After a long, long wait for SUSE maniacs like me, its finally here: Presenting the latest version of openSUSE, openSUSE 11.0
The new version features a slick shiny new installer, updated KDE 4.0.4, GNOME 2.22, Kernel version 2.6.25. If you’re still hesitant to jump to KDE4.0, you can use KDE 3.5.9 which comes with the DVD edition. And if you’re on a low-end spec PC, then just install XFCE!
On the applications front, openSUSE 11 features Firefox 3 Beta 5 which gets auto-updated to Firefox 3.0 via online updates. Also featured is Banshee 1.0, which has been re-written to improve performance and includes many new features, like video playback, better “shuffle” playback, support for iPods, MTP devices, and mass storage player devices, and support for podcasts and better Last.fm integration.
openSUSE 11.0 also comes by default with Compiz Fusion enabled, and the various effects are easier to configure as the highly flexible CompizConfigSettingsManager(CCSM) is installed by default.
For those into virtualization, the Xen virtualizer gets updated to Xen 3.2.
openSUSE 11 also features OpenOffice 2.4, an alternative to Microsoft Office. This release includes import support for OpenXML, 3-D transitions in Impress, SVG import support, improved performance over standard OpenOffice.org, and better Excel support and VBA macro support.
As usual openSUSE 11.0 is available for download in various media:
- Single DVD
- KDE 4 Live+install CD(32 and 64-bit)
- GNOME Live+Install CD(32 and 64-bit)
- Via HTTP, FTP, MetaLink and BitTorrent,
Download it from http://software.opensuse.org/
Some other resources: Reviews, Features, Forums and Other Articles:
- The Official openSUSE 11.0 Announcement
- What’s improved in openSUSE 11.0?
- Comprehensive List of openSUSE 11.0 Features
- Some Screenshots
- Why To Upgrade from openSUSE 10.x to openSUSE 11.0?
- Things to do after Installing openSUSE 11.0
- Script to setup Repositories
- Channel Web’s Review of openSUSE 11.0
- Linux Magazine’s Review of openSUSE 11.0
- The Official openSUSE 11.0 Forums