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December 18, 2008

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 – 230 New Features Available at Your Fingertips

by @ 7:54 am. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE 11.1 Has Been Released

OK, we’re live and out the door!!! I am so late for work that I’m going to do something that I absolutely hate, (send you somewhere else to read what I could put here, myself). Nonetheless, I can’t just do nothing.

Read the OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 release news from here. Lots of new features (over 230) and take a look at the screenshots.

Remember, don’t use the mirrors, we’re going for a 200TB download record!!!

If you are using ‘wget’, this directory may be a good place to start. If you need to throttle, you can use ‘–limit-rate=’ to do this. Also, you can use the ‘-c’ switch for resuming if your download gets dead. Ex:. command line:
wget -c –limit-rate=40960 http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1/iso/openSUSE-11.1-DVD-i586.iso
This will limit your rate to about 40kbps. If your download gets interrupted, just hit the up arrow and then hit [ENTER], and you’re back in the saddle.

Tell everyone so that we can blow the doors off the 200TB goal!!!

Everyone who can make it, please come to the OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 Release Party in Provo with all your disk images.

I have to run to make sure I still have a job. Enjoy, everyone!

December 17, 2008

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 => Break the 200TB Barrier!

by @ 10:48 am. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE 11.1 Release

The gauntlet has been cast at our feet, fans of Linux and OpenSUSE. Robin brought to my attention a post by Martin Lasarsch where he says, “Let’s try to break the 200TB mark this time.” Apparently, last time, we achieved 163 TB.

So bag the mirrors for the first day or so. Hit http://download.opensuse.org directly when you go to download OpenSUSE 11.1. Totally scratch what I said before, then, about using mirrors. Don’t use them. If we are going for a record, tell all your friends, and let’s GO FOR THE RECORD, for the love of all that is holy.

Seriously, let’s have some ideas on how we can legitimately do this! Get the word out! Blog about it! You might even digg this story, copy it and put it on your own blog, or send it out to your entire buddy list on every social networking site you have, or email it to everyone you have in your email address book.

I mean, not that we want to get carried away. We’re just trying to break a record is all.

December 16, 2008

OpenSUSE 11.1 Access Secrets [pic]

by @ 9:50 pm. Filed under SUSE releases, SUSE Tips & Tricks

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1

OK, so we’ve been chatting a bit about the upcoming release of OpenSUSE 11.1. If we throw an eyeball at the official OpenSUSE.org server, the newest thing available from the official OpenSUSE.org server is not a GM. When it is a GM, DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT FROM THAT SERVER. That only hogs bandwidth that they use to transfer it to the mirrors. Wait about 4 hours, and then pick your favorite mirror and pull it down from there.

But unless I get a personal email from Stephan Kulow or Andreas Jaeger or Michael Loeffler, stating otherwise, I’m reasonably sure that the OpenSUSE 11.1 GM is not publicly available, yet.

However, now you know how to check for yourself for sure when it has been released. But if I catch you downloading from there the minute they put it on there, so help me….

Tell you what, though, if you really want to get some wicked screenshots from how OpenSUSE 11.1 will look, hop on your nearest moped and head over to http://news.opensuse.org/. There are previews of tons of stuff related to OpenSUSE 11.1, including this:

Click for larger version

So we know the GM exists, but it’s the “Where’s Waldo?” element of it that still has my OCD in overdrive.

December 15, 2008

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 Fans are Jumping the Gun

by @ 3:55 pm. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1

Quick little sidenote, OpenSUSE 11.1 GM is not available, and won’t be for a few more days. If you see a torrent of it, it’s likely a release candidate. If you actually see a real torrent that claims to be a GM, then I will consult my sources on whether this is possible. But as of yet, I wish people would not say that “OpenSUSE 11.1 has been released” when it actually hasn’t been.

The lesser-minded get confused when this happens. When the GM is available for download from the opensuse.org servers and mirrors, THEN it’s released.

Just to avoid confusion, they even have a counter:

OpenSUSE Release Date

I mean from what I can tell, that is still a positive number. By logical deduction, that means that the GM isn’t there, yet.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here, people. You’re just going to confuse some people and aggravate others when they find out they’ve waited 8 hours to download a release candidate from some torrent that was named GM.

