Despite delays due to the move to a i686 desktop kernel for 32-bit systems, milestone 3 is finally available. This milestone brings progress on a number of features including GNOME 3.4, LibreOffice 3.5.2, Plymouth and more.
Like the M2, there has been a bit of a delay getting this testing milestone out. Some kernel changes made it initially impossible to build the 32bit version of openSUSE but these have been fixed. Download it from software.opensuse.org/developer. As usual, a list of the most annoying bugs is being maintained and you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. Read on for some details on the release and how to help!
The roadmap aims Milestone 4 for April 26th.
openSUSE, as you might know, is being developed in Factory. Factory is a project on the openSUSE Build Service against which you can build a package. If it works fine, you can submit it to Factory and keep it working there.
Factory has now received the latest versions of GNOME 3.4, KDE SC 4.8.2 (with numerous KDE PIM bugfixes!) and finally LibreOffice 3.5.2 has landed as well.
In a recent blog openSUSE contributor ‘tittiatcoke’ gave an update on Plymouth support in openSUSE. Plymouth itself is merged and integration into other packages is nearly finished, the issues are being worked out through some team efforts, for this milestone plymouth is not yet the default. The latest status can be tracked on this wiki page. Currently the team works on openSUSE branding to complete the new boot experience.
The integration of grub2 as bootloader has seen further steps and we ask for testing of grub2. Unfortunately the LiveCDs cannot install grub2 in this milestone (see most annoying bugs for a workaround).
We’re very close to getting GCC 4.7 in - the latest status update concluded that a bug in GCC 4.7 blocks zypper from being build. This will be fixed in the 4.7.1 release expected in June but to facilitate testing a patch will probably be applied on 4.7.0 to have it in the next milestone.
USRMove and tmp-on-tmpfs is still being debated, a final decision has not been made yet but it looks like we’ll wait with this for at least another release.
The software search improvements being tested over the last weeks have moved to software.opensuse.org and users looking for software to install on their openSUSE system can now enjoy the new UI, featuring screen shots and more extensive information about the applications available.
Of course you’re wondering how you can help. This can start with testing. Go to software.opensuse.org/developer, download Milestone 3 and try it out on your system! You can then check the most annoying bugs to see if your problems are there, if not, you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. If the bug you find is very serious, add it tho the list of annoying bugs!
If you are a packager (or want to be one!) there is of course also plenty to do. Fixing bugs in packages is a nice way of learning the ways of packaging (see the Packaging portal for documentation). You can read about how to do this here, via a simple set of stepps which in openSUSE are commonly known as ‘BURP-ing’.
We’d like to thank everyone working on openSUSE for being so cool. Special hugs to the top-ten factory contributors over the last 6 weeks (according to some scripting by AJ):
Note that the list above doesn’t credit the hard work being done by the Packman team or people building packages outside of factory!