openSUSE 11.4 Released
In the midst of the troubled sale of Novell to Attachmate, which includes the selling of 882 patents to CPTN Holdings – a group which includes Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle – and the news that the sale is now on hold until April due to an investigation by the US. Department of Justice…
openSUSE is driven by the openSUSE Project community and sponsored by Novell to help in the development and maintenance of the other (commercial) SUSE Linux distributions.
“openSUSE 11.4 can be downloaded from software.opensuse.org and the openSUSE 11.4 retail edition can be purchased from various sources. The retail version is a version of openSUSE with a complete printed end-user manual, installation media plus 90 days of professional end-user installation support via email or phone”.
11.4 is based around Kernel 2.6.37 which improves the scalability of virtual memory management and separation of tasks executed by terminal users, leading to better scalability and performance and less interference between tasks. The new kernel also brings better hardware support, with open Broadcom Wireless drivers, improved Wacom support and many other new or updated drivers. It also supports the improvements to graphic drivers in the latest Xorg and Mesa shipped, so users will enjoy better 2D and 3D acceleration.
New tools for an enhanced boot process. The latest gfxboot 4.3.5 supports VirtualBox and qemu-kvm while Vixie Cron has been replaced with Cronie 1.4.6 supporting the PAM and the SELinux security frameworks. The more experimental software options include GRUB2 and systemd.
The ZYpp package management introduces a MultiCurl backend, support for zsync transfers, and Metalink download support. With simultaneous downloads from multiple servers, and fetching of only changed parts of files, the result is a significantly faster repository refresh, package install and update. The new backend gives better support for network proxies and allows for HTTP BASIC password-protected repositories. On the desktop,KPackageKit replaces the KDE applet and both KDE and GNOME applets now default to installing all package updates, not just patches.
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