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What's new in openSUSE 11.2?
It's been a long time in coming, but it's finally here! Don't let the version number fool you! The openSUSE 11.2 release features new and massively improved versions of Firefox, OpenOffice.org, GNOME, KDE, and more than 1,000 open source desktop applications. openSUSE also includes a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.
Under the Hood
openSUSE 11.2 comes with the latest version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel, the beating heart of every openSUSE system. The default file system of openSUSE was switched to the new Ext4 as well. Of course, openSUSE continues to support Ext3 and other filesystems -- but on install, new partitions are automatically designated Ext4.
New desktop kernel -- Desktops and servers can use the same kernel, but it's better to tune the kernel for the job at hand. That's why openSUSE now includes a desktop kernel specially tuned for desktop users.
openSUSE 11.2 also includes new and updated drivers for your hardware, meaning more and newer devices work with openSUSE. In addition, special attention has been paid to the netbook market, and new drivers enable openSUSE to run better on a wider range of netbooks.
On the Desktop
openSUSE 11.2's desktop environments continue to evolve. In addition to the work of the openSUSE Project in the desktop, openSUSE 11.2 includes the latest versions of the two desktop environments, KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.28.
KDE users will enjoy the new Firefox KDE integration, OpenOffice.org KDE4 integration, consistent KDE artwork and all standard applications being ported to KDE4 including KNetworkManager, Amarok, Digikam, k3b, Konversation and more.
GNOME users will notice a fresh new look to openSUSE 11.2 in the windows and user interface, called Sonar.
No matter what desktop you choose, openSUSE's web browser and office suite gains great new features. Mozilla Firefox 3.5 gives users more control over their browsing experience, including a Ctrl-Tab switch between tabs and a private browsing mode. OpenOffice.org 3.1 delivers even more new improvements to the office suite, such as the ability to carry out a structured conversation through the word processor's commenting functions, and major improvements to the graphics drawing application.
Social Network Support in Applications
Support for social networks like Facebook and Twitter has been added to a number of applications and new applications have been added to the desktop. These applications allow a better user experience than the default webbased interfaces.
- choqok: New KDE twitter and identi.ca client
- gwibber: New GNOME client with support for Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook etc.
- kopete: The KDE client now has additional support for Facebook IM protocol
- social plasmoids: KDE 4.3 comes with plasmoids for Twitter/identi.ca and openDesktop
Filesystems and Partitioning
- The ext4 filesystem is the new default filesystem for new installations.
- Btrfs, the next generation Linux filesystem, has now a stable disk layout and can be configured in the YaST partitioner.
- The YaST partitioner has seen many user interface improvements
- It is now possible to encrypt the complete hard disk.
openSUSE 11.2 includes a YaST Web interface for easier remote administration of your openSUSE computer as technology preview. We also, for the first time, officially support live updates to encourage more people to use openSUSE's Factory and report issues.
But the most important change is of course the introduction of Yastie as YaST mascot!
Updates and Downloads
- Improved download experience with Zypper due to:
- Better download reliability.
- Ability to download all software first before installing it.
- Improvements to the user interface, including an updated software update application in GNOME.
openSUSE 11.2 includes two major updates to how we distribute openSUSE - first, Hybrid ISOs allow to boot the openSUSE ISO images from USB. This means that you can easily copy the ISO to a USB key and install openSUSE 11.2 on a netbook with very little hassle. How do you do this? It's simple!
- Open a terminal or get to a command line somehow.
- Attach a USB key.
- Check to see which device name it has (i.e., /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, and so on).
- Make sure it's not mounted.
- Run the following: sudo dd if=<ISO FILENAME> of=<USB DEVICENAME> bs=4M
Let that finish and you should have a working, bootable USB key that can be used as a live boot environment or to install openSUSE on your netbook.
In addition to that, we've retooled the Live-CDs to include more languages, complete local printing (no more having to download software to print!) and the imaging editor The GIMP.
As always, openSUSE 11.2 is set to be quicker, easier, stronger, and more colorful (as long as that color is green).
Stay tuned! Keep checking this website, as well as openSUSE News for the latest information about everything openSUSE 11.2. Don't forget to follow openSUSE on Twitter for the latest updates as they happen!
openSUSE 11.2 is now officially released, but that doesn't mean that the project is coming to a halt! You can still help Spread the word about 11.2, and file bugs, and find other ways to participate in openSUSE!
The openSUSE Project works because of the contributors who take the time to work on development, packaging, the wiki, marketing, translations, and responding to questions in the openSUSE Forums and openSUSE Mailing Lists. No matter what your skills, there's a place for you to help the openSUSE Project reach its goals and have a lot of fun!
Spread the word!
Like openSUSE? Share your excitement by putting a button on your website, blog, profile, or other Internet website!
Also, be sure to spread the word on Twitter and Identi.ca about openSUSE before the release, on release day, and after the release. Tell the world about how you use openSUSE 11.2, how to get it, and so on. Also sign-up your name over here -
to let the other openSUSE users know about you and Follow/Add to the respective accounts.So that you all can SPREAD the WORD together
Take a few minutes to blog about how you use openSUSE if you have your own blog!
Burn a copy of openSUSE and give it to your friends!
Join us at one of the Launch Parties or start your own.
- Media layout of openSUSE 11.2
- openSUSE 11.2 development changes
- Screenshots of openSUSE 11.2
- Features discussed for openSUSE 11.2
Obtain help and more information
For info regarding releases,
- Refer to the roadmap
- Read the release notes
- Read about the most annoying bugs to find out about known issues and common problems
- Stay up to date with the latest news regarding openSUSE 11.2 and everything else in the openSUSE project with openSUSE News
- On Twitter at @openSUSE
- Also on chat with other openSUSE users through IRC chat
- The openSUSE Forums and the openSUSE mailing lists.
- or go to one of the Launch Parties for 11.2