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Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE 11.2 RC, OpenSUSE Junior Jobs

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 9:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: OpenSUSE 11.2 is near release date right about now and OpenSUSE Junior Jobs initiative debuts

OpenSUSE Conference 2009 (OSC) ended quite a while back, but there are still some belated reports from the OpenSUSE Web site and from Katarina Machalkova. The release of OpenSUSE 11.2 is very near and the final phase which is release candidate has just been announced, then receiving a mention in a few Web sites.

“OpenSUSE works on improving the speed of OBS for more applications to be easily installed in OpenSUSE and other distributions.”OpenSUSE works on improving the speed of OBS for more applications to be easily installed in OpenSUSE and other distributions. Amarok 2.2.0, for example, is now available and Will Stephenson writes about Qt 4.6 for OpenSUSE (not final yet). It’s not unusual for OpenSUSE-specific packages and instructions to be found.

The most unique development in the past week (there was not much) was probably OpenSUSE Junior Jobs (more information here) to which there is some response.

Other than that, OpenSUSE received a special honour in the Tux Machines distribution list which ranked it first:

Daniweb published their list of Top 10 Linux Distributions for 2009 and unfortunately I and not-just-I didn’t agree with his list. I don’t want to detract from the hard working folks on those projects, but some won’t even run on modern hardware too well. One has turned into a specialty distro, although much of world keeps ignoring that fact. Another needs a Windows install to use. Anyway, so here’s our Top 10 List:

1. openSUSE – Always in my Top 10 is openSUSE, despite any contracts signed by corporate with large monopolistic companies because it’s just a really great distro. It’s rock solid, I’ve never had a crash of even an application on openSUSE! It always looks great out of the box. It’s a large corporate sponsored distro with a paid support version employing some of the most talented, and famous for being talented, developers in our community. It always has a professional look and feel, highly polished and overall just a really excellent example of what a Linux distribution can be.

Technically speaking, OpenSUSE is a solid distribution. The relationship with Novell/Microsoft is truly a shame though. It’s not the fault of OpenSUSE.

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