OpenSUSE 10.2 Is Out!

7 12 2006

There are 2 ways you can get 10.2:

  • openSUSE Linux 10.2 Box/Retail = tech-support + closed source software + printed manuals. The retail box will contain 1 DVD9 (double layered) for x86 and x86_64, 5 CDs for i386 containing only OSS packages, plus one CD containing closed source add-on packages. As before, the DVD9 version contains more packages than the CD version. Downloadable DVDs have a reduced package selection compared to the retail DVD, because the retail DVD is double-layer and can hold more data. (as far as I understand)
  • openSUSE Linux 10.2 Downloadable = For download we offer as ISOs the 5 CD open source version plus our add-on CD with proprietary portions, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, RealNetworks RealPlayer, and Sun Java Runtime Environment. DVDs for all architectures are available and contain the open source version plus proprietary add-ons. For the first time we offer a language add-on CD which offers support for languages which are not part of our base language set up.

The Live DVD will be release next week.

Overview for CD insallation:
* CD1-2 only for a minimal text installation (English)
* CDs 1-3 for a default KDE or GNOME installation in German or English
* All 5 CDs for other selections
* Addon-NonOSS CD for the proprietary software
* Addon-Lang CD for addtional languages

If you have DVD-ROM, then the DVD is much better option, as you don’t have to keep on changing CDs while installation … but if you got CD-ROM only, well then …. u know.

A collection of major changes and additions characterizing the current SUSE Linux release.

  • Distribution renamed to openSUSE
  • Available for i386, x86_64 and PowerPC architectures
  • Package groupings are handled differently, 10.2 will use Patterns instead of selections.
  • numerous improvements to the package manager stack, including a new update notification applet (opensuse-updater) and a console application called zypper which are both non-ZMD based.
  • Linux kernel, using only SMP kernels (The kernel-default package contains the standard kernel for both uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel comes with SMP support and runs with only minimal overhead on uniprocessor systems. There is no kernel-smp package anymore.)
  • glibc 2.5
  • X.Org 7.2rc2
  • using opensync instead of multisync for much better syncing
  • integration of powermanagement features into hal
  • support to install multiple gcc versions in parallel
  • removal of several unneeded SuSEconfig scripts
  • no reboot after CD1, display of slideshow during all media
  • autoconf 2.60
  • bison 2.3
  • gcc 4.1.2 cvs
  • gdb 6.5
  • make 3.81
  • both KDE and GNOME feature improved start menus compared to upstream
  • additional CD with non-tier 1 languages
  • 2 years lifetime
  • openSUSE 10.2 Release Notes

The New Default File System: ext3 The YaST partitioner now defaults to create new file systems using the ext3 file system, replacing reiserfs. The high performance directory hashing option is enabled by default. For the root partition I am going back with ext3 and if satisfied will convert the rest of the 450+GB from ReiserFS 3.6 to ext3 as well.

Full Announcement | Released Version Page




2 responses

18 05 2007
Peter L

“support to install multiple gcc versions in parallel”

Any idea how how this is done?

30 05 2007

I can’t remember, but i’ll find the answer and post it

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