Unless you are totally sure it’s the GM, then gimme the URL. 🙂

December 12, 2008

OpenSUSE Linux 11.1 Blowout Party Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen

by @ 11:45 am. Filed under novell, SUSE releases

OpenSUSE 11.1 Linux Release Party

Woot, OpenSUSE 11.1 is almost here!

Days until release of OpenSUSE Linux 11.1

For all the Utah folks, or anyone who will be in Utah, or anyone who can get to Utah on or ab out December 18, you are cordially and enthusiastically invited to the OpenSUSE 11.1 release party that will be hosted at the Open Source Technology Center on the Novell campus.

Details:

December 18, 2008 @ 18:00
1800 South Novell Place, Provo, UT
Building A (Open Source Technology Center)
Looking for a sponsor for pizza. Please RSVP (just in case) – sshaw@decriptor.com

For people seeking directions, I’ll just grab them and the map from our OpenSUSE 11.0 Release Party this past June:

Novell Campus Map for OpenSUSE 11.1 Release Party

Click image for larger version

Image legend:
1. North-bounders coming in on I-15 take this exit (exit number 263, I believe).
2. South-bounders coming in on I-15 take this exit (exit number 263).
3. This is building A where the Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) is.

For those using Google Maps or Google Earth, see the address above.

Everyone come. :)

November 14, 2008

OpenSUSE 11.1 beta5 Available for Your Pleasure

by @ 6:09 am. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE has another beta out. This time it’s beta 5. Here are the announcements, both written by Joe Brockmeier, from the OpenSUSE news room:

Greetings, openSUSE fans! We have another development release ready for your testing pleasure. openSUSE 11.1 beta 5 is now available for immediate download and testing.

You may have noticed that we were scheduled to release RC 1 today. However, as Stephan Kulow mentioned on openSUSE-Factory list on Tuesday, we have several blocker bugs and 11 P1 bugs still present. While we’re ready to do another release today, we decided that it wasn’t ready to be called a release candidate. This shouldn’t push back the final release, but it will mean that we will only plan to have one release candidate.

With just a little more than a month before the public release on December 18th, there’s still plenty to do. So, roll up your sleeves and start downloading!

Call for Testing

We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta releases.  Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems. Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution and/or beta release for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs.

See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on testing.

To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

What’s changed since beta 4?

Major changes in this release include:

See the Factory News page for changes in the Factory distribution between release announcements. DistroWatch also carries an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is shaping up nicely for 11.1. Petr Mladek has sent in the following new and remaining bugs for OpenOffice.org:

+ OOo does not start in KDE when OpenOffice_org-gnome is installed (bnc#442678)
+ Pyuno components are still not registered
+ Mono integration is not correctly installed
+ Localized strings are not updated from extra sources
+ The user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead of real files. This may be a feature, but it might also cause problems in the future
+ Missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (bnc#428403)
+ Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About” works but the “Shuffle” does nothing. Also, you can’t move the puzzle pieces with a mouse.

These bugs are being worked on for RC1.

Media and Download

11.1 beta 5 can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/developer. You can find mirrors that have beta 5 images here:

http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1-Beta5/iso/

This release does include PPC media, so users with PowerPC machines have the opportunity to test beta 5 on those as well.

Most Annoying Bugs

While many bugs have been eliminated since the last beta, we still have a few remaining (and new) bugs that testers should be aware of:

Selecting KDE 3.5 also installs KDE4 workspace and defaults to KDE4. Workaround: Choose KDE3 desktop at login manager.
Installation via network on Pegasos2 and Efika is not possible since the initial image does not contain the network drivers (they are available after installation)

Bug #439126: Hibernation does not work with 32-bit PAE kernels.
Bug #432980: On some Intel chipsets (945GM) display can’t wake from sleep.
Bug #444127: kupdateapplet shows error when license is requested
Bug #437735: printers are not installed
Bug #444519: the i586 DVD does not contain any i686 glibc

Future Release Announcements

Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to call out for future release announcements, please send an email to Zonker with any information that should be in that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled release.

