released this week
openSUSE 11.1 was
point release contains new features and bug fixes. A series of sneak peeks
at KDE 4.1.3, The Latest GNOME Desktop, Improved Installation, Easier
Administration and more, with plenty of eye candy.
There is a look at the download
numbers as of December 24, 2008 and lots of
coverage. DistroWatch summed up a lengthy
My only reservation is to do with proprietary codecs and drivers, which
still needs some work to reach the same level as other distributions. For
new users, this is still just too hard. I tried to get 3D working with
ATI's proprietary driver and gave up in the end (X worked, but no 3D due to
OpenGL errors). The 'recommended packages' feature of the package manager
is a great idea and does install MP3 support automatically, but this is
still second rate and users expect more. Overall I really feel that this
version of openSUSE provides a complete desktop experience for the
user. What does it have to offer you? Download it and give it a try, you
might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
This version of openSUSE comes with a new OpenSUSE License with no EULA.
community manager Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier.
What's new in openSUSE 11.1?
More specifically, we have a lot of new software -- OpenOffice.org 3.0,
GNOME 2.24, KDE 4.1.3, Banshee 1.4, and a lot more. We've also updated some
important YaST modules (YaST is the system management tool for openSUSE)
including the partitioner, printer module, and security module that allows
users to examine their system's security.
This release also introduces a major new feature called Nomad, which is a
new remote desktop technology. (http://en.opensuse.org/Nomad)
This was also a major update in other ways. First, this is the first
release that was built in the openSUSE Build Service, which is an important
step for allowing more contributions from the community over time. Also, we
introduced a new, more friendly license and we removed some pieces of
software from the DVD media that prevented redistribution, so now openSUSE
is easier to obtain and distribute than ever before.
We asked openSUSE developers to share a little about their views of the
best new features or what they are most excited about? We will conclude
this article with their responses.
The new kernel version update, to the 2.6.27 release series, provides
support for many new devices and platforms over the previous openSUSE
I am excited about Mono 2.0 in openSUSE 11.1 as it brings a number of major
performance, memory, and stability improvements to our applications. From
the developer point of view, Mono is more compelling than ever with full C#
3.0 support. openSUSE is hands-down the best distribution for developing on
My favourite OpenOffice.org feature, and a world-first, is the split
build; this allows you to quickly compile just 'writer' against your
installed libraries (finally, like all other applications); so you can
get involved with OO.o much more easily.
My second favourite is the console help when invoking a missing tools,
telling you the command to install it and the respective package -
that combined with the speedy zypper makes life exceeding smooth.
Hans Petter Jansson:
I think one of my favorite 11.1 features must be that user switching
(switching to another logged-in user's desktop without logging out)
finally works seamlessly with GDM.
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier:
Of all the features and updates in this release, there are two things
that really make the release for me. One is the KDE 4 desktop, which
has come a very long way. It has a lot of polish and I'm really
impressed with the improvements since 11.0. The other is the new
license, which makes openSUSE much easier to redistribute and gets rid
of the EULA that openSUSE used to have.
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