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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.


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

printf "################################################################################\n"
printf "by Scott Morris (2008-06-18)\n"
printf "\n\n"
printf "You *MUST* be connected to the Internet for this script to work!\n\n"
printf "################################################################################\n"

rpm --import
rpm --import
rpm --import

zypper ar "NVidia"
zypper ar "openSUSE Non-OSS"
zypper ar "openSUSE OSS"
zypper ar "Apache"
zypper ar "Geo"
zypper ar "Banshee"
zypper ar "erlang"
zypper ar "haskell"
zypper ar "perl"
zypper ar "prolong"
zypper ar "python"
zypper ar "smalltalk"
zypper ar "c - c++"
zypper ar "building"
zypper ar "gcc"
zypper ar "tools"
zypper ar "scm"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService Education - Desktop"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService Education - Server"
zypper ar "Emulators"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - Wine"
zypper ar "Games"
zypper ar "Gnome Community"
zypper ar "Gnome Stable"
zypper ar "ham radio"
zypper ar "KDE3 Backports"
zypper ar "KDE3 Community"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - KDE3"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Community"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Desktop"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - KDE 4 Extra-Apps"
zypper ar "Mono Community"
zypper ar "Mono Community+"
zypper ar "Mono"
zypper ar "Mozilla"
zypper ar "Audio"
zypper ar "Photo"
zypper ar "net-snmp"
zypper ar "Novell NTS"
zypper ar "NX"
zypper ar " Extras"
zypper ar "OpenOffice"
zypper ar "OpenSync"
zypper ar "qfix"
zypper ar "science"
zypper ar "Postgres"
zypper ar "PHP Applications"
zypper ar "PHP Extensions"
zypper ar "subversion"
zypper ar "swamp"
zypper ar "Telepathy"
zypper ar "vdr"
zypper ar "XFCE"
zypper ar "XGL"
zypper ar "openSUSE BuildService - XOrg & Compiz Fusion"
zypper ar "XML"
zypper ar "Update"
zypper ar "VideoLAN"
zypper ar "suser-j.engelh"
zypper ar "Madwifi"
zypper ar "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 – 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.

16 Responses to “OpenSUSE 11.0 Now Available – updates, repos, and gory details”

  1. blink4blog Says:

    hopefully mirror servers done synchronize the latest distribution as most of them still yet done.

  2. Scott Morris Says:

    Looks like they’re back. I can get to ’em anyway.

  3. openSUSE 11.0 Download Links, Review, Tips & Tricks | ShanKri-la Says:

    […] Morris of SUSE Blog has put together a nice list of package repositories you can add to […]

  4. Dietrich T. Schmitz Says:

    I’ll be getting to it today with an openSUSE 11.0 64-bit install.
    A full review will follow at my website:

    Dietrich T. Schmitz
    Linux IT Consultant

  5. George Says:

    I am looking forward to trying openSUSE 11.0 I’ve been using SUSE since 9.0 as suggested by my manager at my company. I really like openSUSE and will download you repo script this weekend. I also want to say I enjoy reading your blog over the lest few years. Keep up the great work!

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  7. Jonathan Pryor Says:

    Please remove the smartquotes from your script:

    # zypper ar “Gnome Community”
    Too many arguments.

    The problem is that the quotes around “Gnome Community” aren’t “real” quotes but smart quotes, so the shell effectively ignores them.

    This is quite noticable if you View Source — “ and ” are used as quotes, not ” or ".

  8. George Says:

    I’ve been using SUSE since 9.0 as a suggestion by my manager. I really enjoyed using SUSE 9.0 that I bought SUSE 9.3 when it came out at CompUSA. I plan on buying openSUSE 11.0 next month. I am going to download the DVD tonight using BitTorrent. I also want to say I’ve been reading your blog for the past several years. Keep up the good work!

  9. Presenting openSUSE 11.0 » Sathya Says Says:

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  10. E@zyVG Says:

    Nice script there you have. Gonna try it out soon. I have also ordered a copy of 11.0, though frankly 30+euros for shipping is biting me, that’s roughly 70$ for shipping only, but then supporting the community by buying a copy is good.

    Only thing missing, the KDE 4.1 🙂

  11. Links: Latest Reviews on openSUSE 11.0 « Linux and Open Source Blog Says:

    […] Once you have installed 11.0, make sure to check out the script that Scott has written to add automatically list of required repositories:  OpenSUSE 11.0: updates, repos, and gory details […]

  12. Scott Morris Says:

    Hey, thanks! Sorry it took a bit to get back with ya’. What with the release party last night and all. Thanks for the kind words. I do highly recommend 11.0. It actually exceeded my expectations. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Scott Morris Says:

    Well, what up, yo? Yeah, that shipping will getcha. I agree that supporting the community by purchasing a copy is good. I understand that KDE 4.1 will be in 11.1. KDE 4.0.1 is neat and all that, but not as fully developed as it will be. They just wanted it available for people to start using, test out, and get feedback on. As a matter of fact, I originally installed it (11.0) with KDE 4.0.1 to play around with it, but I’ve since gone back to the 3.5 version. Good to see you, man. Come on by and say “hi” any time!

  14. Scott Morris Says:

    @Jonathan Pryor,
    Thanks for the catch. Must be some funky CSS thing. Or maybe the author has no idea what he is doing. I’m sure it’s the latter. Thanks for the catch, and thanks for stopping by!

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