As you can see from the screenshots, this new installer even has some semi-transparent areas and some of the icons used are from the Tango project (no Oxygen icons, at least not yet).
There are still several months until the final release of OpenSuSE 11.0, but already this installer is in great shape. We have yet to experience any crashes or other major issues; with the only bug we have been running into are some of the pop-up boxes being off-centered.
This Novell installer has already caused some controversy over its use of Qt4 instead of a more neutral graphical tool-kit. This new installer is used on the OpenSuSE 11.0 GNOME CD as well, which makes Qt4 a dependency.
While some disagree with the use of Qt4 for this new OpenSuSE installer, there's no arguing that this new interface is much more visually pleasing than the previous version. Aside from the new interface and world map integration, at this stage with OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1 there really aren't any other major changes with the installer. Anyhow, we look forward to seeing how this new installer evolves and the other innovations in development for OpenSuSE 11.0.
Discuss this article in our forums, IRC channel, or email the author. You can also follow our content via RSS and on social networks like Facebook, Identi.ca, and Twitter (@Phoronix and @MichaelLarabel). Subscribe to Phoronix Premium to view our content without advertisements, view entire articles on a single page, and experience other benefits.