openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 is here, RC Delayed for the End of the Month
Article by George Norman
On 18 Nov 2008
According to the official openSUSE release calendar, by the middle of November the release candidate should have been put out for to the general public to test. Unfortunately for the openSUSE Project and for us, the users that have been eagerly awaiting it, the numerous bugs in the operating system determined the development team to push back the RC release and instead put out a fifth Beta installment.

The release candidate is expected to drop by the end of November, on the 27th to be more precise. In December the openSUSE Project will keep themselves busy since they are due to put out the Goldmaster openSUSE 11.1 release on the 4th of December, and the final openSUSE 11.1 OS version on the 18th.

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According to Linux geek Joe Brockmeier, the release delay was caused by “several blocker bugs and 11 P1 bugs”. Even though the release date of the final version was not moved back, because a 5th Beta was launched, the openSUSE project will be forced to put out just one release candidate. “With just a little more than a month before the public release on December 18th, there's still plenty to do. So, roll up your sleeves and start downloading!” he said. If you would like to listen to his call for testing, you can download openSUSE 11.1 Beta 5 here.

There are several changes that the openSUSE Project team addressed with this Beta 5 release: Linux kernel 2.6.27.5 update, KDE 4.1.3, Xfce 4.4.3, PackageKit 0.3.9 upgrade, KDE4 and Smolt implementation, increased number of translations, and many other updates, amongst which Banshee, Amarok, Bazaar, Frozen Bubble, Blender and Digikam deserve mentioning.

One of the features I appreciate the most is the implementation of OpenOffice 3.0 which was launched on the 13th of October. OpenOffice was also bundled with the recently released Ubuntu 8.10 operating system, but due to time constraints the development team behind the software product had to use v. 2.4. Regarding openSUSE, there are still some bugs associated with OpenOffice 3.0, but all of them are to be fixed by the time the release candidate will be made available to the general public.



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