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OpenSuse 11.0 ups challenge

By   |  June 19, 2008

The OpenSuse development team will today release version 11.0 of its open source operating system, an OS that could well be seen as the biggest threat to Ubuntu Linux domination. Faster installations, better package management and top-notch multimedia support are just some of the things that make OpenSuse a significant release.

Among the major changes in this release is a much-improved Yast2 application manager that reports suggest make package management significantly faster.

Installation times have also been significantly improved with this release and the development team says that a full installation should be as much as 60% faster than with previous releases. On some platforms that could mean a full install will take just over 20 minutes.

As is customary, OpenSuse will ship in a both a Gnome and KDE version. On the KDE side, OpenSuse will default to the KDE 4.0.4 desktop which adds a significant amount of sparkle to the desktop.

While KDE 4.0.4 is more attractive than earlier versions of KDE it does still have a number of rough edges so the development team has included KDE 3.5 in the install as well which is still more stable that KDE4 on a range of hardware.

For Gnome users OpenSuse will ship with Gnome 2.22, the version released in March this year and made popular by Ubuntu hardy Heron.

Going head-to-head with Ubuntu Linux, one of the areas where OpenSuse has a headstart over Ubuntu is in the better integration of PulseAudio with this release than in Ubuntu’s Hardy Heron. PulseAudio is the new advanced sound server which has advanced features such as network streaming, per-application sound control and the ability to shift sound between output devices.

OpenSuse also makes it as easy for users new to Linux to manage their desktop through Yast2, the open source package manager.

With this release OpenSuse looks well placed to take its position at the top of the Linux pile.

Strong lineage
OpenSuse’s roots go back to the early days of Linux distributions when it was called SuSE Linux and was created by German company S.U.S.E in 1992 as a derivative of Slackware Linux.

Over the years Suse developed a strong following thanks to its ease of use and its exceptionally powerful Yast installer application which made managing applications as easy as possible.

In January 2004 enterprise networking systems giant Novell acquired Suse Linux as part of its move to establish itself a new niche in the emerging Linux market. As part of this process the company established OpenSuse together with AMD as an open source project that would allow for community participation in the ongoing development of Suse Linux.


4 Responses to “OpenSuse 11.0 ups challenge”

  1. mich
    June 19th, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

    No matter how you try, Yast2 can never compare with Apt, that’s a fact that no one will contest.

    The only way openSUSE can be a threat to Ubuntu is to be unique in using a different desktop environment. Unfortunately, openSUSE choose GNOME (admit it!!) – so openSUSE will always be trying … following … but NEVER leading.

    Sad choice

  2. marc
    June 19th, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

    “that is a fact no-one can contest”

    until something comes along that is better…

    you haven’t tried it, have you?

    Read it here :

    “…we will say with absolutely no qualms that Zypper outperformed apt-get on the command line.”

  3. Lake-end
    June 20th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    Yep, sure does kicks apts ass, about time too. =)

  4. Raimund Eimann
    June 22nd, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    As a long-time SuSE and openSuSE user I can at lean back and not worry about the security of my SSL keys.

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