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OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out 62

houghi writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick. When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are also options. ARM images are available as well. More information about the release can be found in this feature guide."
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OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

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  • Favorite Distro (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheNinjaroach ( 878876 ) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @04:26PM (#43163367)
    I've been using OpenSUSE + KDE as my primary workhorse since 9.1. There have been some bumps along the way, but the 12.x series has been rock solid.

    Thanks to everyone who contributes to OpenSUSE!
  • by AaronW ( 33736 ) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @04:45PM (#43163583) Homepage

    OpenSUSE 12.2 has been rock solid for me and I can't wait to move to 12.3. Of all the distributions I've tried OpenSUSE seems to have the best KDE support.

  • by AaronW ( 33736 ) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @04:47PM (#43163615) Homepage

    From https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:System_upgrade [opensuse.org] :

    Take a look at all repos you have
    zypper lr
    and remove all third party/OBS repos you no longer needs
    zypper rr
    Change all remaining repo URLs to the new version of the distribution (needs to be run as root)
    sed -i 's/12.2/12.3/g' /etc/zypp/repos.d/*
    If you are upgrading from 12.1 or older, add non-oss-update repo
    zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/update/12.3-non-oss/ [opensuse.org] repo-update-non-oss
    Refresh new repositories (you might be asked to accept new gpg key)
    zypper ref
    If you haven't removed third party/OBS repositories you may encounter some errors as these repositories may not exist yet or they may have different unguessable URL. It is always recommended to remove them and add their newer version after upgrade.
    Now execute the full distribution upgrade. It is strongly recommended that you run this inside GNU screen or tmux to protect the upgrade process in case anything should go wrong with the X session during the upgrade. Packages for both screen and tmux are available in the main openSUSE repositories. tmux is probably a safer bet, because for example if upgrading from 12.1 to 12.2, you would go from a version of GNU screen which uses FIFO pipes to a version which uses UNIX sockets, and GNU screen has a bug which breaks compatibility between these two approaches, which means that you cannot resume a screen session created in 12.1 using the version of screen from 12.2.
    zypper dup
    With the above command zypper will download all required packages and install them in heaps. To download all packages in advance, use:
    zypper dup --download "in-advance"

  • Re:No Live CDs (Score:5, Informative)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @05:30PM (#43164169)

    They have been tailored towards 1GB USB keys. I personally use the network install without the use of media.

    1) Download linux and initrd from
    http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.3/repo/oss/boot/x86_64/loader/ [opensuse.org] and save them as install.linux and install.initrd
    2) Edit grub1 so the entry reads

    title SSH-Install
      kernel /boot/install.linux install=http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.3/repo/oss hostip= netmask= gateway= nameserver= showopts
      initrd /boot/install.initrd

    Then boot from that. (Be sure to edit the IP adresses to yours).
    If you add the following to the kernel line, you can even do the install via ssh. Be aware that it will take a time till your ssh is accesible:
    textmode=1 usessh=1 sshpassword="semi-secret"

    Next start with ssh -X -o "UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null" root@[Server to install] and launch yast.
    After the reboot, login again and launch /usr/lib/YaST2/startup/YaST2.ssh for the second stage.

    Great way to install a great XFCE based distribution.

  • Re:De Icaza is gone (Score:3, Informative)

    by kernelpanicked ( 882802 ) on Thursday March 14, 2013 @12:33AM (#43167713)

    openSUSE is not "a KDE distro". Both Gnome and KDE are on equal terms these days.

    - Posted from a freshly installed 12.3 Gnome desktop. Installed from the DVD, which requires a choice between the two but in fact defaults to the Gnome desktop. Only default because G comes before K and the list is alphabetical.

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