While we won't go as far as saying the OpenSuSE v10.1 fiasco has been a disaster for Novell, this version of SuSE 10.1 has certainly seen its share of problems. BETA releases of OpenSuSE v10.1 has been available this entire year and Alpha versions last year, while many of these releases have been plagued by significant problems and globs of bugs. However, we have just noted that the SuSE roadmap has been updated. While the sixth SuSE v10.1 beta had occurred on March 3, the seventh BETA will not be mastered and made available for the public (this release would have likely occurred today). The next release to come will be on March 17 with BETA 8. Presently scheduled after the final BETA is a single release candidate on March 31, followed by the intended OpenSuSE release to occur on April 13 of 2006. This is coming about two months later than their original expected target date. On the topic of the SuSE roadmap, they have already posted the preliminary v10.2 schedule with its Alpha releases. The OpenSuSE v10.2 Alpha builds should start to appear around June 16, while the fifth Alpha will come out in October. With all of the development issues that have faced SuSE v10.1 we certainly wish its developers the best of luck.
The fifth BETA for the upcoming SuSE/OpenSuSE v10.1 has been released. Although a portion of the bugs have been fixed from BETA 4, there continues to remain a great deal of annoying issues with this release (more info here). Meanwhile, a sixth BETA milestone is presently scheduled for March 3 and the schedule after that is still being debated, but with the present number of bugs, there is likely to be even a few more BETA candidates. Anyhow, with the fifth BETA of the Agama Lizard there doesn't appear to be too many new additions to this release other than fixes, and Andreas Jaeger's release announcement is visible on their mailing list. Development downloads are here. It is still advised that BETA 5 be not installed on any production systems.
It looks like yesterday, a few hours after we made the announcement that SuSE v10.1 did not make its BETA release of last Thursday, OpenSuse v10.1 BETA 4 was finally released. However, in that announcement, there were warnings as BETA 4 is fairly unreliable. Here is a list of the most annoying bugs in this release, while the release announcement can be found here. Also, if you take a close look at the road-map you will see they have now added a sixth BETA candidate, which will be released on March 2. After these BETA releases, there is still no word when the release candidate will come down the road. Certainly things aren't looking good right now for Novell's SuSE v10.1. Onto some less gloomy news, Ubuntu Dapper Drake v6.04 Flight 4 was released early this morning. Among many other improvements, there is now an Espresso LiveCD installer as well as GNOME v2.14 BETA 2. In addition, they have included Novell's Xgl and Compiz. Meeting up with this Ubuntu release is Kubuntu as well as Edubuntu. Out on the horizon for this week is Fedora Core 5 Test 3.
It seems as though OpenSuSE v10.1 has been delayed yet again. According to the project's roadmap there was supposed to be the fourth SuSE v10.1 BETA on February 16, however, on February 18 we still have seen no signs of this fourth BETA. Incidentally, the fifth BETA is scheduled for release on February 23, with no set day in mind yet for a release candidate. Of course, there were already some delays in this version, as initially Novell had hoped for the release candidate to debut on February 16, after weekly BETA candidates. Yet, two days later we still see no signs of this fourth BETA nor any major notices on the OpenSuSE site. As the friends over at The Inquirer had reported, SuSE v10.1 OSS will take on Macintosh OS X like characteristics. Upon hearing any additional information in regards to the targeted schedule for SuSE v10.1, we will pass along the information.
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