Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Oct 2007 15:34 UTC, submitted by te_lanus
SuSE, openSUSE OpenSUSE 10.3 has been released today. "This version contains new beautiful green artwork, KDE 3.5.7 and parts of KDE 4, SUSE-polished GNOME 2.20, a GTK version of YaST, a new 1-click-install technology, MP3 support out-of-the-box, new and redesigned YaST modules, compiz and compiz fusion advances, virtualisation improvements, 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
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Great release!
by kap1 on Thu 4th Oct 2007 15:49 UTC
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can't wait to try this, looks excellent, especially the new faster bootup speed.

still probably the most polished distro out there.

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RE: Great release!
by hornett on Thu 4th Oct 2007 16:18 in reply to "Great release!"
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Yes, I'm not usually a SUSE fan, but this release looks lovely.

PS. There is more info about the new boot stuff here:

It will be interesting to see if defragmenting on Linux really makes as much difference as they suggest...

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RE[2]: Great release!
by sbergman27 on Thu 4th Oct 2007 18:17 in reply to "RE: Great release!"
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Yes, I'm not usually a SUSE fan, but this release looks lovely.

PS. There is more info about the new boot stuff here:


From the linked article:

People claiming that you do not need to defragment on Linux must never boot. On your 10.2 installation above for example, after 2-5 system updates it would probably take 80s to boot instead.


Wow. How can I argue with that kind of hard data?

Seems like it would have been *extremely* easy to demonstrate that with another boot chart... if it were true. Color me skeptical. Unless Suse updates do something particularly egregious, I just don't see it.

That one statement is so questionable that it makes me wonder a bit about the whole article.

Edit: Clarified that I was referring to the parent comment's linked article and not the main story's link.

Edited 2007-10-04 18:35

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RE: Great release!
by Doc Pain on Thu 4th Oct 2007 16:47 in reply to "Great release!"
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"can't wait to try this, looks excellent, especially the new faster bootup speed."

I'm especially interested in how good german internationalisation is, so it might be possible to hand a set of SuSE CDs / DVDs to my Joe Q. Sixpacks around. :-)

As far as I see from the article, i18n cannot be selected at install time (so, for installation and further use) if you get the CDs. It would be great to have designated language specific CDs either wirh KDE or Gnome available for download. DVD seems to be required for german users. Too much work just for testing... :-)

I'll still try the english CDs for KDE or Gnome because I like english systems better than incorrectly or incompletely translated german ones.

One thing german sixpack style users don't like about Linux (and SuSE, too): The "out of the box amount" lacks multimedia support for non-open formats. This is due to legal reasons, but they don't affect Germany. Just as a question: Would it be possible to install things like "win32-codecs" by default and advice the user to uninstall it if its use is not permitted in his country? At least, installing them afterwards on SuSE is very easy.

Finally, SuSE is a synonym for Linux in Germany, it's very well known. So I think the new release could encourage users to abandon expensive MICROS~1 products in order to gain more freedom, comfort and security without having to read or type much.

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RE[2]: Great release!
by AdamW on Thu 4th Oct 2007 17:03 in reply to "RE: Great release!"
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win32-codecs is entirely illegal in Germany. It's not illegal on patent grounds, it's illegal on copyright grounds, and Germany had a perfectly serviceable copyright regime last time I checked.

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RE[2]: Great release!
by Flatline on Thu 4th Oct 2007 17:06 in reply to "RE: Great release!"
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It's very easy to install Yast, you can one-click to add community repositories and they include the codecs, etc. If you play a format that it doesn't know, it will also walk you through "one-clicking" to install the necessary files.

One would think that the German translations would be pretty good for Suse, since they were founded in Germany, by the way.

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