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Novell openSUSE 11.3 Linux nears release with RC2

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From the 'Gecko Rising' files:
 
After months of development, eight milestone releases and two release candidates, openSUSE 11.3 is almost done.

Novell's community Linux developers today released openSUSE 11.3 RC2 which is supposed to be the final development milestone ahead of openSUSE hitting general availability.

Currently openSUSE 11.3 is set for official release on July 15th.

Yeaah it does seem like openSUSE is a little late, after the Ubuntu Lucid and Fedora 13 releases, but that's not really the case. As Linux is a moving target and considering the new open source projects in openSUSE 11.3, it might be better to think of this distro as being early among its peers.

For one, openSUSE 11.3 will include the Btrfs filesystem as a real feature and not just as a tech preview. With openSUSE 11.3, users will be able to enable Btrfs right from the installer and that's something that no other major distro currently does by default as a fully supported feature.

At the kernel level, openSUSE 11.3 will have the recent Linux 2.6.34 kernel which packs in all kinds of new hardware enablements.

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