4th Oct, OpenSuse 10.3 was released to the public. The fibre lines must have been glowing red from the immense demand, and during the peek they were up at around 14 gigabits per second. The average speed was around 12 gigabit per second. The mirror servers aren’t included, this was only the downloads from Novell.
OpenSUSE 10.3 includes KDE 3.5.7 with numerous improvements and usability enhancements like the new Kickoff start menu. Also provided is a complete KDE 4 preview environment for testing and experimentation. The recently-released GNOME 2.20 is also included, with SUSE usability improvements like the SLAB menu and the new international clock applet. A new GTK-based frontend for YaST is also available now in addition to the conventional KDE-based frontend.
Although Compiz has been available in previous versions, OpenSUSE 10.3 comes with the new and improved Compiz Fusion, which has many impressive new visual effects. Improvements for virtualization are present as well. The latest version of Xen 3.1 is included and support for kernel-level virtualization enhancements.
The package management system gained performance and stability improvements as well as new updater frontends for KDE and GNOME. A new 1-Click install system brings improved support for third-party repository management.
OpenSUSE 10.3 is currently available for download from the OpenSUSE website. CD and DVD images are provided for x86, x86-64, and PowerPC architectures.
I’ve long considered SUSE to be one of the best distributions for KDE users. The openSUSE community is delivering strong improvements that tangibly enhance the user experience. This new release includes some important new features that continue to make OpenSUSE a solid contender on the desktop. Additional information about new features in OpenSUSE 10.3 is available from the openSUSE News website.
Some of the screenshot of my desktop PC running OpenSuse 10.3 with Compiz Fusion visual effects ….