A new snapshot of openSUSE 11.3 is available, which now puts it at Milestone 7, and means that the first release candidate is near. However, while the release of openSUSE 11.3 is approaching in July, it continues to add in new packages and support.
Fedora was the first tier-one Linux distribution shipping with support for optionally installing to a Btrfs file-system for the past year, but in recent weeks the adoption rate of Btrfs looks like it will be quickly rising. Fedora 13 is extending the Btrfs support to offer system rollback support by where a file-system snapshot is created via Btrfs each time a yum transaction takes place. Red Hat recently released the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and it includes Ananconda installation support for RHEL6 onto Btrfs, MeeGo will be using Btrfs by default in this distribution that marries Maemo and Moblin, and Ubuntu is making Btrfs plans where Btrfs may become the default file-system in Ubuntu 10.10. Novell / openSUSE is also getting in bed with Btrfs.
The RadeonHD Linux driver that came about in 2007 following the announcement of AMD's open-source driver strategy has had an interesting history. This driver was developed by Novell's developers, but now they are even dropping it from their openSUSE distribution.
Right on schedule, openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 has been released. This fourth test release brings many changes, among which that take place "under the hood" is switching over to the Upstart init daemon, an upgrade to NetworkManager 0.8 for wired/wireless/broadband network management, and other packages upgraded include OpenOffice.org, Mono, CUPS, Python, and Samba, among others.
While Red Hat is busy at work on Fedora 13 and Canonical is busy working on their Long-Term Support release of Ubuntu 10.04, Novell is working on openSUSE 11.3. This next upgrade to openSUSE is due out in mid-July, but the first milestone release is now available.
To end out 2009, Miguel de Icaza has announced the release of Mono 2.6 along with MonoDevelop 2.4. This major update to Mono delivers WCF client and server for what is exposed by Microsoft's Silverlight 2.0, a continuations framework, a new soft debugger, a verifier and security toolbox, more complete 3.5 coverage, and various other changes to this free software project to implement Microsoft's .NET on Linux. One of the interesting changes though in Mono 2.6 is that it now supports LLVM.
For those interested in programming in C# on Linux or have interest in Mono for using Microsoft's .NET, you may be pleased to know that Mono's C# compiler is now C# 4.0 feature complete. Covariance and contravariance, optional parameters, dynamic binding, and other features of the C# 4.0 programming language have now been implemented within Mono. The Mono C# compiler that supports this is not yet in a released version, but you will need to checkout the Mono SVN code.
Coming in between the releases of Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 is openSUSE 11.2, which is available as of this morning. The openSUSE 11.2 desktop is now using KDE 4.3 by default (though GNOME 2.28 is also available), OpenOffice.org 3.1 integration, the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, and many other underlying advancements.
On the same day as the Ubuntu 9.10 release, Novell has made available the final release candidate of the forthcoming OpenSuSE 11.2 update.
OpenSuSE 11.2 is getting ready to be released with its EXT4 usage, Linux 2.6.31 kernel, updated drivers, updated desktop for both GNOME and KDE, YaST improvements, and much more. In preparation for this release, Novell has put out the first release candidate of 11.2. OpenSuSE 11.2 integrates bug-fixes as well as updates the kernel to Linux 220.127.116.11, pumps in the latest GNOME 2.28 final packages, bumps PulseAudio to 0.9.19, and brings Qt 4.5.3. Novell is still aware of some bugs with this OpenSuSE 11.2 build,
While betas of Microsoft's Silverlight 3 platform have been available for a number of months after being announced in the last half of 2008, their free software implementation of Silverlight, which is known as Moonlight and developed largely by Novell with the Mono developers, has lagged behind. Only today has the first beta release for Moonlight 2.0 been released. While Moonlight 2.0 is largely focused on implementing Silverlight 2 features, a few Silverlight 3 features did manage to work their way into this release.
