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openSUSE Factory Moving: Milestone 0 Ready for Feedback!

October 3rd, 2012 by

Good news! openSUSE Milestone 0 of openSUSE 12.3 is out! While we’re still discussing the schedule and won’t be deciding anything before the openSUSE Conference in Prague later this month, development is picking up steam.


Ismael Doenmez was kind enough to provide us with a quick overview of the latest changes in Factory:

  • KDE is updated to 4.9.1 release
  • Glibc is updated to 2.16 release
  • Kernel is updated to 3.6.0-rc7
  • X.org updated to 1.13 release
  • All X.org video drivers are updated to latest stable release (or snapshot).
  • Mesa updated to upcoming v9 snapshot.
  • DRM libraries updated to 2.4.33 release
  • Qt updated to 4.8.2 release.
  • Emacs updated to 24.2 release.
  • OpenJDK updated to release
  • Banshee media player is updated to 2.5.1 release.
  • zsh is updated to 5.0 release
  • SourceCodePro font from Adobe is now available among other new font packages.
  • Support for OPUS codec added via libopus
  • jpeg-turbo is now the default jpegv8 implementation, jpegv6 is dropped.

OBS screenshots

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 12.3 Milestone 0 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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22 Responses to “openSUSE Factory Moving: Milestone 0 Ready for Feedback!”

  1. Geir

    Hi !

    It´s very serviceable.

    love Gerd

  2. Matt

    Hey guys,

    Just wanted to quickly mention how impressed I am with your latest release of OpenSUSE. However, if we can sprinkle some TLC on YaST and the package management, this distro can pretty much destroy Ubuntu. In YaST, some things from a cosmetic standpoint annoy me, like progress bars going outside the boundaries of windows and the like.

    Anyway, aside from that, keep up the good work and make sure to focus your efforts primarily on the desktop end. The server features provided in OpenSUSE probably aren’t necessary, and could end up slowing down progress in other areas.


    • Thanks for the kind words, Matt! We agree that YaST can use some work but I am afraid that as far as I know, there is not much going on in the UI department. There are plans for some deep plumbing work on it, though, that might prove helpful in the long run.

      • Matt

        I understand that resources are limited and you guys are doing the best you can. Just for the record, I have dumped Ubuntu and switched to openSUSE at this point, despite the flaws here and there. ;)

        • Hecatior

          I also flushed Ubuntu, they think they rule, but the new version sucks and its fullof bugs for laptops. OpenSUSE and Mint are the best!

  3. Sayth

    I think that some good OBS tutorials would help a lot. I was trying to build some packages on 12.1 but found that there are a few small gotchas that make it hard, I never quite got a good enough understanding to continue to contribute .

    • Sayth, that is an important concern to us. Part of the problem is probably that not all our documentation is easy to find and another issue is simply that some things are not documented at all – for example, the templates have almost no documentation. However, we’re always more than happy to answer questions on our mailing lists and on IRC and I suggest you ask them. We know our documentation is incomplete, so we’d be glad to help in person!

      Also, we appreciate any updates to our wiki pages you can make while struggling to find answers to your questions!


  4. varxx


    I’ve been testing OpenSUSE 12.2 for several weeks. Coming from a rolling release distro (Arch), I’m not sure how to go about moving up to 12.3 should I decide to do so. Any pointers? Thanks.

  5. Melvin

    I’m always excited when a new release of opensuse is out. This time when I bought my new laptop I was planning to run only opensuse on it. Checked with the manufacturer and they said its fine. checked with the community and they said I may have issues with my graphics card and the rest should be fine.

    After I got it 12.1 could not get the display to align properly on the screen. waited for 12.2, on 12.2 GUI disappears or the system gets hung after I do an online update. I had posted on the forums and got myself to add all the necessary repositories and recompile the ati catalyst driver everytime I do an online update. But nothing works. Over that my Broadcom wireless adapter as well as bluetooth isn’t supported (thats not entirely your fault – I agree).

    I’m at this point contemplating a switch to ubuntu just because I need something to work my PC. At the same time I’m really really hesitant to leave opensuse because I’m gonna miss it speed and Yast – moreover something that really meant to me over the couple of years. I was and am an opensuse fan, I admit.

    I am not putting it down not to mention how better ubuntu is or how bad opensuse is. Want to make a point that a little more of effort should be put in to testing.

    Jos Poortvliet – hope you take notice of what fedora did on google+ off late. They created events and invited people to test one component each day before the release. We should do something like that. Make testing a community affair before the release and let even the novice test and report. And I’m sure we would have the best and the easiest and the most comprehensive distro soon.

