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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. stole

    Great job. Downloading the DVD right now. Keep up the good work.

  2. Menno ter Laak

    How are the cluster options? I have 2 Machines that I want to use for Xen/KVM. 1 Machine contains the raid card what should be a VM with PCI-Passtrough for iSCSI storage.

  3. Amazing job guys … Kudos to all of you :)

  4. Gustavo Ramos

    eh.. something weird.. still without broadcom drivers for me…. good news is i cannot install them from pacman as well because the system didnt ship with ksym and i cant find it anywhere! :(

    • @Gustavo Ramos,
      what broadcom chip you use? There is STA driver (broadcom-wl, broadcom-wl-kmp-`kernelflavour`) in Packman for 11.4, do you give it a try?
      It works for me.

  5. ex user

    Those fonts in the screenshots make grown men weep.

  6. Alan

    So am I the first to comment? Looks like..

    I’ve downloaded KDE RC2 recently and I had a problem with my wireless (Atheros) which I didn’t have with 11.3. Now 11.4 GNOME is being downloaded and I believe I will not have that problem.

    Anyhow, with all that was in and around openSUSE in recent years in mind, I can say that openSUSE community was and is doing a great job. It really is a special Linux distribution.

    Keep up the great work, always try to be better, listen to your users and community and never forget the true spirit of GNU, Linux and Open Source!

    Congratulations & Good luck!

    • This is not only an issue with openSUSE, but other distros as well. Try doing this as root:
      rmmod ath5k
      rfkill block all
      rfkill unblock all
      modprobe ath5k
      rfkill unblock all
      ifconfig wlan0 up

      (you need to install rfkill before doing this)

      you should be able to connect after this

      • Alan

        Thanks for the reply.

        As some have said, there is no network after installation in KDE. Network manager or YaST, it won’t work. Same thing today with GNOME, live CD – network works, installation – network does not work, but in GNOME I switched from ifup to network manager and it started to work. Some might say that ath5k is f***** up or down if you like, but thing work when it’s in live mode. Same thing recently with Chakra. There are ath9k and madwifi too… I really wonder how many distros use these two..

        If you have only wireless you can’t install rfkill, but it’s been reported if you kill/remove the module/driver and restart it, it may work, so I understand you, but the noob will often quit quickly.

        These things are basic things, they should be better and they should work OFTB. After all, it’s been 20 years! Everything else in GNOME so far works great and fast.

        I have to add one more thing, (for openSUSE developers) for the next openSUSE release, please say to Gecko to eject the installation CD after installation. Thank you!

  7. I get upgrade with zypper :D

  8. Sharique

    Congratulations. Guy you are doing a great job

    I like to know more about ralink wifi and Vmware player support.

  9. Congratulations opensuse team. Downloading 11.4 as we speak.

    • Installed successfully, with the usual fuss over manually installing broadcom firmware so the installed opensource driver would work.

      has there been some fuss with dodgy repository keys as i was having trouble installing extra software yesterday, including the restricted codecs?

  10. tarun dixit

    yeah i am downloading and goint to usewith with squid server

  11. typing this from the live 11.4 kde cd ! congratulations!

  12. Hi

    some mirrors are missing some packets (e.g. the mirror (download.opensuse.org) is missing both smolt-packages in the update/noarch repository).

    This makes online zypper based updates a little harder.

  13. Joseph Wilson

    I’m so glad 11.4 has finally arrived…let the fun begin. It’s SUSE, always SUSE!!

  14. Paulo

    Parabéns a todos, aqui no Brasil estavamos todos anciosos aguardando a nova versão.

  15. Davide

    Never seen a fastest machine like this with 11.4 !!!
    Congratulations and many thanks.

  16. Netscapist

    Thank you very much!

  17. Luis Alejandro Cespedes

    Could not load x correctly, can not install.

  18. Great stuff! I am particularly excited about Tumbleweed. Hopefully this will be my last openSUSE upgrade :-)

  19. J.P. Lejeune

    installed, no prob, and working fine

  20. Luis Alejandro Cespedes

    Great Release!!! Feels faster snappier with good harware support.
    Had to upgrade from 11.3 cause livecd would not load correctly,
    tried from flash drive and the same thing happened.

