A review of OpenSUSE 10.3, which concludes: "While openSUSE's efforts to simplify Linux or Window-fy Linux can be commended, the inconsistency in their implementation is its downfall. Opening applications quickly becomes a chore with the excessive amount of clicks needed to find the application you want. The application browser loads slowly, looks cluttered, and uses icons that are too large. Yast has been improved but still feels slow."
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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, OpenOffice.org 2.3, Xfce 4.4.1, and much more!"
"OpenSUSE has been driving innovation on the Linux desktop, and in today's serial we'll be discovering just what has been happening on the GNOME front. Among other things, openSUSE 10.3 is set to contain, and be among the very first to have, the new GNOME 2.20. We'll see what new things you can expect from this version, what additional polish openSUSE brings to the desktop, and finally we'll be talking to JP Rosevear, an openSUSE and GNOME developer, to find out a little more."
The openSUSE development team has announced that openSUSE 10.3 Release Candidate 1 is available for testing. "After quite a few rebuilds and testing, the openSUSE team is happy to announce that RC1 looks brilliant and is now available for download. We consider this release to be feature complete, stable, and suitable for testing from any user. For more information on the release schedule, take a look at the Roadmap."
Christoph Thiel annouced the release of openSUSE 10.3 Beta 3. "It's my pleasure to announce the availability of openSUSE 10.3 Beta3. This is the last beta release before entering RC phase in two weeks. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this release of openSUSE! Important changes since Beta2: Linux kernel 18.104.22.168, libzypp 3.22.1; improved package lists of the 1-CD GNOME and KDE editions; countless bug fixes in every component; reworked concept of language bundles."
OpenSUSE 10.3 beta 2 has been released. "The openSUSE Team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3 Beta 2. Though this release should not be used on any production machines, everyone can help shape this release by testing out installations and much more. For more information on the release schedule, take a look at the Roadmap."
OpenSUSE 10.3 beta 1 has been released. "The openSUSE team is proud to announce the first Beta release of openSUSE 10.3. There are many exciting enhancements and features in the new release. Among these are a whole new and greatly improved package management stack (libzypp), significantly faster boot time, parts of KDE 4, a 1-CD KDE Install and a 1-CD GNOME install, beautiful green artwork, a new One-Click Install technology that integrates with the openSUSE Build Service and much more."
OpenSUSE 10.3 alpha 7 is released. "Alpha7 is ready, after 5 rebuilds we're happy to say it looks good enough for the public. Important Changes Since Alpha6: Linux 22.214.171.124; gcc 4.2.1; libzypp 3.12.1; the package set of the CDs are heavily reshuffled and with it the patterns also affecting the DVD."
"Sometimes, a service pack comes along that really makes a big difference. Take NT. Before SP3, it was garbage; afterwards Microsoft had its first server operating system that was worth anything. XP before SP2 was so-so, but after SP2, it became Microsoft's best desktop operating system ever (sorry, Vista). And, now, with its SP1 for SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop), Novell has given an already excellent business desktop a real kick in the pants."
Novell has shipped the first service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10. "Novell today announced that the first service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is now available to customers worldwide. Featuring significant enhancements in virtualization, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 from Novell lets organizations take advantage of the latest technical advances in the best-engineered, lowest-cost and most-interoperable platform for mission-critical computing."
OpenSUSE 10.3 alpha 5 has been released. "Linux 2.6.22 rc4; reduced size and cleaned up dependencies of some packages; glibc 2.6; Emacs 22.1; OpenOffice.Org 2.2.1 rc3; lots of package renames and splits to create smaller systems and allow a one CD installation; two one CD installation media: A GNOME CD and a KDE CD."
The fourth alpha release of OpenSUSE 10.3 has been released. "Inclusion of YaST Meta Packages handler; instLux allows users to start the Linux installation from Windows; we have removed zmd from the distribution and concentrate now on the tools opensuse-updater and zypper; TeX Live replaces teTex; first parts of KDE4svn entered Factory, its games are installed; OpenOffice.org 2.2; GNOME 2.18.1; improvements to our init script starter startpar to reduce boottime; first changes to support Sony PS3; Linux 2.6.21 with an updated AppArmor patchset."
"The openSUSE survey results are now online. The survey was live for almost 3 months and more than 27000 user participated. Thank you all for your participation. With your input we all are able to make openSUSE better and better." Here are the detailed results.
Novell openSUSE project has had a recent history of trouble with its update programs. Now, to make updating openSUSE more pleasant, the project is dropping its support for ZENworks and opening up YAST to community development. DesktopLinux.com has the story here and some other info here.
OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 3 has been released. "On x86-64: Firefox is now a 64-bit package and uses nspluginwrapper to handle 32bit i386 plugins if needed; AppArmor uses now a new parser; the kernel patches have been reworked completely; GNOME 2.18 mostly integrated; update to kernel 2.6.21RC5."
As reported by Slashdot, debate has risen over ClearType in Linux. OpenSUSE recently disabled this technology, saying "that this feature is covered by several Microsoft patents and should not be activated in any default build of the library". Other websites have picked up on this as well: "The strange thing is though: no matter the fact that Novell and Microsoft are now buddies, openSUSE still has to be concerned about the ClearType patents!"
"Novell will soon release a major upgrade to its SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 line. The enhancements, announced at the company's annual BrainShare tradeshow, will be rolled out in the form of the operating system's first service pack: SP1. 'Service packs' usually consist of bug-patches, with few major changes. Like Microsoft with its SP2 patch to Windows XP, however, Novell has elected to make major improvements with this approach. SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 includes SLES and SLED."
The openSUSE team has released slightly changed openSUSE 10.2 ISO images. The reason for putting out these updated ISOs is a license issue, which had to be addressed. The ISOs on the mirrors have been updated to reflect the changes. Also, openSUSE 10.3 alpah 2 has been released.
"Many changes have gone into the SUSE Linux operating system since version 10.1, including a name change: the entire operating system is now known only as openSUSE. All of those changes appear to have been for the better - openSUSE 10.2 is as great a release as 10 was - but despite the improvements and bug fixes, there are still several underlying problems that prevent openSUSE 10.2 from being competitive with commercial desktop operating systems."
OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha1 has been released. "Since the openSUSE 10.2 final release, the most significant changes are: GNOME has been moved to /usr (lease do test especially updates from older distributions); KDE updated to KDE 3.5.6; Linux kernel updated to 2.6.20 (no Xen support enabled for now); pattern for minimal text install; update of OpenOffice.org to version 2.1.3; the whole distribution is build now with -fstack-protector to better guard against some buffer overflows; and much more."