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August 7, 2009

National Vision Chooses SUSE Linux

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under Linux migrations, SUSE News

SUSE Linux Migration

Another migration to SUSE Linux:

“Novell today announced that National Vision Inc., one of the largest optical retailers in the United States, plans to use SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Point of Service to improve the performance, stability and uptime of the network of 5,000 point-of-sale devices within its stores. With more than 500 retail locations in 44 states, including America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses and Vision Centers at select Wal-Mart stores, SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service will provide National Vision with an agile, reliable and cost-effective operating system.”

Read “National Vision Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise…”

July 30, 2009

Linux appliances made easy with SUSE Studio

by @ 8:25 am. Filed under SUSE News, SUSE Tips & Tricks, sweet tools

Linux appliances made easy with SUSE

¡Por fin! It’s about time they did something like this with OpenSUSE Linux. Uses for this are infinite. What a fantastically cool concept.

From the site, “Novell has launched a new service called SUSE Studio that makes it easy to build software appliances. Ars gives it a spin and find it’s an excellent tool for building virtual appliances.”

Now honestly, who couldn’t use that?

Check this out: “Novell has launched a new Web service called SUSE Studio that simplifies the process of building Linux-based software appliances. It provides a convenient interface for creating custom versions of Novell’s SUSE Linux distribution with specialized configurations. The service is part of Novell’s broader SUSE Appliance Program initiative.”

“Enterprise software deployment comes with a lot of serious technical challenges. Getting a complex piece of server software up and running on backend infrastructure often requires system administrators to wrestle with dependencies and configuration issues. Software appliances are increasingly viewed as a compelling solution to this problem.”

“A software appliance is a preconfigured stack that includes a software program and its dependencies bundled with a minimal operating system image that can get the program up and running with the smallest possible resource footprint. This concept is often referred to as “Just Enough Operating System” (JeOS).”

“SUSE Studio allows users to build software appliances on top of SUSE Enterprise Linux or OpenSUSE. It offers several templates that can be used as a starting point, including a minimal JeOS template, a server template, a minimal X11, KDE, and GNOME templates. After selecting a base template, users can customize it and add additional software.”

The versatility of Linux never ceases to blow my mind. I mean, to each their own, but if you are looking for the X-11 of consumer-level operating systems, Linux stands up to the test, tell you what (tell your mom, too).

Enough of my yammering about this new OpenSUSE project. Take a look at the screen shots and full story:

Linux appliances made easy with SUSE

February 19, 2009

OpenSUSE 11.1 Vies for Desktop Linux Supremacy

by @ 1:07 pm. Filed under SUSE News

OpenSUSE Linux Blog

Here’s a great article about a handful of ways that OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 makes for a fantastic desktop.


“One such distribution, Novell’s OpenSUSE, reached its 11.1 release late last year, packed with the (at times, overreaching) desktop feature ambition on which the SUSE name was built, but also enhanced with the sort of community-embracing capabilities that the distribution will require to hang on to its prominence.”

“In particular, OpenSUSE 11.1 is the first release to ship since Novell’s OpenSUSE Build Service hit Version 1.0. The Build Service enables users to create, compile and host software packages for OpenSUSE, as well as for several other Linux distributions, such as SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora, and Ubuntu.”

Read “OpenSUSE 11.1 Vies for Desktop Linux Supremacy

November 13, 2008

Transition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server now easy for users of RHEL and CentOS

by @ 6:50 am. Filed under novell, SUSE News

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

For awhile now, I’ve thought that Novell should offer a way for people to migrate to their enterprise products. Well, according to their press release, “Novell Announces New Program to Aid Transition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,” apparently, they’ve caught the vision. It’s nice to see that they’re actually maneuvering and strategizing. For a long time, it seemed like they were just kind of slowly dying off. But with their actions of recent years, such as buying SuSE, their partnership with Microsoft (not that I approve of this, of course), and now their latest move, it seems that they’re serious about business. From the press release:

“The new program is in response to growing customer demand for help as they make the strategic decision to transition their data center Linux infrastructure from existing third-party distributions, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS, to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Many times, customers who want to move between platforms are constrained by factors such as IT resource limitations, application migration scheduling and training costs, which means they need time to make an orderly transition. In response to these challenges, Novell is providing technical support for a customer’s existing Linux environment and is also delivering training and tools to ensure the transition to the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform is smooth and successful.”

