Originally posted 2008-06-19 10:17:58.
Open Source movement is seeing a lot of excitement this week. Hot on the heels of the much anticipated release of Firefox 3, openSUSE has released their shiny new version openSUSE 11.0 today.
openSUSE 11.0 is in the wild now with almost 200 new features specific to openSUSE, an awesome new installer, a faster package manager, KDE4, Gnome 2.22, Compiz Fusion and much more than I can list here.
I have been running openSUSE 11.0 beta for a week and love every bit of the improvements made. Plus, with KDE4 coming out with a stable release, you could get openSUSE 11.0 with KDE4 out of the box.
As much as I’d love to do a full review of openSUSE 11.0, some of my trusted sources have already done so and much better than I can. So, I am going to point to some excellent resources if you’d like to read up on this new version!
About openSUSE 11.0
The above links will inform you of all things openSUSE 11.0. I will try to post a follow up post with little tricks and tips if there is enough interest in your comments as I don’t usually talk much about Linux here.
Download openSUSE 11.0
To help avoiding over loading their servers, it is recommended to use the mirrors when possible.
Post 11.0 Installation
Scott Morris of SUSE Blog has put together a nice list of package repositories you can add to YAST.
If you can’t find a more recent package via YAST, openSUSE Build Service might have it.
I found this tutorial referenced by Scott very helpful in setting up my openSUSE with codecs, video drivers and the applications I need.
If you get stuck with anything, there is always the openSUSE forums to get help from.
At the moment I use Linux for my desktop only at work as it well suits the tasks i do. But, with openSUSE 11.0 I am seriously considering making the switch in my home desktop as well. Especially with the release of Wine 1.0 this week, I could run many of my Windows only applications in Linux as well.
What would it take you to make the switch to Linux? (if you already haven’t)
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