  21. Alex Bars

    I am proud of openSUSE and its Community, I will keep learning more about Linux and openSUSE, and I will complete 1 year of Linux and April 1 year of openSUSE,

    Thanks for the great job!

    openSUSE 11.4 KDE 4.6
    Brazil User
    Dell Laptop Inspiron 2010

  22. Ronny

    Upgrade from 11.3 to this version works well.
    Good work guys !

  23. randy

    Will there be an 11.4 EduLIFE?

  24. Will

    Wow, great job. Everything keeps getting more and more user friendly all the time. This time around it is even more of a breeze to install. You folks have obviously done a great job working with other parties. This time virtualbox had a 11.4 version up before the release. Excellent. I appreciate the completeness and strength of the distro under the hood and also appreciate that you folks “get it”. With the simplicity and good documentation then it can start being used by the mainstream. I can now start pulling others on to the Linux bandwagon without having to help them through installs.

    Very nice.

  25. Hedron

    I am highly disapointed by this release. Where is the plymouth splash screen. Why the kernel cannot be re-compiled. Those are things of 11.3. Same bugs, same old story.
    For what reason, the Firefox is version 4 rc12?

    I know, that if I want to recompile the kernel, I always can download from kernel.org, but the bootsplash will not work at all, and the default kernel does not work for me the way I like it and need it. Bootsplash is old and obsolete peace of software.

    Why openSuSE’s KDE is not using the network manager plasma applet? The default kdenetworkmanager might be good, but in comparison to the plasma applet is slow and buggy.

    • Jack

      Obviously, you can’t please everyone!

    • > Why openSuSE’s KDE is not using the network manager plasma applet?

      It does. Try with a new user.

      • Hedron

        The installation was new and the network manager was not the one I use under Kubuntu and Fedora (a.k.a. plasmoid). And I still cannot get why the kernel will not recompile. I run the make command and the compilation stops without error message at all. This particular bug was present from 11.3 release day 1.

        And so, if you want to recompile the kernel, you must get it from kernel.org. However, in order to get bootsplash working, you need to apply several patches. Only one of them are applied successfully. I have tried in the past to ask what other patches the bootsplash patches might depend on, but hey – what a surprise – no one knew! So if you want to have recompiled kernel under openSuSE, you need to forget about bootsplash at all. Who cares that, because this is workstation, you might want to have some eye candy AND a specific kernel settings, not present in the standard kernel. And all of this, because the devs do not want to trow out a piece of obsolete hardware. You know – the bootsplash project is dead and has been dead for a long time now.

  26. JimC

    I downloaded the KDE Live CD and ran it. The first menu choice I tried (Exposure Blender) didn’t work (error that one of the hugin libraries is missing). The next menu choice I tried (Amarok) asked me if I wanted to download MP3 codecs. When I told it yes, it just hung with no progress downloading anything).

    IOW, having application menu choices that don’t work (as in the missing libraries if you try to use the Exposure Blender) does not make for a great first impression.

    I can appreciate the hard work that goes into this type of product. But, at least make sure the application choices from the menus work without errors about missing libraries. ;-) I’m almost afraid to try other apps from a Live CD (as if one is missing libraries needed to function, others probably are, too).

    Perhaps this is a known issue with the Live CDs, and the menu choices are the same between versions (and the larger DVD versions actually have what is actually needed to run the applications you can choose from). But, from the perspective of someone “test driving” a Live CD, it really doesn’t look good to take that approach (leave non working menu choices available on the Live CD versions).

  27. Daniil

    Thank you. Amazing job.

  28. Congratulations guys, great job.

  29. Ryan Johnson

    Im glad Im subbed to your guys YouTube, cause I did not know my favorite KDE Operating System of all, OpenSUSE had a new version out today! Im soo happy that you guys have included KDE 4.6, because i LOVE it in my Arch install, And I am currently saving to buy more discs if I am out so I can burn the OS and replace 11.3 with 11.4. OPENSUSE FOREVER!!!

    Pssh.. One thing.. can you guys make the default font more better? Like Ariel is soo old and boring.. I knowI can change it but yeah…

    Thanks for a Great OS and Community Novell!! The screenshots look great!!

