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openSUSE 12.2 RC1 Available for Testing

July 12th, 2012 by

openSUSE 12.2 Release Candidate 1 is now available to download.

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.


Since Beta 2 the following changes have been made, from the bottom of the stack to the top:

grub2 was updated to 2.0 final, notably fixing serial console support by respecting the console width. Its branding was also updated. There were fixes to udev, and to udisks and udisks2 to hide LVM RAID partitions, and many fixes came to autofs from an updated upstream patch.

A lot of systemd fixes came in, including a crash and memleak fix when rotating journals. Many packages now include systemd unit files natively, so these were removed from the systemd package itself, for example for Plymouth, which has been updated to rpm now calls systemctl daemon-reload when installing new init scripts.

In the package management area, zypper was updated to version 1.7.3, bringing output cleanups and support for double width fonts. libzypp’s PackageKit backend fixed a bug in reporting package download sizes. osc, the Open Build Service client, is now 0.135.1, with many bugfixes and adding archlinux package support. YaST’s package management UI received a segfault fix.

Toolchain changes include updating gcc to 4.7.1, fixing many gcc47 bugs discovered in other packages in the process. Updating automake to 1.12.1 also fixed several build failures elsewhere. openjdk, at version 1.7.0, was patched in several places. vim is now at patchlevel 566 with many smaller fixes. kiwi, used in the image creation process, also received many fixes enabling more reliable 12.2 development.

Point version updates were made to a large number of packages, a small selection being VirtualBox, nmap, R, pango, Go, phpmyadmin, vym, aria2, gnutls, mariadb and jedit. Other common fixes to many packages correct the licensing data in packages and optimise dependencies between packages. For example, cronie no longer has a hard requirement for postfix, while mdadm requires a cron and any smtp-daemon.

ALSA received many small fixes, and a segfault in jack was found and fixed. mysql’s error messages have been split out into a shared subpackage, and its abort when these messages are missing has been made more user friendly, removing a hard-to-debug Akonadi failure.

Xorg is now the latest 1.12.3 point release, and many packaging fixes were made to its flock of source packages.

The big desktops were not without updates, either. KDE has been updated to the latest stable release, 4.8.4, bringing improvements across the desktop. In response to requests for KDE 4.9.0 to be brought in to 12.2 now that the delayed release allows it, the Factory developers responded with a unanimous ‘No!’. Stability is the watchword for this release. A severe crash in Soprano affecting many KDE programs was also resolved. Also, the Zeitgeist integration in KDE’s Phonon was removed as its benefit was outweighed by the distribution build time cost of having to build Phonon, and all of KDE, after Zeitgeist, and all of GNOME.

GNOME sees many small fixes, for example that gnome-shell’s network applet creates private network connections if the user is not authorized to create system wide ones. Empathy, tracker, pidgin, rhythmbox, gnome-bluetooth and transmission received point release updates.

LXDE’s lxpanel has been updated to 0.5.1, and a crash fix was made to the XFCE xfdesktop.

LibreOffice is now at version, a crash bug in gimp was found and fixed, chromium is at versoin 22.0.1190, and icon fixes in scribus improve its usage under GNOME.

And finally, following a security audit, polkit privileges for colord were relaxed, allowing members of the Torvalds family to use colour management without causing further outrage.

Next steps

The month of August will see intensive bugfixing, so get testing and reporting.  A final release is planned for mid-September and RC2 will be available on the 2nd of August.

Packagers and testers should be aware that openSUSE 12.2 development happens on its own branch, so Factory is ahead of 12.2 now. The public 12.2 repository will be updated next with RC2 and updates will be available as online updates.

Changes to the development model for openSUSE continue to be discussed on the opensuse-factory mailing list.

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54 Responses to “openSUSE 12.2 RC1 Available for Testing”

  1. VigneshChennai

    Very excited to test the first RC version of my favorite Linux distribution.

  2. coolo

    Thanks Will for the nice text.

  3. hunter

    What is the version of GNOME being released and the kernel version?

  4. gumb

    This is the most informative update on a development release in a long while. Good job!

    Alas, this comments function seems to be horked again. Are the comments moderated? I originally posted the above line with Firefox but it didn’t get added. I tried again with Opera but received a message saying Duplicate Post Detected. A couple of hours later there’s still no sign of it so I’m now trying again with Konqueror.

