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18 December 2008, 13:33

OpenSUSE 11.1 has arrived

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The OpenSUSE developers have delivered version 11.1 of the OpenSUSE distribution, just in time for Christmas. As well as the updates to the component packages of OpenSUSE, some innovation has taken place compared to the previous version. Most importantly, the developers have implemented a strict separation of free and proprietary software. The OpenSUSE DVD now contains only freely distributable applications, allowing people to legally copy and distribute the DVD. Proprietary applications, drivers and codecs will have to be downloaded over the Internet, although users who purchase the boxed version of OpenSUSE can install these from an extra non-OSS CD, supplied. The developers have also made it easy to install proprietary items such as an MP3 codec or Flash Player, as options to install them pop-up, as the relevant application is launched.

The default desktop is actually a choice between KDE 4.1.3 and Gnome 2.24.1. The developers consider KDE 4.1.3 as stable enough that they have relegated KDE 3.5.10 to the "Others" catagory on the desktop selection. Some Yast modules have been enhanced, such as the partitioner and printer installation. The "Hardware Plug and Play" utility will also find un-installed drivers for newly connected hardware.

OpenSUSE 11.1 is available as an installation DVD or a Live CD with either KDE or Gnome. Versions for x86, x64 and PowerPC systems are available to download now with images for USB sticks available in a few days.

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