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openSUSE Kicks Off Development with Milestone 1

May 17th, 2013 by

openSUSE is pleased to announce that the newest Milestone for the upcoming version of openSUSE 13.1. is available for testing. As early version, it is expected that this Milestone is not fully functional or very stable and we welcome bug reports and fixes for the issues. This is the first in a series of upcoming updates to the distribution that will end with the final release of 13.1 projected by November of 2013. As usual with an alpha release, the most prominent changes in openSUSE 13.1 Milestone 1 come from the upgrades that packages are going through.

Major updates

Some major updates below:

  • GNOME 3.6 > 3.8.1
  • apache2 2.2.22 > 2.4.3
  • digikam 3.0.0 > 3.1.0
  • giflib 4.1.6 > 5.0.3
  • icecream 0.9.7 > 1.0.0
  • kernel 3.7.10 > 3.9.0
  • libreoffice >
  • ocaml 3.12.1 > 4.00.1
  • qemu 1.3.0 > 1.4.0
  • qt-creator 2.6.2 > 2.7.0
  • ruby 1.9.3 > 2.0
  • systemd 195 > 202
  • wpa_supplicant 1.1 > 2.0
  • xorg-x11-server 1.13.2 > 1.14.1

Most Annoying Bugs

The list of most annoying bugs is still short. We’re looking towards you to help us make that list bigger! We need to find out what’s wrong so we can fix it. You can report bugs with this link. The process of reporting bugs involves a couple of steps that you can take in order to contribute with the distribution. Reporting bugs and problems with the packages is essential for openSUSE to retain its stability. Please review our sections on how to contribute to factory, and submitting bug reports.

You’re more than welcome to organize some bug-finding-and-squashing sessions! Take a look at previous efforts in our last beta-pizza-party!

Planned Changes

Some time ago, the team posted a suggested list of changes for openSUSE 13.1. The idea behind this is to accept the changes provided by the community and at the same time meet specific team goals. Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change but it helps when understanding where the next release of openSUSE would like to go.

For the base system, planned changes include updating GCC to version 4.8 and working on the latest integrations for the Linux Kernel. On booting there was a discussion looking to completely move to SYSTEMD and dropping SYSVINIT. Replacing MKINITRD with Dracut.

On the KDE environment the planned list includes making PHONON support GSTREAMER 1.0 and replacing Kopete, largely unmaintained now, to KDE Telepathy. Gnome is also looking to change a few things in 13.1 starting by adding Gnome 3.10, cleaning out some outdated libraries and changing its default theme to a greener one.

On security the list is simple so far, AppArmor will be promoted further as a preferred security suite and updating SELinux.

Get involved!

This list of possible changes can also be altered by your participation. If you are a developer looking to learn and participate of the openSUSE project through coding, packaging or coordinating efforts to include certain software on the distribution, go to our factory page and learn more about how to contribute code. The process of working packages into the factory release is also documented in an article for the release of openSUSE 12.3. If you are interested in making contributions for packages, please go here and get packaging! Although the link is for 12.3, keep in mind that the packaging process done on 13.1 is the same. If your are familiar with branching projects through GIT, making contributions to the factory development should be easy for you. In simple words, you access the openSUSE repository, branch the specific part you would like to work on, make the appropriate updates and then you make requests to our team to include your changes.

However, the work on openSUSE is not only belonging or limited to packaging. There is far more that can be done here. Marketing, team coordination, translation, artwork, etc. These are simple examples of what more of you could be doing for the team. If you are willing to participate, take a look at this page and choose!


Master Coolo published a simple road map. The next milestone is expected for 6 of June, 2013. the next milestones come with about a month in between, Beta 1 is planned for the 19th of September, RC one will be on October 10 and RC2 on October 31st.

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13 Responses to “openSUSE Kicks Off Development with Milestone 1”

  1. Yay! May the bughunt begin …

  2. Hi all Geekos !!
    Puedes leer la traducción del artículo en español:
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    Thanks to the team!!
    Have fun!! ;)

  3. Would love to see systemd, systemadm, systemctl functions within YaST ncurses & GUI interfaces.

    Most of us are familiar with cycling services under SysV commands, but not familiar with the new systemd


  4. Andrew

    How about rolling MATE into this one!

  5. rgloor

    What is going on regarding x32 ABI.
    Are there any plans to build a x32 (ABI) Version of openSUSE?

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  7. Sayth

    Add 12mb to the images at minimum to ensure better support of drivers out of the box. Apps we can instal later driver support is critical.

  8. Smithy

    Any plans on Samba4?

  9. Cinnamon and MATE are quite popular vanilla GNOME alternatives. Pl. think of adding them and pl. provide option in installation dialog in desktop selection.
    Support for USB Dongles is a big problem without resorting to commandline. Pl. do something in the line of UBUNTU’s USB Dongle support.

  10. Ken

    Eliminate Apper software manager completely, and use YAST for all updates and system software management, why one has to use two different software managers update software by default is ridiculous and a major security flaw in my option.

    Default 13.1 KDE AMD46 install,
    Apper auto updates say software say example 1.0.0 to example 1.0.1 Security update.
    Apper says system up to date, done.
    Now run YAST some other software say example-two 1.0.0 to example-two 1.0.1 Security update.
    Now YAST says system up to date.
    Jest some feedback on my experience…

  11. Alfre2

    There’s no deltaiso for Factory on 13.1 from 12.3? I miss it! :-(

  12. Yeah, make MATE the main desktop instead of gnome shell. We played enough with phone like interfaces so, now get back to work.

  13. Saverios

    Yeah, I kinda agree with Ken regarding Apper. I only search for software using YaST and Apper just hasn’t been either stable or consistent in its performance. I also believe openSUSE should integrate the update management with YaST and do away with Apper completely.