  30. Looks good, I will give it a go, congrats.

  31. Henrique

    Congratulations on the excellent work.
    Here in Brazil we are celebrating this date.
    Sorry for the english “tupiniquim”

  32. asrielrusdyawan

    CONGRATZZZZZ to All Team & Community that support OpenSuse until this Release. This 11.4 is what Every Linuxers around the Globe are waiting for!
    Nice Job! Nice Job!
    Regards from Indonesia!

    THX, LJBU!

  33. Sleepwalker

    Very very nice!!! :D
    Thanks a lot guys!!!

    Regards from Brazil!


  34. Thoreau

    This actually works pretty good. The 11.3 to 11.4 upgrade went great. I’m kinda still in shock I think. Nothing’s broken.. wow.

  35. kaddy

    Microsoft OpenSuse 11.4 (via funding to attachmate and transfer of suse patents) No thanx.

    • Joe

      So, let me get this straight, you don’t want FREE software because of patents? Do you actually KNOW what patents have been sold?

    • Karthik

      Oh, shut up. OpenSUSE has just done a LOT to the Linux community and it’s one of the MOST usable distributions around. Pretty hardcore.

    • Virgil Brummond

      Awesome release. I really loved the release announcements and new feature overviews. Well written and great screen shots. It shows the openSUSE community is quite strong. Keep up the excellent work.

  36. Adnan

    Great guys, well done :-)

  37. Roger

    Updated from 11.3 to 11.4 and it went flawless.
    Replaced the Oracle OpenOffice with LibreOffice.
    Everything is working, VPN (recompile).

    Only surprise was Firefox 4 which is beta but hey…easy to downgrade.

    Great Job, Well done

    • kaacz

      FF4beta12 is better & faster then FF3.6 .. no need downgrade. And now is out RC, finale version is coming.

  38. Nassos Kourentas

    Well done! Amazing job which sets the bar way too high!

    Congratulations to each and everyone involved as a whole and individually!


  39. Great work folks!
    Congratulations to all who made this possible..would love to download and give it a shot on my desktop!

  40. Well done guys :) :) great job.

  41. jean

    thanks you. great job

  42. Franz Bernasek


    its done, well great openSUSE 11.4, thanks to all,
    great job

  43. Mustafaa

    Great job, thank you openSUSE community.

  44. laatvlieger

    Just installed 11.4 and starting firefox for the first time. Woooow. Amazing look and feel. Just love the new artwork. This will be the first time I will not change a thing.
    Okay, now comes the hard labour of installing everything and configuring stuff. Since I performed a clean install and did not upgrade now for the first time since 11.1.
    Many thanks for all of you and best wishes the next days in using 11.4

  45. Vongillus


    Very nice job indeed. I was a bit scared to upgrade since I am running a RAID1, but it went smoothly. Only had to reconfigure the display for Nvidia driver.

    Hope you will keep going on stability/robustness since it’s for me one of the biggest interest in Opensuse.

  46. Moto

    Played around with the 11.4 KDE x86_64 LiveCD for a while and everything appeared to be working fine so I installed it:

    No Network!
    Spent 30 minutes fiddling around.
    Still no network.
    Gone in the bin!

  47. Tonttu

    When is the release date of LXDE Live cd?

  48. Wilson

    Congratulations opensuse!!

  49. Walter

    Thank you very much for this new openSUSE release.
    It’s very impressive, you have done a wonderful job.

    Works perfect


  50. Mervyn Mitchell

    I am trying to install Suse14 and cannot sort out the boot partition and put the programme where I want to put it – not where Suse insists on Sda1.
    I have two hard drives and I want to install and boot from drive 2 (SDA2)
    I have done this successfully with the latest Fedora (which I find too restrictive) and Mandriva previously by prioritising Sda2 as the first hard drive. I have even disabled sda1 in BIOS –
    Clever Suse found it and wants to install and boot from there.
    I do not want to go inside the machine just to try Suse14 even though it said to be brilliant – I want to test it first while I can still use my computer ‘as is’
    Is there a simple work round for this I please?
    NB if this is on the wrong part of the support site please move it where it should be