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First step towards 12.1 with Milestone 1

June 1st, 2011 by
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Experimental openSUSE 12.1 artwork

Milestone 1, the first step towards the upcoming openSUSE 12.1 release, is now available. It is the first milestone, hence far from stable, but the images are now finally building, so we have a good starting point for further development.

Many updates, systemd still optional

With over 800 updates, including minor and major updates, the current milestone is ready for some serious testing. This iteration already sees some major upgrades taking place, with the kernel moving on to 2.6.39 and GNOME to 3.0. In addition we have popular GNOME applications like Evolution, Eye of GNOME and others all synchronized, and KDE’s Plasma Desktop coming along nicely with a minor version upgrade to 4.6.3. You will also find upgrades to GCC, glibc, Perl, Python, and the RPM package manager. Much work has also been put into the much-lauded systemd which has now been upgraded to version 26.

You can read some info on the progress in this recent blog on progress in Factory by Andreas Jaeger.

Helping out easier than ever!

As expected from a development release, there is still a lot of work to do, so your input at this early stage will be a huge help in making the final release into the beautifully polished work that we aim for. openSUSE 12.1 Milestone 1 has a list of most annoying bugs here, please add issues you find and help fix them. As Will Stephenson recently blogged, fixing an issue is a matter of BURPing on build.opensuse.org! Find a how-to here.

So run, don’t crawl, to your nearest downloader and see for yourself what the next version of openSUSE has in store for you at our download center.

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26 Responses to “First step towards 12.1 with Milestone 1”

  1. nmarques

    Check with Jeff Mahooney if Plymouth is coming… That will be one of the most visible changes for users.

  2. anonymous

    GNOME 3
    donot want

    • Karl

      Switched from new Fedora with total crap that is GNOME 3 to openSUSE with KDE and this desktop is simply awesome. So I’m very much looking forward to this new openSUSE. Will it at the end have KDE 4.7?

      • Toyface

        I have to say, I tried to use Fedora 15, and found the whole distro to be poor and riddled with errors, not only their poor effort to implement Gnome 3. I have been running 11.4 with Gnome 3 for well over a month now, and I love it, OpenSUSE’s implementation in Gnome 3 is far superior.

        As such I’d give it another try under OpenSUSE :)

  3. MSD

    I’m waiting for an upgrade to Ruby 1.9.2 and Ruby-on-Rails 3.0.x (or even 3.1).
    Will this finally happen with Suse-12.1 ?? Fedora and Ubuntu have done the upgrade already.

  4. Kinzie

    GNOME 3


    I don’t think any other distro has done it so well so quickly.

  5. Alex Bars

    Thanks, I will test right now,but and the KDE 4.7 on first beta!!?

  6. RobyOny

    Hola,soy uno de los usuarios que me gusto OpenSUSE desde el principio,pero un dia que instale el dvd de 11.4 me defraudo porque he tenido problemas con el Network Manager y me sentido forzado a cambiar a Ubuntu que si que me funciona muy bien,espero que algun dia cuando lo pruebe que me funcione bien porque es uno de mis favoritos desde hace años,un saludo.

  7. Lilian

    Yey, Gnome 3!

    I love it but if this release doesn’t support PPPoE over Wireless it will be another release which I will not recommend to the students cause u don’t have internet all over the area of the University without it… :(

    Isn’t there any chance to take the idea from Ubuntu(pppoeconf) or Fedora(pppoe-setup)?

  8. Jamaal

    Good job…hurry up…Gnome 3 is the best…

  9. Jamaal

    I made a live usb and it didn’t work…after loading karnel…boot in 120 sec…
    I’ll wait…For now I’l stick with ubuntu…

  10. MSD

    I want to install the new milestone in Virtualbox, but unfortunately at the download page there are two download options for testers:
    1Download openSUSE 11.4 (stable)
    2Download openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 1

    I suppose the naming is incorrect or should you upload a 12.1 snapshot?

  11. kamu

    “kernel moving on to 2.6.39”
    No. Do NOT do that. It still has the unresolved power management issue which increases power-consumption by 20-30% in many cases (should be common knowledge), and now a serious regression in Intel Sandy Bridge GPU support as well. See this article for latter problem:

    • Jos Poortvliet

      Actually, this issue is already present in openSUSE 11.4 as it is there since kernels newer than 2.6.35 or so… We’ll just have to wait for the kernel peeps to fix it. Thanks to Phoronix, the issue is now visible which will hopefully be the incentive to do so!

      We’ll surely ship a kernel newer than 2.6.39 in 12.1 anyway…

  12. h2ocrystal

    If the kernel 3.0 is ready,is it posible moving on it?

  13. Good openSUSE 12.1,But in many cases graphic devices can’t support GNOME3.

  14. BenNG

    Hi guys,

    When I try to install by Yast –> Live installer I have this message :

    process 4746: arguments to dbus_message_iter_append_basic() were incorrect, assertion “*bool_p == 0 || *bool_p == 1” failed in file dbus-message.c line 2541.
    This is normally a bug in some application using the D-Bus library.
    D-Bus not built with -rdynamic so unable to print a backtrace
    YaST got signal 6 at YCP file Storage.ycp:3
    /sbin/yast2: line 423: 4746 Aborted $ybindir/y2base $module “$@” “$SELECTED_GUI” $Y2_GEOMETRY $Y2UI_ARGS

    Do you have any ideas ?

  15. Devilboy13

    Great distro, and great features. Users that can select which enviroment to run (KDE/GNOME)this make a great upcoming release! I prefer KDE, and it’s many features. This option of choice give the user the power. That’s what opensource is all about. Can’t wait for the release!

  16. I’m trying to share the download via Bittorrent but the trackers give me errors and no one seems to have a complete version.

    Admins, please check that Bittorrent is set up correctly.

  17. Frans

    I just wonder why you chose “12.1” instead of the usual .0 release?


    • Jos Poortvliet


      See the article on the openSUSE naming change :D

      • Frans

        Thanks for your reply. I tend to avoid .0 releases because of instability to new releases. I hope that the new numbering scheme does not mean that such stability is being sacrificed over functionality or PR reasons.

        Frans de Boer.

        • Jos Poortvliet


          There was never ANY difference between a .0 or a .3 release for openSUSE. The numbers have always been completely random… This is why we have the new scheme – there is at least SOME logic behind it (based on our release schedule, every .1 comes on the same date but 2 years later).