Thursday, November 23, 2006

openSUSE 10.2 RC1

I've released today the first release candidate (RC1) of openSUSE 10.2 to the public, the announcement went out this afternoon.

For details about the important changes see http://en.opensuse.org/Factory/News.

The development team handled a large number of bugs, updated a few packages - most notably D-Bus to version 1.0 (nearly no changes besides the version number) and Evolution to 2.8.2 - and included further translations. The areas that we had to work hardest on were the bootloader configuration and our software management stack.

For our software management stack we now have two different user interfaces: The ZENworks Linux interface introduced in SUSE Linux 10.1 with the commands rug and zen-updater - and the new software management tools zypper and opensuse-updater. Zypper accepts most of the commands that rug does with the same syntax. The applet opensuse-updater can talk to the zmd daemon or use directly the package management library without a running daemon. During installation the ZENworks tools are installed by default with the "Enterprise Software Management (ZENworks Linux Management)" pattern, the other one is name "openSUSE Software Management" and can be used alternatively. The newer tools have not seen that much testing to install them by default but I'll ask experienced users and testers to look at them and give us feedback.

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