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SuSE Linux 10.1 RC2 Report

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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.

  • Language dependent packages for the default language are not installed Bug 162064
  • Every update from a 10.1 Beta/RC adds another selection to the system Bug 160792.

A special Add-On CD with non-OSS software is available as well from [1].

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:

  • kernel-source-2.6.16-28.i586.rpm

  • xorg-x11-6.9.0-39.i586.rpm
  • gcc-4.1.0-17.i586.rpm
  • kdebase3-3.5.1-60.i586.rpm
  • gnome-desktop-2.12.2-20.i586.rpm
  • MozillaFirefox-1.5.0.1-24.i586.rpm
  • MozillaThunderbird-1.5-24.i586.rpm
  • OpenOffice_org-2.0.2-19.i586.rpm
  • gaim-1.5.0-47.i586.rpm
  • perl-5.8.8-11.i586.rpm
  • python-2.4.2-15.i586.rpm
  • qt3-3.3.5-55.i586.rpm
  • gtk2-2.8.10-33.i586.rpm
  • compiz-cvs_060420-3.i586.rpm
  • xgl-cvs_060419-2.i586.rpm
  • libsvg-cairo-0.1.6-13.i586.rpm
  • Full RPMList Alphabetically


        

Some Changelog Highlights might be:

  • compiz
      - Fix infinite loop in gconf plugin.
      - A lot of improvements to schema file.
      - Fix for focusable panel applets.
      - Better check if a newly-mapped window should be focused.
      - Don't add decorations to previously-undecorated windows.
      (bnc 165393)
      - Handle gravity for ConfigureRequests. (Fixes bnc 163058)
      - Fix issue with resizing of windows with aspect ratio.
      - Fix so that scale plugin can't be initiated when no windows are
      visible.
      - Add support for automatic unredirecting of fullscreen windows.
      Allows fullscreen video without support for FBOs or pbuffers
      present.
      - Fix offset that caused water plugin to crash when FBOs are not
      available.
      - Support for PNGs on top face of cube.
      - Novell logo on top face by default.
      - Fix positioning of window buttons and only show appropriate
      buttons.
      - Changed to "Pause" key for scale effect.
      - Fix a crasher in the screenshot binding code.
      - Fix issue that caused gnome-theme-manager to crash. (#165421)
      - Fix modal dialog handling.
  • grub:
      - fix incorrect DL contents e.g. on chainloader (fd0)+1
      (Bug #158072)
      - initialize array in intel netcard probe (Bug #144171)
  • xine-lib:
      - Security fix for #167276: http://open-security.org/advisories/16
      - Removed -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE. Verified xine --keymap working.
  • 3ddiag:
      - 3Ddiag-0.734.tar.gz:
        * DRI driver support update (when "--ignoredb" option is used)
        * NVIDIA driver support update (when "--ignoredb" option is used)
  • beagle:
      - Add a patch to check for various places where our filesystem
      could race and we would throw harmless but annoying exceptions.
      (Noticed in bnc #139622)
      - Add a patch to back out an upstream change to work around a
      Mono bug, because that change was buggy and is no longer needed
      since we're including a newer Mono than 1.1.13.4. (bnc #139622,
      will also fix bgo #335178 and #338165 when the requirement
      changes upstream)
  • evolution:
      - Added bnc-159736-dbus-restart.patch to the build which replaces
      survive-dbus-restarts.patch (it solves the same problem plus more
      instances of the same)
      - alarm-fixes.patch: Updated alarm fixes - Srini
      - Fixes (bgo)
      310433 Should not allow renaming standard folders. - Sushma
      329371 User name in the format "username@domain name" doesn't work - Sushma
      315522 Rename operation should not be allowed for subscribed folders - Sushma
      338198 Insensitive OK during new/edit addressbook - Sushma
      339976 Creating enw addressbook fails rarely - Sushmaa
      - evo-gw-default-color.diff: Default color for groupwise addressbook - Harish
      - Fixes (bnc)
      163039 evolution-2.6 eats %100 cpu while filling in
      free/busy
  • kernel-source:
      - rpm/post.sh: Change from --xen option to --xen-kernel=...
      argument (161197).
      - Xen kernel boot loader entries not created correctly (166869).
      - patches.fixes/xfs-remove-unneeded-defines-and-symbols: Compiler
      Errors in xfs_dmapi.h (162465).
      - patches.fixes/tcp-truesize-underflow: Fix skb->truesize
      underflow.
      - Update to 2.6.16.9 (another security fix)
      - patches.kernel.org/patch-2.6.16.9: Linux 2.6.16.9.
      - patches.fixes/powernow-fix-3: Fix use before check in earlier patch
      (142547).
      - patches.xen/xen-acpi-nolapic: Xen: Don't process APICs/IO-APICs
      in ACPI when APIC is disabled. (156426).
  • Full Changelog since rc1.


        

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.

Some related links:

    

Re: Delta isos

ssmaxss wrote:

when I try to apply delta I recieve: "md5sum mismatch, iso is corrupt". I am trying to apply delta from gentoo but using original applyfeltaiso from suse. What is the problem?

I can't really tell you how to get it to work from gentoo, as I suffered the same fate. Now I just boot suse to run my applydelta and all works out well. I don't know what they really expect someone who doesn't have a suse install to do with these releases that come in just deltas.

Perhaps they can be made to work in other operating systems, but I didn't experiment beyond that one failed attempt in gentoo.

Delta iso's

I had the same trouble as ssmaxss however i was on the SUSE 10.1 beta8 platform (yes i know out of date but i was without broadband for a month) it seems to me that some servers are hosting damaged iso's for 10.1-rc1. I had a lot of trouble with 10.1-rc1 CD1 i had to download it with 4 different applications from 4 different hosts before i got one that worked. but i know that ftp.uni-erlangen.de hosts a working copy of all the iso's i downloaded. hope this helps, applying delta's now hope that the update goes well (fingers crossed, hopping around 3 times Wink )

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