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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

4 Responses to “openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2 now ready”

  1. .wpal » Blog Archives » Вышел openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 2 Says:

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  2. Frantic Says:

    There’s typo at the heading – it’s definitely not openSUSE 10.2:-)
    I’m looking forward to 10.3 and hope that overall speed and responsivness of the system will improve.

  3. Scott Morris Says:

    Right you are. Thanks for the heads-up. You know, I have personally noticed huge leaps forward in performance and pleasantness of experience between versions 10.1 and 10.2. I would be surprised if there weren’t equal jumps in these aspects between 10.2 and 10.3. Thanks for stopping by.

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