Novell released Open SuSE 10.3 today

Novell today announced the availability of openSUSE® 10.3, the newest version of the award-winning community Linux* distribution. Available for free download or in a convenient packaged retail edition, openSUSE 10.3 provides everything a user needs to get started with Linux.

To improve the user experience, openSUSE 10.3 includes a flexible Linux-Windows dual-boot configuration, improved user interface, Microsoft Office file compatibility with the latest office productivity suite, and enhanced multimedia support.

“The openSUSE community continues to deliver innovations and has created a new version of openSUSE that will excite a wide range of computer users,” said Andreas Jaeger, director of the openSUSE project. “OpenSUSE 10.3 provides a stable and state-of-the-art operating system based on Linux kernel 2.6.22, and it contains a large variety of the latest open source applications for desktops, servers and application development.”

Enhancements to openSUSE 10.3 include the newest versions of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments, including a KDE 4 preview. 2.3 makes sharing files with Microsoft Office users easy, and the newest version of AppArmor™ protects the Linux operating system and applications from attacks, viruses and malicious applications.

OpenSUSE 11.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server BibleOpenSUSE 10.3 also now includes MP3 support out of the box for Banshee™ and Amarok, which are the default media players in openSUSE. In addition, openSUSE 10.3 offers the latest open source applications for developing applications, setting up a home network and running a Web server, as well as the latest virtualization software such as Xen* 3.1 and VirtualBox 1.5.
Version 10.3 makes openSUSE the first Linux distribution to take full advantage of the “1-Click Install” option, which gives openSUSE 10.3 users easy access to many more software packages residing on the openSUSE Build Service.

Contributed by a single openSUSE community member, the one-click install is an example of the value openSUSE's strong community of developers, testers, writers, translators, artists and users bring to the distribution. OpenSUSE 10.3 was created by the openSUSE project, the community initiative sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The openSUSE project has more than 54,000 registered members.

OpenSUSE 10.3 is now available for free download at


Anonymous said...

I am a former SUSE user. I wish I could get exited about this as I used to, but I cannot support a distribution produced by a company that agrees to enter into a pact with MS that threatens all Linux developers not joining it. That may not matter to some of you, but for me it is important that the distro I support is a good free software community member that doesn’t just look out for its own selfish ambitions. Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives out there. Go to and explore some of them.

nelsoon said...

It's true that Novell has his interests in hand but think again when you say that Novell do nothing to the free software community. Novell sponsors or maintains a certain number of high quality product likes KDE, Gnome, The Hotplug & PCI & USB patches in the kernel, XGL, Compiz, the new Compiz-fusion, Bandit, Higgins, Mono, moonlight, OpenOffice, Samba, Apparmor, Linux-HA, Evolution.
Not to mention that Novell participates actively in the FOSS and uses his IP to protect opensource likes IBM does.

Anonymous said...

I can't get xgl and 3D to work, the same Card Nvidia 7300 GS ( I might add the recommended one) Worked well in CentOS, and does not get recognized as having a 3D capability in OpenSuse 10.3, whats is up with that. I am trying the waters with other distro, after 6 + years of suse I am about had it.

Anup Nair said...

This is the second time I tried downloading opeSuse 10.3 x86 DVD iso using flashget. And, it got stuck again at 4GB !! with 100mb left. First time it happened, I thought its my system at fault. But, now I am pretty sure that its at novell's end. Is there anyone facinf same issue ? I couldn't find any means to communicate to opensuse/novell to tell about it !

very discouraging!!

openSuse must take a leaf out of Ubuntu.

anup nair said... the way, i used ftp/http method for download !
error in flashget:
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 HTTP/1.1 206 Partial Content
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 07:28:22 GMT
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Server: Apache/2.2.3 (Linux/SUSE)
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Last-Modified: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:50:25 GMT
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 ETag: "1c0bcb-1069bd800-43b1fedb61240"
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Accept-Ranges: bytes
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Content-Length: 2688936
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Content-Range: bytes 4403155032-4405843967/4405843968
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Connection: close
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Content-Type: application/x-cd-image
Tue Nov 06 12:59:29 2007 Start Receiving Data!
Tue Nov 06 12:59:36 2007 Write to file error! Please use SCANDISK utility to fix this error.(2)
Tue Nov 06 12:59:36 2007 Error occured!

well it looks like a problem on my disk.. but, hell its not!

I also used different internet connection.

Roland said...

Looks like you are trying to save file bigger than 4GB on FAT32, which does not support it.
Same thing happened to me, so I used NTFS disk instead.

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