    • Hi Melvin,

      Thanks for the feedback. It’s unfortunate that you’ve got graphics issues and I hope a future version of openSUSE will do better in this regard – issues like these are often due to graphics driver issues in the kernel and Xorg stack and only a newer version can really help there.

      you can try tumbleweed or OBS repositories like getting new kernels from kernel.opensuse.org but if it doesn’t work and Ubuntu does – by all means, use it, we’ll be ready for you with our next release :D

      What Fedora did is quite cool and we hope to improve our testing coordination for the future, this was a nice idea. Thanks for pointing it out!

  6. there are no seeds for the torrent;( i already d/l it from your site but i would like to seed this;)

  7. Good jobs and Thanks

  8. Bobby

    I have been using openSuse from the days of SuSe 8.0 and for the first time I am seriously thinking about switching to another distro! My main reason is speed.
    OpenSuse 12.2 is very stable and looks wonderful but it takes eternity to start up and the applications are the same – slow.

    I tried at least two distros on the same machines this weekend and they have showed me how fast and responsive Linux really is!
    One of these distros is Mageia. It’s a very nice, beautiful and responsive distro but I miss zypper, YaSt and the powerful openSuse repos. Still I would switch if openSuse doesn’t fix it’s speed problems.
    A Pentium Duo Core with 4 Gig of RAM and an nVidia card should show some real good performance.
    If other distros can do it then why can’t openSuse?

    • Dich

      Hi Bobby,

      You must have some issues with hardware drivers (just the most likely guess), as 12.2 is in fact very fast, much faster than the older releases, and certainly faster than fedora and ubuntu (checked on the same laptop). I’d suggest you to check the logs, explore some lspci and lsmod outputs and perhaps post those in the opensuse forums.
      12.2 has indeed a lot of problems, but speed is not one of them. I’ve been seriously considering to switch to something else (for the first time since suse 5.3), but after some time spent in searches got back to opensuse 12.2. I’ve been hit by nouveau, systemd, openjdk and skype quite badly, mainly because one doesn’t expect SO MUCH handwork to be done in such a mature distro as opensuse (and 12.2 as a version number tells us it’s not the first day on the market). Still, with all pros and cons, opensuse remains the best. Alas, it doesn’t use it’s full potential – in my opinion!

      • Samuel Orr

        I can agree here. Anything you could say about openSUSE it is certainly not slow. I have noticed a minor bug with KDE startup; Though I have noticed it in other distros as well so it is probably an upstream issue.

        • Bobby

          I guess it depends on the type of machine that you have. both the laptop and the pc that I have are about 5 years old but they both have duo core and 3 and 4gig RAM respectively.
          I have tried KUbuntu on the machines and it starts up very fast, I tried Mandriva and it was the same. Now I am running Mageia 2 (KDE) and I realised that my hardware is not that old after all because the system is fast! Sorry but openSuse is the slowest os on my present hardware.
          I have a colleague that starts up openSuse in 3 seconds but he has 12gig of RAM. Well sorry but I just can’t afford a new machine everytime there is a new release.

      • Bobby

        Thanks for the reply and the suggestions but unfortunately it’s too little too late on Suse’s side.
        I have been using Suse since 8.0 and I have invested a lot of energy and time trying to make things work smoothy for the past years. I love a lot of things about Suse but there are always issues.
        I had problems with speed both on the laptop and on the desktop. I just could’t bother anymore so I decided to try somethig else. I installed Mageia 2 and the first thing that surprised me is that I didn’t have to search for nVidia drivers (I hate the default nouveau because it doesn’t deliver what I want), the second thing was the speed! and I could even install Skype from it’s tainted repo. Music, videos everything works out of the box.
        Why can’t Suse do that?

  9. Shrivathsa

    I had found some of major issues while setting up OpenSuSE 12.2 Based servers.

    1. YaST-CA.pem will not be created after creating Common Server Certificate. We have to manually Copy One of Server Certificate into /etc/ssl/certificates folder and rename it.

    2. Though I gave same file name (as mentioned in OpenLDAP server) in OpenLDAP client, it gives some error message. I have to later edit /etc/OpenLDAP/ldap.conf file and add a line TLS_REQCERT allow. I had to struggle hard in order to find these solutions.

    3. GRUB2 is default boot loader, but still immatured. I can’t change the configuration while in installation.

    Can you please confirm whether these kind of issues are solved in OpenSuSE 12.3?

  10. sumit

    i have installed open suse 12.3 but i cant play any videos in vlc or other players. Whenever i try to play any video it shows error.