The OpenSuSE developers have just announced the release of 11.2 Milestone 5. OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 5 ships with the Linux 2.6.31-rc4 kernel, has been built with GCC 4.4.1, provides PackageKit 0.5, updates the desktop environments to KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.27.5, and uses X Server 1.6.3. This new release from Novell also has Firefox 3.5.1 and version 3.1.1 Beta 1 of OpenOffice.org. The changes found in Milestone 5 can be found on their factory news page.
A month after the release of OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1, the second alpha release for this next major OpenSuSE update is now out in the wild.
OpenOffice.org 3.0 was release last October, but today the OpenOffice.org community has announced the release of its first major update. OpenOffice.org 3.1 brings a major revamp of the program's on-screen graphics, further grammar check integration, performance improvements, improved support for bi-directional scripts, easier deployment of macro applications, and many other features.
The Novell developers behind OpenSuSE have announced the release of OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1. This is the first, early look at OpenSuSE 11.2, which will officially be released later this year. OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1 incorporates the Linux 2.6.29 kernel, KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, Mono 2.4, OpenOffice.org 3.1 Beta 4, and Xfce 4.6. Beyond many package updates, OpenSuSE 11.2 will also feature improvements to its installer, package cache handling in YaST, and the LiveCDs are now using LZMA compression.
Just in time for Christmas, Novell has announced the availability of OpenSuSE 11.1. OpenSuSE 11.1 is updated against the latest Linux packages including KDE 4.1, GNOME 2.24, OpenOffice.org 3.0, the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, and various other updates. For more information on OpenSuSE 11.1 or to download it, checkout OpenSuSE.org.
Three weeks prior to the expected availability of OpenSuSE 11.1, the first release candidate is now out for testing. New packages in OpenSuSE 11.1 RC1 include the Linux 18.104.22.168 kernel, glibc 2.9, new translations, Amaraok 2.0 Release Candidate 1, and Zypper 1.0.1. OpenSuSE 11.1 RC1 also brings forth a newer and shorter distribution license. Download links and the release announcement can be read on the OpenSuSE mailing list.
Today the OpenSuSE project has announced the release of OpenSuSE 11.0. This new Linux desktop release has a horde of improvements. Some of the new packages include GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0, Compiz Fusion, Firefox 3.0, and more. This release also includes the new OpenSuSE installer. A few screenshots from an earlier development release can be viewed here. All of the release details (and download links) are available from the OpenSuSE website.
Yesterday OpenSUSE 11.0 RC 1 was released with 578 bug-fixes since OpenSuSE 11.0 beta 3. This summer release of OpenSuSE 11.0 brings quite a bit to the table, among which is a new installer. Back in January when OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1 surfaced we had provided a tour of the new OpenSuSE installer. This Linux installer uses Trolltech's Qt4 tool-kit and provides a dramatically improved experience over the earlier YaST installer. However, as the interface has changed slightly since sharing those screenshots, attached are the installation screenshots from OpenSuSE 11.0 RC 1. More information on this release candidate can be found in the OpenSuSE release announcement.
Planned for release in June of 2008 is the release of OpenSuSE 11.0, while arriving today is OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1. The first development release for OpenSuSE 11.0 was Alpha 0, which was released last December, and there are six more development/testing releases planned prior to its final release. New in OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1 is the inclusion of KDE 4.0 with Qt4 updates, Perl 5.10, NetworkManager 0.7, CUPS 1.3.5, and the integration of PulseAudio. The release announcement can be found at the OpenSuSE website.
While most of the desktop Linux community's attention is on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon that is being released in just two weeks, today marks the release of OpenSuSE 10.3. While the announcement will be officially made anytime now with the ISOs being available from their FTP server, among its updated packages are OpenOffice.org 2.3, VirtualBox 1.5, and GNOME 2.20.0. Among the new innovations in OpenSuSE 10.3 include a new Novell updating applet, redesigned network card module, and OpenSuSE community repositories. More is available at the OpenSuSE website and the announcement will come through the opensuse-announce list.
