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Beta 2 Available for Testing

June 20th, 2012 by

Stephan ‘Coolo’ Kulow has released Beta 2 so it is time to start organizing these Beta Pizza Parties! As you might know, openSUSE 12.2 is delayed while we search for ways to cope with the growth of our community so this makes our first second beta in a very long time…

Get it

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 to learn what’s new, how to help and who the top 10 contributors to Factory are!

What’s new

While the focus of the over 800 changes in Factory in June has been on stabilizing there are a few important updates we want to mention:

  • Linux 3.4.2, GCC 4.7.1 and the latest Google Go
  • Firefox and Thunderbird 13.0.1, KDE SC 4.8.4

Karl Eichwalder has asked everyone to help updating the release notes. He maintains these in a Berlios SVN repository and accounts are available for anyone who has suggestions or wants to help!

Factory development

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.

List of build failures in Factory

List of failures in Factory – help get rid of them!

Help out!

Of course you’re wondering how you can help. This can start with testing. Go to software.opensuse.org/developer, download the beta 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! Also, note that various segfaults related to zypper, yast, apper and other packagemanagement tools have already been filed and they are being solved.

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 steps which in openSUSE are commonly known as ‘BURP-ing’.

openSUSE Factory workflow

Factory Workflow

If you’re already a packager for openSUSE, don’t forget to get your packages in Factory or start to maintain one!


We’d like to thank everyone working on openSUSE for being so cool. Special hugs to the top-ten factory contributors since Beta 1 (according to some scripting by Guido and AJ):

  • Dirk Mueller
  • Stephan Kulow
  • Marguerite Su
  • Marcus Schäfer
  • Takashi Iwai
  • Ciaran Farrell
  • Stefan Dirsch
  • Dominique Leuenberger
  • Todd Rme
  • Graham Anderson

Note that the list above doesn’t credit the hard work being done by the Packman team or people building packages outside of factory, nor is it absolutely accurate…

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30 Responses to “Beta 2 Available for Testing”

  1. DC

    The link above: “http://software.opensuse.org/developer/” only offers Beta 1.
    Where can I get Beta 2? I have been unable to get Beta 1 x64 to install as a VirtualBox VM.

  2. Cedric Simon

    Me too… Was unable to install Beta1 64 bits on VirtualBox ;(

    Hope Beta2 will.

    It seems the Beta2 is still replicating…

    Folder is already available at http://ftp.funet.fi/pub/mirrors/ftp.opensuse.com/pub/opensuse/distribution/ but no ISO yet.

    • Cedric Simon

      Waiting 12.2 Beta2, but was finally able to install Beta1.

      In the list of “Most Annoying Bugs” for 12.2 Beta 1:
      Install from the DVD with “Install from images” enabled fails. Install with this option disabled Bug #765901

      Disabling image install WORKED for me ;)

  3. It’s coming, patience, patience :D

    Sorry for the early posting…

  4. Hi all
    Spreading to spanish speakers!!

    Waiting the release!

  5. Adam Sailer

    I noticed that Fedora 17 managed to get Gnome 3.4 working out-of-the box (not fallback mode) when installed in a VMware virtual machine.

    I’m currently downloading 12.2 b2 to test; I’d love to get 12.2’s Gnome working in a VM.

    Thank you,


    • Angelos Tzotsos

      Adam, Gnome is currently working fine for me under Virtual Box. I am using Factory (which today is the same as Beta 2)

    • Betto

      Gnome 3.4 Fedora 17/ Kororaa 17 is working completely out-of-the-box, not only in a VM. My poor video card, SIS 671/771 thanks to, but I’d love to se it in OpenSuse 12.2. I think it’ll be there! Come soon! I am downloading and testing 12.2.

  6. Adam Sailer

    12.2b2 is looking pretty awesome =)

  7. Betto

    Yes, People! And Opensuse Team, my feedback to you!
    In 12.2b2 GNOME 3 is working completely out-of-the-box with videocards without video acceleration (2D), like SIS 671/771, fast and awesome, I mean, it works with the Gnome 3 look, not more the awful Fallback mode! Fantastic! The video stayed at 1280×768. Thanks to all.

  8. Pierre

    I have had some graphical faults when testing Beta1 in VirtualBox. Now with Beta2 everything is fine and works like a charm. Very good work that was not expected from me when reading the numerous problems the project has at the moment handling the contributor masses. ;)

    Hope the release will not delay too much, I’m really awaiting that release a lot because it looks promising to me at the moment.

    Keep up the great work!

  9. Dave

    Really think you need to sort out the terrible problems Opensuse has with ATI drivers. Finally managed to get them running in 12.1 with terrible difficulty. Just following the One click install on this albeit beta2 renders the system totally inoperable and the one click install only manages to install the Catalyst control panel anyway and in no way the driver. Fed up with my GPU (ATI 6770) sounding like it is trying to take off from a heliport. About time this issue was resolved and yet despite my rantings here I still consider Opensuse to be the best overall Linux distro going but it is not usable at least by people with ATI GPU’s until this really ridiculous short coming is sorted.

