Novell’s OpenSUSE project has released the latest version of its namesake
Linux distribution, OpenSUSE 10.2. But you wouldn’t know it if you were
waiting for an official announcement from Novell.
The latest version of OpenSUSE 10.2 upgrades nearly all of the core packages,
including the Linux kernel. OpenSUSE 10.2 includes the “pirate” 18.104.22.168 kernel, Firefox 2.0 and new versions of both the GNOME
and KDE desktops.
The 10.2 release also marks the debut of the ext3 Linux filesystem as the
default filesystem, a duty that previously went to ReiserFS. The recently released 2.6.19 kernel introduces the ext4 filesystem as the successor to ext3.
The new OpenSUSE release also improves upon the
package manager stack, with the opensuse-update new
update notification applet and the zipper console application.
OpenSUSE 10.2 follows the 10.1 release by nearly seven months. The OpenSUSE effort typically releases two
versions a year and is considered to be a faster developing distribution than
Novell’s flagship SUSE Linux Enterprise distribution (now at version 10),
which typically has an 18-month release cycle.
One thing developers should feel good about is the fact that they’re covered under the terms of Novell’s recent patent covenant with Microsoft
guaranteeing that Microsoft will not sue for alleged intellectual
But according to OpenSUSE developers in a recent online chat, the deal doesn’t go far enough to protect them.