  5. Matt

    Hi Will, thanks for all of the information. Will the http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Roadmap be updated to reflect the dates you mentioned at the end of the post?

  6. Hi
    I made some noise for spanish speakers:

    great work! thanx to openSUSE developers team!!

  7. Eliasse Diaite

    Thank you, guys. You are doing an excellent job. Do not worry about the users of the Factory branch. Combined with a good selection of repositories of the OBS the Factory branch lets me at the moment run a stable system with the bleeding-edged development releases of both KDE and GNOME.

    Please try your best and include KDE SC 4.9 in the next GM. It features very interesting new components. The same goes to GNOME as well.

    Just one thing is still to improve: the detailed documentation about handling Grub2 configuration and usage. Even so I am a experienced user I still stick to the assertion: try only if you know what you are doing. Most users will agree that Grub2 is still a mystery for openSUSE users and therefore not getting profit of the performance boost it introduces in the boot process.

    openSUSE is unbreakable…

    Have a lot of fun

  8. Sergio Mancini

    Nice! Will download and test.
    There is a possibility of Bumblebee Project being in the official repositories? (No need to include the Nvidia drivers, just the necessary parts to disable the Nvidia VGA). I can help with tests if necessary (Clevo W150HNQ).

  9. Jeff Mahoney

    The kernel version will be the 3.4-stable series.

  10. Mihail

    Thanks for the good description of changes since Beta 2. It seems impressive amount of work have been done – hunting and fixing bugs.

  11. Hennes


    That´s how it supposed to be.
    Great description of the work and the progress since the last Beta.

    Gotta test it in the following weeks. But the first impression is “brilliant”.

    • Hennes

      Just forgot one thing.

      The advantage of such an nice developer documentation is that many Websites directly post the new features. (Copy+Paste or translate)

      So openSUSE gets more attention. And attention is good because it is such a good distro.

  12. TonyY


  13. Anonymous

    Distrowatch ranking for oSuse was declining lately. Suggest to mention the RC1 there to attract some extra clicks.

  14. Nice news. And openSUSE 12.2 wachword for stability is something that I like most. Well, it’s a pity that we can’t enjoy KDE 4.9, but if that mean better stability, then I can accept that.
    I introduced openSUSE to many of my friend and give them support for it. But bad stability on 12.1 makes me lost confidence. I hope 12.2 will be as good as 10.3 was (best release ever), so I can gain more people to use it.

    Personally I always use the latest stable KDE from OBS.

  15. glistwan

    We will be able to enjoy KDE 4.9 from release repo :)

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  17. Föredrar Fönster

    Old kernel. Old Xserver. Old stuff. Old news.

  18. Where can we find existing bugs? I’ve always found the bugzilla interface a little bloated for my taste, here’s speaking a developer :(

  19. HeatZync

    Can someone point me to an upgrade guide where I don’t have to download the ISO and follow the major upgrade route? I want to upgrade incrementally. Much like with gentoo and archlinux. Can openSUSE even do this?

    Would it work to add the 12.2 repository (http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.2) to zypper and just do:
    zypper refresh
    zypper update

    • glistwan

      Nope. You need zypper dup and it’s best to disable or remove old repositories :

      The above guide is for 11.3=>11.4 transmission but should work for the recent without any tweaks IMHO.

    • Eliasse Diaite

      Hi gentleman,

      you will have to download the ISO image since according to some members of the development team the release of Factory is different from the one of openSUSE 12.2 and there are no repositories for the latter either. Andreas Jaeger promised those repositories with the release candidate 2.

      Trying at the moment to upgrade using Factory is hazardous. There are a lot of dependencies to resolve and several packages to remove. The X window system for example is completely reshaped and failing to install some packages could prevent your system reaching the run-level 5, therefore a system without a graphical user interface.

      I advice you an upgrade using an installation medium which will save you headaches. It normally disable all existing repositories prior to installation and let you have a pretty clean system.

      Never change a system that works.

      Best regards.

  20. emaad

    eyval !!!

  21. Dr Tony

    KMail is STILL a disgusting mess and I have already confirmed it is unusable. You can easily send a message…..now try receiving. KMail in KDE4.6 had a small window that allowed you to save your name, email address, the server name and the password and ignore KWallet. It worked and worked well. In KDE4.8, you get caught in endless loops of KWallet, inserting passwords, etc. and nothing happens. I personally DON’T want to use KWallet……it’s a pain in the posterior. I just want a simple way to receive my emails without having to insert a password each time. I am now on the point of dropping KMail and moving over to Thunderbird.

