openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 4 is out

As Adrian Schroter faithfully pronounced a few minutes ago:

[opensuse-announce] openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4 released

I’m glad to announce the fourth public alpha release of openSUSE 10.3.

The BitTorrent is moving quite swiftly to my house, so please give the servers a break if you can. The BT links are as follows:

32-bit CDs: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.3-Alpha4/iso/torrent/openSUSE-10.3-Alpha4-i386.torrent

32-bit DVD: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.3-Alpha4/iso/torrent/openSUSE-10.3-Alpha4-DVD-i386.torrent

64-bit CDs: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.3-Alpha4/iso/torrent/openSUSE-10.3-Alpha4-x86_64.torrent

64-bit DVD: http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/10.3-Alpha4/iso/torrent/openSUSE-10.3-Alpha4-DVD-x86_64.torrent

This alpha will be my first look at the new version, so I’m looking forward to it.

The biggest news is that it looks like we’ll see most, if not all, of the major KDE 4.0 packages in this release. As you may know, KDE released their Alpha 1 last week, and the KDE 4 roadmap is running almost parallel to the openSUSE 10.3 schedule. While openSUSE Alpha 4 only contains the KDE games package this time out, we can get excited about much more coming in over the summer. Linux desktop fans can also rest assured that openSUSE 10.3 will also have the latest versions of the GNOME desktop (2.18.1) and OpenOffice.org (2.2).

As you may have heard elsewhere, openSUSE 10.3 also disposes of the Novell Zen-Updater (ZMD), which caused so many problems in the last two releases. Development is now focused on the opensuse-updater and zypper apps introduced in 10.2. At the top of the alpha announcement’s “highlights” list is something called the “YaST Meta Packages handler,” which certainly sounds interesting. We’ll see how that goes.

My plan is to install this under vmplayer and see what’s new and exciting. Look for a report here soon.
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