 

 

And here’s the announcement from the mailing list:

Greetings, openSUSE fans! We have another development release ready
for your testing pleasure. openSUSE 11.1 beta 5 is now available for
immediate download and testing.

You may have noticed that we were scheduled to release RC 1 today.
However, as Stephan Kulow mentioned on openSUSE-Factory list [1] on
Tuesday, we have several blocker bugs and 11 P1 bugs still present.
While we’re ready to do another release today, we decided that it

wasn’t ready to be called a release candidate. This shouldn’t push
back the final release, but it will mean that we will only plan to
have one release candidate.

With just a little more than a month [2] before the public release on
December 18th, there’s still plenty to do. So, roll up your sleeves
and start downloading!

Call for Testing
================

We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your
help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and
we’re encouraging everyone to download and test the beta releases.
Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know
about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a
beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems.
Though many openSUSE users can and do use the Factory distribution
and/or beta release for day-to-day work we want to stress that it’s

entirely possible that you will encounter serious bugs.

See openSUSE.org/Testing for more information on testing.

To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you
subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the
#openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

What’s changed since beta 4?
============================

Major changes in this release include:

* More 11.1 branding is now in place.
* Upgrade to PackageKit 0.3.9.
* KDE4: NetworkManager and power management Plasmoids now available
* Integration of Smolt finished
* More translations! [3]
* Linux kernel updated to 2.6.27.5
* KDE 4.1.3

* Xfce 4.4.3
* Many updated packages, including: Amarok, Banshee, Blender, Digikam,
Bazaar, Frozen Bubble, The GIMP, LyX, and Wine.

See the Factory News page for changes in the Factory distribution
between release announcements. [4] DistroWatch also carries an
expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory distribution.
[5]

OpenOffice.org 3.0 is shaping up nicely for 11.1. Petr Mladek has sent

in the following new and remaining bugs for OpenOffice.org:

+ OOo does not start in KDE when OpenOffice_org-gnome is installed (bnc#442678)
+ Pyuno components are still not registered
+ Mono integration is not correctly installed
+ Localized strings are not updated from extra sources
+ The user configuration includes symlinks to /usr/share/ooo3 instead
of real files. This may be a feature, but it might also cause problems
in the future

+ Missing OOo-sdk compat stuff (bnc#428403)
+ Suse-puzzler.xls works only partly; e.h. “Sneaky Peak” or “About”
works but the “Shuffle” does nothing. Also, you can’t move the puzzle
pieces with a mouse.

These bugs are being worked on for RC1.

Media and Download
==================

11.1 beta 5 can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/developer.
You can find mirrors that have beta 5 images here:

http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1-Beta5/iso/

This release does include PPC media, so users with PowerPC machines
have the opportunity to test beta 5 on those as well.

Most Annoying Bugs

==================

While many bugs have been eliminated since the last beta, we still
have a few remaining (and new) bugs that testers should be aware of:

Selecting KDE 3.5 also installs KDE4 workspace and defaults to KDE4.
Workaround: Choose KDE3 desktop at login manager.
Installation via network on Pegasos2 and Efika is not possible since
the initial image does not contain the network drivers (they are
available after installation)

Bug #439126: Hibernation does not work with 32-bit PAE kernels.
Bug #432980: On some Intel chipsets (945GM) display can’t wake from sleep.
Bug #444127: kupdateapplet shows error when license is requested
Bug #437735: printers are not installed
Bug #444519: the i586 DVD does not contain any i686 glibc

Future Release Announcements
============================

Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to

call out for future release announcements, please send an email to
Zonker (zonker@xxxxxxxxxxxx) with any information that should be in
that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled
release.

[1] http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2008-11/msg00402.html
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/Roadmap
[3] http://i18n.opensuse.org/stats/trunk/toplist.php

[4] http://en.opensuse.org/Factory/News
[5] http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=suse

Have a lot of fun!

Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier
openSUSE Community Manager
jzb@xxxxxxxxxx

http://zonker.opensuse.org/
http://blogs.zdnet.com/community/

So there you have it. Grab the DVD via bittorrent and take a look!