    • Dr Tony

      Update……..for those as frustrated as I am with KMail……go and have a look at Claws.


      Have a look especially at the screen shots. All I could see was KMail in its better and simpler days……And best of all, Claws is an available email package in the openSUSE repository.

    • dsant

      Use Kmail with KDE3 (kmail 1.9.10 in Opensuse 12.1). KDE3 powa !

      • Joseph

        I haven’t tested to see if I can reproduce the poster’s experience with KMail yet (although if you arbitrarily decide you don’t want to use something a piece of software depends on, you’re creating a problem rather than there being a problem in the software) but I have two simple suggestions:

        1) Use KWallet and a blank password.
        2) At least for 12.1, ver 4.4 of KMail (the last release before Akonadi integration that shipped with OpenSUSE 11.3 and 11.4) exists as packages you can find through the OBS.

  22. Jarl Gjessing

    Looking forward to try my favorite distro.
    Unfortunately I know that I have to do this using VirtualBox since my laptop is not supported yet :-( For the first time ever my hardware is so new that Linux does not support it.
    So, as soon as the kernel supports my laptop I will install it outside VirtualBox.
    If anyone have experience in running Linux on a Clevo P170EM based laptop please let me know. Then fans are driving me crazy!
    Go OpenSuse GO!!!

  23. Downloaded and installed the 64-bit edition of KDE in VMware as soon as I read this. I was happy to see the 3.4.x series kernel and 4.8.4 for KDE. So far, so good. 12.2 seems to be shaping into an excellent release.

    Thanks for the updated timeline.

    Love to new splash screen, by the way!

    • Sergio Mancini

      Tried yesterday in VMware (KDE 64 bit with VMware Easy Install) and faced some issues:

      At first boot and in consecutives, a xconsole screen with the following message was present, with new messages at each 10 secs:

      “tpvm1pd2(39xx): device type not supported.”

      The login screen was messed too, with a strange and ugly one. After logging, the KDE desktop loaded Ok.

      Will test a live session to see how things go.

      A minor issue: Some of the screens at the installer still saying 12.1 version (libreoffice screen – SLIDE SHOW).

      Positive points: Loved the new artwork. After login, the system was very stable. Not observed any Bugs in a day to day use. Very polished interface.

  24. Ben

    Really tempted to install the RC1 and eventually the GM because I started using Linux with suse, but all distributions are very much the same except for the default theme. So, what will bring users like me back to opensuse besides the lizard? I might just stick with my current distro since it’s stable and has newer packages/kernel.

    • Dich

      I think that would be the zypper/yast2 combo, some default shell customizations (try typing ‘ls’ and then PageUp for an easy access to the history) not always present in other distros, relatively good KDE integration and a reasonably broad package selection (if you know which repositories to add – in the past things were much easier).

    • Joseph

      What’s present are probably the things you inexplicably left in the first place – Tumbleweed stable rolling releases, YaST, super-powerful package management with zypper and its SAT solver, Open Build Service to find almost every software package, SUSE Studio, the most customizable distro builder in existence, the best installer of any distro in existence (who else lets you customize every installed package nowadays outside of build-your-own distros like Arch, Gentoo or LFS?), very knowledgeable forums, a distro that contributes upstream and goes above and beyond to help other distros, the ability to save installer and partition settings to use for automated installs (as well as being able to create the settings file from an existing system, to clone it), the best KDE menus available – every package is classified in two menu categories (e.g. Office – Calendar, Internet – Browsers, etc.) unlike any other KDE distro I’ve ever used, SaX2 for customizing xorg.conf, color matching software, a tool to create system snapshots on a btrfs system, GRUB2, etc. etc. etc. – I could go on and on!

      And who has newer packages than OpenSUSE 12.2? (I don’t think Kernel 3.5 is even released yet!) Unless you’re talking about Gentoo, Sabayon or Arch, but OpenSUSE still lets you use the OBS to update the packages you want to the latest versions without the stability loss those three have, or the incredibly long and complicated installs two of them have (not knocking either, but unless you really need to design a distro from scratch OpenSUSE beats them).

