openSUSE Announces Third Development Milestone Evaluating systemd

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openSUSE Announces Third Development Milestone Evaluating systemd

Will Stephenson-2
Delayed by a week due to a critical bug that prevented testing, the openSUSE
project today announces openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 3 (M3), the third of six
milestone releases of what will become openSUSE 11.4. The bug, a crash in the
software rasterizer of the Mesa OpenGL stack, was found by our automated test
suite and the openSUSE XOrg developers swung into action so that KDE would
work on systems without hardware acceleration, which includes most virtual

systemd, the alternative init system, becomes available for testing in M3 with
version 11.  To test systemd, install it, then reboot with init=/bin/systemd
as described by Andreas Jaeger. Otherwise, the existing SysV init is used.

M3 includes Gnome 2.32 on the desktop, including metacontact support in the
Empathy instant messenger and Banshee 1.8 with Amazon MP3 store plugin, KDE
4.5.3, and a number of independent updates including version 0.11 of the Arora
browser, the chemistry tool Avogadro 1.0.1 and Licq 1.5, introducing XMPP
support to this venerable IM client.

On the productivity front, M3 includes LibreOffice 3.2.99,  a host of
additional optional packages for KOffice such as lcms2 giving better colour
management and image processing options, and Digikam 1.5.0 including automated
lens correction while batch processing multiple images,

Mono 2.8 replaces Mono 2.6 and adds C# 4.0, an new garbage collector and many
performance improvements.

At the lower level, Linux kernel 2.6.36 is in, along with smartmontools 5.40
brings SSD support, and Wireshark 1.4 brings many performance improvements and
memory footprint reductions.

Due to a new liblzma, delta ISOs from M2 to M3 must be applied using a new
version of deltarpm.  Stephan Kulow provides this in his home:coolo Build
Service project.

We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences. Automated testing
and the openSUSE Factory team have been active to ensure that your download of  
M3 will be at least minimally functional.

The next milestone is scheduled for November 25.  openSUSE 11.4 is planned to
be released in March 2011.

Will Stephenson, KDE Developer, openSUSE Boosters Team
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nürnberg - AG Nürnberg - HRB 16746 - GF: Markus Rex
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