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October 26, 2006

openSUSE Linux 10.2 beta1 Released

by @ 2:33 pm. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News

openSUSE Linux 10.2 beta1 has been released. The announcement from Andreas Jaeger is as follows:

I’m glad to announce the first beta of openSUSE 10.2 codename Basilisk

openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 contains a large number of enhancements and
updates done by the open source community and Novell’s development

We have i386 and x86-64 medias available for download, there’s no
PowerPC distribution since the installation fails on that platform
(Bug #213873).

I’d like to point out especially the following significant changes for
openSUSE 10.2 from our list of updates of all open source
subcomponents, integration of new subcomponents and improvements in
various areas:

  - Linux Kernel
  - glibc 2.5
  - Firefox 2.0
  - GNOME 2.16.1
  - KDE 3.5.5
  - X11 R7.2 RC
  - both KDE and GNOME feature improved start menus compared to
  - improved desktop effects (compiz 0.2)
  - 2.0.4
  - Koffice 1.6
  - gnucash 2.0.2
  - ekiga 2.0.2 VoIP and video conferencing application
  - python 2.5
  - php 5.2 RC
  - cups 1.2.4
  - wink 1.5 software tutorial and presentation creatiation software
  - Using opensync instead of multisync for much better syncing
    between mobile devices and software.
  - numerous improvements to our package manager stack, including a
    new update notification applet (opensuse-updater) and a console
    application called zypper which are non-zmd based.  The update
    stack has been improved in both features and speed.
  - integration of powermanagement features into hal

See also – and the ChangeLog file
on the first media of each set for a really detailed overview.

Beta1 has a couple of rough edges, the most annoying ones are
documented at . For
now let me just point out the following:

* On some new installations an error occured preparing a hard disk Bug
  #214682. This seems to happen on disks without any prior
  partitioning and when using EVMS. EVMS is broken here. If this
  happens, start the installation again.
* zen-updater is not installed by default Bug #214877
* kpowersave crashes directly Bug #214881 
* The product is not completely localised, localisation will be done
  for Beta2.
* Grub installs in MBR no matter what is selected in YaST2-bootloader
  (Bug #213256)
*  Major changes in the bluez-libs might lead to problems with
   connecting to Bluetooth-devices
* Help Center Integration of the openSUSE Manuals is work in
  progress. There are issues with the desktop files (Bug #213573)
* yelp segfaults (Bug #210429)
* The product is not completly localised, localisation will be done
  for Beta2.
openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or
  KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2
  languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish,
  german, chinese, japanese and czech - and support for those is on
  the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all
  languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version,
  for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now
  use the factory-extra tree)

We have created Delta ISOs from the DVD of Alpha5 and from the CDs of
Alpha4. Please use them for download. We have mastered the DVD5 for
i386 and x86-64 and will distribute it *only* via bittorrent – and as
deltas from the previous version.

For this release we would like to put up a call for testing, focusing
especially on these three areas:

* Python 2.5: As we upgraded to Python 2.5, we would like to ask you
  to test all Python-related packages, especially on x86-64.
* on x86-64 (yes, a native 64-bit package)
* the OpenSync 0.19 framework and its plugins

Please report all bugs you find on in our bugzilla as explained in, discussion is most appropriate on the mailing list.

Thanks to everybody making this release happen – and thanks to all
testing it!


P.S. Here’re the usual handy URLs for download:

Download URLs for the torrents of the DELTA-ISOs:

Download URLs for the torrents of the ISOs:

Download URLs for the Add-On Media torrent:

Download URLs for the Add-On Media torrent:

Download URLs for the full Delta ISOs:

x86 architecture (Intel 32-bit) architecture:

For x86-64 (AMD64 / EM64T) 64-bit architecture:

Download URLs for the full ISOs:

x86 architecture (Intel 32-bit) architecture:

For x86-64 (AMD64 / EM64T) 64-bit architecture:

Download URLs for the Binary Add-On Media ISOs:

Download URLs for the Language Add-On Media ISOs:

Linux and FOSS gain additional support from a major proprietary software giant

by @ 9:34 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

I absolutely cannot pass this one up:

Zombies Control Half of Windows PCs –

This article outlines what Microsoft has discovered from their OWN Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Favorite quotes:

“Of the many forms of attacks uncovered during the first half of 2006, the company said backdoor Trojans which take control of infected computers can be found in almost one out of every two Windows-based systems.”

What a surprise this wasn’t.

“Of the 4 million Windows machines that used the MSRT, nearly 2 million contained at least one backdoor Trojan.”

This is a statistic that I have always dreamed of actually believing, and now I can. Again, this info comes directly from M$.

“While 50 percent seems high, the results are actually an improvement over last year, when 68 percent of computers had a backdoor Trojan.”

And what percentage of Linux machines have these types of problems?

* looks around *

No hands, huh? Wait, I’ve never heard of ANY Linux box having this type of plague raging through it.

Moral to the story: Use Linux. Be happy.

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