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    Phoronix: openSUSE 11.4 Released

    The openSUSE developers in Nuremberg and around the world have a reason to celebrate today: openSUSE 11.4 was just released. openSUSE 11.4 has been developed over the past eight months and features a number of improvements and package updates...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTE5Nw

  • #2
    Doing I live upgrade while typing this. Considering I was already using SC 4.6, LibreOffice, Firefox 4, etc. under openSUSE 11.3, I don't expect any visible changes.

    Today, btw, is also the International Day of Awesomeness. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?e...442978&index=1

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    • #3
      Here are a few more links concerning the 11.4 release that give a lot more detail:

      http://en.opensuse.org/Product_highlights

      http://www.h-online.com/open/news/it...s-1205664.html

      http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7957/

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      • #4
        Many goodies... Now to find the time to upgrade

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
          Considering I was already using SC 4.6, LibreOffice, Firefox 4, etc. under openSUSE 11.3, I don't expect any visible changes.
          The 2.6.37 kernel on openSUSE 11.4 also has the miraculous 200 line patch that improves the system's responsivness.

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          • #6
            I did a fresh install today. Finally its time to move beyond the atrocious 11.3 wallpaper :P. 11.4 looks far slicker. This is partly due to kde 4.6 which is a vast improvement over the previous 4.4. An other nice improvement is the speed of the software manager.

            On the negative... well.... now you get pulseaudio as default with kde, I'll try it for a bit. It might not be as bad as it once was.

            There's also now a rolling release repository you can add and a packman repository to go with it so it should be easier than ever to keep it up to date till opensuse 12.
            A live disk and repository featuring gnome 3 will be available to when that's finished to.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nevertime View Post
              I did a fresh install today. Finally its time to move beyond the atrocious 11.3 wallpaper :P. 11.4 looks far slicker. This is partly due to kde 4.6 which is a vast improvement over the previous 4.4. An other nice improvement is the speed of the software manager.

              On the negative... well.... now you get pulseaudio as default with kde, I'll try it for a bit. It might not be as bad as it once was.

              There's also now a rolling release repository you can add and a packman repository to go with it so it should be easier than ever to keep it up to date till opensuse 12.
              A live disk and repository featuring gnome 3 will be available to when that's finished to.
              Pulse is easy enough to remove. Ya I opened an openFATE suggestion to have it's removal by default again on a KDE install.

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              • #8
                I think pulseaudio is pretty cool. It'd be better if they just asked you during the install if you want pulseaudio or not.

                Also goody! It's like having new toys to play with.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by superppl View Post
                  I think pulseaudio is pretty cool. It'd be better if they just asked you during the install if you want pulseaudio or not.

                  Also goody! It's like having new toys to play with.
                  I'm not saying remove the packages, just not to install them as default on a kde installation. They could always install the packages later if wished.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nevertime View Post
                    On the negative... well.... now you get pulseaudio as default with kde, I'll try it for a bit. It might not be as bad as it once was.
                    It improved a lot. I'm using it in Kubuntu 10.10 and everything plays nice.

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                    • #11
                      I really wanted to give PulseAudio a chance, but I ended up disabling it (which is very easily done in Yast, thanks god).
                      I struggled for half an hour to get my notebook to play any sound at all. Then I wasn't able to get it to record anything. And it wouldn't work with the mute-indicator on my notebook because it'd only mute the PulseAudio-Server and not the hardware itself.
                      Well apart from PulseAudio this is a pretty nice release. Didn't notice much of a change since I was running KDE 4.6 on 11.3 before already anyway, but I guess that's a good thing. :>
                      Now I'm looking forward to Tumbleweed. A user-friendly rolling-release distribution certainly has a lot of potential. Certainly would set OpenSuse apart from the user-friendly not rolling distributions ((K)Ubuntu) and the not-so-user-friendly rolling distributions (Arch, Gentoo).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by devius View Post
                        The 2.6.37 kernel on openSUSE 11.4 also has the miraculous 200 line patch that improves the system's responsivness.
                        I don't see any performance difference. The artwork during the boot sequence is different but that's about it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by devius View Post
                          The 2.6.37 kernel on openSUSE 11.4 also has the miraculous 200 line patch that improves the system's responsivness.
                          Uh... Was it backported? Thought it would officially hit 2.6.38

                          @Awesomeness
                          My understanding is that the patch smoothes out things that are CPU bound, so I/O bottlenecks aren't touched, one might even say they become all the more appearent.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by PsynoKhi0 View Post
                            Uh... Was it backported? Thought it would officially hit 2.6.38
                            https://features.opensuse.org/310920
                            Yeah, openSUSE sometimes backports important patches like that.

                            @awesomeness You can read all about the effects of the patch right here on phoronix, but I can tell you right away that it won't improve performance per se, just the responsiveness of the desktop under heavy load.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by devius View Post
                              https://features.opensuse.org/310920
                              Yeah, openSUSE sometimes backports important patches like that.
                              Yup, their KDE 4.6.0 for example is essentially 4.6.1. They backported all the patches from 4.6.1 AFIK.

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