That seems like a strong move on their part, and shows their dedication to helping potential customers.

November 11, 2008

What’s unique about openSUSE?

by @ 11:41 pm. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News

I stole this straight from Joe Brockmeier’s blog, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity. This is a really cool list.

He has a list of the things that are unique about openSUSE over other distributions. Here’s the list he provided:


Nice work, Joe! Head on over to his blog entry to read the whole posting.

September 12, 2008

openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results

by @ 1:15 pm. Filed under SUSE News

openSUSE Linux 11.0

From my good buddy Michael Loeffler, on OpenSuse news:

The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release. The summary is in the same order as the questions are.

  • meanwhile over 90% of our users have broadband access and 3/4 of them have a flat rate. Percentage of people having slow or no internet connection is below 5%. Anyway we should find a way getting our distro physically to emerging countries as we fear they didn?t even take part at the survey due to internet issues :-(
  • usage of an OS called Windows dropped from 31% to 21% which either tells us people do the full step to Linux or we may lose newbies?
  • Vista is not there yet, XP usage is approx. 3 times larger then Vista usage
  • KDE4 is already adopted by kind of 40% out of all KDE users, this is quite impressive to us as we?re mainly talking about KDE 4.0 which isn?t that mature as KDE 4.1 is today (yes, we know KDE 4.1 still needs some work to be perfect ;-))
  • involvement in openSUSE has risen strongly, from 15% to 25% and that?s all over the place – be it openSUSE Build Service, bug reporting, openSUSE Forums or others.
  • We?ve seen happily that the main reasons for not being involved in the openSUSE project was no time or familiy. But some people mentioned they don?t know how or it?s not clear where to start. We definitely need to address the latter one.
  • openSUSE and the first experience with Linux is down from 11% to 6%, that either tells us users from other Linux distros are joining or we?re losing people new to Linux
  • rating for ?Ease of installation? climbed up strongly, obviously the streamlined installation workflow was the right thing to do.
  • On the question what should be changed for future versions the wish for more software packages declined. So it looks like the openSUSE Build Service and the 1-click installation helps many users to get additional software from.
  • The things above are for us the most eye catching results. In general the results are pretty similar to the last survey. For comparison you find the old survey on the UX page. As you see those results – at least some times – open room for interpretation in one or the other direction. For feedback please use the opensuse-project mailing list.

    We want to thank all people participated at the survey and some of them will receive soon an openSUSE t-shirt or cap.

    September 7, 2008

    OpenSUSE Linux 11.0, MacOS X Leopard, and Windows Vista all on my Dell Laptop

    by @ 1:26 am. Filed under Dell, SUSE News

    How fun is school.

    Yeah, it’s not. Especially when you’re starting a new job, too.

    The fun part is, I got a dark red 2004 Nissan Maxima. Which I am currently enjoying a great deal.

    None of which has to do with Linux. But it’s my blog and I get the liberty of going off topic. At least I’m posting.

    So I thought I’d take on the challenge of doing a triple-boot setup on my laptop. Yawn, right? Everyone’s done that.

    Except not everyone has done it with Windows Vista, MacOS X Leopard, and OpenSUSE 11.0 all on the same non-Mac machine. A machine much like my Dell Inspiron E1705.

    I took said challenge, and it only took about 23 tries before I got it.

