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[opensuse-announce] Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 Now Available
  • From: "Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier" <jzb@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 16:05:36 -0500
  • Message-id: <81d32afc0811031305w597f2363mf7a70d46de1f10ef@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hot on the heels of openSUSE 11.1 beta 3, the openSUSE Project is
happy to announce the availability of openSUSE 11.1 beta 4.

This release includes a number of important bugfixes since the last
beta, as well as a few new bugs that need to be squashed before the
final release. Read on for details about this release and how to get
involved with testing.


If you're curious about what openSUSE 11.1 will look like, have a look
at the rest of the screenshots on the openSUSE wiki. Thanks to Kevin
Dupuy and Martin Schlander for taking the time to put up the

The screenshots can be found here:

Important: Call for Testing

We all want openSUSE 11.1 to be the best release yet, and we need your
help to get there. This release is ready for widespread testing, and
we're encouraging everyone to download and test the beta release.
Please run the release through your usual routine, and let us know
about any bugs or other issues that you find. Remember that this is a
beta release, and is not suitable for use on production systems,

We have a page of new features specific to openSUSE 11.1 here: This is a definitive list
of new features added into 11.1 that need testing.

Please use this page to identify and test new features -- and then
mark them complete when you've finished testing.

See for more information on Testing.

To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you
subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list, and join the
#openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

What's changed since beta 3?

Major changes in this release include:

Inclusion of Nomad, a set of components that provide an unmatchable
remote desktop experience to openSUSE. See more at:

Timo Hoenig reports that fingerprint reader support is now feature
complete, and he's accepting bugs. The most common fingerprint readers
on the market should "just work," and users can register their
fingerprint using the YaST module. Once registered, users can log in
using their fingerprint. Console, GDM, 'su - $USER',
gnome-screensaver, and gnomsu should all work with fingerprint
support. KDE status is unknown.

* Linux kernel
* Mono 2.0.1
* GNOME 2.24.1
* VirtualBox 2.0.4
* Evolution 2.24.1
* Banshee 1.3.3

See DistroWatch []
for an expanded list of packages being shipped in the Factory

Webcam Support Re-enabled

Some Webcam and framegrabber drivers had been removed from the kernel,
but are now re-enabled in beta 4. The list of supported drivers

Mediavision Pro Movie Studio
Quickcam BW
QuickCam Colour
W9966CF Webcam (FlyCam Supra and others)
Stradis 4:2:2 MPEG-2
Zoran ZR36057/36067
Sony Vaio Picturebook Motion Eye
Siemens-Nixdorf 'Multimedia eXtension Board'
Conexant cx23416/cx23415 MPEG encoder/decoder (aka ivtv)
USB 3com HomeConnect (aka vicam)
USB IBM (Xirlink) C-it Camera
USB Konica Webcam
USB Logitech Quickcam Messenger
OmniVision Camera Chip
USB W996[87]CF JPEG Dual Mode Camera
USB OV511 Camera
USB SE401 Camera
USB STV680 (Pencam) Camera
USB Philips Cameras
ForteMedia FM801 + TEA5757 tuner

Thanks to Jean Delvare for the report.

Media and Download

11.1 beta 4 is just one of the releases that will lead to the final
11.1 release. You can find the entire roadmap on the openSUSE wiki: Downloads are available here:

See for a full list of
mirrors. Note that you don't need to choose a mirror yourself, but you
can use the mirror list if you want or need to select a mirror

Most Annoying Bugs

* Bug #440816: 3.0 cannot be started
* GNOME branding is broken with DVD installs, looks correct on live cds
* GNOME updater will ask for registration, this is broken. Just ignore
the question
* KDE updater will not ask for smolt integration (which the GNOME
updater should ask for too).

Future Release Announcements

Note to openSUSE contributors: If you have any changes or features to
call out for future release announcements, please send an email to
Zonker (zonker@xxxxxxxxxxxx) with any information that should be in
that announcement. (Preferably at least two days before the scheduled

Thanks, and have a lot of fun!

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier
openSUSE Community Manager
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