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RC2 is Ready for You. Are You Ready for RC2?

February 28th, 2013 by

release counterThe openSUSE Release Team has released RC2 to the mirrors a few hours ago. A large number of bugs has been fixed and a number of packages has been updated. Major changes include PulseAudio, the kernel and Firefox. This is the last opportunity to find and fix the last few bugs before the final release, so help us by downloading RC2 from software.opensuse.org, testing and reporting bugs!

The most important updated packages in RC2 are:

  • amavisd-new 2.7.2->2.8.0
  • digikam 2.9.95->3.0.0
  • gnome-shell 3.6.2->3.6.3
  • gnutls 3.0.26->3.0.28
  • kernel-default 3.7.6->3.7.9
  • kiwi 5.04.37->5.04.53
  • libcdio 0.83.git->0.90
  • libdrm 2.4.41->2.4.42
  • mariadb 5.5.28a->5.5.29
  • MozillaFirefox 18.0.1->19.0
  • MozillaThunderbird 17.0.2->17.0.3
  • openssl 1.0.1c->1.0.1e
  • postfix 2.9.5->2.9.6
  • pulseaudio 2.1->3.0
  • release-notes-openSUSE 12.3.1->12.3.3
  • seamonkey 2.15.1->2.16
  • sysconfig 0.80.4->0.80.5
  • wine 1.5.22->1.5.23

UEFI and Secure Boot status

It should be possible to install openSUSE 12.3 on a UEFI machine without problems. During the installation process you can see that YaST decides to use the EFI partition (usually /dev/sda1) as a boot partition, setting the mount point to /boot/efi. That means that YaST will create a directory named “opensuse” in this partition, and will add grub.efi or grubx64.efi file in it. Also, YaST will create a new entry in the firmware boot manager, named again “opensuse”. We can use this new entry to load our distribution without problems. We are working hard to get Secure Boot into the equation, and in RC2 we can fully test the process. The good news is that openSUSE 12.3 RC2 can boot perfectly with Secure Boot enabled in our UEFI firmware.

For this RC2 the process needs an extra manual action by the user (an issue which will be addressed before the gold master arrive). When YaST shows you a brief summary of the actions that it will do during the installation process (Installation Settings view), you can see now that in the Booting section there is a new entry: “Enable Secure Boot: false”. You need to click on the Booting section, and enable the Secure Boot support. That is all. Now YaST will create two entries in the Boot Loader section of our firmware, and you need to select the “opensuse-secureboot” one to boot your openSUSE distribution when Secure Boot is enabled in your machine.

Changes in openSUSE Live Media

Starting with openSUSE 12.3, we have changed the structure of the Live GNOME and KDE media. The Live images are now designed to be written to, booted and installed from a USB disk rather than a CD; consequently, they are now about a GB large each. They are now also more feature rich and include a more complete selection of software than they did earlier. The Live images now also include:

  • the entire LibreOffice 3.6 stack
  • GIMP!
  • the openJDK java environment
  • delectable set of system recovery and backup tools, including:
    • 4.1 gparted, the user friendly and powerful disk partition manager
    • 4.2 grsync, a GUI for rsync and a very useful backup tool
    • 4.3 GNU dd_rescue and photorec, data recovery tools

Additionally, rhythmbox has replaced banshee as the default audio player on the GNOME Live image.

openSUSE 12.3 final will ship with a XFCE based Rescue LiveCD. Also note that for installations, a netinstall image (which of course fits on a CD) is still available.

Get openSUSE 12.3 RC2 from the usual place.

How you can contribute to 12.3

Although the final release is only a week away, there are lots of ways you can make a difference.

Testers can find information on how to work effectively in the openSUSE Testing wiki.
You can find the current list of the most annoying 12.3 bugs here.
Help us shorten that list by re-testing the problematic areas or by fixing bugs, and we love it when you help us find new important issues!

Find the information portal for openSUSE 12.3 here.

Screenshots of 12.3 are here and here is the Localization Guide.
You can help promote our release by adding a release counter to your website. Pick a size, then link to the image with the usual tags:

Example tags:
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You can also find social media backgrounds for g+, twitter and facebook here, website banners here, a cool release poster here and we’ve already got slide templates so you can present openSUSE at user groups, universities or workplaces.


We would like to extend our gratitude to our regular contributor base who contributed to making openSUSE: the packagers, translators, document authors and everyone else.

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41 Responses to “RC2 is Ready for You. Are You Ready for RC2?”

  1. Hi all !!
    Good news!
    Spreading the word to spanish speakers:


    Thank’s to openSUSE developers team!