    Here are some pictures of the machine booting, logging into, and the desktop of each OS:

    OpenSUSE 11.0

    OpenSUSE Linux 11.0 Booting
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    OpenSUSE Linux 11.0 Login
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    OpenSUSE Linux 11.0 Desktop
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    MacOS Leopard

    MacOS Leopard Booting
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    MacOS Leopard Login
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    MacOS Leopard Desktop
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    Windows Vista

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    Most often, I will be hanging out in the OpenSUSE 11.0 installation. For that annoying software that only runs in Windows, I am forced, completely against my will, to have it on the machine, as well. And, I have recently become interested in the iPhone SDK, which of course only runs in MacOS 10.5.2 (Leopard) or newer. Hence, the need for all three OSes. And, I have just never seen it done, so I thought I’d jump in and do it. Instructions mostly came from here.


    So, back to the off-topic. I am selling a white 2004 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (click for larger image):

    For all the information you could ever want about the car, including lots of pictures, take a look at this page.

    July 9, 2008

    One of the Greatest Linux Tools Yet

    by @ 9:53 am. Filed under SUSE News, sweet tools

    From the OpenSUSE Newsroom:

    The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.0 release of the openSUSE Build Service. The 1.0 release provides all the features necessary to support building openSUSE in the public build systems and allowing direct contributions to openSUSE from all contributors. Developers can now submit contributions to openSUSE directly at

    The openSUSE Build Service allows developers to create and maintain packages for openSUSE and many other Linux distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. With the 1.0 release, the openSUSE Build Service expands its scope to building the entire openSUSE release, and provides everyone with the same access and transparent interface to work on the openSUSE distribution.

    The openSUSE Build Service has offered a simple collaboration system since its inception for groups to work closely together on packages or solutions stacks. The 1.0 release improves on existing functionality to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects like openSUSE’s Factory distribution, and to allow building openSUSE’s stable releases in the open.

    What the changes mean for contributors:

    The majority of this functionality is implemented on the server side. The rest can be implemented by the various Build Service clients, so that contributors can take advantage of the new features.

    The Build Service team has also introduced a number of smaller improvements and bugfixes to make the system more scalable and usable.

    The openSUSE Build Service is now considered “feature complete” for collaboration. The Build Service team is looking for additional feedback on improving the openSUSE Build Service as it will now be the standard tool for working on the distribution.

    May 29, 2008 News : Announcing openSUSE 11.0 RC 1

    by @ 3:26 pm. Filed under Linux News, SUSE News, SUSE releases

    From the openSUSE News room, an announcement!!!

    The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). The good news is that we’re closing in on the final release of 11.0, but it’s not time to relax just yet. We’re getting really close, so we need all hands on deck to help test this release candidate. Since beta 3 we’ve fixed 578 bugs and resolved 1,118 bugs! Read on to see how you can help get 11.0 into top shape.

    Digg this story!

    KDE on openSUSE 11.011.0YaST Software ManagementopenSUSE 11.0

    Information and Download

    The first step is to download the release candidate. Please remember that RC1 is not a stable release. As a release candidate, openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 is almost ready for day to day use, but may still have some interesting bugs that make it unsuitable for running a production system. Be sure to have backups of any important data before using openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 on a system.

    Media and Download

    You can download openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 for x86, x86_64, and PPC at Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

    Most Annoying Bugs

    This is a list of the most annoying bugs, that we’re aware of, that still exist in the release candidate.


    • GRUB config broken for other partitions. Bug #395085
    • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch


    • GNOME asks for the root password on first login. Bug 390658
    • GNOME has wrong icon theme by default. Bug 391865

    See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

    Call for Testing

    To help testing, take a look at, and the Feature Test List page. The Feature Test List page includes a definitive list of new features included in openSUSE 11.0.

    We need to test these features in particular, so please look through the features on the page, pick one that has not yet had its test completed, and make sure it passes. If not, be sure to file a bug in Bugzilla and mark the test “failed.” See the full instructions on the Feature Test List page.