June 19, 2008

OpenSUSE 11.0 Now Available – updates, repos, and gory details

by @ 12:35 am. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE 11 has some major new features. How cliche does that sound? Woo woo, look at my shiny new toy. We’ve all heard that with every release since the beginning of time. But could I just borrow your ear for a second (maybe an eyeball or two)? There have been some SPECTACULAR distribution releases this year, such as Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9. The KDE desktop is developing quickly with the new KDE4 finally available.

What am I trying to say here? I could hardly stop smiling as I went through my new OpenSUSE 11.0 installation. Watch a kid’s face going on a DisneyLand ride for the first time. That was me as I was looking around in OpenSUSE 11.0. Truly biased words of a Linux zealot, you say. Come on, don’t rain on my parade. I’m telling you, you will LOVE this!

Make it interesting, and get to it, I hear you saying.

List of Updates

OK, time to play the “bullet list” card, then. Here is a list (not comprehensive) of the major features and upgrades available in OpenSUSE 11:

Installation Sources

As always, there are a bunch of installation repositories that you’ll want to at least be aware of. I have put together a script to add them to openSUSE 11.0 for you. Please do not just run the script. Go through and remove the ones you do not need. Do not add them all.

#!/bin/bash

if [ "$EUID" != "0" ]; then
  echo "You must have root privileges to run this script!"
  exit 1
fi

printf "################################################################################\n"
printf "YAST INSTALLATION SOURCES SETUP SCRIPT FOR openSUSE 11.0\n"
printf "by Scott Morris (2008-06-18)\n"
printf "http://www.suseblog.com/\n\n"
printf "You *MUST* be connected to the Internet for this script to work!\n\n"
printf "################################################################################\n"

rpm --import http://dev.computergmbh.de/844C4360.key
rpm --import http://download.nvidia.com/novell/repodata/repomd.xml.key
rpm --import http://packman.unixheads.com/suse/10.2/gpg-pubkey-1abd1afb.asc

zypper ar http://download.nvidia.com/opensuse/11.0/ "NVidia"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.0/repo/non-oss/ "openSUSE Non-OSS"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.0/repo/oss/ "openSUSE OSS"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Apache/openSUSE_11.0/ "Apache"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Application:/Geo/openSUSE_11.0/ "Geo"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Banshee/openSUSE_11.0/ "Banshee"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/erlang/openSUSE_11.0/ "erlang"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/haskell/openSUSE_11.0/ "haskell"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/perl/openSUSE_11.0/ "perl"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/prolog/openSUSE_11.0/ "prolong"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/python/openSUSE_11.0/ "python"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/languages:/smalltalk/openSUSE_11.0/ "smalltalk"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/libraries:/c_c++/openSUSE_11.0/ "c - c++"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools:/building/openSUSE_11.0/ "building"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools:/gcc/openSUSE_11.0/ "gcc"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools/openSUSE_11.0/ "tools"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools:/scm/openSUSE_11.0/ "scm"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Education:/desktop/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService Education - Desktop"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Education:/server/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService Education - Server"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators/openSUSE_11.0/ "Emulators"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - Wine"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_11.0/ "Games"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Community/openSUSE_11.0/ "Gnome Community"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/STABLE/openSUSE_11.0/ "Gnome Stable"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_11.0/ "ham radio"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Backports/openSUSE_11.0/ "KDE3 Backports"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Community/openSUSE_11.0 "KDE3 Community"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE3/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - KDE3"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/STABLE:/Community/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Community"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/STABLE:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Desktop"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/STABLE:/Extra-Apps/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Extra-Apps"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Mono:/Community/openSUSE_11.0/ "Mono Community"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Mono:/Community/openSUSE_11.0+Mono/ "Mono Community+"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Mono/openSUSE_11.0/ "Mono"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_11.0/ "Mozilla"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/audio/openSUSE_11.0/ "Audio"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/photo/openSUSE_11.0/ "Photo"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/net-snmp/openSUSE_11.0/ "net-snmp"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Novell:/NTS/openSUSE_11.0/ "Novell NTS"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/NX/openSUSE_11.0/ "NX"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/OpenOffice.org:/EXTRAS/openSUSE_11.0/ "OpenOffice.org Extras"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/OpenOffice.org:/STABLE/openSUSE_11.0/ "OpenOffice"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/OpenSync:/OpenSync-0.3x/openSUSE_11.0/ "OpenSync"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/qfix/openSUSE_11.0/ "qfix"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/science/openSUSE_11.0/ "science"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/server:/database:/postgresql/openSUSE_11.0/ "Postgres"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/server:/php:/applications/openSUSE_11.0/ "PHP Applications"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/server:/php:/extensions/openSUSE_11.0/ "PHP Extensions"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Subversion/openSUSE_11.0/ "subversion"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/swamp/openSUSE_11.0/ "swamp"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/telepathy/openSUSE_11.0/ "Telepathy"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/vdr/openSUSE_11.0/ "vdr"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/xfce/openSUSE_11.0/ "XFCE"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/XGL/openSUSE_11.0/ "XGL"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/XOrg/openSUSE_11.0/ "openSUSE BuildService - XOrg & Compiz Fusion"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/XML/openSUSE_11.0/ "XML"
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.0/ "Update"
zypper ar http://download.videolan.org/pub/vlc/SuSE/11.0 "VideoLAN"
zypper ar http://ftp5.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/suser-jengelh/SUSE-11.0/ "suser-j.engelh"
zypper ar http://madwifi.org/suse/11.0/ "Madwifi"
zypper ar http://packman.unixheads.com/suse/11.0/ "Packman"

