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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The beta cycle is history! I'm still sweeping up confetti here. OpenSUSE announced the availability of 10.1 release candidate 1 early this morning. I've actually been downloading the deltas lately and even though they come in fairly slow, it is much nicer downloading 300 mbs rather than 3 gigs. I highly recommend that method. I am in the process of downloading the full x86_64 version as well. It's coming in at a snails pace too, but hopefully I will be able to report on it before rc2 comes out. But back to the topic at hand. How did the release candidate do? Will this phase go as planned or will final have to be delayed? Here is my report.
Release Candidate phase implies feature and usually version freezes. As you can see from the small chart below, most applications received a teny number version upgrade, indicating an in-house bug fix or such. Those numbers actually indicate the number of builds, usually. So, if only one number difference, then only one build since the last build. With only 300mb difference in the iso package, we didn't really expect too many big changes.
|10.1 beta9||10.1 rc1|
In the changelog we find lots and lots of bug fixes and just a few new features. Some highlights include:
Some of the outstanding bugs they are still currently working on are:
The install of Suse 10.1 release candidate 1 went really well for me. Most the install would be a rehash if described in full again. It was almost "textbook" except for one little niggle. The downloading of Release Notes worked this time and then the next question concerns Online Updates. We are asked if we'd prefer to configure it now (recommended) or later, with check boxes for sending hardware and "other information" back. I click to configure now and it took quite a while. The clock cursor never did stop turning and switching to a console I could top and see that things were still happening. But this step took a really long time. Then after it reported there was a patch available and installed it (without error), it took another long time to finish whatever it was doing under the gui. But it did finish. That's the main thing.
After install, I didn't see any new eye candy or identify any new applications. The menus were still chocked full o' apps for almost every imaginable task and all but two opened and worked without issue. The two that did give me trouble were Kdetv and Zapping. Zapping froze up and crashed out and kdetv just wouldn't work properly. Maybe it's just me. I never have any luck with those apps anyway. But good ole xawtv performed as always - just almost perfectly.
There are all kinds of music programs ranging from merely playing to capture and edit. There wasn't enough screen space here to show all of them. In that same spirit are all the other categories. There are just too many office and internet apps, games, and development tools to list or screenshoot.
Gnome was working rather well this evening. Seems KDE will stay version 3.5.1 and gnome will stay 2.12 for 10.1. XGL Desktop was removed from the Gnome Control Center this time, as I speculate it won't be perfected in time for final release. I did test the display configuration in the GCC to set up xinerama, both cloned and expanded. That worked wonderfully.
The developers have been working so hard this release to rewrite the software package management suite. They've had a hard time of it. But I believe their efforts are beginning to pay off. The installation source manager worked wonderfully. I tested the package manager this time and had no problems. It installed and uninstalled without issue. The online update did as one might expect as well. It connected to some preset mirror(s) and downloaded the patch information. I selected a patch to install and it preceded to download and install it. I did experience trouble with the system update still as it reported an error stating that my os version number didn't match my install sources and then the summary screen reported conflicts it could not resolve (even though I had chosen no packages to install). But they are definitely getting there.
So, there ya have it. This is a definite release candidate. It's been a long beta cycle, but things are really shaping up quite nicely at this point. Everything was stable and almost everything was working fairly well. I think the look and feel are pretty much in place and we can expect to see very little change from here on out. Release candidate 2 is planned for next week and hopefully they will announce the final on or about the 25th.
More Screenshots Here.
Howto Apply Delta Isos:
This is really so easy that I hesitate to even mention it, but just in case someone needs to know, here's a handy copy and paste for this release:
applydeltaiso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9-i386-CD1.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9_RC1-i386-CD1.delta.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC1-i386-CD1.iso
applydeltaiso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9-i386-CD3.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9_RC1-i386-CD3.delta.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC1-i386-CD3.iso
applydeltaiso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9-i386-CD4.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9_RC1-i386-CD4.delta.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC1-i386-CD4.iso
applydeltaiso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9-i386-CD5.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-beta9_RC1-i386-CD5.delta.iso SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC1-i386-CD5.iso