While Adobe doesn't offer a native x86_64 version of Adobe/Macromedia Flash for Linux, Microsoft and Novell will be offering a 64-bit edition of the Silverlight binary codecs for Linux. Miguel de Icaza had posted this information today on his blog. Will this motivate Adobe to offer a x86_64 version of its Linux Flash player to be competitive with 64-bit Silverlight/Moonlight?
New in OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 4 is the introduction of the YaST Meta Packages handler, InstLux to start the OpenSuSE Linux installation from Windows, OpenOffice.org 2.2, GNOME 2.18.1, and the Linux 2.6.21 kernel. The OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 4 release announcement can be viewed on the SuSE mailing list.
It's that time again where Andreas Jaegar pushes out a new OpenSuSE release. This time around is the third alpha release for OpenSuSE 10.3. Among the new implementations in OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 3 include 64-bit Firefox with nspluginwrapper for 32-bit plugin support, GNOME 2.18 integration, Linux 2.6.21-rc5 kernel, a new GNOME-native OpenSuSE updater, and libata fixes for IDE PATA devices. The release announcement can be read on the opensuse-announce-list.
Visual Basic .NET is now supported by the latest release of Mono. This Visual Basic 8 compiler for Mono should work fine with Linux and all major platforms. Mono is not yet to the stages where .NET 2.0 will work perfectly, but 1.0 should.
On Monday we told you that OpenSuSE 10.2 has been completed, and now this morning it is shipping. OpenSuSE 10.2 uses X.Org 7.2 (X11R72), Firefox 2.0, default EXT3 filesystem, and more. The mailing list announcement can be read here. The ISOs are available for download immediately and the retail boxed set will be available for purchase from Novell shortly.
OpenSuSE 10.2 Release Candidate 5 was mastered yesterday and will be the build that goes gold. OpenSuSE 10.2 will be released for download this Thursday (December 7). The announcement can be found on the mailing list.
After Novell has received a great deal of negative scrutiny for cooperating with Microsoft on Linux software, Ron Hovsepian (CEO of Novell) has issued an open letter to the community. His letter can be read here, and be sure to share your thoughts here.
It seems that the interesting Linux and computer hardware stories today are never ending... Today Novell has announced a new device driver breakthrough that they claim will accelerate the Linux adoption. This new design, which will be integrated into SuSE Linux Enterprise, is designed to provide the Linux drivers from the manufacturers to their customers directly and transparently. Novell has stated that other Linux distributions will be able to partake in this new Linux driver process as well. Novell's new Linux driver process will ship with SuSE Linux Enterprise 10, and is currently available in SuSE Linux Enterprise 9 SP3. Below are a few of Novell's words on this new driver process. More on this is at Novell. With the Partner Linux Driver Process, Novell has created a clean and integrated infrastructure for partners to provide drivers for new hardware independent of SUSE Linux Enterprise release cycles and distributed media. Novell has also defined a process where partners can provide to customers driver updates corresponding to kernel updates (security or bug fix related). All a customer/administer must do is to register an "add-on product from a separate medium" (physical or online) which contains the driver, either during initial install or before updating hardware, and the rest is magic: the driver package is associated with the detected hardware and is automatically installed. The add-on product also "knows" where to get updated drivers and when a security update is installed, the system management tool coordinates the SUSE Linux kernel security updates with the vendorís driver updates. If updated drivers matching the kernel version of the security update are available, YaST will fetch and install them alongside the security update, else it will interact with the user and guide them on how to proceed.
After the numerous delays and all other problems that plagued the SuSE development team in the 10.1 branch, the latest release of OpenSuSE v10.1 has finally been made available. This release comes on the passing of Douglas Adams, for which this release is dedicated. Only CD ISOs are available at this time, the DVDs will not be available until next week -- May 18 -- for unspecified reasons. Some of the specialties with OpenSuSE/SuSE 10.1 include XGL for 3D desktop acceleration, NetworkManager support, AppArmor 2.0, and full Xen 3 integration with YaST. More is at OpenSuSE.
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