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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Release Candidate 2 of SuSE Linux 10.1 was released early in the morning of April 22. This release doesn't bring too many new features, but everything is really starting to come together. This release we decided to test the upgrade option and tested the software management system fairly extensively including the non-oss add-on packages. Does it look like OpenSuSE is on-track?
For rc2 there were only deltas available for download from mirrors or through bittorrent. So, I decided on the delta isos. The applydelta went really smooth and rather quickly this time. For the non-oss add-on iso, I had to download the rc1 iso and the delta for rc2. As is becoming usual, that worked wonderfully for those as well.
I started the install as per usual, but this go-round I chose the Upgrade option. After it auto-detects most of your Linux installs, you choose which install to upgrade. The following screen was the summary screen where one can make changes. I doubled checked in the package listings, and indeed it appeared as though all my installed packages would be upgraded if an update was available. All told it was 1539 packages upgraded and 5 newly installed. The actual package install seemed to take a little longer than a regular install, but it was nice not to have to setup root, users, and hardware all again. The kernel was indeed upgraded and all traces of the rc1 kernel were erased. After adjusting lilo (defaults to grub), the system booted and started fine. I deleted all personal configuration files and found myself at what has now become a familiar desktop environment.
As I opened, tested, and closed applications I kept expecting some buggy behavior to rear its ugly head, as can happen with some upgrades. But none were encountered. I declare the upgrade process to be working very well. I can't testify if an upgrade from 10.0 to 10.1 will go as smoothly, but as small an increment as I tested went as smoothly as one could wish. The only "most annoying bug" I encountered was the one where every upgrade adds a second duplicate category in the software manager. I didn't notice or experience any adverse effects from the lack of default language dependent packages bug.
The "Most Annoying Bug List" is all but cleaned out with only the following remaining:
For RC2 there are only delta isos. Have a look at the Applying_Delta_ISOs section of the Download Instructions how to use them.
A special Add-On CD with non-OSS software is available as well from .
The software management suite seems to be just about production ready. I tested all phases and had no trouble with any of it, except for the duplicate entries. Checking for updates and installing software were no-brainers, and even the system update seemed to function ok. I did receive an advisory that the installed product wasn't compatible with the installation media, and was warned I didn't have enough room for all the packages it self-selected.
Adding the extra add-on iso after original install, again, gave no problems. I pointed the source setup to the directory where I extracted the iso and was able to install java, flash and other non-oss software. There may be license agreements to accept such as with the Macromedia Flash Plug-in shown below. The list of non-oss software included is HERE.
Some package version highlights this round include:
Some Changelog Highlights might be:
So, all in all, not a whole lot new to really report. The Changelog is full yast fixes and one can certainly see it in the product. Everything just went like clockwork here. I think these guys are about ready to declare this thing gold. I feel it's safe to say that the quality and stabilty that SuSE has become known to exemplify will certainly be present in 10.1. The RoadMap is stating April 25 as their intended SUSE Linux 10.1 Release Date. So, I'd say this rc2 is fairly close to being the final product.
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