yes | zypper ref

printf "\nThe script has now finished. Congratulations\n"

There’s the script for ya’ll who copy and paste. Don’t forget to “chmod +x” it. If the copy and paste thing doesn’t work for you, download and use the script from the link above.

These install sources will not refresh automatically. To turn that feature on, you’ll have to do it manually in YAST.

openSUSE Build Service

Sometimes, you want the very latest bleeding-edge version of a package. YAST may not find the version you seek. Even with the above repositories added. You may find it, however, in the openSUSE Build Service. Go to that page, search for the package you need, click the 1-click install button next to the version you would like installed. For example, using the software repositories listed above, the most recent version of pidgin that I see is 2.4.2-4.1. However, using the Build Service, I found one that is version 2.4.2-10.4.

For different methods of installing software in openSUSE 11.0, check out an article I wrote about a week ago, called How many ways can you install an RPM in OpenSUSE Linux?

Additional Resources

Product Highlights of openSUSE 11.0 – gives a general description of some of the main package updates

openSUSE 11.0 Release Notes

OpenSUSE 11.0 Main Page

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0 – a series of interviews and insights revolving around changes and improvements in openSUSE 11.0

Guide to openSUSE 11.0 – A general description of improvements in openSUSE 11.0

openSUSE 11.0 Screenshots – you cannot miss these gorgeous screenshots

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/18/open_suse_11_review/ – a third-party review of openSUSE 11.0

changes in zypper in openSUSE 11.0

Things to do after installing openSUSE 11.0 – how to pimp out your new installation. Skip the “Setting up repositories” part if you’ve used my script to set them up for you.

openSUSE Forums – if you should get stuck with anything, start here

openSUSE 11.0 Package List – the entire package list for openSUSE 11.0

No Time Like the Present

There are loads of improvements with OpenSUSE 11.0. The package management is unbelievably fast. They have done a great job with the new algorithms that make it absolutely fly. The new Oxygen icon theme and the Plasma desktop shell catch the eye and are sure to impress. Things are much easier to use than they have ever been before. It’s the perfect time to download an image and give it a whirl. With this release, it is no longer possible to say that Linux is hard to use. If you are using Windows, especially XP, you are about to get the boot from Microsoft. Why not take a look at a nicely-polished, well-done Linux distribution?

For the apprehensive, I have a free “Intro to Linux Course” on my OpenSUSE Linux Blog on the left side.

Get Your Copy – NOW AVAILABLE!

If you want the Addon CD, Gnome LiveCD, KDE LiveCD, or the network install CD, you can get those for i386, x86_64, and ppc from here: openSUSE 11.0 CD ISOs. PLEASE use mirrors where possible!