    • Dave,

      I’m very sorry for these issues – especially in the light of the quite good cooperation of AMD with the Linux kernel developers. Because that’s where the problem is, the kernel. We can only ship what is there and while we can fix some issues with some drivers, mostly we rely on ‘upstream’ (kernel in this case) to develop things.

      I can only hope that a newer kernel resolves some or all of the problems.

      Of course, if you’re talking about the proprietary driver, there’s only one party you can complain to (and about): AMD. They have to fix it and the Linux kernel people won’t lift a finger to help because they strongly believe that proprietary drivers are a very stupid idea.

    • Joseph

      I have an AMD HD4670 and I have no issues with the proprietary drivers. I’ve been using OpenSUSE since 11.3 was released.

  10. Henris

    huge improvement from beta1, very nice, still Software Management crashes after input of anything in search field.

  11. Adam Sailer

    I’m experiencing an installation problem on a Dell OptiPlex 790:

    Phase one of the install completes with only one error, a synaptics package fails to install – shouldn’t matter here, no synaptics devices…

    System reboots, fuzzballs migrate to the center, and then the system completely freezes.

    If I force a restart, modify the Grub2 startup to remove ‘splash=silent’, I can see that the startup freezes on:

    Probing connected terminal

    • impo

      Restart with ‘recovery mode’, that allows the initial configuration complete, then start with defauld mode.

  12. bb

    There seem to be some problem with installing opensuse 12.2 beta in virtual box. The captured mouse pointer x,y boundaries sometimes doesn’t match the window. Also there is no scrollbar, so its not possible to see the buttons closest to the bottom of the installer window. By hitting enter anyway its possible to continue throughout the installer steps and once installed it seems ok. I’m using a mini laptop.

    Has anyone seen these kind of problem and know if there is a cure for it?

  13. Adam Sailer

    I haven’t tried VirtualBox yet; I have tried VMware Player 4.0.4, and some modules fail to compile:

    2012-06-25T11:28:45.103-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Trying to find a suitable PBM set for kernel 3.4.2-1-desktop.
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.103-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Validating path /lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include for kernel release 3.4.2-1-desktop
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.105-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Your GCC version: 4.7
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.112-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Your GCC version: 4.7
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.124-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Header path /lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include for kernel release 3.4.2-1-desktop is valid.
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.125-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Building module vmnet.
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.125-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Extracting the sources of the vmnet module.
    2012-06-25T11:28:45.153-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Building module with command: /usr/bin/make -j -C /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only auto-build SUPPORT_SMP=1 HEADER_DIR=/lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include CC=/usr/bin/gcc GREP=/usr/bin/make IS_GCC_3=no VMCCVER=4.7
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.831-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Failed to compile module vmnet!
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.835-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Trying to find a suitable PBM set for kernel 3.4.2-1-desktop.
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.835-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Validating path /lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include for kernel release 3.4.2-1-desktop
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.837-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Your GCC version: 4.7
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.845-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Your GCC version: 4.7
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.856-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Header path /lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include for kernel release 3.4.2-1-desktop is valid.
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.856-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Building module vmblock.
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.856-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Extracting the sources of the vmblock module.
    2012-06-25T11:28:46.921-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Building module with command: /usr/bin/make -j -C /tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmblock-only auto-build SUPPORT_SMP=1 HEADER_DIR=/lib/modules/3.4.2-1-desktop/build/include CC=/usr/bin/gcc GREP=/usr/bin/make IS_GCC_3=no VMCCVER=4.
    2012-06-25T11:28:47.927-08:00| vthread-3| I120: Failed to compile module vmblock!

    • Adam Sailer:
      Are you trying to openSUSE as a GUEST in vmware 4.0.4? Then you don’t have to build any module: simply install the package open-vm-tools and the corresponding vmware-guest-kmp packages…

      If you’re trying to install vmware player on top of openSUSE 12.2, then indeed, this is not functional (due to vmware being behind a little bit with kernel patching). http://pavlinux.ru/vmware/8.0.4/ might get you going though (VMWare WS 8.0.4 and VMWare Player 4.0.4 are ‘same generation’).

      • Adam Sailer

        Thank you, I figured as much… I was installing VMware player on openSUSE 12.b2 for hosting VMs.

  14. Martin

    Just to address the problem some are having with ATi GPUS:
    I myself am not having any kind of issues regarding performance with latest beta2, indeed I booted it (LiveKDE) a few moments ago and it ran flawlessly with all eyecandy enabled out-of-the-box; however I felt my laptop a little hot so I have to watch over this issue.

    Since I’m new to openSUSE I really can’t speak by my own experience here, but you _really_ should try the Arch’s wiki for Radeon open-source driver in order to tweak and optimize both the system and the GPU itself since most of the issues nowadays with ATi GPUs are because they share a hybrid video system with the motherboard’s built-in GPU.

    Good luck and once I complete my migration to this green OS I’ll probably post more info on how to optimize ATis GPUs on openSUSE.

  15. Dich

    Will give it a try now!
    In the meantime I found it confusing that the build numbers are reset with every new distro. I had the old OSE11.4 beta iso-s on the disc and downloaded this beta now, all of a sudden the last file I got has a smaller build number than the older one :) Maybe incorporate the expected release version in the name, like openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-12.2b2-Build0451-x86_64.iso ?