openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 3 is released

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openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 3 is released

Andreas Jaeger-8
Despite delays due to the move to a i686 desktop kernel for 32-bit systems,
milestone 3 is finally available. This milestone brings progress on a
number of features including GNOME 3.4, LibreOffice 3.5.2, Plymouth and

Like the M2, there has been a bit of a delay getting this testing milestone
out. Some kernel changes made it initially impossible to build the 32bit
version of openSUSE but these have been fixed. Download it from As usual, a list of the most annoying bugs
is being maintained and you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one
in Bugzilla. Read on for some details on the release and how to help!

The roadmap aims Milestone 4 for April 26th.
Factory development

openSUSE, as you might know, is being developed in Factory. Factory is a
project on the openSUSE Build Service against which you can build a
package. If it works fine, you can submit it to Factory and keep it working

List of build failures in Factory
    List of failures in Factory - help get rid of them!

Status: in!

Factory has now received the latest versions of GNOME 3.4, KDE SC 4.8.2
(with numerous KDE PIM bugfixes!) and finally LibreOffice 3.5.2 has landed
as well.

In a recent blog openSUSE contributor 'tittiatcoke' gave an update on
Plymouth support in openSUSE. Plymouth itself is merged and integration
into other packages is nearly finished, the issues are being worked out
through some team efforts, for this milestone plymouth is not yet the
default. The latest status can be tracked on this wiki page. Currently the
team works on openSUSE branding to complete the new boot experience.

The integration of grub2 as bootloader has seen further steps and we ask
for testing of grub2. Unfortunately the LiveCDs cannot install grub2 in
this milestone (see most annoying bugs for a workaround).
Status: Close...

We're very close to getting GCC 4.7 in - the latest status update concluded
that a bug in GCC 4.7 blocks zypper from being build. This will be fixed in
the 4.7.1 release expected in June but to facilitate testing a patch will
probably be applied on 4.7.0 to have it in the next milestone.

USRMove and tmp-on-tmpfs is still being debated, a final decision has not
been made yet but it looks like we'll wait with this for at least another

improved software search
    Improved software search

Software search

The software search improvements being tested over the last weeks have
moved to and users looking for software to install on
their openSUSE system can now enjoy the new UI, featuring screen shots and
more extensive information about the applications available.
Help out!

Of course you're wondering how you can help. This can start with testing.
Go to, download Milestone 3 and try it out
on your system! You can then check the
most annoying bugs to see if your problems are there, if not, you can see
the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. If the bug you find is
very serious, add it tho the list of annoying bugs!

If you are a packager (or want to be one!) there is of course also plenty
to do. Fixing bugs in packages is a nice way of learning the ways of
packaging (see the Packaging portal for documentation). You can read about
how to do this here, via a simple set of stepps which in openSUSE are
commonly known as 'BURP-ing'.

openSUSE Factory workflow
    Factory Workflow

If you're already a packager for openSUSE, don't forget to get your
packages in Factory or start to maintain one!

We'd like to thank everyone working on openSUSE for being so cool. Special
hugs to the top-ten factory contributors over the last 6 weeks (according
to some scripting by AJ):

    Vincent Untz
    Stephan Kulow
    Dirk Mueller
    Dominique Leuenberger
    Jan Engelhard
    Sascha Peilicke
    Marcus Schäfer
    Ciaran Farrell
    Ralph Lang
    Cristian Rodriguez

Note that the list above doesn't credit the hard work being done by the
Packman team or people building packages outside of factory!

 Andreas Jaeger aj@{,} Twitter/Identica: jaegerandi
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