommended. I read through openSUSE’s mission statement and agreed wholeheartedly.

    However, the list of complaints in these comments is a bit daunting. I’m still going to install it as a VM and try it out, but I definitely have misgivings.

    Just a rocky release? Or is openSUSE in general this unstable?

    • Manu Gupta


      openSUSE in NOT unstable, probably because of hardware / something else people are finding some problems but if you look at almost all the online reviews they say that openSUSE 11.4 is good and again I am on 11.4 and it did not cause me an issue, even the KDE which seemed to be broken earlier works flawlessly.

  32. Per Inge Oestmoen

    I have now installed openSUSE 11.4 here. Not a single problem after three days.

    I can positively say that this version is at least as good as 11.2.

  33. Schoerch

    OpenSUSE 11.4 missing many small fixes or implementations by drivers and applications.
    – UMTS HP un2400 not work, since 4 Years ! (No Support for Business Notebooks)
    – Gnome Panel only left Side not work. Since 3 Years!
    – Windows and apps to waste pixels. I will work not scroll.
    – …

    SLED is also buggy. SLED11 Display Brightness not work. SLED11.1 Display Brightness work, but network manager can not more handle openvpn connections as user.

    Bad Job!

  34. I have performed the upgrade on my laptop and virtual desktop without problems.
    Only on my desktop with dual screen I had problems with X Windows. I was not able to find the correct drivers for the GT 220 Video card. After some searching I tried to use the Drivers that can be downloaded on the website from NVidia. This sovled the X-Windows configuration problem.

  35. Anonymous

    I can’t install 11.4 on my raid system! I tried everything(letting suse manage the raid partitions or not, enabeling startup from MBR, …), again and again I get the message that the bootloader will not comletely be installed under xxx Bytes and theterfore, migth produce an error! Eventualy the installation failes.
    Opensuse 11.3 did not have any problem.

    Should I return to 11.3?


  36. rich

    I am a totally beginner in linux, i installed opensuse 11.4 but i can’t get to start my wifi usb stick (tp-link wn322g) i installed the driver of it in the yast (at least i think , because i searched my wifi network and entered the password but it could not connect to my router ,)pls help me what am i doing bad?

  37. Cackus

    In 11.4 Yast and Kpackadgekit both fail while updating. The seem to lose the connection to the repository. I have re-installed using a different DVD media and still have the same issue.
    KPackadgeKit says I have 58 updates and starts to download then fails Yast gets to the point where it’s downloading a package then the speed drops from 175 KB sec to 100 then 10 then 1 then after a few minutes fails and “about retry skip”. From there on it seems like it loosed the connection to the repository.

    I updated from 11.2

  38. Stefan Hebsgaard

    I have now updated my systems to 11.4 and the upgrade process from 11.3 was smooth with just one hickup regarding the nvidia driver. The nvidia script to configure X needed to be run manually.
    In operation this is imo the best suse release ever (I started on 7) and the best of the distros that I have tried.
    Thanks for all the hard work!

  39. John

    I’m a long term suse user started off with 9.1 if my memory serves me correctly. I stopped updating some where in 10.x releases as unreliable kde4 parts were introduced. At least they could be over ridden. I had heard that kde should be more or less ok at 4.5 and noticed that you had made 4.6 the default desktop so I have just upgraded.

    Some years ago suse introduced an ipv6 upgrade and activated it. My system just about worked providing I didn’t mind waiting anything from 30 secs to over a min for web pages to load. Many people found web access impossible. It took months to find out how to turn it off. Imagine my amazement when I found that 11.4 has this problem and that the usual over rides using kernal load appends and the kde flag didn’t work. Neither of this are obvious to many users. A search through the web and the opensuse forum shows that this problem has cropped up many times maybe on every release. Eventually some one told me how to fix firefox via it’s own configuration which isn’t exactly obvious. I then found another over ride tucked in the configuration files which seems to be intended to be global – and lo konqueror started working.

    After completing the install I activated YAST to undate. This where I became aware of the dns ipv6 problem. Having done the above it still has that problem. I may have just completed an upgrade after leaving it running for over 18hrs. Both of the browsers can access the repositories and even down load the files with ease but that isn’t a realist method of updating.

