openSUSE Linux Advancements Ease Contributions

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<strong>Waltham, Mass. &mdash; Dec. 18</strong><br />The openSUSE Project, a Novell0sponsored and community-supported open source project, announced the release of openSUSE 11.1, the latest version of its free open source Linux distribution. The new release delivers a richer user experience with significant enhancements to desktop productivity, entertainment applications and software and system management. <br /><br />openSUSE 11.1 is also the first version completely developed using the openSUSE Build Service, allowing for greater transparency in the development process and additional contributions from the community. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for Novell&#39;s award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise products. <br /><br />”The openSUSE Project has a lot to be proud of in this release,” said Andreas Jaeger, platform director for openSUSE. “Not only is it an excellent update to 11.0, it&#39;s a huge leap forward for the project. As the first release created entirely in the openSUSE Build Service, it is a major milestone for the project. We can now work transparently with all contributors to openSUSE, allowing us to achieve great things as we work on future releases of openSUSE.” <br /><br />For users, openSUSE 11.1 features an easy to use and attractive desktop and comes packed with thousands of tools and applications, including games, Web browsers, instant messaging clients, multimedia and playback tools, productivity tools, security features and effortless connections to wireless networks. <br /><br />OpenSUSE 11.1 was entirely developed using the recently released openSUSE Build Service 1.0, a unique collaboration system that enables contributors to work closely together on Linux packages or solution stacks. This makes it easier and quicker for developers to contribute to the openSUSE project. <br /><br />Updates to openSUSE 11.1 include: <br /><br /><ul><li>The new 2.6.27.7 Linux kernel, which adds support for a number of new devices and improved video camera support.</li><li>An unmatched remote desktop experience with Nomad.</li><li>A simpler license that eliminates the EULA and removes software that previously made it difficult to redistribute openSUSE.</li><li>Improvements to YaST, openSUSE&#39;s system administration and installation suite, including an improved partitioner, new printer module and a new module to check system security.</li><li>Latest versions of major applications including Firefox 3.0.4, OpenOffice.org 3.0, GNOME 2.24.1, KDE 4.1.3 + KDE 3.5.10 and Mono(R) 2.0.1.</li></ul><br />”Our goal for the openSUSE 11.1 release was to not only provide updates to all of the popular applications and improve the overall distribution, but to also build it more transparently and improve the ability to redistribute and to enable more contributions,” said Joe Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager. <br /><br />”Novell is really interested in engaging the community in developing and building on openSUSE, and this release moves the ball forward significantly in that regard.” <br /><br />openSUSE 11.1 can be freely downloaded now online. A retail box version is also available for $60 at http://shop.novell.com and includes 90 days of installation support, commercial applications not on the main DVD, and the popular “Getting Started Guide,” a printed manual for new Linux users. <br />

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