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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 was released a couple of days ago and I've been in testing mode. This release doesn't bring any new eye candy, but there are a few changes under the hood. As with the last, a lot of sites picked up on this release indicating that interest is ever increasing.
The installer remains unchanged although after reboot, I had to finish the configuration phase in "text" mode. The desktops see few changes as well, other than a few updated application splash images. Another change noted was the logout countdown timer from alpha 2 has returned.
The big news this release was the removal of Novell's ZENworks in favor of openSUSE native software management with Yast and libzypp. There weren't any updates available at this time in which to test the functionality, the appearance of the new updater is much improved.
A new component this release was InstLux. This allows one to install openSUSE Linux from within a Windows install. However tests here proved it still needs a bit of work. The error received here was that the initrd could not be retrieved.
In other developments, the init system start script were revamped to reduce boot times. Unfortunately, I haven't really been able to tell much difference here. But just for grins, alpha 3 boots in about 59 seconds while alpha 4 boots in 44 seconds here.
Some other listed changes this release include:
Some RPM version highlights this release are:
Some changelog highlights include:
The only Most Annoying Bugs listed this release at this time are No online update offered during installation and No NIS offered during installation.
The Roadmap was firmed up a bit since last release. At this time the most important dates are:
Some exciting major improvements planned for 10.3 include:
So all in all things are progressing fairly well. We may not have had a lot of new eye candy to slurp and drool over, but glancing through the changelog reveals how hard developers are working. A lot of information has been coming out of the openSUSE camp this past month and things are really getting exciting. Again, as with past alpha releases, I remain impressed at the stability and usablity of these developmental systems.