Deltas for all of the above plus the DVD images for i386, x86_64, and ppc are available from here: openSUSE 11.0 deltas. PLEASE use mirrors where possible!

Looking for the DVD ISOs for the i386, x86_64, and ppc architectures? Get those here: openSUSE 11.0 DVD ISOs. PLEASE use mirrors where possible!

Torrents for the CD and DVD images are also available here: openSUSE 11.0 torrents.

June 11, 2008

OpenSUSE 11.0 Release Party

by @ 11:48 am. Filed under novell, SUSE releases

Well, you know it’s a great day when we’re planning an OpenSUSE 11.0 Release Party. Yeah, that’s going to be pretty exciting.

If you are anywhere close to Provo, Utah on June 19, 2008, we’d love to see you at the Open Source Technology Center (building A). It will be at 6:00 PM. If you have friends who are interested in checking out which Linux they should use, have them come by.

According to The Official OpenSUSE 11.0 Release Party Locations page, pizza will be provided. So RSVP to Stephen Shaw, at the email address listed on the party locations page.

Stephen, I’m going to be there, man.

For people seeking directions, I’ll just grab them and the map from our OpenSUSE 10.3 Release Party last October:

Novell Campus Map

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Image legend:
1. North-bounders coming in on I-15 take this exit (exit number 263, I believe).
2. South-bounders coming in on I-15 take this exit (exit number 263).
3. This is building A where the Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) is.

For those using Google Maps or Google Earth, the address is:

Novell
1800 Novell Pl
Provo, UT 84606

Everyone come. 🙂

June 10, 2008

Download OpenSUSE 11.0: The Very Latest and Greatest of the Linux Desktop

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under How-To, SUSE releases

Download OpenSUSE 11.0 and take the latest release candidate for a spin. The new KDE 4 surely put a grin on my face. The fact that it installs from a LiveCD is a huge improvement. This makes the LiveCD much more useful than the previous types of install CDs. This is true in so many ways, I won’t even try to list them all.

Downloading the most recent development release of OpenSUSE 11.0 is quite simple. You will be very glad you did. This is one of the most polished, easy-to-use versions of Linux that I have personally seen up until the present time. Get pumped for when the Golden Master hits the servers.

Pick your architecture, pick your medium, pick your download type, bake yer disc, experience the joy.

Looking for a DVD image to download? Currently, DVDs are available only via Bittorrent. If that’s cool with you, do it that way.

If you’re ok with a LiveCD based off your favorite desktop environment, you’ll be able to pull down a CD image directly from FTP.

To grab your ISO, there are really only a few short steps.

1. – Select your architecture. 32 bit, 64 bit, or PowerPC.

2. – Select the type of medium you wish to download. CD or DVD. I guess they didn’t like my dead badger ISO suggestion.

3. – Pick a download method for your copy of OpenSUSE 11.0. If you want to do FTP, or want a CD, either option is possible for the other. Unless you want a DVD, then FTP is not an option, rather Bittorrent is your only choice. If your preferred method of delivery is Bittorrent, you can get either the DVD ISO, or a CD ISO of either Gnome or KDE, but not both on the same disc. If you want both, you must either do the DVD via Bittorrent, or two CDs via FTP or Bittorrent. You may optionally elect to do one CD using Bittorrent and the other CD utilizing an FTP server. Unfortunately, at this time, it is not possible to retrieve a DVD ISO image from an FTP server. I just selected ‘standard FTP’.

4. – Start your download. If you selected Bittorrent, you’re given a link to a torrent. If you selected FTP, you’re given a link to the CD image you had selected to download.

5. – Burn the image as an ISO image. Do not burn the ISO onto the disc. In K3B, the option you are looking for says “Burn CD Image” or “Burn DVD ISO Image.”

Where can you cash in on all this happiness? From the Latest openSUSE Developer Versions Download Page.