    Download, and have a lot of fun!! ;)

  2. Wouter

    Is this a working installer or is it only ment for a live cd?

    • Will Stephenson

      There is a DVD installer image, a network installer image, KDE and GNOME installable Live images (no longer CD sized though), and an XFCE-based Rescue-only live cd.

  3. Peter


    It’s a really nice release, a few things though that bug me:

    * During install, on the summary page (before the file modifications begin), at the bootloader section, even though there are “links” to enable/disable booting from the MBR/primary partition, they don’t work.
    * After installation NetworkManager wouldn’t start up, had to manually configure things following the instructions from here: http://download.opensuse.org/factory-snapshot/repo/oss/docu/RELEASE-NOTES.en.html (Activating NetworkManager with a network.service Alias Link)
    * Although not an opensuse specific thing, the blinking wifi led was one annoying thing.
    * The “run window” (i.e. Alt + F2) in KDE crashes every now and again, not too much of a deal, but thought I’d be thorough.
    * Using the USB net installer, after install the grub menu with the “Boot from the Hard drive” just kept looping (i.e. loaded up grub back again)
    * Another weird thing is that sometimes booting stalls at a certain point for 1-2 mins at “Starting Login Service…” (usually I can boot in a few seconds).
    * I set a color profile with kolor-manager, but after a reboot I have to access the Color Management section of the Configure Desktop app to get it loaded.

    These are more or less the things that came up in a day’s use.

    Cheers and thanks for a very nice distro :),

  4. Doug

    The Linux G+ profile page announced a new 3.8 stable kernel, this will be included in the final openSUSE 12.3?

  5. Martin

    Can someone help me with this? I used Unetbootin to put RC 2 on my USB stick and when I tried to boot from it I got this message:

    “Could not find kernel image: gfxboot”

    Here you can see it in my video of me trying to boot it


  6. mike

    Is this a joke?

    Not one of the “most annoying bugs” from RC1 was fixed.

    Sticking to a timetable for the sake of sticking to a timetable is not only amazingly unprofessional, it will kill the project eventually.

    • aplanas

      Uhmm I’m in http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Most_annoying_bugs_12.3_dev and I see some bugs fixed from RC1. There are 8 bugs with references to Bugzilla, and 2 without reference, and I see 4 bugs with reference fixed.

      A good thing is that some of the nonfixed bugs (like https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=800365 ) have SR in factory. This is a good signal because gold master is near now : ))

    • Let me guess. There is one bug that you think is important (but which most likely isn’t) and that wasn’t fixed, so instead of being reasonable you just claim that nothing got done?

      Quite a number of bugs got fixed and there are, afaik, no ship-stopper bugs left. Yes, there are still some issues – there always will be – but they are minor and can be fixed with after-the-release updates. We don’t want to risk breaking important functionality by doing updates in an attempt to fix minor issues.

      That’s what the freeze and timetable are for – if you let small problems get in the way of big ones you’ll never release. Every fix can introduce new problems.

  7. enso

    Hi, can I upgrade RC2 to final release when it will be ready?

    • Will Stephenson

      Yes, and the existing online repositories from RC2 will magically morph into 12.3 final repos.

  8. Good bless, I hope openSUSE 12.3 development begin unlimited.

  9. Marcus Moeller

    Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that UEFI boot only works with the x86_64 media.

  10. Well, it’s sad to see the end of CD-sized images. I was always impressed with the amount of programs that openSUSE could fit on their <=700 MB CD images. By the way, there is a typo in this announcement: It says that CD images are normally "600" MB.

    I'm interested in this XFCE rescue CD. I don't want it so much for rescuing. I just want a nice openSUSE XFCE desktop live CD without having to download the entire huge 4+ GB installation DVD. Will the rescue CD be usable as a desktop as well? Will it be installable? What other "rescue" stuff will be included that isn't normally in an openSUSE install?


  11. Miuku

    Will the XFCE LiveCD contain any actual automated repair tools or is it being used simply to provide a bootable media that allows mounting and repair by hand?

  12. Bob

    KDE variant (x64) – now we are talking!

    – A couple of RC1 bugs disappeared – which is a relief
    – Can now actually connect to hidden wlan w/o tricks required
    – Consumes way less memory than my 12.2’s KDE variant
    – Fast enough (openbox-KDE-integration almost obsolete now)
    – Minor wish: why not use KDE’s font size in GTK by default?
    – Major wishes (will probably be ignored):
    — Desktop effects to be enabled by those who have time for them
    — Passive busy cursor replaces the dreadful bouncing cursor
    — Classic menu needs a comeback (more effective than launcher)
    — LibreOffice maturing to 4.01, so we should get rid of 3.6

    o’Suse looking good right now – might eventually catch Fedora in Distrowatch rankings.