    All this leaves me wondering if people who can look at this sort of thing ever look at the forum and mailing lists etc. Even google can come up with 1/2 million hits mostly relating to problems. Before it is fully rolled out and equipment upgraded in some cases a dedicated ipv6 set up will not work. YAST is for changing things like that so why isn’t the option there? Why if not does it take no notice of any other attempts to disable it.

    Frankly until something is done about this opensuse and some other distro’s just have no credibility what so ever. In my case 2 days and I still haven’t sorted it out.

  40. John

    I should also add that yast2’s abort button does not work. Great when it has a problem like the above. I also notice that it download patches and then applies them or seems too. Isn’t this a recipe for a broken system. Old yast downloaded the lot and then applied them. There is also some evidence that the ipv6 dns problems are not so significant while it’s downloading from a specific directory continuously


  41. glen herron

    you need to put back reinstall boot-loader back on the install dvd so that if a user is running a dual boot system and windows has to be installed. we have a chance to reinstall boot-loader

  42. Jürgen

    ich habe das System SUSE 11.4 und bei längeren Betrieb Frührt das System ein so das mann nichts mehr machen kann,mann muss den Rechner immer wieder am Netzschalter neu starten,und das Nervt sehr.

  43. Slayer

    Just wanted to say thank you for this great release! Keep up the good work!

  44. Sweet ….. runs on my Toshiba satalite pro A300 with no problems (actually since 11.1)
    suse keeps getting better and better.

  45. Cèsar Rondon

    Si alguién conoce si se puede o no ?

    Se podrá instalar opensuse en Laptop Acer As7745-7949 y sustituir el Windows 7 que trae de fábrica, sin perder ninguna característica de funcionamiento, tendrán el respaldo en todos los drivers…… Eso sería genial pués he probado Opensuse y es mil veces mejor que el Windows 7…

    Gracias César de Venezuela

  46. Suse since 5.0

    I was using SuSE since 5.0, the OpenSuSE 11.4 KDE desktop is a definitive step backwards, I can’t remember how to add programs to the quicklaunch bar, even after having it done for a couple of times, this is not intuitive, sorry.

  47. Harold

    Hello SuSE FAN, User, Team,

    I been SuSE Linux since version 8, and so far I continue loyal to their distros, I am not Linux Expert, I had some problem from time to time configuring SuSE distros in some hardware and setting up things, but who has not have them?.

    I have also tested other distros but as soon as I start working on them I start missing the goodies of SuSE. Great work SuSE TEAM, keep it up!….


  48. Deamon

    It’s good to see that tradition “2 fixes 10 screwups”(extrapolation to present day required) continuing.

  49. Win7Blows

    Been using various flavors of Linux for years now and have not found one not only more user friendly to the noob yet still able to be tweaked under the hood by more experienced users than openSUSE. Most of the problems I had were minor graphics driver related and disappeared with the kernel mode drivers change made since 11.3. 3D desktop effects now work flawlessly. The only problems I still have relate to the KDE sound system crashing occasionally when an app doesn’t play fair and monopolizes the sound card. Still haven’t figured a good solution for that one. I suspect a significant rework of the KDE sound system may be necessary or perhaps KDE needs a special virtualized sound system for apps not specifically designed for KDE.

  50. jmk

    My regards for everyone who has cared to criticize +vele or support the good work at/on opensuse.
    It is worthy to note–
    1. nothing *goog* comes easy
    2. one either pays others for every bit or you learn to do it yourself
    3. if is more positive to think that opensuse is an oppotunity for someone like me to inovate; release 11.4 opens up more room for contributed efforts.
    4. since everything in linux OSs is under development semultenously i thinh it is more advisable to test run it b4 loading to your main system with everything.

    Personally as someone who has little knowledge of coputers, is learning by doing tand lives in a place where tools are still difficult to find, i am deary greatful for the lots that opensuse n comunity have done.

    Let me suggest that it will be verry helpful if one previous selectet version is also contineously add new features so people who love or want totat hitch-free os will be going for it.

    lets keep up hope n good work.