openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha version of openSUSE 11.0 was launched and it is available for download and testing. Althoughit is just a development release, this version comes packed with some important improvements.

Here are the most essential changes since the Alpha 1:

  • KDE 4.0.1 replaced KDE 3.5.8 as the default K Desktop Environment;
  • GNOME 2.21.90 was integrated in this release;
  • The installer was greatly improved;
  • Live CDs for both GNOME and KDE are now available;
  • The CD editions support German as an additional language;
  • The DVD editions contain only OSS software;
  • Linux 2.6.24; Read the rest of this entry »
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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) Read the rest of this entry »

Suse goes “Live” Cd!

The live version of openSUSE 10.3 is now available as a GNOME or KDE CD. Both contain the same software as the 1 CD installation versions would provide you with, but as a live version.

The live system can be used as a productive system or rescue system. You can also use it to just check out how openSUSE 10.3 runs on your computer without touching your hard drive. The Live CDs are available as 32bit versions in US English only and also contain, for the first time, an install option on the desktop. You can see a screenshot of the KDE Live CD below:

If you click on the Install icon you will be guided through the installation of openSUSE 10.3 onto your hard drive.

Download : Gnome Live | KDE Live

openSUSE 10.3 Available Now!

The long awaited, award winning openSUSE 10.3 has been released today with everything a user needs to get started with Linux. It includes a flexible Linux-Windows dual-boot configuration, Microsoft Office file compatibility with the latest OpenOffice.org office productivity suite and enhanced multimedia support. What could an ex-Windows – and future Linux – user want more? Now openSUSE is based on Linux kernel 2.6.22, with a large variety of fresh open-source applications for desktops, servers and software development.


You can choose between the newest versions of Gnome and KDE desktop environments, openSUSE comes with both of them. AppArmor is the solution that protects your operating system and applications against threats like viruses, malware and attacks. If you are interested in virtualization, openSUSE comes with the latest virtualization software like Xen 3.1 and VirtualBox 1.5. The “1-Click Install” feature that gives users easy access to many more software packages residing on the openSUSE Build Service appears for the first time in openSUSE 10.3.

Without any further introduction, let’s have an in-depth look at the highlights to be found in this new release of openSUSE:

Adding Extra Software Repositories During Installation

After the distribution’s setup, YaST will offer three additional repositories: “oss”, “non-oss” and “debug”. “Oss” contains the entire FTP distribution but with more packages than the ones included on the CDs. In “non-oss” you will find software that’s under a proprietary or non-open source license. If you need debuginfo packages for debugging your programs, you will find them in the 3rd repository, in “debug”.

Localization support on separate media CDs

The 1-CD installation media comes with language support for American English only. Other languages are available separately, in the “oss” repository

YaST comes with Gtk and Qt Front-Ends

The new YaST gtk front-end runs on the GNOME desktop, and YaST Qt front-end on the others. Both front-ends are similar, with only one exception: the gtk software management module, which differs very much from the Qt port. If you want to start the Qt version on the GNOME desktop, you should:

  1. open the /etc/sysconfig/yast2 file as root
  2. after this, change WANTED_GUI=”auto” to WANTED_GUI=”qt”. Save and exit.
  3. to start the gtk flavor of YaST, do as above but change WANTED_GUI=”auto” to WANTED_GUI=”gtk”.

AppArmor 2.1:AppArmor’s syntax now can distinguish folders from files and some minor syntax bugs were fixed.

Gaim was replaced by Pidgin: The Gaim multi-protocol instant messenger was replaced with Pidgin.

KDE and GNOME are installed in new locations:Gnome is installed from now under the /usr file system hierarchy and KDE 4 now follows. KDE 3 will remain in /opt for compatibility reasons.

libata powers now your IDE devices:Libata uses /dev/sda for the first harddisk, instead of /dev/hda. If you have a disk with more than 15 partitions, they will not be handled automatically at this moment. You can disable libata support by booting the kernel with the following parameter:
hwprobe=-modules.pata

After this, you will see all your 15+ partitions.

Encrypted partitions are easy to setup:The back-end technology of boot.crypto has been changed from cryptoloop to dm-crypt. Any old /etc/cryptotab will work with no modifications on openSUSE 10.3. Additionally, /etc/crypttab (notice the missing ‘o’ in the file name) is from now on supported, and LUKS volumes receive the same treatment. You can manually enable boot.crypto, which is no longer enabled by default, by using the following command:

chkconfig boot.crypto on
It is still possible to use cryptoloop via losetup and mount.

Enabling Quota support has never been easier: YaST allows you, from this moment on, to configure quota for user accounts from it. To enable quota support, you should activate the “Enable quota support” check box in the fstab options when partitioning in the first stage of the setup. In the second stage, the advanced options for user accounts provide the quota module where the rules can be set.

Improved Zeroconf service: This service is now provided by the Avahi stack instead of mDNSResponder. However, mDNSResponder and howl compatibility libraries continue to be available.

Support for older Intel graphics chips: Older Intel graphics chips are supported by two drivers, “i810” and “intel”. The last one is the default in openSUSE 10.3 due to the high demand for features like native mode setting (no longer VESA BIOS based) and RANDR 1.2 support.

Improved support for Intel Wireless Link WiFi drivers: Two drivers are available in openSUSE 10.3, the traditional ipw3945 which is installed by default and the new iwlwifi driver as an alternative offer. If you want to remove the traditional one, you can do that in YaST ->”Software” -> “Software Management” and take it out. After this, iwlwifi will take its place.

