openSUSE 11.0 Alpha1: Reaching newer heights

A very early alpha version of openSUSE, 11.0 Alpha 1, was launched and it is available for download and testing. Although it is just a development release, this version starts the new year with a lot of improvements,.

Changes since openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 0

Suse 11 Aplha 1 have seen 1026 package check-ins since Alpha0 and countless bugs fixed. The main changes against Alpha0 are:

  • Sat Solver integration
  • Michael Schröder’s “sat solver” library is now the default package solver for libzypp, so make sure you doublecheck the selected packages – there might be suprises ahead. Please note that we need test cases for things that look funny to you (wiki link)
  1. Heavy changes to the appearance of the Qt installation (ported to qt4)
  2. KDE 4.0.0
  3. perl 5.10
  4. glibc 2.7
  5. NetworkManager 0.7
  6. CUPS 1.3.5
  7. Pulseaudio

The Beautiful New Look of the Installer

Most Annoying Bugs

Due to the huge amount of changes, there are also several noticeable bugs:

  • The new solver does not yet have a “ignore this requirement” choice, i.e. it’s not possible to create a broken system. Developers aere still discussing if this is a bug or a feature 🙂
  • The CDs lack a huge amount of software. Many packages had to be taken out to make way for others. The CDs should still have a a completely working desktop, however.
  • The Qt port and its theme are early releases and create noticeably more flickering and drawing glitches, e.g. the progress bar is only visible on some installations
  • jpackage packages are broken and one package will complain during installation – just ignore
  • The installation crashes at the end when creating the x11 proposal: in this case, your desktop will still have a working X config, it just might not be the perfect one. You may need to call sax2 after it happens
  • PPC cannot be installed as the bootloader config can’t be written out. However, you can get a working PPC system when updating from alpha0

open SUSE 11 Roadmap overview

  • Dec 6 openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 0
  • Jan 17 openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1
  • Feb 07 openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2
  • March 18 openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3
  • April 17 openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1
  • May 2 openSUSE 11.0 Beta 2
  • May 13 openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3
  • May 29 openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1
  • June 12 openSUSE 11.0 Goldmaster (internal)
  • June 19 openSUSE 11.0 Public release

Download : i386 DVD Torrent | X86/64 DVD Torrent


3 Responses to “openSUSE 11.0 Alpha1: Reaching newer heights”

  1. rahimveron Says:

    I hope this will wake-up Ubuntu developers and not bank on its large community which they take for granted.
    Such a good setup screen, imagine the actual desktop!!!

  2. Dalton Filho Says:

    I have abandoned OpenSuSE in favor of Ubuntu’s easier configuration of my video card, but it seems like it’s time to check it out again.

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