    Comments, Feedback, and Helping

    With RC1, openSUSE 11.0 is almost ready for release, but we can still use help with testing before the official release. This is a great chance to contribute to openSUSE, by filing bug reports, testing features, and giving feedback to the openSUSE developers.

    Here’s a few ways to help:

    • Report bugs: If you do find a bug, be sure to report it in Bugzilla using the procedure given on
    • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the (subscribe) mailing list. Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.
    • Let the world know! Be sure to spread the word about openSUSE 11.0! Blog about it, tell your Linux User Group, start planning a Launch Party — whatever you can do to let the world know about openSUSE 11.0!

    Thanks to all the developers and contributors for all the hard work that’s gone into openSUSE 11.0 so far, we’ve come a long way and only have a little more work to do before we have a final release. Fire up openSUSE 11.0 RC 1 and have a lot of fun!

    February 4, 2008

    OpenSUSE Community gets new leader

    by @ 11:54 am. Filed under SUSE News

    OpenSUSE Linux Community members, rejoice. We have a new community leader, Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier. I’m excited for this.

    One of the major driving forces that makes a successful distribution is its sense of community. Where do you get tech support? The community. Where does the maintenance come from? The community. Who contributes patches? The community. To whom can you contribute if you want to help out? The community.

    I’m sensing a pattern.

    If you can take the concept of the community and reach out to them, you will likely enjoy more success than if you do not do this. People want to form communities, and will with or without a little guidance and direction. So, why not take someone who knows about communities, an operating system that thrives through communities, and people who want a community, and put them all together? That looks like exactly what they are doing with Mr Brockmeier. Go Zonker!


    “I’d like to give a warm welcome to Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier who joins the openSUSE project as “openSUSE community manager”. You can reach him directly at He has his own openSUSE blog at, I advise to go over and see what he has to say himself!

    He is a long time Linux user and does a lot of writing about Linux and open source for several publications and conributed to books as well. Prior to his new role as community manager for openSUSE he served Linux Magazine as Editor-in-Chief. His personal webpage is

    The openSUSE community manager will act as community advocate and ombudsman thus relaying openSUSE community and users needs back to Novell. Therefore you will find Zonker on many community events. He will also drive marketing programs around openSUSE to make the project more successful and attract more developers and users.”

    Read “openSUSE Welcomes Zonker – The New Community Manager

    January 24, 2008

    OpenSUSE Build Service – now supporting Red Hat and CentOS

    by @ 12:40 pm. Filed under General Linux, SUSE News

    The OpenSUSE Build Service now builds packages not only for OpenSUSE, but also for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS, as well. Support was already in place for Ubuntu, Debian, and other Linux distributions. This means that we don’t have to fish around for packages that are only available for one distribution. My good buddy Michael Loeffler put it this way:

    “As its name suggests, the openSUSE project is committed to choice and opposed to the exclusion of innovation simply because it may have originated in another project,” said Michael Loeffler, openSUSE product manager at Novell. “By adding support to build packages for CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the openSUSE Build Service makes it even easier to build packages across multiple Linux distributions, thus further enabling innovative ideas to spread quickly throughout the free and open source software community. As we seek to streamline and improve collaboration between all Linux developers, the openSUSE Build Service continues to innovate and improve the way packages are built by providing a common framework that works with any Linux distribution.â€? source

    I think that it is pretty obvious about the major benefits such developments provide to the community.

    My question is: How does this relate to the Novell / Microsoft partnership? What, if anything, will occur here because of that controversial relationship between the two companies? Yes, the Build Service allows open source to spread faster, which is spectacular. But is this effort coming because of the M$ deal? Or are they doing it to spite the ‘softies? I mean, they are obviously not afraid to sue the Redmond software giant. I guess I’m just aware of the obvious surface-viewable benefits. What about long-term?

    Should I take off my tinfoil hat, or what? Understand, though, that Ballmer and his co-conspirators are capable of some crazy stuff.