  25. Ger

    Installed kde 64 bit but can not add community repos to enable nvidia. Added nvidia via hard way which is fine but no nvidia settings makes it kinda hard to switch screens as needed. Might have to jump of this untill release.

  26. Hacksaw

    Hi people, thanks for all your work.
    I read about fixes and improvements in GRUB2 and systemd, and they are surely welcome. But I would like to ask if a more “conservative” setup with GRUB-legacy and systemd-sysvinit will be possible/supported in 12.2 as it was in 12.1

  27. Fabio Jose da Silva

    This first released opensuse 12.2 which is available for testing user’s programmers and developer linux at the first look here is quite nice, it has a greatest look KDE desktop…but I suppose changes futures as by example: enhanced text border , digital prevew image and aplications for network designer too.

  28. Martin

    “[…]And finally, following a security audit, polkit privileges for colord were relaxed, allowing members of the Torvalds family to use colour management without causing further outrage.”

    Lol, you funny troll!
    Wait, Mr. Penguin itself is a troll! Then this blog post could have been tittled “Trolls trolling trolls”, what you say?

    Sincerely yours,
    a troll.

  29. marius

    Oh boy,can’t wait for the final release,it’s going to be awsome(by the way,do you guys have a sense of humor or what,that Torvalds bit was really funny)!

  30. olav

    Tried doing a network install on a Dell Latitude D505 (Intel Celeron M, released 2004), and it works like a charm (well, apart from a couple of minor bugs). RC1 is a vast improvement on the Betas, which worked poorly for me. It is good enough for light use as is.

  31. Derek

    Tried to install RC1 on Dell Optiplex 755 and unfortunately I only see garbage on the screen as soon as the kernel is loaded. I tried disabling ACPI or start in safe mode, use text console etc. No luck. Even the program to test firmware has the same issues.

    I was able to install 12.1 without any issues though.

  32. mak

    Setup 12.2 rc1 don’t start on my old comp, black, white or colored on screen.

    cpu amd athlon x64
    video amd 3600
    mem 1 gb
    motherboard Via

    12.1 was installed successfully on this machine

  33. mak

    on wmware player or virtualbox 12.2 rc1 were installed successfully.

  34. Rigol


  35. Tom

    My apology for asking here – not sure where to turn

    Could anybody advice me how to get nfs-client working please?
    I’m trying to mount nfs disk and getting this:
    Starting rpc.statd … portmapper not running

    Been with SuSE since 6.2 and feel so frustrated and hopeless like never.
    There is no way to start missing service in /etc/init.d … no documentation on what is SuSE story on this systemd …

    Could anybody point me in the right direction please?

    Thanks a million, Tom

    • hopeful

      We have a working NFS on 12.2 beta 1 without any extra tricks.
      Just configured NFS client from yast.
      So there must be someting wrong with your particular setup.

      • Tom

        Thanks a lot for responding

        If there is better place for this discussion – please let me know

        After clean install:
        I added mfs mount points to /etc/fstab (they are verified to work on 11.4 and 12.1)
        Attempting to mount produces:
        Starting rpc.statd … portmapper not running

        Going to Yast – NFS-Client – I can see added mount points OK. Confirming (adding or changing) in yast produces error message saying Cannot start service.

        There is no portmap to start in /etc/init.d (perhaps systemd change) exploring systemctl does not locate portmap service either. Trying to locate portmap in network services or xinit as well as Software manager fails.

        So – how did you start portmap? Or whatever other service you needed to start for successful nfs mount?

        Thanks again, Tom

  36. the graphics look great however it takes a while to unencrypt my drives also it asks for my password 3 times before it only asked the once. roll on next month / September when i can update it again

  37. p.s vlc keeps on segfaluting :-(

  38. Rafael

    As I guessed, neither this version of OpenSUSE will run on my Dell Desktop Vostro 360 (http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/hardware/475275-dell-vostro-360-native-monitor-resolution-not-recognized-unable-use-two-monitors.html).

    The same issue is present on this RC, so I can’t see nothing in primary screen, but a flicering image sometimes. The rest of time is only a black screen.

    :( x 1.000

  39. becky232c

    Crackin’ RC! Works like a dream – and fast! Just wish the repositories could be kept up-to-date – for the first time in history?