    • Martin

      I don’t want the desktop effects enabled by default. I like the bouncy cursor and I don’t like lie classic menu.

      • Miuku

        It takes like 15 seconds to change those settings – it’s not a very big deal.

        How often do you re-install anyway?

        • Jarl E. Gjessing

          And often not even 15 seconds.

          Since you most likely wont format home partition the non bouncy and effect related will be pre set as you’d like, so no reason to configure it afterwards.
          Also I actually really like many of the effects, so I’m just happy they are not automatically disabled :-)

          Actually I just love the new version of openSuse, it is soo cool. I cannot use it yet, needs to mature, but that is how it is with new releases no matter what OS, distro etc.

          My biggest wishes would be to have the switcharoo work automatically like in windows. That would be awesome. Then steam would actually get a chance on my linux version… But I have of course filed that request on the tracker :-)

      • So are desktop effects enabled by default or not on the KDE image? I would strongly recommend that they NOT be enabled by default, since this would ruin compatibility with systems that don’t have 3D drivers installed.

        • Å¡umski

          Yes, they are ON by default. I don’t quite understand what do you mean that it ruins compatibility? KWin is smart enough to disable compositing on such system

  13. Alexandre Pereira

    Nice improvement on the installer since December factory iso’s.

    Instalation on my desktop tower computer worked almost flawlessly, even creating mkinitrd. I have a very custom fakeraid setup, but openSUSE installed everything correctly. Except :) … dmraid device names are still not in sync with openSUSE partition manager device names :
    /dev/mapper/xxx_yyyyyyyyyyy_part1 is on the partition manager /dev/mapper/xxx_yyyyyyyyyyy-part1.

    Still , a simple ln -s /dev/mapper/xxx_yyyyyyyyyyy_part1 /dev/mapper/xxx_yyyyyyyyyyy-part1 fixes this.

    PS: this is not the place but i have been running factory on my laptop for months, and always stable ( in fact, its my work laptop and it never failed me). Major thanks for openSUSE.

  14. Richard Steven Hack

    I have a major issue with openSUSE 12.2 and the latest NVidia driver versions (several different over the last few months) wherein Xorg and Firefox end up hitting 90-100% CPU (on an AMD Phenom 9650 quad-core) frequently after a bit of uptime, requiring a reboot to fix.

    Hopefully 12.3 will work better with NVidia proprietary drivers because this has been a massively irritating problem – the first major problem I’ve had with openSUSE since I started using it around version 10.x.

    • It has been a difficult time for me, but I’m currently in the process of building a new machine to replace my hard-pressed triple-core Phenom II running 11.4. I’ve said it before, but 11.4 was a great release, and I’m glad it went Evergreen.

      Having now managed to get a system built using 12.2 that can run KDE3 with HAL (and not udisks2 which, IMO, is total rubbish) and doesn’t fall flat on its back the moment I try updating, I’m hoping (with the customary backup before I start) to upgrade to 12.3 on release. Apart from the “won’t power off when I shut down” business (some folk call it a bug, others seem to call it a misconfiguration, I call it something of a mistake), all looks well apart from a minor buggette in kio-sysinfo (don’t start! It’s a good product and deserves to continue, and is yet another reason to keep Hal alive).

      I really hope that 12.3 works out. openSUSE 12 has not exactly been a happy version for me given that 11 had some really good releases in it. I don’t particularly like GRUB2 as it hides too much but I’m getting to like systemd now that I’m finally getting my head around the changes under the hood (though it still strikes me in places as changes for change’s sake).

      I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  15. Anonymous

    I have tried to install in a Lenovo Yoga it has windows 8, I have put on the Bios boot from legacy mode.

    When is ready to installthe proposal indicates that will install grub2, I select manualy grub2- efi and indicates that the hardware is not compatible.

    I want to have dual boot.



  16. macias

    Will openSUSE 11.3 launch be postponed? RC2 still contains some severe bugs — crashed installer GUI on MacBookPro (NVidia chipset) and disabled encryption on LVM making encrypting impossible!

  17. Chris

    I tried the KDE Live x64 on my acer extensa 5230e with very common hardware and i couldn’t use neither wireless nor bluetooth. Hardwareswitches aren’t working either.
    These devices worked since…. well ever! SL 6.3 got no problem with them…..

  18. jonzn4suse

    The iso’s have out grown CD-Rs…

  19. Michael

    The Opensuse 12.3 kde live dvd does not recognize wireless signal.
    Any thought about this problem? Anyone?
    Thanks in advance!