OpenSUSE 11.3 RC1

    As a user of this distribution and a restless tester of all the newest and most unstable, I decided to download OpenSUSE 11.3 RC1 and share my impressions of the first release candidate (a stable release will be released on July 15).

    The first thing that catches your eye is a new look. In my opinion, the installer and the grub menu began to look more pleasant, but on the contrary I did not like the screensaver on the desktop. But, as they say, they don’t argue about tastes.

    After installation (the process itself remained exactly the same), the system boot speed pleased. Opensuse started loading much faster.

    List of changes regarding Milestone 7

    • A huge number of bug fixes. There are no innovations, only bug fixes

    List of major changes (relative to 11.2):

    (taken here )
    • Linux 2.6.34
    • Alsa 1.0.23
    • Gcc 4.5
    • KDE SC 4.4.3
    • GNOME 2.30.1
    • Xfce 4.6.1
    • 3.2.1
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.6.4
    • Rosegarden 10.04
    • 1.8
    • zypper 1.4.5 with the ability to automatically remove orphaned dependencies
    • Ability to install LXDE
    • Nouveau is now the main driver for Nvidia cards
    • Using KMS for ATI, Nvidia, and Intel Graphics Cards
    • Using upstart
    • Updating all system software components
    • Clearing frankly “left” dependencies in some packages
    • Increase system boot speed

    The grub 2 bootloader, although included in the list of packages, still uses grub 1 by default.

    From the basic delivery, the system works quite stably (using sneakers), nothing has ever fallen, everything was installed without problems. The only glitch noticed - postfix does not work, the service does not start, but for me it is not critical.

    But there are also negative points (though here the system is most likely to blame, but kde). For example, after upgrading to kde 4.5 beta2, the first launch of new sneakers threw me into the console and the system booted only after the startx command . Also, the system began to hang often (without any errors, it just stops), most likely the reason for this is kwin.

    In general, I liked the system, there is progress and I hope that by the release of the stable version all the most annoying bugs will be fixed (including kde as well).

    And now some screenshots: Good old Yast Updated kde setup center (kde 4.5 beta2) Updated KinfoCenter (kde 4.5 beta2) Good old dolphin Good old and good gui zypper Screenshot of my desktop

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