openSUSE 11.3 is out
There’s a pretty good description of the product highlights here and some screenshots here, so there’s no reason for me to go further into that. However I’d like to add one thing that I consider a rather unique feature of openSUSE KDE installations these days, that is PulseAudio being non-default and completely optional 😉
When I blog about new openSUSE releases I always try to point out some of the weak spots. For 11.3 expect the following things to cause the most grief:
- Kernel modesetting (KMS) is now used by default, nouveau is the new default Nvidia driver instead of nv, the intel driver is being redesigned. KMS also means manual installation of proprietary drivers will be a bit more difficult. Expect graphics to behave in new and unexpected ways.
- KAddressBook in KDE SC 4.4 has been ported to use Akonadi and has some regressions.
- SaX2 has been dropped completely now – instead use xrandr, krandrtray, nvidia-settings and so forth depending on your graphics card/driver. But auto-detection should “just work” most of the time anyway
openSUSE-Guide.org has been updated for 11.3 already. Not much is changed, but I did add a section about creating Live USB sticks (Installation chapter) and a few lines about the KDE Plasma Netbook shell (KDE chapter) and a few other things. The screencasts will be updated soon.