openSUSE beta-testing

general information for the usage of the newest Release Candidate.

Latest development snapshots of the upcoming openSUSE release can be found at or here (11.3, MS2). Delta isos can be found here (11.3, MS2).

If you wanna give the LiveCD or Installation Images offered there a try you may want to have a look at the most annoying bugs 11.2 and most annoying bugs 11.3.

In order to install additional software normally available for released distros at you will now have to use factory packages. Search for them at

Those who prefer to look for additional software by categories may directly browse All of is currently only indexed via the Buildservice. Some third party repositories are already available for 11.2: Packman and VLC. Search for them at and at

The general recommendation is to reinstall the system for every new release candidate to re-test the installer workflow and to be absolutely sure in getting clean test results. Nonetheless a simple ’zypper up’ should automatically perform an upgrade to the newest release candidate.

RoadMap: Zeitplan für OS 11.3 summaries of the first two meetings.

If you have an ATI-card and experience problems booting into the graphical surface of Xorg or if you simply wanna test the new Plug and Play capability of the radeonhd driver look at this page; ATI-fglrx proprietary dirver.

additional Links for Members of the Core Test Team

openSUSE & Upstream bug reporting facilities

OpenSuSE Core Test Team Meeting

scheduled at: Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 18:00:00 UTC
local time: (UTC + )
#openSUSE-testing, irc://

If a bug can not be resolved upstreams quickly it will generally be a good idea to post it again at mentioning the upstream bug (or multiple related upstream bugs). We should at least assert that all features will show up in the final release of openSUSE 11.2. Core areas of openSUSE bug reporting include: package management, YaST, hardware and configuration issues.

The general recommendation for Kernel-bugs is to re-test on a -vanilla kernel. If the bug also shows up in the vanilla-kernel (no openSUSE specific extensions) then report it at Latest kernels (vanilla & openSUSE) can be drawn from here. If you wanna install multiple kernels simultaneously usage of the ’multiversion’ key in /etc/zypp/zypp.conf may be useful; state there all packages of which multiple versions may be installed; f.i.:

multiversion = kernel-default, kernel-default-base, kernel-desktop-base, kernel-syms, kernel-default-devel, kernel-source

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