    January 18, 2008

    OpenSUSE 11 Alpha 1 Released

    by @ 3:39 pm. Filed under General SUSE, Linux News, SUSE News, SUSE releases

    From our friends in Germany:

    With the new year beginning we kick start major development into the next version of openSUSE: openSUSE 11.0 (roadmap). A very early alpha version, Alpha 1, is now available for download and testing.

    openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1 Installer
    The Beautiful New Look of the Installer

    Despite many other products being developed in parallel to Factory, we have seen a heavy stream of development on it, so it is really worth a try if you have time for testing. Note, however, that it is not suitable for production systems.

    Changes since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 0

    We have seen 1026 package check-ins since Alpha0 and countless bugs fixed. The main changes against Alpha0 are:

    Most Annoying Bugs

    Due to the huge amount of changes, there are also several noticeable bugs:

    Media and Download

    Please refer to for direct links to all the available media.

    Have a lot of fun!

    January 16, 2008

    30,000 desktops and 1,880 servers migrated to SUSE Linux

    by @ 4:47 pm. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE, Linux migrations, Linux News, SUSE News

    30,000 desktops and 18,880 servers is quite a huge amount of machines to migrate. But that’s just what Elcot (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) has done over the past couple of years. It all started with one little laptop and SUSE Linux. But as people saw just how easy it is to use, how well it works, and how economical it is, they just had to have it, too.

    It’s all part of the Linux movement gaining increasing momentum, about which I wrote a couple of days ago. This particular migration took place in India.

    Here is a quick excerpt from the story:

    “That day, Elcot’s managing director, C. Umashankar, walked into his office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and was handed a brand new laptop. He recalls promptly giving it back to his PA. ‘I asked him to load Suse Linux on it. I guess he was surprised. But when the installation — complete with drivers and wireless networking — only took 45 minutes and very little external effort, there was a new confidence in my PA.’ That confidence spread quickly. And with it came more penguins. Within weeks, the Rs 750-crore(Can$192 million)Elcot was undergoing a enterprise-wide migration to Suse Linux. A year later, Umashankar and his team had moved 30,000 computers and 1,880 severs belonging to some of the state’s schools to Linux — creating possibly the largest Linux rollout in India.”

    Read more about one of the largest Linux migrations in India history.

    October 9, 2007

    OpenSUSE Linux – YaST Survey – Show your support!

    by @ 9:50 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News

    One thing that this latest release of OpenSUSE Linux has demonstrated to me is their willingness to listen to the community. What were the major gripes with prior versions of OpenSUSE? The package manager and multimedia codecs were definitely two of the primary ones. Delighted was I to find that both of these things and a slew of others were the major points of improvement of OpenSUSE over previous versions.

    These improvements were brought about through a survey posted earlier this year (results posted here). The successful execution of a survey does not end when the data is gathered, but when the results of the survey have an effect on the project. Team OpenSUSE posted the survey and over 27,000 people responded. Don’t be surprised that the outcome of that survey reflects heavily in the final GM release of OpenSUSE 10.3.

    Well, everyone, they want your opinion again. There is a new survey, this time about YaST. So please spread the word. Blog about this survey, announce it wherever possible. Let’s further the cause, and get everyone’s input on how you use YaST, which parts are more important to you, and things of that nature. Show your support to the OpenSUSE folks and let’s give them as much great input as we can!

    October 4, 2007

    New Feature List for OpenSUSE 10.3

    by @ 4:31 pm. Filed under General SUSE, Linux News, SUSE News, SUSE releases

    I wanted to take a moment and post a list of the major improvements from OpenSUSE 10.3 over previous versions.

