openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 released
openSUSE developer Andreas Jaeger has announced the availability of the eight milestone in the development of openSUSE 11.2, code named Fichte. The eight milestone, the last before the first release candidate, includes several changes and updates since the release of the previous milestone from mid-September.
The final milestone features version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel and a choice of either GNOME 2.28 RC (the final version was released on the 23rd of September) or KDE 4.3.1 for the desktop environment, with KDE selected by default. New package updates and additions include Firefox 3.5.3, OpenOffice 3.1.1 and Pidgin 2.6.2. The release also includes SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2, Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 4 and VirtualBox 3.06.
More details about the release, including a list of the Most Annoying Bugs, can be found in the change log. openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 is available to download for 32 and 64 bit x86 systems as a DVD or LiveCD image from the projects developer/get it section. An overview of the planned features for the final openSUSE 11.2 release can be found on the distributions own feature-tracking system, called OpenFate. The final version of openSUSE 11.2 is expected to be available in November.
As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers encourage users that find any bugs in the milestone to report them on the projects Bugzilla page (Novell log-in required).
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