More tools to help you burn your CDs and DVDs: The cdrecord package is no more a part of this distribution. It was replaced by the new wodim, genisoimage and icedax packages from the cdrkit project. They can be used to record data or audio CDs on a CD recorder that complies with the Orange Book standard. For writing DVDs you can use growisofs. The graphical front-ends handle this transparently.

Download [Torrents ] : i386 | X64

openSUSE 10.3 RC1 Released!

After quite a few rebuilds and testing, the openSUSE team is happy to announce that RC1 looks brilliant and is now available for download. They consider this release to be feature complete, stable, and suitable for testing from any user. For more information on the release schedule.

  • libzypp 3.24
  • Virtualbox 1.5
  • OpenOffice.org 2.3RC3
  • Countless bug fixes in every component: 535 bugs RESOLVED/FIXED
  • 485 packages submitted

Bugs FIxed :-

  • Online update opens an annoying popup with the progress. We’ll prepare an online update for it, so it will only affect the first update (Bug #326247)
  • On some machines we have problems with the kernel and ACPI – investigating, more data would be helpful
  • GNOME is not yet final – we will update this right after RC1 and prepare a RC2. This one will be made internally, but you can get the update through Factory
  • 32bit PPC machines have a problem with dependencies that try to install 64bit RPMs.
    Check this for updated bug report : Bugs:Most Annoying Bugs 10.3 dev – openSUSE

As usual, the openSUSE team urges users to test this beta release and report back through the openSUSE’s bugzilla. There is no focus area, so please use the product and file bug reports as if it was final and you wanted to use it for real.

openSUSE 10.3 release schedule:

  • Thu, Sep 6: openSUSE 10.3 Beta 3
  • Thu, Sep 20: openSUSE 10.3 Release Candidate 1
  • Thu, Sep 27: openSUSE 10.3 Goldmaster release (internal)
  • Thu, Oct 4: openSUSE 10.3 public release

 

Download : DVD ISO :i386 | x64
CD ISO : KDE . i386 | x64
Gnome : – i386 | x64
Live CD : KDE |Gnome

Exaile:The best Media player!

Exaile is a music player aiming to be similar to KDE’s Amarok, but for GTK+ and written in Python. It incorporates many of the cool things from Amarok (and other media players) like automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm submission support, and optional iPod support via a plugin.

In addition, Exaile also includes a built-in SHOUTcast directory browser, tabbed playlists (so you can have more than one playlist open at a time), blacklisting of tracks (so they don’t get scanned into your library), downloading of guitar tablature from fretplay.com, and submitting played tracks on your iPod to Last.fm.

Exaile 0.2.10

  • Plugin Manager improvements – you can now install plugins from within the plugin manager
  • Scriptable Radio Panel – People will be able to write plugins for your favorite streaming service. (currently shoutcast is available)
  • Lots of new translations
  • New music sharing plugin – you can share your music with people using iTunes or other people using Exaile

See whole Changelog – ChangeLog – Exaile – Trac

Installation : – 2 Installation methods as usual.

  • Open Terminal and type this :-

 

Code:

sudo apt-get install exaile

  • 2 Installation Step

Open Terminal and type following : –

 

Code:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these lines at the bottom and save

 

Code:

deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42 feisty exaile

and then type the following in terminal : make sure you have saved above step

 

Code:

wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/8434D43A.gpg sudo apt-key add 8434D43A.gpg sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install exaile

For Fedora users : –

 

Code:

yum install exaile

Enjoyy the best player for Gnome :hap2:

Home Page : Exaile | Music Player for GTK+
Plugins : Exaile | Music Player for GTK+: Plugin List

openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 Available Now

The openSUSE team is working hard for the new release of their free Linux operating system, scheduled for release somewhere in October, very close to the Ubuntu 7.10 release. They are proud to announce today the first beta version of openSUSE 10.3. This beta comes with OpenOffice 2.3 beta (that has the ability to read and write to Open XML files), latest 2.6.21.1 Linux kernel, faster startup times and many fixes/improvements.

The openSUSE team is also proud to present a project called openSUSE Build Service, which allows openSUSE users to search and install applications with a single click : “As we seek to streamline and improve collaboration between all Linux developers, the OpenSUSE Build Service has changed the way packages have been built. The build service is quickly becoming a center for building any Linux distribution,” said Michael Loeffler, OpenSUSE product manager. The openSUSE Build Service provides software for the following SUSE distributions:

  • openSUSE 10.2
  • SUSE Linux 10.1
  • SUSE Linux 10.0
  • SLES/SLED 10
  • SLES 9

It is also said (and are listed) that the software portal supports distributions such as:

  • Fedora 7
  • Fedora Core 6
  • Mandriva 2007
  • Mandriva 2006
  • Debian 4,0 Etch
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.06

openSUSE 10.3 release schedule:

  • Wed, May 16: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 4
  • Thu, Jun 14: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 5
  • Thu, Jul 19: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 6
  • Thu, Aug 2: openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7
  • Thu, Aug 9: openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1
  • Thu, Aug 23: openSUSE 10.3 Beta 2
  • Thu, Sep 6: openSUSE 10.3 Beta 3
  • Thu, Sep 20: openSUSE 10.3 Release Candidate 1
  • Thu, Sep 27: openSUSE 10.3 Goldmaster release (internal)
  • Thu, Oct 4: openSUSE 10.3 public release

Please report bugs you find in openSUSE’s bugzilla.

Download :openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 (ISO) GNOME i386 | openSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 (ISO) KDE i386