    1. Improved boot times – down to just about half of what it used to be (27 seconds from 55 seconds)
    2. One-Click Install – installs your RPMs and adds their associated package repositories
    3. Package Management Overhaul – ZMD removed, replaced with improved libzypp, zypper, and OpenSUSE Updater
    4. Compiz and Compiz Fusion – many added features, effects, and functionality for your 3D accelerated desktop
    5. KDE 4 – option to check out the developments in the KDE 4 Desktop Environment
    6. Gnome 2.20 – Tomboy sync between computers, evolution attachment reminder
    7. 1-CD Installation/Multimedia Support – One CD for KDE installs, one CD for Gnome installs – no more 5-disc downloads
    8. Codec Installer – ability to install needed codec support with the click of a button
    9. Virtualization – many developments in OpenSUSE’s virtualization support
    10. Tons of other sweet stuff – updater tool, repository merge (packman and guru), XFCE 4.4.1 availability, localization, OpenOffice 2.3, community repositories already available, KDEPIM enterprise branch, Giver, and KIWI

    That is a very quick summary, more details as follows:

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – Improved Boot Times

    OpenSUSE 10.3 will include some great improvements to the init boot scripts which will dramatically decrease the time your computer takes to boot up. These come as the result of many different tests and research.

    Tests done using a Sony Vaio VGN-FE11S, with completely default installs, local users, and IP configured via DHCP.
    10.2 => 55 seconds
    10.3 Beta 1 => 27 seconds!

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – One-Click Install: Hassle-Free Installation of Software

    Once you click on 1-Click Install you are guided through a wizard that guides you through the simple process of installation the application. It will automatically add the repository for you and install the package.

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – New Package Management

    OpenSUSE 10.3 is set to contain a new, significantly improved and more mature package management stack by default. ZMD, the package management component causing problems in SUSE Linux 10.1 and to a lesser extent in OpenSUSE 10.2, has been completely removed and is now replaced by the new libzypp and its tools.

    new tools

    zypper, an advanced, featureful command-line tool
    OpenSUSE Updater, a software updater applet that notifies you about software updates

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – Compiz and Compiz Fusion

    Compiz and Xgl are two classic examples of where SUSE engineers have revolutionised the Linux desktop. OpenSUSE 10.3 will contain the latest Compiz 0.5.4 installed by default, and Compiz Fusion – the result of a merge between the Compiz and Beryl communities – will be available in the official online repository for all to get through YaST.


    1. having native KDE window decorations while still running compiz
    2. Blurring of windows (such as inactive/background windows)
    3. The ability to highlight particular areas of the screen or to just draw on any part of it – useful for presentations
    4. The animation plugin produces beautiful window effects on window transformations.
    5. Added cube effects, incl. viewing all desktops at once
    6. Added accessibility features and functionality

    CompizConfig Settings Manager

    Compiz Fusion has a completely new manager for handling its plugins and settings, as well as all settings belonging to Compiz itself: ccsm. It has a more accessible and intuitive design while still retaining all the same configurability.

    window navigation

    There are now a couple of possiblities, a Ring Switcher and a Shift Switcher. The Ring Switcher rotates the Windows as you press Super+Tab, and the Shift Switcher focuses onto one window while placing the others to the side; you can then shift which window is focused, while throwing the others to the side.

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – KDE 4

    The old component-style of packaging for KDE has also gone, and applications are now in separate individual packages. Games are the first components to be included in KDE 4. If you would like a LiveCD with KDE 4 on it, see the KDE Four Live CD.

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – SUSE-Polished GNOME 2.20

    The new Note Synchronisation feature allows you to synchronise your notes with all the computers that have Tomboy. If you mention an attached file in an email you are sending, and forget to attach it, Evolution will now pop up a little reminder asking you if you really wish to send the email without an attachment. There is also considerable work done on the new GTK+ front-end to YAST.

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – 1-CD Installation & Multimedia support

    In the past, OpenSUSE releases were primarily provided over 5 open source software (OSS) CDs, 1 optional non-oss add-on CD, or the 1 DVD which was the sum of those CDs. Though you only needed 3 of the first 5 OSS CDs for a default KDE and GNOME installation, it was not seen as an ideal scenario. Now the 5 OSS CDs have been commpletely dropped, and in their place comes two new CDs.

