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March 15, 2007

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2 now ready

by @ 10:18 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News, SUSE releases

From my good buddy Andreas Jaeger:

I’m glad to announce the second public alpha release of openSUSE 10.3.

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha2 is an important milestone for us since it is an

installable release so that everybody doing development in the last
weeks can double check that their changes not only work in their own
environment but also in the complete distribution. It also shows us
the state of STABLE so that everybody should be able to use STABLE as
basis for their work.

Call for testing:

We’re using the libata stack now also for IDE controllers. Please do
test that an update works and all files are changed automatically

(libata uses /dev/sda for the first harddisk instead of /dev/hda).
Disks with more than 15 partitions are not handled right now, we’re
still evaluating whether there is a good solution. to use the old
scheme, boot with "hwprobe=-modules.pata". See below for Bug 250241
as well.

For the first time, we do also release the Kiwi tool together with a
configuration for creating a LiveDVD of openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2. It can

be created by anyone, you just need to call one simple script. Please
find detailed instructions and a list of known issues here:

Most annoying bugs for now:

* Branding and translations are still at the 10.2 level Bug 240598

* ide-disk module does not get loaded at installation time. A

"modprobe ide-disk" on commandline does workaround this issue. This
affects all older IDE chipsets which are not supported via libata,
like chipsets used in virtualisation applications Bug 250241

* Firefox on x86-64 does not connect to any website Bug 249686

* KDE-Multimedia is not selected for KDE by default Bug 253022

* GNOME main menu does crash direct after login. Select to delete it,
then right click on the panel, select add to panel and then choose
menu bar to get a menu. We’ve put older gnome-main-menu RPMS to

* GNOME installation fails to install gail package, just click ignore

* Some GNOME applications will crash when closing them. As a result,

bug buddy will show up. Do not use bug buddy to report these bugs,
but rather go to and search to see if the bug
has already been reported.

The list of annoying bugs is found here as well, please update it if
you find more:

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs
* 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra
languages (the 5 CDs contain support for english, french, italian, spanish,
german, chinese, japanese, czech, danish, norwegian, khmer,
hungarian, polish) (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 5 CDs and the NonOSS AddOn CD
* CDs/DVDs containing the sources corresponding to the media

We have created Delta ISOs from openSUSE 10.3 Alpha1. Please use them
for download.

The DVDs and the source media are only available via bittorrent.

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

To download media, please use the links provided at:

The next planned release is Alpha3 in four weeks (April 12th),


Andreas Jaeger, aj@xxxxxxx,
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nürnberg)
Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany
GPG fingerprint = 93A3 365E CE47 B889 DF7F FED1 389A 563C C272 A126

Nice to see Linux in the Wall Street Journal

by @ 6:45 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

When leaders in mainstream media pick something up and take notice, there must be something to it. In this case, I was checking out the story Linux Starts to Find Home on Desktops on the Wall Street Journal’s website. The article discusses rising trends in the adoption of and interest in Linux. Not only as a server, but also on the corporate desktop. I think that is great. Notice that I haven’t claimed that this is the year that Linux will take down Windows. However, there is a rising interest in Linux, and that trend shows no signs of letting up. The interest in Linux will continue to rise.

Probably everyone has already heard about this, but Dell has posted a survey about Linux. Apparently, it is only going about 10 days, a couple of which are already gone, so head on over and take the survey. Vote for your favorite distro, which is, of course openSUSE. 🙂 It may or may not produce large results. However, it’s more about the consistent, diligent effort that we are making to spread Linux. When things like this come up, it’s important to go make some noise about it so that people start listening. Go take the survey and email the URL to 5 people or you will have bad luck for 10 years.

Another cool story about Intro to Linux course available from my blog home page, I actually go into over 40 governments, about 7 financial institutions, about 14 educational institutions, and about 15 other organizations that have switched to Linux. I also provide links to articles and stories about each organization’s experience. Take a sec and enroll in the course. You’ll get some great introductory info about Linux that you can pass on to people you know that may be interested in using it.

Alrighty, well, have a good one, and we’ll talk to you later. Spread the word about the Intro to Linux course. It’s here for all who are interested in getting started but may not know.

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