June 6, 2008

So where’s the OpenSUSE 11.0 Release shindig?

by @ 2:27 pm. Filed under SUSE releases

OpenSUSE Linux Logo

Calling all OpenSUSE folks… Hey, quick thought… Do we have a Release Party for OpenSUSE 11.0 in the works, yet? Last time, we put one together with like 2 days to spare. That went ok and everything… I’m just wondering about the who, what, where, when, why, how details. Cuz in all honesty and actuality, I haven’t heard a peep to the effect.

Regarding anything related to any kind of OpenSUSE 11.0 release party, all I can find is this OpenSUSE 11.0 Launch Party Locations page. And I mean…, as deeply insightful and enlightening as that is, apparently I didn’t glean the information my brain seems to seek.

I can bring plenty of sarcasm and zealotry, I may be a little dim on the wit, though. If I can help coordinate or enforce or communicate with telepathic hand signals, let me know.

May 29, 2008

openSUSE.org 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! http://digg.com/linux_unix/Announcing_openSUSE_11_0_RC_1

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 http://software.opensuse.org/developer. 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.

General

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

GNOME

  • 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 opensuse.org/Testing, 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 bugs.openSUSE.org.
  • Provide feedback: We welcome feedback! Please join us on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (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!

March 19, 2008

Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3

by @ 3:13 pm. Filed under SUSE releases

Hot off the openSUSE news room press:

After four regular weeks and one hack week after Alpha 2, we are very happy to announce openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3.

yast-2_thumb.png KDE4 Desktop GNOME

See more screenshots on the Screenshots/openSUSE_11.0_Alpha3 wiki page

Changes since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2

The highlight of course is the reworked ZYpp framework, which gives you a much faster package management experience. This release also contains a new and professional installer theme.

A lot of packages were also updated to newer versions:

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There were 1855 checkins since Alpha2 – you can get a more complete list at Factory/News

Most Annoying Bugs

Due to the huge amount of changes, there are also quite a few bugs that slipped in:

Find an up-to-date list under Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev

Media and Download

We created the same media as with Alpha 2. They can all be downloaded at software.openSUSE.org/developer:

The next development release will be openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1 on April 17th (Roadmap).

March 17, 2008

Basic Packages Missing in Text-Only Install

by @ 12:23 pm. Filed under command-line, General SUSE, SUSE releases

Basic system packages are missing in the text-only install (and minimal graphic install) of OpenSUSE 10.3, from what I can tell. I installed a machine using the minimal graphical install. When finished, I found that basic packages like ‘man’ and ‘ping’ and ‘vim’ and some other basic commands were missing. The ‘crontab’ was missing, for the love of all that is holy.

Searching around, I found advice on how to install the missing packages, which is useless, because I’m already slightly familiar with package installation with YAST. What I would like to find is a plausable explanation for why such basic packages are missing from the text-only install. ESPECIALLY when such packages were installed in the text-only installs of previous versions of OpenSUSE.

Seriously, this is one of those “slap me in the face with a 2×4” duh types of things. Why on the face of this planet would they make such a decision? If there is a good explanation, I am dying to know the answer. Anyone with some insight is more than welcome to share their thoughts.

Anyone wanna help me out here?

February 8, 2008

Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2

by @ 7:39 am. Filed under SUSE releases

An announcement hit my inbox for the next Alpha release of OpenSUSE. From the OpenSUSE news portal, we read:

Only three weeks after Alpha1, we’re glad to announce the release of openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2. There are various exciting changes in there that we would like to have feedback on.

Installation - Location KDE 4.0.1 Desktop GNOME Desktop
For more screenshots head over to the Screenshots/openSUSE 11.0 Alpha2 wiki page

Changes since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1

For a more detailed list with links to backported packages, see the Factory/News wiki page.

Most Annoying Bugs

Media and Download

Please refer to software.openSUSE.org/developer for direct links to all the available media.

Comments, Feedback and Helping

communicate.pngPlease report all bugs you find on in our bugzilla as explained on http://bugs.opensuse.org; discussion is most appropriate on the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list. For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community — including IRC, Mailing Lists, and Forums — take a look at the Communicate wiki page.

The next release will be openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3, on March 18.

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 software.openSUSE.org/developer for direct links to all the available media.

Have a lot of fun!

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