    1 OSS CD for a complete KDE installation

    1 OSS CD for a complete GNOME installation

    An extremely nice feature in the installation of OpenSUSE 10.3 is the new default option of adding repositories before the installation. OpenSUSE has always had a default installation for each desktop environment, but it has also always given you the choice of installing exactly what packages you want from the given media.

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – OpenSUSE Codec Installer

    Now, with a completely default OSS installation, if you try to play an MP3 (in Amarok or Banshee) you will get a nice little dialog informing you that you have attempted to play an audio file that is currently not supported. It also gives you the option to install the additional codecs providing you with MP3. This link will take you to a place where you quite simply only need to click on one link, and, using One-Click-Install grab the GStreamer Fluendo codec for you and install it (not available in RC1, but will be in the final release), leaving you ready to play MP3s straight away!

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – Virtualization

    VirtualBox – VirtualBox is a wonderful new open source virtualisation product, with a huge range of capabilities, and excellent documentation. As well as having nice enterprise features, for the regular openSUSE user it can be a great tool for trying out new installations or live CDs of openSUSE, and even other operating systems and distributions altogether.

    Xen 3.1 – openSUSE gets all the enterprise Xen virtualisation features, such as full support for Xen 3.1 virtualization on both 32- and 64-bit x86-based architectures with the capability to host 32-bit virtual machines on 64-bit virtualization host servers. It also features support for both paravirtualization and full virtualization on the same server, leveraging both Intel VT and AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) processor capabilities. Also, a fully graphical and command-line virtual machine management tools for easy virtual machine (VM) administration and configuration, as well as tools for VM installation and lifecycle management.

    VM YaST Module – To help with setting up and configuring Xen, openSUSE even has a nice Install Hypervisor and Tools (in the yast2-vm package) module which can do a lot of the work for you. After the install has finished you’ll have two extra YaST modules to create and manage virtual machines.

    Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) – Also in this release is the latest Linux kernel virtualisation infrastructure, KVM. KVM itself is to be considered experimental, but it is progressing very quickly. The latest versions come with reports of even better performance and Windows Vista support.

    more information here

    OpenSUSE 10.3 – A Plethora of Other Great Improvements

    OpenSUSE Updater as an Upgrade Tool too – ‘updates’ refers to patches, ‘upgrades’ refers to package versions – the OpenSUSE Updater tool does both of these important tasks

    Guru Repository Merging into Packman

    Xfce 4.4.1 – An impressive lightweight desktop environment – somewhere between window managers and full-blown desktop environments like KDE or Gnome

    OpenSUSE Community Translations – The community is now able to participate in localization efforts

    Redesigned Network Card Module – The new one is simpler, clearer, and better reflects the more common situations and usage of the network card module 2.3 – bunches of new features – really there are too many to list

    Community Repositories – added new Community Repositories module which provides you with a nice list of the main official OpenSUSE repositories, popular repositories from the OpenSUSE Build Service, and other repositories added by the community from other locations.

    KDEPIM Enterprise Branch – This version contains a whole bunch of fixes and a few handy new features such as the Favourite Folders container

    Giver – Easy Local File Sharing – To transfer images, files or even folders, all you have to do is drag it onto the person you want to send it to. They will get a small dialog asking them to accept or decline receiving the file. If they accept, it’ll pop up right onto their desktop. Simple!

    KIWI – Unlike other system image tools, KIWI is completely configurable and has a very clean design. You can specify exactly the packages that you want, and you can build a full range of images including Live CDs, Installer Images, virtualisation systems like QEMU/VMware and Xen images, network (pxe) images and more. It is even now used as the base for LTSP in OpenSUSE.

    more information here

    Full details are available from the OpenSUSE Sneak Peeks page.

    If you have any additional information or corrections to this list, please let me know!

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