openSUSE 11.3 milestone 2 released
The openSUSE developers have released the second milestone of openSUSE 11.3. The update now has some final releases of packages rather than the release candidates found in the previous milestone. These include final versions of KDE 4.4, OpenOffice 3.2 and VirtualBox 3.1.4, but openSUSE 11.3 still has a number of bleeding edge releases including GNOME 2.30 beta 1 (2.29.90). The milestone is based on the 2.6.33 Linux kernel "with all its bug fixes and new hardware support".
There have been updates to NetworkManager, ModemManager and other network related plug-ins which do not add features, but support more hardware and include bug fixes. Other updated packages include DigiKam, evolution, Mono, GnuTLS and libgphoto2. Developers will also find Bootchart 184.108.40.206, a tool for analysing slow system booting, included.
The previous milestone's support for LXDE has now been incorporated into the installation process, allowing users to install openSUSE 11.3 with only the LXDE desktop. The openSUSE developers plan to switch to GCC 4.5.0 in the next milestone to benefit from its better optimisation. According to a new timeline page, milestone 3 is due at the start of March, and a final release mid-July. openSUSE 11.3 milestone 2 is available to download now for testing purpose; known bugs are documented on the openSUSE wiki. The developers would like special attention paid to the GNOME accessibility stack as new features in it need extensive testing.