May 17th, 2013
· GNOME 3.6 > 3.8.1
· apache2 2.2.22 > 2.4.3
· digikam 3.0.0 > 3.1.0
· giflib 4.1.6 > 5.0.3
· icecream 0.9.7 > 1.0.0
· kernel 3.7.10 > 3.9.0
· libreoffice 18.104.22.168.4 > 22.214.171.124.1
· ocaml 3.12.1 > 4.00.1
· qemu 1.3.0 > 1.4.0
· qt-creator 2.6.2 > 2.7.0
· ruby 1.9.3 > 2.0
· systemd 195 > 202
· wpa_supplicant 1.1 > 2.0
· xorg-x11-server 1.13.2 > 1.14.1
March 13th, 2013Finishing touches:
· openSUSE 12.3 finishes the integration of systemd and delivers a better system log experience with journald. Reliable graphical package management tools and a new theme bring a consistent experience from boot to desktop. The 1GB live images are now optimized for USB sticks and the ARM team has stable openSUSE 12.3 ARM v7 and experimental ARM 64bit images ready for this exciting architecture.
· The latest desktops bring additional polish with much faster metadata handling, a new print manager and improved bluetooth integration in KDE’s Plasma Desktop and improved notifications, better file management and account integration for Exchange and Windows Live in GNOME Shell.
· 12.3 brings new technologies to users with the inclusion of PostgreSQL 9.2 which comes with native JSON support (noSQL style). We’ve moved over from MySQL to MariaDB as default. This is the first openSUSE release with a complete OpenStack “Folsom” for cloud fans and this release debuts the E17 desktop and the Sawfish and awesome window managers.
· openSUSE moves forward with the inclusion of updated applications. DigiKam 3.0 comes with much expanded abilities for batch processing of images and new and improved filters & plugins; the major PIM applications received updates with Evolution now having an automatically updated search folder and spell checking all over while Kontact’s quick filter searches the full mail bodies and has an improved composer. Development tools like KDevelop, monodevelop and valgrind got preliminairy Android support; Development libraries like GTK3 and KDE Development Platform are included with new releases. This release also brings proper UEFI support for x86_64 hardware and experimental support for Secure Boot enabled hardware.
February 28th, 2013
· amavisd-new 2.7.2->2.8.0
· digikam 2.9.95->3.0.0
· gnome-shell 3.6.2->3.6.3
· gnutls 3.0.26->3.0.28
· kernel-default 3.7.6->3.7.9
· kiwi 5.04.37->5.04.53
· libcdio 0.83.git->0.90
· libdrm 2.4.41->2.4.42
· mariadb 5.5.28a->5.5.29
· MozillaFirefox 18.0.1->19.0
· MozillaThunderbird 17.0.2->17.0.3
· openssl 1.0.1c->1.0.1e
· postfix 2.9.5->2.9.6
· pulseaudio 2.1->3.0
· release-notes-openSUSE 12.3.1->12.3.3
· seamonkey 2.15.1->2.16
· sysconfig 0.80.4->0.80.5
· wine 1.5.22->1.5.23
January 17th, 2013Desktops and apps:
· The Beta comes with 4.10 RC2 of KDE’s workspaces and applications. KDE has announced a third RC due to some late changes and this version is part of a testing sprint organized by the KDE Quality team. openSUSE KDE packagers have build a special live Image to test this release but we urge you to get the Beta packages from software.opensuse.org as they are of course newer.
· File manager Thunar (well known to XFCE users as it is the default file manager there) introduces tab support, improved bookmark handling (including easily adding remote bookmarks), improved UI and a check for free space before copying starts. There have also been extensive performance improvements.
· Another filemanager part of this release is PCMan, part of the LXDE lightweight desktop. The 1.1 release brings some UI improvements like disabling items which cannot act (like ‘copy’ on selected items) in the menu and toolbar, the option to ‘treat backup files as hidden’, the ability to change the colums in the Detailed List View and search engine support. Underlying improvements were made to stability and performance, as well as bringing new support for unmounting removable media without ejecting them and some other small changes.
· In the browser area, the latest Firefox 18 is part of this release as well, bringing better performance and scaling of web content to openSUSE 12.3.
This version brings us up to kernel 3.7.1, bringing a bunch of fixes and new features over the 3.4 release in openSUSE 12.2. New and improved features include:
· support for metadata checksums and improved quota support in Ext4
· I/O failure statistics, subvolume quotas, quota groups, snapshot diffs, faster fsync and the ability to disable copy-on-write on a per-file base in btrfs
· userspace probes for performance profiling with tools like Systemtap or perf and a new “perf trace” tool modeled after strace.
· Many improvements to networking. The TCP protocol performance work with support for the TCP “Fast Open” mode for both clients and servers and TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827) as well as inclusion of the a “TCP small queues” feature and a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat. Other low-level protocol enhancements include support for checkpointing and restoring TCP connections and a new tunneling protocol that allows to transfer Layer 2 Ethernet packets over UDP. New is experimental SMBv2 protocol support as well as stable NFS 4.1 and parallel NFS support and the ability to have safe swapping over NFS/NBD.
· The kernel now allows for Android-style opportunistic suspend and has support for suspending to disk and memory at the same time which prevents these “yup, ran out of battery so now you lost data” annoyances with suspend-to-ram.
· In the security area we see added support for signed kernel modules, the Intel “supervisor mode access prevention” (SMAP) security feature, VFIO, which allows safe access from guest drivers to bare-metal host devices and a sandboxing mechanism that allows to filters syscalls.
· Other improvements include the ability to do SCSI over Firewire and USB, support for the PCIe D3cold power state; and the usual huge number of new and improved drivers.
· LLVM, which was extensively described for Milestone 2, is updated to the final 3.2 release.
· Other larger changes in this version unclude an update of gdb to 7.5 and postgresql got updated to version 9.2.
· LibreOffice 3.6.x will be what ships with openSUSE 12.3 as we’d like to ensure availability of a dependable and a stable set of office tools for everyone, but 4.0 packages will be available and openSUSE 12.3 contains all the required dependencies for users to build 4.0 themselves if they like.
· libzypp 12.6 got further improvements and bugfixes, while some more work in the package management area is coming for RC1 including an update to PackageKit and a solution to the PackageKit-blocking-zypper issues.
· Note: as part of the SuSEconfig removal work, permissions now applies changes following installation or upgrade, to ensure new permissions are effective regardless of package installation order.
November 8th, 2012
· Switched to libpng 1.5
· binutils 2.23 (previous was 2.22)
· gcc has been updated to 4.7.2 release
· We are now shipping bison 2.6 and flex 2.5.37
· Python 3.3 is now shipped (up from 3.2)
· Mesa 9.
· xf86-video-ati 6.98.1 (CHANGES??)
· xf86-video-intel 2.20.12
· We are now shipping the stable 3.6.3 kernel
October 3rd, 2012
· KDE is updated to 4.9.1 release
· Glibc is updated to 2.16 release
· Kernel is updated to 3.6.0-rc7
· X.org updated to 1.13 release
· All X.org video drivers are updated to latest stable release (or snapshot).
· Mesa updated to upcoming v9 snapshot.
· DRM libraries updated to 2.4.33 release
· Qt updated to 4.8.2 release.
· Emacs updated to 24.2 release.
· OpenJDK updated to 126.96.36.199 release
· Banshee media player is updated to 2.5.1 release.
· zsh is updated to 5.0 release
· SourceCodePro font from Adobe is now available among other new font packages.
· Support for OPUS codec added via libopus
· jpeg-turbo is now the default jpegv8 implementation, jpegv6 is dropped.